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Fiery tech: Elon Musk outlines civil flamethrowers in the spotlight

The Boring Company ‘Not a Lot’ (Screenshot of www.boringcompany.com)

The U.S. army decided to flame throwers were not a good idea, but citizens feel otherwise and have bought 20,000 of them from one of Elon Musk’s companies.

Musk is The Boring Business started with the sale of her “Not a flame thrower” device for $500 with a maximum of 20,000 earlier this year. In a matter of days, the devices sold, resulting in $10 million for The Dull Company.

Cue a lot of people search on the internet to try to find reserve. Without a doubt some went to eBay, where Musk flamethrower was reportedly placed a $25,000 price tag.

But Musk is the new kid on the flamethrower block. The Boring Company sold out of flame throwers, but there are also other suppliers out there that are touting the devices for the heavy work such as clearing of the vegetation. The military use of flamethrowers since the second world War and still used for non-combat purposes.

In fact, truck-mounted, powerful, the flame beast shoot they use, is available for citizens.

Who Can Buy Them?

Flame throwers are not regulated like other weapons, such as guns.

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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.

So How Will The 20,000 Citizens Use The Mosque To Establish?

Fun seems to be the primary goal. Musk sold them as big boys toys. The Boring Business device is set to deliver this Spring. They will, without a doubt, the main attraction at Bbq’s in every state this summer. However, the flamethrower has its critics. Citing concerns about safety, particularly in areas at risk of wildfire, a California legislator has already expressed his opposition to the technology.

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.

Here are some of the important things to know about flame throwers.

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How Does The Military Use?

(Credit: US Army)

The AMERICAN Military voluntarily stopped using flame throwers for the control of application in 1978.

Flamethrowers were, are, and remain, controversial military weapons and the wounds they inflict are terrible.

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Flamethrower 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.

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.

Military Ground Torch System

(Credit: Gelfire Systems)

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.

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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.

Similar to the practical applications in the homeland, it can be used for the removal of potentially obstructive vegetation along key and the alternate supply routes, and even canals.

But it can be very useful for reducing the security risks for the U.s. armed forces.

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Flamethrowers Help Keep Soldiers Safe

The army uses flame throwers to destroy hidden dangerous 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.

(Credit: US Army)

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. If flame throwers are burned, the vegetation, when enemy snipers also not more to hide.

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The same concept applies on convoy routes. By clearing out the vegetation, remove it in places where enemy combatants can hide and launch an ambush.

The Army uses them in order to reduce the threat of forest fires. In Alaska, for example, 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.

The X15

ThrowFlame is a different player in the flamethrower market. Their X15 can shoot flames about 50 metres and sale of $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.

(Credit: ThrowFlame)

One option is to make use of a napalm-mix and it can bring the “wow-factor” results. Yes, this is the same napalm that looks cool in video games, but in real life it is a horrible weapon of war with the cruel, gruesome impact, so be very careful if you that route.

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Lifting a tank filled with fuel on your back, the band and the kindling of fire is not exactly risk free for you or anyone around you. In fact, the military provides a thorough training for soldiers handling their flame-throwers.

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Factors such as atmospheric conditions, fuel and fuel mixtures are only a few things that professionals know can have an impact on how the flamethrower works.

No one gives to light himself on fire, but it happens even to professionals. And burns are terrible injuries. They can be difficult to treat and can leave you scarred for life.

Whether you’re planning to make use of a heavy-duty flamethrower to clear brush or a lasting impression on your friends with the Boring Company offers, contact your local fire brigade for advice and they can help you to keep it safe – so keeping it fun. They can give you simple steps you can take to prevent burns – such as wearing thick wool socks up to your knees and fire retardant clothing.

So if you are determined to have a flame thrower, it can be a blast. Keep it fun by doing it in an intelligent, careful way.

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.

 

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