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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