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The Einstossflammenwerfer 46 was a hand held single shot flamethrower designed in Germany during World War II and introduced in 1944. It was engineered to be both cheap and easily mass-produced. The disposable weapon fired a half-second burst of flame of up to 27 meters. It was issued to the Volkssturm or the Werwolf movement, but also used by German paratroopers.
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The Pistol Flamethrower (alternatively the Flamethrower Pistol or Einstossflammenwerfer) is a gadget featured Battlefield V that was introduced in the 2020 Summer Update. It was first seen in the Battlefield V - Chapter 4: Defying the Odds Trailer.
Equipping the Flamethrower trades some of the Assault kit's anti-tank firepower for a dedicated anti-infantry gadget. The Pistol Flamethrower functions similarly to the M2 Flamethrower, firing a jet of flame that can set fire to players, applying damage over time, as well as environmental objects. Zooming in with the flamethrower tightens the spread of flame, but reduces movement speed. Despite its description as a single-use gadget, the player has full control over firing, making it possible to fire in bursts. However, the weapon cannot be "reloaded", meaning all ammunition must be expended before it is able to be resupplied.
The gadget is not as powerful as the M2 because of its lower rate of fire, but will not overheat when fired continuously. Because of this, the Flamethrower is prone to being outdamaged by many fully automatic infantry weapons, but is still useful against large groups of enemies, static positions and buildings, and as an area denial weapon. The gadget performs poorly against tanks and ground vehicles.
- The gadget was originally intended for use by the Rifleman, a scrapped Assault Class Archetype, it was repurposed as a gadget used by the Shock Trooper subclass in the also scrapped 5v5 competitive gamemode.