Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons states that incendiary weapons such as flamethrowers cannot be used by the military on civilians, on foliage, or on military targets in areas populated with civilians. The website for the XM42 states that “the XM42 is the world’s first fully handheld, grab and go flamethrower on the market.” You can pre-order one right now on IndieGoGo.
So, there’s that.
While you’ll probably want to check your state’s laws governing weapons, it’s legal to own a flamethrower in 48 US states (illegal in Maryland, license required in California). That means in most of the US you can throw down $699 right now for a XM42 handheld flamthrower on IndieGoGo. At the time of this writing, this tiny dragon is fully-funded:
According to the website, the XM42 can launch a stream of fire up to 25 feet, doesn’t require a giant pressurized tank, and has many practical uses, such as:
- Clearing snow/ice
- Eliminating weeds between pavement cracks
- Controlled burns/ground-clearing of foliage/agricultural
- Insect control
- Pyrotechnic event displays
- Bonfire starting
- A fun device to enjoy with friends
What could go wrong?