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February 15, 2008

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Stick ’em Up Spaceman!

Seems some folks are making a big deal out of the revelation that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have access to a gun.

Apparently the Russians include some type of firearm in the survival gear that goes with their Soyuz capsule, a fact which doesn’t sit well with the former NASA employee quoted in the news story.

Now the Russians have developed some interesting firearms in their time but I think it would be hard to go wrong with something like Smith & Wesson’s Emergency Survival Kit, though I’m not sure that the book on surviving bear attacks would do much for our boys in orbit.

-John Snow


Robert W. Sprague

Finally we may have an appropriate application for the 500 s&w. I have seen the Alien movies, and although I'm not sure which is more frightening, Sigourney Weaver or the Alien, I definitely would not want to be undergunned in a life and death situation with an outer space monster or a liberal actress. I don't blame the Russians for being a bit nervous. Robert W. Sprague


That S&W survival kit is awsome! I may just have to order one for myself. If it just weren't $1,500!


"An armed society is a polite society" is the quote, but having survived in close quarters (2 1/2 years on a submarine) but not as close as a spce station, I would be very sure that the firearm wouldn't be used against other astronauts, but only for emergency purposes - remember, their lives depend on each other.