The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin
The noble flamethrower. Has there ever been a weapon in history as badass, yet so utterly ineffectual, as the flamethrower? If there is ViceSpy does not want to know about it. The Flamethrower was clunky, it was cumbersome, and it was just about the most terrifying thing you could possibly see on a battlefield. Unfortunately for all of us not in an active jungle battlefield, there was no way to ever own our very own flamethrower. Until now. We are humbled(and a little nervous) to introduce the XM42, the first commercially available flamethrower in the United States. Well most of the United States. Turns out the Xm42 is far too awesome for it to be legal in California and Maryland.
Let’s get this out of the way right now, the XM42 flamethrower does not simply exist to “look cool” or prove everyone at your high school reunion wrong. No the truth of the matter is that it has a multitude of practical applications outside of scorching an enemy’s crops. A flamethrower should be a mandatory piece of equipment for any home. Do you have annoying brush or foliage? Burn it away with a controlled stream of fire? Do you live in the North, under constant fear of the ice and snow? You won’t as long as you have a flamethrower by your side. Do you want to enjoy a summer BBQ with friends and family, but there’s no fire, the insects are out of control, and people are bored? Moments like that are a thing of the past with a personal flamethrower. Burn those pesky insects, ignite a bonfire, and set off fabulous pyrotechnic displays, all within the same burst of hellfire.
With regards to bonfires, fireworks, and all things American, we would be remiss if we did not note that the XM42 is the quintessential American product. From its bombast to its brushed metal look, to its own creation. Three like minded individuals banded together and decided to fill what they deemed was a hole in the market. They decided to market their idea of a safe, hand held flamethrower to the masses using a crowd funding website. It was a massive success, because of course it was. Like all great American products made of metal and exceedingly dangerous, the XM42 flamethrower is produced in Detroit, Michigan.
Speaking of brushed metal that is only one of the three available styles the flamethrower comes in, because why would you ever settle for a boring grey flamethrower when you can have it powder coated in orange, blue, or green. The XM42 also comes in polished metal, for those who prefer a simple, elegant look.
Practicality is the order of the day when it comes to the XM42. There is support for both left handed users, as well as righties. It is easy to fuel up, all it runs on is simple gasoline, right from the gas station. Just drive to your nearest gas station and fill up your flamethrower. It is that simple. We simply have to respect a product that is billed as a “fun device to enjoy with friends.” A fun device that is capable, indeed whose sole purpose, is to spew a jet of fire up to 25 feet in front of the user and hopefully, in time, even further than that.