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Soyuz spacecraft carries sawed off shotgun

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  1. 2dogs

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15265-2003May5

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    In 1976, a Soyuz spacecraft came down in a freezing squall and splashed into a lake; the crew spent the night bobbing in the capsule.

    Eleven years before that, two cosmonauts overshot their touchdown site by 1,200 miles and found themselves deep in a forest with hungry wolves. That's when Russian space officials decided to pack a sawed-off shotgun aboard every spacecraft.
     
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    I doubt that the cosmonauts had to go thru additional expensive training or additional psychological testing (ala American airline pilots) to have it either.:)
     
  3. Soap

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    Is there a 155.48 RUR tax?
     
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    Not so great for repelling boarders in orbit, however. Remember all those Hollywood airliner-cabin depressurization scenes you've been told were untrue...? :D

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    Nothing like a lupara for peace of mind.
     
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    Speaking of which...
    Breaking news right now that a Soviet-made Ilyushin airliner carrying 129 Congo police officers and their families opened its rear cargo ramp at altitude. Sucked everybody out. :eek:

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    Actually, they started packing sawed off shotguns after they saw Alien.
     
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    If they had documented proof to go with it, these guns would be worth a fortune to collectors. Very rare and no source of new ones in the foreseeable future.
     
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