Firearms in Outer Space
Now this is an interesting tid bit.
First gun to ever to be taken into space
The first gun to be taken into space was holstered by Yuri Gagarin, who was also the first man in space. This Soviet cosmonaut allegedly carried a Makarov pistol on the Vostok 1 flight on April 12, 1961. He was to use the weapon as self defense in case he landed in hostile territory or came across dangerous wildlife when landing back on Earth.
The Largest Firearm ever to be taken into space
The Soviet Union between the years of 1986 and 2007 were equipping their cosmonauts with TP-82 firearms. This was a triple-barrel combo weapon with a pistol/carbine/shotgun and flaregun. It had a detachable stock that concealed a machete! Can you believe it? This thing weighed in at 5.3 lbs. and was also given as a form of protection against wild animals in the event they landed in the Siberian wilderness!