My Dushka finally has its carriage. Planning on sandblasting it and painting it over to remove the age and rust, better to preserve it, cause it was sitting in a warehouse for decades. The whole setup I think tips the scales at around 400+ lbs, unloaded. 100 rounds of 50 BMG hanging off the side in the ammo can would add a bit more. I have no idea who this will fit into my room. (GRH)
The Russian Cosmonaut Gun,
Starting in 1986 Russian Cosmonauts began to carry a special gun into space. These guns were not meant to fight off space aliens and any other kind of intergalactic threat, but were meant as an emergency survival weapon. Often Russian missions involved landing in remote areas of Siberia. Pickup and recovery could take a while, especially if they happened to be off course. In addition if they had to abandon a space ship or station and their escape pod may land in the middle of the wilderness on some far off continent. Thus they were issued a special survival guns to fend off predators or hunt for food.
The TP-82 was a simple three barreled break open firearm that sported two calibers. The upper two barrels were smoothbore and chambered for a special 12.5x70mm (40 gauge) shot shell ideal for hunting small game. The bottom third barrel was rifled and chambered for 5.45x39mm rifle cartridge which was good for small game but also could be used for larger animals in a pinch.
The TP-82 was issued to Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts from 1982 up to 2006. In 2007 the Russian Space Agency’s store of the rare 12.5x70mm shotshell ammunition expired in terms of shelf life. Since then Russian Cosmonauts are issued regular semi automatic pistols with their emergency gear.
Silver mounted miquelet pistol produced in Brescia, Italy for the Balkan market, 19th century.
A pair of Russian revolvers
Pre-revolution Russian firearms were made to high standards. Pictured is a pair of 19th century revolvers from Tula. The first is based on the Colt 1851 Navy revolver and dates to around 1855. It is engraved with floral patterns and is fitted with a wooden “saw handle”. A detachable skeleton stock is pictured just below. Among the engravings is a scene illustrating the siege of Sevastopol.
The second revolver is a centrefire, single-action pistol designed for Cossacks. The frame is hinged. The entire butt and barrel are made from sheet silver and decorated with niello. There are no markings indicating the date but it definitely dates to the late 19th century.
Both from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
In about three months I’ll be allowed to walk around town like this. How awesome is that?
A Ukrainian serviceman prepares a position on the roof of a building outside Donetsk, August 15, 2014. The European Union said on Friday it would consider any unilateral military actions by Russia in Ukraine as “a blatant violation of international law”. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Italian girl in Adrian helmet, fur coat, and Vetterli Vitali rifle with bayonet, WWI