Russian Space Agency To Officially Release ‘Blaster Gun’ On Missions?

February 3, 2009

Russia (ChattahBox) – Russia has released their intentions to include a three-barrel firearm in their astronauts survival kit, for the first time in space travel history.

While it isn’t clear who it is the Russians are expecting to shoot, the gun has sparked quite a bit of controversy in the space world, as the use of firearms in orbit has been strictly prohibited since the first launch. Instead, knives have been traditionally offered, just in case the need for defense became an issue, although it was usually understood that this risk would come from other astronauts.

The TP-82 is a standard shotgun design, used most commonly as a hunting device, and so adds further speculation as to the apparent alien-hunting the Russians plan to do while in space. The two side barrels have are 12.5 mm calibre, and the middle barrel is a 5.45 mm, making it a powerful, and precise, rifle. It is also lightweight, which is always a must for the gun-toting cosmonaut.

While the TP-82 was released several years ago, this is the first time the Russian Space Agency has spoken on their intentions to actually have it taken up into space, having refused to do so previously.

No official mission has been released.


One Response to “Russian Space Agency To Officially Release ‘Blaster Gun’ On Missions?”

  1. Bobert on February 4th, 2009 2:54 am

    Actually, it’s being retired. And it was never intended for use against other astronauts/cosmonauts – it was designed just in case the cosmonauts touched down in hostile terrain back on Earth.

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