Rubber Band Powered AK

Taofledermaus, master of unconventional (and some would argue unsafe) ad-hoc gun modifications has taken the Kalashnikov hobby to a new level.

A well-made AK with good magazines is one of the most reliable firearms on the planet. It’s certainly no mystery why examples of the type have stuck around in third world backwaters for decades after their manufacture date. As a result, Kalashnikov rifles have been subject to a variety of ersatz modifications to keep them in the fight – and sometimes just for whatever reason. One of the more well-known field repairs was this AK modified with a shovel handle replacing the stock (it later inspired one Northeastshooters poster to create an AK receiver flat out of a shovel blade).

But what I would consider the most extreme field “repair” I’ve yet seen is the subject of a recent Taofledermaus video:

This all just goes to show that when you’re operating in a tactical office environment and the mainspring of your Kalashnikov fails, field expedient repairs are possible.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • FrenchKiss

    Why would anybody deep fry a handgun? Really stupid.

    • Paladin

      Welcome to the internet, we’ve managed to turn doing really stupid stuff for no particular reason into a science.

      • Grindstone50k

        And into a profit.

        • Paladin

          Step 1: Acquire computer/internet connection.
          Step 2: Do something stupid, post video.
          Step 3: ???
          Step 4: Profit.

          • CavScout

            Phase 1: Underpants
            Phase 2:
            Phase 3: Profit
            -Underpants Gnomes

    • guest

      Be thankful it was food inspired, and not inspired by 1 man 1 jar or some other twisted stuff from efukt. Just sayin.

    • dan citizen

      Because boiling a glock comes out bland.

    • iksnilol

      Do you even operate, bro?

      • FrenchKiss

        Oh! I gotta operate! See that’s my problem right there. I don’t operate. So many operate, but not me….

    • Entertainment..

  • Lance

    Just wait Obama will name them a danger to LE and try to ban them.

    • Don

      Ban what, idiots or rubber bands 🙂 🙂

      • BryanS

        Cant ban your voting base.

      • Kevin Harron

        It is too bad they won’t ban Lance for being a short bus rider.

  • Don Ward

    I never thought that I’d be able to share these words of wisdom on The Firearms Blog. Until today…

    Hey, y’all prepare yourself
    For the Rubberband man
    You never heard a sound
    Like the Rubberband man
    You’re bound to lose control
    When the Rubberband starts to jam

    • jamezb

      nice. good call.

    • I always upvote Electric Six. >:}

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Hope they will have eyes an arms intact, but future looks bad for them.

  • Cymond

    I used to be an operator like you, then I took a rubber band to the eye.

    • Patrick Selfridge

      You’re lucky it was only a rubberband, I got the Sharpie! Only upside is I have one blue eye.

  • Dilby

    But could it eat a sandwich like that?

  • Alex Nicolin

    This guy surely has dental insurance 🙂

  • Adam

    Bahhhhh, when your AK mainspring fails….. What after 100,000 rounds? 150,000 rounds?

  • Jeff Heeszel

    I really appreciate that you posted my video. Sometimes things look a lot more dangerous than they really are. We play up on that. It was probably more dangerous just driving out there to film it.