How to Build a Boring Flamethrower That Looks Like a Gun — And Here’s One That Isn’t That Doesn’t

Elon Musk's flamethrower (courtesy youtube.com)

“What follows is a video showing high level instructions on how to build a nearly exact copy of The Boring Company’s flamethrower,” techcrunch.com advises. “Basically, gut this $125 Airsoft gun and insert a propane torch. The total bill of goods should be under $200, well under the $500 The Boring Company was charging until it sold out of the 20k units.” Needs Musk? Anyway, after that, Chris demos an XM42. Which is a kind of gun, right?

Boring by name, boring by nature. Unlike the firestarter our man Heuss unleashed after a de-stressful day at the Range.

The XM42 has a 30-foot plus range, can spit fire for around 3.5 minutes (with optional backpack) and boasts an M-LOK accessory rail. But it’s manufacturer didn’t put a coal-powered car in outer space. So there is that.

 

comments

  1. avatar Geoff PR says:

    *yawn*…

  2. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I want one like the feds used on the branch davidian, anything else doesn’t kill children quite as well, I mean you just can’t use napalm and it would have took to long build an oven

  3. avatar Pseudo says:

    I don’t know why this gets harped on. So what if it isn’t a great flamethrower and costs 500? It’s an inside joke reference to spaceballs. Their in it because Musk. You think these people really want flamethrowers? I don’t.

  4. avatar Shire-man says:

    That great flamethrower unveiling was enough to realize Musk is just a charismatic con-man. Like clock radio kid. Promise big nonsense to ignorant investors, use their money to pay real engineers to sort-of fulfill your promises, profit handsomely off the taxpayer while forever remaining in a state of “development.”

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “…profit handsomely off the taxpayer while forever remaining in a state of “development.””

      OK, it’s time to debunk that LIE.

      Are you aware that ‘United Launch Alliance’ (SpaceX’s biggest US competitor) gets one *Billion* dollars a year from the US government even if they launch *zero* times in a year?

      A ‘United Launch Alliance’ rocket costs 400 million to launch, while Musk’s Falcon Heavy costs roughly 25 percent of that figure.

      Read this, and tell me again just *how* SpaceX is suckling on the government’s tit.

      https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/three-years-of-sls-development-could-buy-86-falcon-heavy-launches/

  5. avatar IdahoBoy says:

    The Boring Flame Thrower doesn’t need government approval, because the flame is less than 10 feet long.

    I might just build one for lighting campfires.

    If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. But if you set a man on fire, he will be warm for the rest of his life.

    1. avatar Johnny108 says:

      Teach a man to fish, and you create competition for a limited resource.

  6. avatar whoopie says:

    Musk should stick to building heavy-lift rockets and skip the geek gamer toys. Leave weapons to the professionals.

  7. avatar JB says:

    You guys need to relax. It’s just for fun. AND for 10 million, you guys wish YOU had made them…..

  8. avatar DavoMoto says:

    I have zero issues with Ol’ Musky selling overpriced BBQ lighters, he likely profited over $6 million, a good portion of that will get reinvested in his various companies to do actual useful things like cheaper space travel or alternate transportation methods. I’m just mad I didn’t think of it first. Elon isn’t the hero social media likes to pretend he is, but he is playing it up perfectly to build his businesses. If people want to spend their own money on one of these “flame throwers”, then good for them, it’s still a (somewhat) free country.

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