California Legislator: Ban Boring Flamethrowers!

When Elon Musk isn’t busy changing the world with electric cars, solar cells and reusable rockets he is busy with his side business, accurately named The Boring Company.

Not because the company is dull. The Boring Company bores really big bores (and they cannot lie). Sometimes these big bores are called tunnels, which are great for alleviating traffic in heavily congested areas. Except Boston. But that’s not why we’re here.

The Boring Company also makes $500 flamethrowers. Yep, tunnels and flamethrowers. And people love ’em. The company somehow surmounted the old ennui to report that they sold 10,000 flamethrowers within 48 hours to not be exact.

The Boring Company is based out of California which hasn’t banned fire – yet. But they’re working on it!

Democratic State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (seen above practicing his smile) wants to protect the children by banning The Boring Company’s flamethrower.

Mr. Santiago tweeted “If this is a joke, then it’s a terribly insensitive one given that we’re coming off of the worst wildfire season in history. Either way: NOT FUNNY. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.”

From the videos I have seen, the $500 flamethrower appears to have a range of about two feet. From Jeremy, who used to work for Elon, “he appears to have purchased a sense of humor.”

Not sure a little propane flame is going to cut it, though, anyway. If I was in the market for a flamethrower, which I was earlier this year, I would have picked up an Ion Productions XM42, which I did.

XM42 review is pending but I can tell you its range is 30 feet. Not boring at all.


  1. avatar Hank says:

    Elon musk is getting into weaponry now? Wasn’t he anti gun?

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      He said he’d release a flamethrower if he sold 50K hats (baseball caps). The hats sold out and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is apparently.

      Pardon the pun, but he got flamed for this thing over on T&P because the picture is a toy with a propane torch attached to it (there’s a whole article on it over there). Supposedly the actual one will be an “upgrade” but… who knows… he’s pre-sold a bunch of them at like $600/each.

      1. avatar Chris says:

        My first impression was, “Disappointing, appears to be an oversized torch lighter..”.

        1. avatar M1Lou says:

          I’m sure someone on Weapons Guild will remedy that problem in a few weeks.

    2. avatar Blurb says:

      Tony Stark is supposed to sell weapons.

  2. avatar Ian says:

    Pretty soon California is going to ban things in advance. They’ll have a whole Pre-Ban agency just to find new things and ban them. It’s going to be like Minority Report for anything fun or useful.

  3. avatar Removed_californian says:

    This is unsurprising.

  4. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Welcome to California.

    Fines apply.

    1. avatar pieslapper says:

      When they stop you at the border now to check for produce and ammunition, they’ll go ahead and collect the fines in advance.

      1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

        and Ferrets. They are illegal in the PRC as well. Definitely gotta’ filter for those evil destroyers of…something.

  5. avatar KYLE says:

    Go get um california!!!

    Safe those californian’s from Mass Flamethrower attacks.

    Throwing flame is racist, sexist, and homophobic and must be stopped AT ALL COSTS!

    1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      Well, only if you are not antifa, or some other liberal protesting group. Then throwing flame is perfectly fine. The authorities will even be ordered to back off so you can burn at your own leisure.

  6. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Musk’s ‘Flamethrower’ is a simple propane-butane type *torch* you can buy on its own for about $50.

    Now this is a WW-2 backpack napalm-type flawethrower you can buy for about $1,500, and throws one helluva lot more BTUs one helluva lot further downrange.

    As the movie character ‘Crocodile Dundee’ once (well, he should have) said – That’s not a flamethrower, now *this* is a flamethrower.”

    *snicker* 😉

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      This guy shows a detailed build of a ‘thrower that looks damn close to that $1,500 commercial one, link to its free plans before the vid :

      It looks like this could be done for maybe $500 :

    2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      $50!?!? Sheeeit, way too much. I’ve had this one from Harbor Freight for like 15 years and it’s under $20. Sounds like a jet airplane when you pull the go pedal haha:

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Tack on a $20 China knock-off ‘Supersoaker’ on it and sell it and make yourself a fortune.

        Have TTAG license and brand it and cut RF into the profits.

        Here’s a video of an even cheaper hand-held pressurized home-built ‘thrower using a cheapo 5-pound fire extinguisher pressurized with bike-tire pump with about a 20-foot range.

        Tom in Oregon, this will light your campfire :

  7. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    A friend of mine who lives in Massachusetts posted something in jest about buying one of these, and it took about ten minutes before one of his hyper prog said “Imagine Columbine or Newtown with one of these!”

    because obviously flame could not possibly be weaponized before this

    1. avatar Defens says:

      I believe that Klebold and Harris actually had rigged up some sort of propane flamethrowers to use at Columbine. Or was it propane bombs? Anyway, they offed themselves before those were deployed.

      1. avatar anonymoose says:

        They made a propane bomb and left it in the cafeteria, but it failed to go off.

      2. avatar Mister Fleas says:

        Propane bombs, 99 to be exact. Fortunately none of them went off; the murderers plan to rival the death toll of the Oklahoma City bombing.

  8. avatar Charles Applegate says:

    As a Californian, I felt obliged to send the Congressthing’s spokesthing an email.

    “Dear Ms. Koenig:

    I have a question regarding Assemblyperson Santiago’s brave stand against the mortal peril posed to our great state’s firefighters and police officers by ridiculous looking, and ridiculously overpriced, butane torches.

    The question is “Did Assemblyperson Santiago’s mother have any children that lived, or were they ALL stillborn?”

    Very Truly Yours,

    Charles Applegate,
    An actual adult.”

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Nice one.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    Get rid of the pistol grip and it should be NYS compliant

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Get rid of the pistol grip and it should be NYS compliant”

      You sound like a guy I used to work with. We had a new boss un-ceremoniously dropped dropped in our laps who was proving to be a major pain in our collective asses. Unnecessarily making an already unpleasant job into something miserable, dropping daily changes to our job in the daily logbook along with “or else” threats.

      At shift change, he would come in, grab the book to read the changes and initial, and say :

      “You make it hard, I’ll make it easy.”

      We have to treat those Leftists the same way. They make a bullshit rule, we counter with innovation.

      A non-pistol grip flamethrower. “Featureless.”

      American innovation!

      GS650G, I salute your spirit! 😉

  10. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    California must be an above average State given how concerned politicians are for the safety of their constituents?

  11. avatar tiger says:

    Seriously a flamethrower? While not worth writing a bill over, these are not high on the good idea scale.

  12. avatar John Doe says:

    Hollywood has clearly shown that even the most mild mannered among us will give in to their savage nature if they possess a real flamethrower…..


    And Hollywood would never lie to us….would they?

  13. avatar neiowa says:

    Next Musk gets into selling tulip bulbs and in 2019 POSTAL COUPONS!

  14. avatar justin says:

    I agree ban boring Flamethrowers, This is America! Only Exciting Flamethrowers will be permitted!

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    California would be better off permitting flamethrowers and banning Los Zetas.

  16. avatar little horn says:

    now if we can just get him to make a 40watt phased plasma rifle

  17. avatar rigo spen says:

    it’s obviously a toy, probably only for lighting a bbq. stock upper lower from an airsoft gun

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