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Comic #1648

1 Jamie: Today's myth is that AK-47s are so reliable that you can submerge one in a bog for a year, and it will still fire perfectly.
2 Jamie: A year ago we dumped this Kalashnikov in a peat bog in northern England. Now we're going to see if it will still work. We just need a target...
3 Adam: How likely do you think it is that this thing will actually shoot?
3 Jamie: I'd estimate... less than 50%.
4 Adam: Good enough for me! Fire away!
4 Jamie: I may be wrong...
4 Adam: Well then I win!

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The inspiration for this comic came from some comments on the Irregular Webcomic! forums about implausibility in various time travel stories:

At the Twin Pines mall the Libyan terrorist who does all the shooting appears to be wielding an AK-47 assault rifle. He successfully guns down Doc Brown, but then his weapon supposedly jams, saving Marty's life and giving him a chance to hop into the DeLorean, with well known consequences.

What the...?

It's a bloody AK-47 for heaven's sake. It's one of the most reliable firearms in the world, ever. You could sink one into a bog, haul it up a year later and it would probably still fire as if it were fresh out of the shop. And they're telling me it just jams in the middle of a suburban parking lot for no apparent reason?

Which prompted the response from another poster:
A new myth... needs to be busted.
I know the perfect pair to throw... er... to take care of this: Adam and Jamie
And so here we are.

The gun, by the way, is a Lego-compatible accessory donated to me by a reader. As first I thought it was a product of BrickArms, which appears to be operated by a guy with a passion for both Lego and military hardware. It is not, however, actually one of the AK-47 models produced by BrickArms, nor in fact any of the guns in current production. I am in no way a gun expert, so I don't really know what it is meant to be. (What I'm trying to say here is that I know it doesn't actually look like an AK-47, so there's no need to point that out to me.) As far as I'm concerned though, it's close enough. Really.

Thanks to the no-less-than-eight separate readers who wrote to say that the gun is almost certainly meant to represent a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun, and most likely the SD3 model with retractable stock and integrated suppressor.

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