AK-47 Jumper Cables? A Million and One Uses

For those who claim to have seen everything, add this one to the bottom of your checklist. The quote “necessity is the mother of invention” (author unknown, sometimes attributed to Plato) comes to mind.

I’m also reminded of the Murphy’s Rules of Combat which state, “If it’s stupid, but it works, it isn’t stupid” (author also unknown, as seen in my old Batallion office). I’m particularly enjoying the collapsible wire stock being folded in such a way to create a useful angle.

The picture reportedly comes from Yemen and while I have no way to know if that’s true, the traditional kufi cap worn at center seems to support the claim at least regionally.

To my surprise, back in 2013 a video was posted to Live Leak showing the same thing in a completely different part of the world (well, same region perhaps). (TFB wrote about that instance here).

It even worked! It does lead one to wonder how many times it happens and doesn’t get filmed.

Around the internet, commenters have been shooting off some decent puns for using AK-47s as jumper cables including “Assault and battery will lead to a charge” (Source), and “Probably time for a new battery, that ones just about shot.” (Source).

Yes, we’ve seen this photo before but sometimes a good picture is worth revisiting!

Corey R. Wardrop

Corey R. Wardrop is the Museum Curator for the Institute of Military Technology in Titusville, Florida where he manages one of the finest, if not the finest, firearms collections in the country. Corey is a former OIF infantry Marine and has worked professionally in the firearms industry for over 20 years. In 2014 he obtained an unrelated Bachelor of Science degree from one of the nation’s leading diploma mills. Through his work at IMT he is currently studying CAD design with an emphasis in reverse engineering rare firearms.
Corey asks forgiveness for his novice-level photographs and insists they are improving dramatically thanks to certified rockstar http://nathan-wyatt.com/. Corey can be reached at coreyrwardrop@gmail.com and always appreciates suggestions for future articles.
For the record, Corey felt incredibly strange writing this bio in the third person.


  • Stand Your Ground

    It should go without saying not to try this with a round chambered…

    • Mark Chavendish


      • Stand Your Ground

        They are trying to save the battery, not destroy it.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          In no way could a chambered round fire, see other comments.

      • Paul Rain

        These are clearly the rare EtronX variant of the AK47.


      As stated by my buddy, “you aren’t arcing the current, you’re on the same polarity (thus it won’t fire).”

      I’ve asked the AKUO guys to actually do this to see if this works or if this is some 3rd world country, Benny Hill shenanigans. I think the vid of the guys is fake, a gag vid, I want to see it done legitimately.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        That’s not exactly true. The difference is you are absolutely making an arc at the moments of connection and disconnect.

        The real explanation is that there is no potential difference from the barrel to the chamber to the receiver. It’ll arc, but only right at the point of contact.

        There is no separate path to that that puts the primer in the path of least resistance. This is putting aside the fact that passing 12V through a round wouldn’t do anything regardless.

      • MisterTheory

        If you have ever seen a wrench dropped across battery terminals, you know it can glow brightly from the current. Anytime you are jumping a battery, the potential for a short circuit is present. Short circuit that battery with a rifle(s) and it will fire when it gets hot enough. There are 2 huge un-insulated cables (rifles) in that picture. It would be easy to short the circuit.

    • TimRoy

      Or a mag installed with any rounds, for that matter.
      Sparks and primer, no, no …

  • Giolli Joker

    Corey, this is literally the fourth time that this gets posted here on TFB…

    • Corey R. Wardrop

      The video posted has been around (I mistakenly left out the attribution to the previous TFB post), but the image from Yemen (allegedly) appears to be pretty recent. Anyway, it’s new to me so my apologies if you’ve seen it before.

      • Giolli Joker

        No need to apologize, indeed it’s no harm to anybody, but I appreciate your original content and this is rather far from it. 😉
        But yeah, I agree that indeed the photo is new to me as well.

        • Corey R. Wardrop

          Thanks. That content has been held up due to ‘reasons’, but should be putting out some new stuff soon.

      • mazkact

        Never gets old.

  • iksnilol

    Yeah, those jumper cables would leave a bruise if your father was to beat you with them.

  • Vhyrus

    Can we just sticky this post to the front page?

  • Russ

    .30 caliber watt assault jumper cables within half a second full charge

  • Dennis Barton

    That is why the ak underfolders are the perfect truck gun.

  • BillyOblivion

    Remember, if you’re dumb enough to do this it works BETTER with a round in the chamber.

  • Shenji

    Why don’t try this on some 870s or 500s with metal foldable stocks? Make it a ‘truck-gun life hack’, not just some kind of AK memes.

  • If you’re gonna be all Russian about it, for blyat’s sake just take the good battery out and turn it upside down and connect it directly, sheesh.

  • jerry young

    I’ve used some strange things as jumper cable long ago but never an AK-47, one note if you are going to use your rifle to jump start a vehicle unload it first a battery with a hole in it is a dead battery that can’t be jumped and don’t let the democrats see this or the next thing you know they’ll want to ban jumper cables.

  • Thomas Higgins

    Heh. That old “if it is stupid and it works, it isn’t stupid” chestnut.

    #43 of the Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries (Schlock Mercenary, go look it up) states that “If it’s stupid and it works, it’s still stupid and you’re lucky.”