Until rather recently, every time a Russian crew went to space – from Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit to international crews traveling to the ISS, they’ve taken a gun along with them. This is the story of the incident that inspired them to design a special gun for space missions.
A cosmonaut remembers the exhilaration and terror of his first space mission
Pistol-packing for the final frontier: Why were cosmonauts armed?
Soyuz Survival Kit
TOZ-81 Mars – Russian Space Revolver
Drilling Pistol Part of Russian Space Gear…Until 2007
Modern Firearms – TP-82
How I Stopped Cosmonauts From Carrying Guns