The Russian cosmonaut survival gun, the TP-82, is a very unique firearm. It was issued to cosmonauts heading off to space.
The TP-82 survival gun was a tool carried by Russian cosmonauts from 1986 to 2006. Why would you need a gun in space you might ask? Well, it’s a long way to space and if the space craft crew crash-landed in the Russian wilderness, a firearm for hunting and defense from wild animals would come quite in handy.
This three-barreled “pistol” was equipped with two 32 gauge shotgun barrels above a single 5.45x39mm rifle barrel. What made this survival gun even more interesting is that it came with a detachable shoulder stock that was actually a machete in its own canvas sheath. Talk about a survival multi-tool!
Sadly these guns seem to have gone into discontinuation, due to a report in 2007 deeming the ammunition as no longer usable. Semi-automatic pistols would be issued instead of the TP-82.
The Russian TP-82 survival gun served its pilots well, where their space capsules would parachute back to Earth into the deep Russian wilderness. We can only speculate if these weapons were ever truly put to good use by the space crews that carried them.
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