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#1 Armydoc0115

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:51 AM

If anyone else has or has had one, I'd love to hear from you. Not sure I can get it working since it operates on charges, but kind of a neat piece. I believe it is one of the last types of flamethrowers to be still be in use by a military ( China/PLA)

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 04:52 PM

I guess a number of these were imported a few years back and were in really good shape.  This one sure is.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 01:34 PM

Yeah owned a few when they were real cheap.  They use a pyro pressurization charge in each tank and pyro firing charges in the wand.

 

The charges were always extremely scarce, nearly unobtainium even when we had open weapons trade with the Chinese.  

Small lots of the charges did come in.  I had a few boxes up until maybe a decade ago, may still have an American military translation of an LPO Soviet era manual.

 

As a flame system they received high marks for reliability under extreme conditions and didn't require a charging station.

I fired one of mine up back in the early 90s a couple times, neat toy.

 

Nope, likely no go on converting them to a pressurized gas system, they were never designed for that.

Might be able to jury rig up CO2 feed with a larger paint ball bottle but you are still stuck on ignition.

 

Running on the straight fumes of old memory I recall Omega Weapons Systems out of AZ brought in the bulk of LPOs when he was up to his eyeballs buying surplus from the PLA.  Bricklee Trading Ltd had them as well, probably sourced through Omega.  The character I obtained my charges from back in the day was a Chinese gentleman based in Seattle, certain he's long dead.

 

You could check with Charlie Hobson, see if he has any ideas on putting a LPO back into use if he's still active.

 

I'm real cautious regarding flame guns, they are damn dangerous on both ends of the wand.

I wouldn't be the one to attempt to reverse engineer the pressure charges, ignition charges wouldn't be that bad to create though.

Knew a guy who trained with the LPO in the PLA, he stated they never had an issue with the pyro pressure charges igniting the payload and they used everything from diesel to fuel oil, kerosene, even gasoline with and without thickeners.

Me ?

I'm still a bit uncomfortable with the entire concept.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 11:48 AM

Jim, this is a great bit of information and let me tell you, info on this is pretty scarce.  I did contact Charlie Hobson about it, and he is definitely still active.  We'll see what, if anything we come up with.

While it would be neat to get it in working order, I'm certainly not desperate to do so.  I completely agree with you about the danger of using these sorts of weapons, especially when you are not trained on them.  And having someone engineer the cartridges and being the guinea pig?  I don't think so.  Not this guy.  LOL

Thanks for sharing with me!

-David


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