Elon Musk's flamethrower (courtesy youtube.com)
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“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.


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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. 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.

  5. 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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