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The FVZA began using flamethrowers in the early 1900s: the first version was a gas cylinder the operator would strap to his back, and ignition was supplied via a lit nozzle attached to the cylinder's hose. The technology improved over the years, eventually resulting in weapons that could fire streams of up to 50 yards.
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Flamethrower operators had a dangerous job, even by FVZA standards. The weapon was heavy and cumbersome and made the operator vulnerable to counterattacks. On occasion, the cylinder carrying the fuel would unexpectedly explode. A flamethrower on an FVZA assault team would usually have one or two agents accompany him for protection.
As offensive weapons, flamethrowers have a powerful psychological impact, even against the undead. A flamethrower is capable of stopping a stagger of zombies in its tracks, and the weapon can suffocate vampires in caves and other confined spaces.
Vampires: Like Frankenstein's monster, vampires hate fire. Nevertheless, the idea of confronting a vampire pack out in the field with such a cumbersome weapon is worrisome, to say the least. Unless you're planning on carrying out an assault on a known pack hideout, you're better off with other weapons in the field.
Zombies: The flamethrower is slightly more effective against zombies, as they are less likely to outflank you. Keep your flame stream moving in an arc as you back away, and then hightail it to a safer area.
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