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Russia: See footage of top-secret space laser pistol! *EXCLUSIVE*01:41

Russia: See footage of top-secret space laser pistol! *EXCLUSIVE*

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 20, 2015 at 07:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ruptly was granted exclusive access to film what was one of the Soviet Union's most closely guarded secret weapons - laser guns for use in space - in Moscow, Friday. If you ever thought how to protect yourself from aliens when you are in space, this exclusive footage may suggest an answer. The weapons, however, were designed in the Cold War and are a reminder of a time when the weaponisation of space was verging on actuality.

Operated by what is described as a pyrotechnic flash lamp and initially developed back in 1984, three prototypes of various sizes were constructed and are now in the Museum of the Strategic Missile Forces in Moscow. The larger of the pistols looks like it is straight out of a science fiction film and has an effective range of 20 metres. It was fed with an eight round magazine.

Each round would send out a battery powered flash designed to burn through enemy space suits. The revolver operates in a similar way with six flashbulb rounds and could be modified for use as a medical instrument. There was a smaller pistol which contained only one shot of the laser flash.

The laser guns were deemed necessary because the recoil of a typical weapon would send the firer flying through the low gravity atmosphere.

Russia: See footage of top-secret space laser pistol! *EXCLUSIVE*01:41
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Ruptly was granted exclusive access to film what was one of the Soviet Union's most closely guarded secret weapons - laser guns for use in space - in Moscow, Friday. If you ever thought how to protect yourself from aliens when you are in space, this exclusive footage may suggest an answer. The weapons, however, were designed in the Cold War and are a reminder of a time when the weaponisation of space was verging on actuality.

Operated by what is described as a pyrotechnic flash lamp and initially developed back in 1984, three prototypes of various sizes were constructed and are now in the Museum of the Strategic Missile Forces in Moscow. The larger of the pistols looks like it is straight out of a science fiction film and has an effective range of 20 metres. It was fed with an eight round magazine.

Each round would send out a battery powered flash designed to burn through enemy space suits. The revolver operates in a similar way with six flashbulb rounds and could be modified for use as a medical instrument. There was a smaller pistol which contained only one shot of the laser flash.

The laser guns were deemed necessary because the recoil of a typical weapon would send the firer flying through the low gravity atmosphere.

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