We keep seeing vintage flamethrowers come up at auction — they’re interesting weapons, and not being firearms they’re completely unconstrained by Federal or State law, except for two non-fun-loving jurisdictions that ban them, California and Maryland. (How could the legislators of MA, NJ and NY have missed this? Well, they’re totalitarians, but nobody ever said they were competent totalitarians. They tend to be the dissipated nephews of competent totalitarians past, these days). But anyway, these vintage flamethrowers always get bid up to nosebleed territory.
So it was only a matter of time before someone created a modern civilian flamethrower, for the sheer joy of burning stuff. Somebody now has. The question is, would it come in cheaper than the vintage scourge of Iwo Jima?
Naaah… We’ll get to that later.The first question is… does it burn?
We’re betting this shows up in an action movie next summer. Because they’ve already demonstrated the most necessary of all Hollywood weapons skills, the dual wield:
This might be just the ticket for those annoying chipmunks or ground squirrels burrowing into your lawn.
Or those damn kids who won’t get off it.
And now for the money.
The X-15 flamethrower is available at a discounted price of $1,600 (from $1750 list). It runs on gasoline, runs better on diesel, and runs best of all with a napalm-like thickening agent that they’ll gladly sell you on their very website, cleverly called throwflame.com.
Here, somewhat tongue in cheek, Jerry Miculek examines its concealed carry potential, complete with “real firearm” and “fire ant” puns.
You know, if people started using these for home defense, criminals would be showing up with some interesting mugshots.
Anybody else have, uh, a burning desire for one of these gadgets?