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 [email protected] and always appreciates suggestions for future articles.
    For the record, Corey felt incredibly strange writing this bio in the third person.