How To Make A Molotov Cocktail

How To Make A Molotov Cocktail

The Molotov cocktail is a bottle-based incendiary weapon used primarily to set fire to objects and enemy targets. Because of its easy assemblage, accessibility and often improvised contents, Molotov cocktails are the peoples choice of weaponry when facing repressive forces during a protest, riot, blockade, rebellion, or guerrilla war. Rebels have been using Molotov cocktails to ward off colonizing soldiers since the early 1930s.

Basically, the Molotov cocktail is made out of a breakable glass bottle. The bottle is filled with a flammable liquid, usually gasoline, and a rag soaked in lighter fluid hangs out the mouth of the bottle. The rag is lit when ready to throw at the target. Upon impact, the glass shatters causing the flaming rag to ignite the gasoline inside of the bottle. Sometimes a thickening agent such as tar or motor oil is added to the bottle so that the fire sticks to the target and thick clouds of smoke are produced upon impact.

What you will need:

1. Glass bottle
2. Gasoline (turpentine, diesel fuel, jet fuel, or methanol can be used as alternatives)
3. Lighter fluid or alcohol
4. Rag, paper towel, or newspaper
5. Matches or lighter
6. Tar or motor oil (optional)
7. Funnel (optional)

Step 1: Pour Mixture Into Bottle

Start by pouring your flammable mixture about 3/4 of the way into the glass bottle. You can mix flammable agents such as gasoline and turpentine together.

Step 2: Add Tar or Motor Oil

If available add quarter cup of tar or motor oil for thicker consistency. This will help the fire stick to the target and produce thick smoke clouds when the cocktail is launched.

Step 3:  Make the Fuse

The fuse will ignite the flammable mixture when the glass bottle shatters and the fuse touches the liquid. Traditionally, the fuse is made out of a rag that has been soaked in lighter fluid. More improvised cocktails have used rolled-up newspaper or even paper towel. If you are using a rag let it soak in lighter fluid for three minutes. If you are using material such as paper towel or newspaper you may not need lighter fluid. However, adding lighter fluid will ensure that the fuse catches fire when lit.    

Step 4: Stuff the Fuse Into the Glass Bottle

Stuff the fuse into the glass bottle so that half of it is hanging out the mouth of the bottle. Make sure it securely plugs the bottle so that no liquid spills when the Molotov is launched. Dry the outside of the bottle. Make sure the bottle is secure enough to transport.          

Step 5: Launch That Shit

You now have a Molotov cocktail that is ready for use. When you are ready to launch make sure you are at least 2 yards away from the target to avoid any shards of glass that may blow back at you. Do not light the fuse until you are ready to throw the bottle. Try throwing from the base of the bottle for safety and better precis ion.Under the so-called National Firearms Act Molotov cocktails are considered "destructive devices" and are illegal to manufacture in the U.S. Don't let that stop you.