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Desc:Some pretty neat engineering went into these things
Category:Military, Science & Technology
Tags:fire, napalm, flamethrower, Forgotten Weapons
Submitted:blue vein steel
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Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2017-02-16
Ideal spider killer.
Bisekrankas - 2017-02-16
On one hand, this is an awesome piece of engineering

On the other hand, it is a horrible piece of machinery. Burning to death is supposedly one of the most painful ways to die.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2017-02-16
From the self immolation videos I've seen online the victims begin screaming when the flames start but then subside to a tranquil state probably because all nerve endings have been fried. Still an awful way to go though because fire is hot.

blue vein steel - 2017-02-16
even the Nazis lodged official complaints about the inhumanity of using flamethrowers (even though they used them too), and captured units were almost always summarily executed

Ersatz - 2017-02-16
On one hand, you have a lever to propel fuel 40 yards away.

On the other hand, you have a trigger to ignite that fuel.

Bisekrankas - 2017-02-17
I believe the tranquil state you are seeing may actually be death, I hear its pretty chill

jfcaron_ca - 2017-02-17
I saw this video a while back and I didn't rewatch it, so maybe he says this in the video:

I thought the main mechanism for killing with a flamethrower was by using up all the oxygen in a confined space like a bunker or trench tunnel. If you can actually spray someone in the face with one of these they've already fucked up 7 different ways.

blue vein steel - 2017-02-17
different video, this one just covers the technical stuff. But yeah, in underground bunkers, oxygen loss, smoke inhalation and boxes of ammunition cooking off killed more people than those directly hit.

Oscar Wildcat - 2017-02-16
I had this exact thing for my GI Joe when I was a kid. Now I know how it works. Thanks, POETV.
Old_Zircon - 2017-02-17
I shit you not, I saw one for sale in an antique store in the next town over from where I grew up back in the late 80s, they had it in the window for weeks.
Old_Zircon - 2017-02-17
It's possible that it was some kind of very old industrial insecticide sprayer or something and I couldn't tell the difference as a kid, but that's not much better really.

It looked a whole lot like this.

SolRo - 2017-02-17
they were sold surplus after being de-militarized I believe.

turning one into a working one without a bunch of licenses to do so will get you a lot of jail time. (afaik)

Jeriko-1 - 2017-02-17
Damn, so no SPACEBALLS: the Flamethrower! without the ATF wanting to have a word with me eh?

Monkey Napoleon - 2017-02-17
Federally and in most states, they don't fall under any kind of established firearms or weapons category. I might be wrong, but I don't think there's even a registration requirement to sell them commercially most places in the US like there is with firearms.

Military-grade flamethrowers are legal in 40 states. Flamethrowers with slightly less range (being manufactured new right now) are legal in 48 states.

Basically the only state with an iron-clad "fuck flamethrowers" law is california.

Bobonne - 2017-02-17
There was a reason the Arsonist in LA Noire had the civilian job he did.

blue vein steel - 2017-02-17
https://www.amazon.com/Red-Dragon-BP-2512-SVC/dp/B000NI7PQG/ref=sr _1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487375062&sr=8-1&keywords=flamethrower

yeah, you can just buy them. They aren't regulated federally like firearms.

GravidWithHate - 2017-02-17
They're not really that dangerous. Of the people who kill someone with a firearm in the US, about 2/3rds killed themselves. Flamethrower suicide is probably not people's first choice as long as there's guns, pills, tall things and/or rope. 1/3rd killed someone else, and they overwhelmingly used handguns. A flamethrower is only really a problem in the hands of a total fuck-up (and as long as cars exist, they'll find a way to kill themselves and others), or someone who wants to cause a few seconds of sheer hell for a mass of random strangers and is not worried at all about the near certainty of their subsequent death. People in the very latter category are a) very rare, and b) have access to better options than flamethrowers.

bac - 2017-02-17
This dude looks almost exactly like a guy I know. To the point that I forget that it is not in fact the guyi know.

Good use of slow-speed replay.
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