File photo – the ThrowFlame X15 (Credit: ThrowFlame)
While Elon Musk was making headlines about his space-innovations, down on the ground, there was an epic race snap his flame-throwers.
What can this Musk flamethrower do? What kind of fiery flames could be released?
While the other models on sale can shoot flames up to 50 meters, Quartz has compared the Musk-flamethrower to a “expensive, the roofing torch.”
The specific characteristics of Musk’s flamethrower will only be apparent when the controversial device will begin shipping in the spring. Earlier this year, Musk is The Boring Company began selling on target for $500 dollars with a maximum of 20,000. In a few days, Musk sold out, raising $10 million.
The internet is littered with hectic trawlers for the reserve. No doubt led on to eBay and found a number of Musk flamethrowers placed for as much as $25,000.
Cyberspace continues to be awash with people in despair, complaining they miss their chance to get their own flamethrower.
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Musk is the new kid on the flamethrower block. The Boring Company sold out, but there are also other suppliers for the citizens there.
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The army began using flame throwers World War and I decided to stop using flamethrowers in the 1970s. Now the AMERICAN army is only used for very limited, and limited, non-combat purposes.
For citizens of the popular 50-foot flame shooter ThrowFlame X15 sells for $1,599.
How does it work? In the simplest of terms, there is a backpack with a tank of fuel. According to the company, it may take about 3 gallons of fuel. The backpack has a hose connected. The user carries the snake to shoot and direct fire.
Even mounted on a truck, powerful flame shoot beasts are available for citizens.
Who can buy them?
Flamethrower weapons are not federally regulated like other weapons, such as guns.
There are no Federal or limitations to them. Remarkably, there are only a few countries that regulate.
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To purchase the Musk flamethrowers, there were no age qualifications. There were no background checks to identify potential risks, such as a history of criminal activity. The devices, however, have their critics. A California legislator, for example, citing concerns about safety, particularly in areas at risk of forest fire, has already expressed his opposition to the technology.
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So how will the 20,000 citizens make use of the Musk flamethrower weapons?
Fun seems to be the primary goal. Musk sold them as big boys toys. They will, without a doubt, the main attraction at Bbq’s in every state this summer.
Flame throwers are used for practical purposes. On farms and ranches, for example, people use them to clear the fields by burning unwanted brush. The fire brigade also use them for controlled burns to help prevent forest fires, or to stop the fire from spreading.
In some scenarios, such as the clearing of a field, drip torches are much more effective and cheaper – but perhaps much less enjoyable.
Fun versus safety
Flame throwers look like a large amount of fun. But should we be worried?
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Between Musk’s flamethrower weapons, other suppliers and intrepid Americans with the DIY approach, in the garage… no doubt a lot more than 20,000 flamethrowers will spit out streams of fire and fireballs from coast to coast.
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In the light of the horrific, tragic school shootings, should we be concerned that the next thing that a student attacker brings to school to attack fellow students and teachers is a flamethrower?
Without age restrictions, there is a very real and reinforces the risk a child could use to attack innocent citizens.
Flamethrowers can be very dangerous. In the hands of untrained, inexperienced civilians without professional protective clothing, they can cause serious harm not only others, but also the user.
Not to mention, flamethrowers can be easy to accidentally devastating fire in front of the building and the trigger fires.
How does the military use?
Flamethrowers were, are, and remain, controversial military weapons. The U.S. military stopped using flamethrowers for the control of application in 1978.
The weapons were used for combat purposes in the world Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and for the purposes such as destroying bunkers and vehicles. The fear of being burned alive made them a powerful psychological weapon, capable of instilling terror in the enemy fighters.
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The M1 and the improved M1A1 flamethrower weapons were used in the second world War.
These days, a number of flamethrowers can shoot fire more than twice as much and burn goals in just a few seconds.
Modern flamethrowers can be vehicle-mounted or worn as a backpack. And instead of fighting, the army uses flamethrowers these days is of crucial importance for the protection of the armed forces and other jobs.
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Military Ground Torch System
Gelfire Systems Terra Torch is a sample of the flamethrower. The Army used and it is called the “Ground Torch System.”
The Ground Torch System is truck-mounted flame throwing system designed to deliver a controlled combustion. In addition to pick-up trucks, it can be mounted on things such as trailers, boats and much more.
Burning gel shoots out of the Ground Torch System and blankets the area with flames.
In a designated goal, the GFS Terra Torch shoot ignited gelled fuel in as far as 75 metres.
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Similar to the practical applications in the homeland, it can be used for the removal of potentially obstructive vegetation along the supply routes, and even canals.
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Flame throwers can help keep soldiers safe
The army uses flame throwers to destroy hidden improvised explosive devices (ieds) by enemy combatants – the advantage of travel is much safer. Hidden trip wires are another risk is that the flames can be used to eliminate.
Clearing brush around the forward operating bases, so that enemy fighters can’t use vegetation to conceal themselves, and approach to the fall is another key.
The same concept applies on convoy routes. By clearing the vegetation, it removes places the enemy fighters can hide and launch an ambush.
In terms of forest fires, the Army uses them to reduce that threat. In Alaska, the Army uses flame throwers to assist in the protection of communities from fires that could ignite the use of military weapon ranges and training areas.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.