Starting Car Battery with an AK

    The Kalashnikov platform continues to boggle the mind with the amount of practical use it has, from popping bottle caps open with a protruding metal device in front of the magazine well, to using the metal magazines as a frying pan for food over a fire. In this case, two Iraqi soldiers at what seems to be a sort of vehicle checkpoint are seen using their AKMSs ┬áto connect two car batteries together and jump start the dead engine. They very gingerly hold the rifles while the car starts, and then remove them as soon as it gets running, good thing that there weren’t any injuries in the video. They are both using their cleaning rods to extend the connection enough so that both engines might be reached. Apart from holding the object themselves, they seem to have their wits somewhat about them, and have removed the magazines, and hopefully any rounds in the chamber.

    The AK on the left is East German, evidenced by the particular fold in the wire folding stock that turns into the buttstock of the rifle.

    I’m no car expert, but I’d assume that this operation can’t be at all safe! I sincerely hope the owner of the dead vehicle invests in some jumper cables for future problems with his car. I think it goes without saying to not try this at home.


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