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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:57 PM
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are you supposed to soak the rag in a molotov cocktail, or leave it dry?
Just askin'.
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lastknowngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:59 PM
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1. It should soak up the fuel from the bottle like a wick.
n/t
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4morewars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:00 PM
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2. Why don't you ask this guy :
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:00 PM
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3. Soak the rag
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 08:03 PM by baldguy
Fill the bottle
Seal it
Tie the rag around the neck
Light it
Throw
Run


From Wikipedia:

The easy construction of a Molotov cocktail makes it a standard weapon of guerrilla warfare and violent rioters, but it can be challenging for an amateur to make an effective device. The most common failure is in over-filling the bottle, as a full bottle will not ignite quickly when it breaks on impact (although it has a longer burning potential). For a device to explode rapidly on impact, the bottle should be only one-half to two-thirds full. Another common mistake is failing to wipe down the bottle, which removes flammable residue, prior to lighting the rag. Yet another error is to use the ignition rag directly to stopper the bottle. Other common difficulties include failing to make an airtight seal with the stopper to prevent escaping fumes, a too-long or too-loosely secured ignition rag, using an inappropriate bottle (e.g., short-necked, wide-mouthed, too fragile, or too tough), and above all, mishandling after the rag is ignited.

In short, Molotov cocktails are inherently dangerous devices due to their incendiary or explosive nature. The manufacture and use of Molotov cocktails involves serious danger to the unskilled manufacturer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov_cocktail

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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:07 PM
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4. Um, you forgot to score the bottle
with a glass cutter to facilitate breakage. Clueless as to how I know this.

Woof
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:12 PM
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6. Practical experience, maybe?
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-..__... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:11 PM
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5. Those pesky tank drivers racing around...
keeping you awake at night?
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:25 PM
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7. Locking
DU is not the place for this.

Thanks,
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