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The XM42 Indiegogo Page Has Launched!

The Indiegogo page for the XM42 Handheld Flamethrower is now live.

The XM42 is the world’s first commercially available handheld flamethrower. The XM42 is designed for all manner of household chores:

– Clearing snow and ice
– Eliminating weeds
– Insect control
– Bonfire starting
– Pyrotechnic event displays
– And more…

It feeds from an onboard fuel tank, and is intended to work with 87 octane gasoline. The effective range is roughly 20-25 feet from the nozzle.

At the time of writing, the project has already made $14,000, or 35% of the $40,000 goal, on the first day; this one’s gonna reach its goal fast.

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14 Responses to “The XM42 Indiegogo Page Has Launched!”

  1. Patrick says:

    …And, it’s funded.

  2. Disco says:

    With just a little more work, it could look exactly like the flamethrower from Aliens

  3. xpoqx says:

    Does this not look the flamethrower from the original Halo: Combat Evolved for PC?

  4. Ranger Rick says:

    So does anybody want to guess when the first law will be introduced to ban them and where? Extra credit for which political party the sponsor belongs to….

  5. Bill says:

    I’m pretty sure “flamethrowers” already are, it’s just, as usual, interpreting the law and deciding if the device fits.

    • Matt says:

      Flame throwers are not a regulated item

      • Bill says:

        Thanks, I thought they fell under some area of DD/AOW. I still want one of the “guns” the Forest Service uses that fires incendiary ping-pong balls for starting backfires and controlled burns.

  6. Terry says:

    It looks to be all style and little substance to me. It holds barely enough fuel for a few seconds of runtime and produces a fairly weak stream of flame. It also doesn’t show how the liquid is pressurised (I may have missed that bit), but I’m assuming some sort of hand pump, effectively making it an expensive super-soaker with and excessive price tag.

    Apologies for linking to FPSRussia, but this is what a real flamethrower looks like:

    Also note his lack of PPE.


    • jbgleason says:

      Very perceptive. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to turn out half as cool as people are thinking it is going to be. Not to mention, in today’s society, I predict a week between shipping units and the first lawsuit.

    • Aurexal says:

      >linking to FPSRussia

      Lol$. The price on one of those, plus the fuel mixture, plus the upkeep, PLUS the propellant, destroys the possibility of an average joe using one.

      You can buy an XM42 for a little more than a Glock.

      The stream is pressurized by an internal pump. It’s a fairly simple point-and-click tool that uses cheap fuel.

      Its not a combat weapon, its a novelty that could still catch a mfer on fire if need be.

  7. Ed Hickey says:

    Yeah baby! No more shoveling snow. Looks like more of novelty.

  8. Bill says:

    The movie “Bellflower” has a home-made flamethrower, and a flamethrower-equipped car, as central plot elements. It was an independent film made on a budget of something like 13 dollars, and apparently during production there were a few “unfortunate incidents” resulting in melted utility lines and spotfires.

    I got into enough trouble thanks to Estes model rockets as a kid, I should probably avoid one of these.

  9. Mike says:

    Or you could just spend $1,599 and get one of these It’s not handheld but it looks like it would do the job.
    Read their FAQ for legal questions.

  10. Zac says:

    Looks like a cool novelty, too bad it won’t ship for another 9 months at the earliest and it looks like that x15 flamethrower is already shipping out