Two reactions on seeing XMatter’s X15 flamethrower. How is this remotely legal? The second? I want one. Hey, I live in Alabama. Let me have my moment. Can’t light the campfire? I got this brother…

It turns out; there are no federal laws barring the personal ownership of a flamethrower. Flamethrowers are not even considered a firearm by the ATF. I have this stupefied look of ‘you’re kidding’ mixed with holy hell, I can order this online?

Just check your local and state laws. And now everyone thinks of California. Yep, it’s illegal to own a personal flamethrower without a license.

Here’s the pertinent law in CA. It is a misdemeanor to possess “any non-stationary and transportable device designed or intended to emit or propel a burning stream of combustible or flammable liquid a distance of at least 10 feet.” It is punishable by up to a year in jail.

With the drought in California, I think it’s best to wait on asking the fire marshal for your license.

Maryland is the only other state where it is illegal to posses one. Why? It’s against the state’s fire code.

X15 Flamethrower

The XMatter X15 will set you back $1,600, so you better have an understanding spouse, a severe shopping addiction or access to a pile of ‘what the hell money.’

Ok, we can own a flamethrower. The question is, can you own a good flamethrower? It features a 3.3-gallon tank with three interchangeable wand tips. A maximum range with the standard 90% diesel, 10% gasoline mix is 50 feet.

Feeling a bit more American? You can opt for the company’s Napalm mix for a tighter stream and extended range. The two-liter mix will set you back $139.

If you have a full tank, you can shoot flames for just under a minute according to the company. Pressurization is provided by a CO2 tank, and refilling the fuel tank is as simple as unscrewing the lid.

Is it safe? Well, it’s a flamethrower. Does that sound safe? Be aware of what you’re doing if you decide to throw out $1600. Me? I just want to light off some campfires for a day. Ok, maybe go for the distance record on s’mores.

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