Alaska Kid

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Alaska Kid
Alaska Kid DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country GER.jpg Germany
POL.jpg Poland
RUS.jpg Russia
Language English
Channel ZDF
Creator James Hill
Paul Nicholas
Genre Adventure
Broadcast 1993
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 13
Main Cast
Character Actor
Christopher Bellew aka Alaska Kid Mark Pillow
Shorty Donovan Scott
Joy Hanson Dawn Merrick
John Bellew Raimund Harmstorf
Charley Hanson Vladimir Soshalsky
Sprague Edward Zentara
Stine Aleksandr Kuznetsov
Olaf Craig Alan



Alaska Kid (Polish title Zloto Alaski ("Gold of Alaska") is a 1993 co-production German-Polish-Russian adventure TV series based on the short stories anthology Smoke Bellew (1912) by Jack London, set during the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.

The following weapons were used in the television series Alaska Kid:


Contents


Revolvers

Custom Nagant M1895

A pair of custom Nagant M1895s are used throughout the series, seen in hands of various characters, including Chris "Alaska Kid" Bellew (Mark Pillow), Shorty (Donovan Scott), Sprague (Edward Zentara) and Stine (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) (these two characters, episodic in the original work, in the series turned into recurring villains, the main enemies of the main characters). The revolvers have heavy long barrels, possibly of a target version, and wide Colt-style grips. The result distantly resembles Colt revolvers of late 19th-early 20th century.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
For comparison: A long barreled target version of Nagant M1895 - .22 LR
Sprague and Stine aim their revolvers at Kid and Shorty (Ep.3).
Sprague and Stine burst into the party for robbery (Ep.7).
Stine holds his revolver.
Kid holds a revolver when he and Shortie shoot at empty bottles (Ep.7).
Shorty holds a long barreled Nagant (Ep.8).
Shorty aims two Nagants at escaped convicts Cal (Anatoliy Mambetov) and Duncan (Aleksandr Bureyev) who are armed with Winchester M1895 rifles.
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Frank Reeves (Igor Volkov), the leader of the gang of escaped convicts, holds a long barreled Nagant.
Frank takes hostage. A good view of post-1930 front sight.
Stine draws his revolver during a conflict with Sprague and prepares to fire the revolver in typical "Wild West" mode (Ep.10).
Gang boss Big Jim (Igor Vorobyov) holds a custom Nagant when the gang sneaks in Robert Somerset's house (Ep.11).
Stine holds his revolver at Big Jim's head.
Big Jim and Sprague fire custom Nagants while Stine (at the background) holds a standard Nagant. This scene appears to be a proof that only two custom long-barreled Nagants were used during the filming.

Nagant M1895

Standard Nagant M1895s are also seen in the series. These revolvers are of post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Orsini's henchman threatens Chris Bellew (Ep.1).
Another Orsini's henchman with a Nagant.
One of Big Jim's henchmen holds a standard Nagant (at the left). Next to him Big Jim holds a custom Nagant (Ep.11).
Another view of the Nagant.
Robert Somerset's Chinese manservant Chin (Seydulla Moldakhanov) draws a Nagant during the gambling in Col. Bowie's house (Ep.11).
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Chin holds Olaf at gunpoint.
Robert Somerset (John Phillip Law) with Chin's revolver.
Big Jim and Sprague fire custom Nagants while Stine (at the background) holds a standard Nagant.
Kid disarms Robert and fires the Nagant at Big Jim.
The Nagant on the floor.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

In Ep.2 Shorty (Donovan Scott) holds a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (factory bare finish) - 11x17.8mmR
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Shorty raises his revolver at the cardsharp. Note that the barrel is deactivated.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers are used by a one-eyed bandit in Ep.2 and by Stine (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) in Ep.13.

Smith & Wesson No 3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
One-eyed bandit's (uncredited) custom Nagant, seen in previous moment, switches to a Smith & Wesson Russian model revolver (Ep.2).
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Another view of the revolver. The position of fingers of the bandit allows to guess that the revolver has a spur on trigger guard that in turn allows to identify the gun as Russian model. Also note that the walls of the barrel look too thick for a standard revolver of this model, and the chambers of cylinder are closed; possibly this revolver is a kind of mockup.
What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Russian model revolver is seen in Shorty's holster on the wall of a hotel room where Kid and Shorty stay (Ep.8). When Shorty later holds his revolver in this episode, it is not a Smith & Wesson but a custom Nagant.
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Stine holds a Smith & Wesson Russian model revolver (instead of his usual custom Nagant) during his conflict with Sprague (Ep.13).

Webley .38 Mk IV "Duty" model

In Ep.11 one of Big Jim's henchmen uses a Webley .38 Mk IV "Duty" model revolver. Later in same episode same revolver is seen in hands of a swindler, posing himself as British Duke Robert Somerset (John Phillip Law), and his "sister" Victoria (Edie Lehmann Boddicker).

Webley Mk IV, 4" barreled "Duty" model - .38 S&W
Big Jim's henchman holds a Webley (at the left) during the attempt to break in Robert Somerset's house.
A close view of the revolver. The front sight looks too angular for a standard .38 Webley, it appears to be a custom piece.
The light brown wooden grip, uncommon for Webley revolvers, also appears to be a custom piece.
Robert Somerset draws his revolver during the gambling in Col. Bowie's house and aims it at the Colonel.
The barrel and front sight are seen better.
Another view of Somerset's revolver.
The grip is seen.
Victoria holds the revolver.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1895

The only model of rifle, seen in the series, is Winchester Model 1895. The screen guns are of Russian contract model, out of time of the events of the series.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
John Bellew (Raimund Harmstorf) holds a Winchester M1895 (Ep.1). Note the loading bridge of Russian contract model.
Chris Bellew, now known as Alaska Kid, and his companion Shorty with Winchesters (Ep.2).
Shorty with a Winchester (Ep.3).
Stine (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) (at the foreground) and Sprague (Edward Zentara) hold Winchesters when they kidnap Labisquee (Ep.4).
Another view of Stine and Sprague with Winchesters.
Kid holds his Winchester during the shootout with Sprague and Stine on the road to Squaw Creek (in next scene Kid's Winchester with light colored receiver switches to a blued one).
Sprague and Stine fire at Indians.
Kid surprises the bandits.
Escaped convict Frank Reeves (Igor Volkov) holds a rifle (Ep.8).
Shorty aims two long barreled Nagants at escaped convicts Duncan (Aleksandr Bureyev) and Cal (Anatoliy Mambetov) who are armed with Winchester M1895 rifles.
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Wounded Sheriff Clark (Pauls Butkevics) shoots Cal and Duncan when they try to escape.
Stine fires at Olaf during the robbery of Dawson bank (Ep.12).
Sprague aims at Stine (Ep.13).
He loads the rifle with a last cartrige.
Kid aims at Sprague.

Shotguns

Single Barreled Shotgun

Gold prospectors carry Single Barreled Shotguns of unclear model(s) in Eps.1 and 6. In Ep.8 a single barreled shotgun is seen in hands of a prison warden.

For comparison: Izhmekh IZh-18EM-M - 12 gauge
Gold prospector Marty (Artur Barcis) holds a single barreled shotgun (Ep.1).
One of the gold prospectors, pursuing escaping Kid, holds a single barreled shotgun (the barrel is seen at far left) (Ep.6).
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A prison warden holds a single barreld shotgun (Ep.8). It seems to be an IZh shotgun, possibly IZh-18.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns of unclear model(s) are widely used by gold prospectors. Most if not all of them are with exposed hammers.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

For comparison: TOZ-63 - 16 gauge. An example of double barreled shotgun with exposed hammer that could be used in the series.
Mr. Orsini (Aleksandr Alekseev, credited as Aleksandr Alekseew) holds a double barreled shotgun when he catches his unfaithful wife with Chris Bellew (Ep.1).
Shorty sleeps with a double barreled shotgun at hand (Ep.5). In previous moment his weapon was a Winchester M1895.
One of the gold prospectors (a man in blue coat in center), pursuing escaping Kid, holds a double barreled shotgun (Ep.6).
Kid aims a shotgun at disarmed gold prospectors.
Kid confronts the bandits.
Sally Bunce (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) fires at Kid, taking him for a bandit (Ep.7).
Kid disarms Sally.
An aged gold prospector, resident of ghost town Golden Gates, aims a shotgun at Sprague and Stine (Ep.12).

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