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Front
Front2014-Poster.jpg
Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
German
Polish
Creator Vladimir Balkashinov
Broadcast 2014
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Main Cast
Character Actor
Katarzyna Stuhr Magdalena Górska
Vlad Volnyi Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk
Capt. Vasiliy Litvin Roman Ageev
Aleksey Mishin Mitya Labush
Col. Pavel Ivanovich Khlopko Igor Chernevich
Anna Kruchinina Yuliya Marchenko
Oberst von Meyers Vadim Skvirskiy



Front is a 2014 Russian war drama TV series. During the WW2 Soviet intelligence service retrieves information about Nazi Germany nuclear weapons program. The plans include an abduction of some person who is involved in the works of Auerge corporation. Agent Vladimir Volnov alias Vlad Volnyi (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk) meets Katarzyna Stuhr (Magdalena Górska), a Polish physicist who has to participate in the research but wants to escape to safety.

The following weapons were used in the television series Front:


Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in several scenes, notably used by Vladimir Volnov alias Vlad Volnyi (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk) and Katarzyna Stuhr (Magdalena Górska). Probably two props are used throughout the series, and judging by the flashes from muzzles and cylinders, both revolvers are blank-firing versions. One of these guns can be identified as "Blef", while another revolver lacks any visual markings that allow to identify the exact version. This gun has a pre-1930 rounded front sight.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38R Nagant
"Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"), a blank-firing version of Nagant M1895 - .22 Gevelot small cap
A crewmember of a Soviet plane fires a Nagant at German soldiers. This revolver is a version with pre-1930 front sight.
Another view of the same scene. Abundant sparks from the cylinder are a sign of blank-firing Nagant.
Vlad holds a Nagant during the attack of bandits. This revolver is same version with pre-1930 front sight.
Katarzyna covertly takes the revolver from Vlad's belt.
Katarzyna aims the revolver at a female bandit, disguised as a Red Army military traffic controller.
Vlad takes the revolver from Katarzyna and puts it on the ground.
Vlad holds a Nagant on shooting range. This is again the same prop.
Col. Khlopko's driver, a Lieutenant of State Security (Aleksey Telesh) aims a Nagant. This revolver is a "Blef", and the TOZ stamp on the body matches 1921-1925 years of production. So originally this Nagant must have had a rounded front sight that was probably replaced with a post-1930 angular one during the conversion into blank-firing gun.
The same character's revolver switches to a Nagant with rounded front sight due to a continuity error.
The revolver again swtiches to the "Blef" and is seen firing.
A Nagant with rounded front sight is seen in hands of a Militsioner at the left. Another Militsioner seems to hold the "Blef" revolver.

Pistols

TT-33

TT-33 pistols are used by Vlad Volnyi (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk), Capt. of State Security Vasiliy Litvin (Roman Ageev) and other State Security and Red Army officers, and German agents Yushka (Pavel Kharizanov) and Shut ("Jester") (Mitya Labush). All pistols that are seen close are of pre-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A crewmember of a Soviet plane fires a TT at German soldiers. The slide is jammed by the partially extracted cartridge.
Yushka, disguised as a Soviet State Security officer, confronts his old enemy Shut. The TT holster is seen perfectly.
A good view of Yushka's TT. Note the pre-1947 slide serration.
The pistol on Yuska's dead body. The deactivating pin is seen in the muzzle.
Shut who turns out to be a Soviet agent Aleksey Mishin, fires a TT.
Vlad holds a TT, taken from uncovered and disarmed agent Bukhta ("Bay") (Egor Bakulin).
Litvin fires a TT towards a petty criminal in order to frighten him.
A good view of the TT when wounded Aleksey Mishin surrenders his pistol.
An Sr. Lieutenant of State Security (Aleksandr Soldatov) holds a TT, confiscated from arrested Col. of State Security Pavel Ivanovich Khlopko (Igor Chernevich).
Lieutenant of State Security Nina (Elizaveta Nilova), impersonating Katarzyna Stuhr, holds a TT.
Litvin, uncovered as a German agent, fires a TT at the car with fake Katarzyna.
Vlad holds a TT during the arrest of Litvin.

Luger P08

Vlad Volnyi (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk), Soviet agent Trokhin (Yuriy Itskov), and one of the bandits use Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Trokhin fires at abducted German scientist Gutts.
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The pistol is seen firing and extracting the spent brass.
Vlad fires a Luger, distracting the pursuers from Katarzyna. In previous moment he holds a non-firing Denix replica of P08 (see below).
The moving jointed arm and spent brass in midair are seen.
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Another view of Vlad's firing Luger.
Bandits with a P08 and a P38.

Luger P08 (replica)

Replicas of Luger P08 are seen in several scenes. Some of them can be identified as non-firing Denix replica, while one pistol, reused in several scenes, seems to be a gas-firing pistol (such "gas Lugers" were produced under Mauser, Erma and other brands). Unlike live Lugers (see above), these replicas "fire" with CGI effects.

Plainclothes Abwehr operatives hold Lugers during the shootout with Trokhin's group. Their pistol turn out to be replicas as the jointed arms doesn't move during the "firing".
Vlad holds a Luger when planning to kill Katarzyna.
Close-ups of Vlad's pistol allow to identify it as a Denix model.
Vlad holds the Denix P08 in another scene.
A closeup of the Denix P08 in sleeping Vlad's hand. In next scene he uses a real Luger (see above).
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Yefreytor (Corp.) Olga Belyakova (Olga Kuzmina) aims a Luger at Aleksey Mishin (Mitya Labush) (she has a Walther P38 in previous scene). This P08 also turns out to be a replica.
Mishin disarms Olga but then gives back the pistol.
In the scene in German hospital Trokhin (Yuriy Itskov) holds a Luger that turns out to be a gas-firing version.
Same prop is seen in hands of a female bandit, disguised as a Red Army military traffic controller. Note the squarish grip platings.

Walther P38

Several German officers carry Walther P38 pistols. P38s are also seen in hands of Yefreytor Olga Belyakova (Olga Kuzmina), and an unnamed bandit.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
An Abwehr officer Maj. Lems (Artur Kharitonenko) holds a P38.
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An officer holds a P38 during the shootout with Trokhin's group.
Olga holds a P38 when she meets Mishin and accidentally fires towards him. Due to a continuity error in next episode she carries a Luger (see above).
Hauptman (Capt.) Schalke (Rodion Prikhodko) carries his P38 in the universal holster for P08/P38 pistols.
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Schalke kills a tortured Polish boy.
Bandits with a P08 and a P38.

Walther PPK

Abwehr agent Anna Kruchinina (Yuliya Marchenko) carries a Walther PPK in the scene in Col. Khlopko's car.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK with orange bakelite grips, lanyard ring, smaller rear sight, grooved top, and irregular front - .32 ACP
Kruchinina aims her pistol at Col. of State Security Pavel Ivanovich Khlopko (Igor Chernevich).
A good view of the pistol. Some illegible sign is seen on the front of the slide. The muzzle is visibly blocked; possibly the live pistol was converted into blank- or gas-firing gun.
The slide moves when Anna fires at the driver.
Khlopko disarms Anna. The grip is seen.

Walther PPK (replica)

A Walther PPK, carried by Abwehr officer Oberst (Col.) von Meyers (Vadim Skvirskiy), turns out to be a Denix replica.

A good view of von Meyers' holster, a typical German pattern for compact pistols.
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Von Meyers holds his pistol...
...and commits suicide. Curiously, the safety switch of the PPK is on the "safe" position.

Browning Hi-Power

In one scene Vlad takes the uniform and handgun from a killed Abwehr Lt. (Igor Golovin). The pistol is a Browning Hi-Power that was adopted in Nazi Germany as Pistole 640(b), but the actual screen gun is a post-war model.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
Vlad fires a Hi-Power.
Vlad holds the pistol. The holster on his belt is a correct German pattern, issued for wartime produced Hi-Power pistols.
A good view of the discharged pistol.

Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

Soviet officers and soldiers, notably Capt. Vasiliy Litvin (Roman Ageev) and Aleksey Mishin (Mitya Labush), and Polish partisans widely use PPSh-41 submachine guns, mostly with drum magazines except for the PPSh of the commander of the Polish partisans group Voznyak (Aleksandr Stroev).

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Litvin and one of his scouts with PPSh-41s.
Litvin holds a PPSh.
A good view of a PPSh.
A Starshina of Militsiya carries a PPSh and holster for Nagant M1895 revolver.
Voznyak holds a PPSh with stick magazine.
Voznyak fires his PPSh.
Pvt. Misha Kuptsov (Vyacheslav Korobitsin) holds a PPSh.
A Lieutenant (Aleksey Vasilyev) fires a PPSh, defending the car with Katarzyna and Vlad.
Mishin with a PPSh.
A close-up of a PPSh in hands of a Sergeant of State Security.

PPS-43

PPS-43 submachine guns are used by a crewmember of a Soviet plane Burin (Vladimir Maslakov) and State Security and Militsiya personnel.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Burin carries a PPS-43.
Burin fires at German soldiers.
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Litvin fires at a State Security officer, armed with a PPS-43.
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A Starshina of Militsiya fires a PPS at escaping Litvin. He also carries a Nagant holster, possibly with a revolver inside.

MP38

MP38 submachine guns are used by Vlad Volnyi (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk), Trokhin (Yuriy Itskov), one of his men (Sergey Sobolev), criminals Shchepa ("Splinter") (Artem Bordovsky) and Sych ("Owl") (Sergei Dyachkov), and some German soldiers. Probably two instances are used, one of the early version and another one of the late version that is sometimes referred as MP38/40.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Trokhin's assistant fires an MP38 during the abduction of Gutts.
Same submachine gun is seen from another side. The cocking handle matches the first version of MP38.
Vlad fires an MP38, taken from a killed German soldier.
Vlad with MP38.
A German soldier fires at Katarzyna, swimming across the river. Note the deactivating elements in the muzzle.
Another view of the same MP38.
German soldiers with MP38 and MP40 meet Vlad in the forest.
Trokhin fires an MP38. The cocking handle matches the late version of MP38.
Sych carries an MP38.
Gang boss Shchepa with an MP38.
Sych and Shchepa with MP38s.
The bandits fire at the car with Vlad and Katarzyna.

MP40

Only a single real MP40 is seen throughout the series, reused in several scenes (other MP40s are Denix replicas, see below). This is an early "transitional" version with smooth magazine well.

MP40 - 9x19mm
One of the soldiers of Auerge guard holds an MP40.
A Polish partisan carries an MP40.
A German soldier fires an MP40 during the night battle.
A German soldier with MP40 during the hunt for Katarzyna.
A German NCO (at the left) holds an MP40.
A closeup of same character's gun.
Trokhin (Yuriy Itskov) takes an MP38 and an MP40 from a bag. The pistol grip of MP40 is seen.
He readies the MP40.

MP40 (replica)

Most MP40s, used in the series, are non-firing Denix replicas. They are identified by silumin surface, visibly different from stamped blued steel of real guns, and by the shape and position of some details (one of the such features is the ejection port cover that looks recessed in comparison with real guns due to thicker silumin walls).

A sentry at the Auerge building.
A sentry inside the Auerge building.
A soldier in the scene in Vlad's house.
A soldier stops the brawl among the trainees of Abwehr training center.
A sentry with a replica MP40 that has an front sight without hood (a feature of Denix MP40 replicas of early manufacture).
Polish partisan Lech (Marcin Rój) in German uniform aims a replica MP40 at Vlad and Katarzyna.
German soldiers find the parachutes of Vlad and Katarzyna.
Vlad, in German uniform, holds a Denix MP40.
Sych with MP40. In the following moment he holds an MP38.
Due to a continuity error, Shchepa's MP38 switches to a replica MP40.

MP41

Two of the German soldiers are armed with MP41 SMGs during the shootout with Trokhin's men (possibly a single prop is reused).

MP41 - 9x19mm
A soldier at the right holds an MP41.
Same soldier is seen in center.
The soldier fires his MP41. The bolt of the submachine gun doesn't move, no spent ammo is seen, so the "shooting" is probably a CGI effect.
The MP41 is seen in the window at the far left.

Erma EMP-35

One of the German soldiers is armed with a Erma EMP-35 SMG during the shootout with Trokhin's men.

Erma EMP - 9x19mm. This is an earlier model, sometimes named Erma MP34. Note the tangent rear sight and lack of a safety latch.
A EMP-35 is seen at the right.
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A soldier fires his EMP-35. The bolt of the submachine gun doesn't move, no spent ammo is seen, so the "shooting" is probably a CGI effect.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

In the scene in the hospital one of the German soldiers holds a Sturmgewehr 44 that doesn't fit for Summer 1943 when the plot is set.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
A soldier near the ladder aims an StG 44.
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A soldier with the StG 44 is among the group, breaking in the hospital.

Tokarev SVT-40

Two Polish partisans carry SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
An SVT-40 is seen in hands of a partisan.
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Another partisan fires his SVT-40. The rifle fires on screen, extracting the spent brass.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
An M91/30 rifle and a PPSh-41 in the tent of the battalion commander.
An elderly soldier Mikhalych (Evgeniy Kapitonov) holds an M91/30 rifle.
Egorov (Dmitriy Shaygardanov) carries an M91/30 rifle.
Two soldiers (Denis Pyanov at the left, Artyom Leshchik at the right) who went fishing grab their rifles and aim at Vlad who swim across a frontline river. One of the rifles has a bayonet attached backwards.
Another view of these two rifles.
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Vlad seizes the rifle of moustached soldier. Note the lack of the hood on the front sight.
Sgt. Utrobin (Andrey Perovich), a guard in the displaced persons camp, holds a rifle.
Sgt. Utrobin carries a rifle.
Soldiers with M91/30 and PPSh aim at Vlad and Katarzyna.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the foreground maintains his carbine.
A soldier at the left holds an M38 Carbine.
Two soldiers carry M38 Carbines.
Soldiers aim M38 carbines and M91/30 rifles at Mishin.
Another view of the same scene.

Karabiner 98k

In several scenes German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
During the attack on landed Soviet plane some German soldiers carry 98k rifles.
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A soldier "fires" his rifle twice in a row, without reloading.
One of the sentries carries a 98k rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

A full-length Mauser rifle, most likely a Mauser Gewehr 1898 with a conventional tangent-leaf sight (G98M), is briefly seen on the positions of a Soviet unit.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Mauser rifle is seen together with Soviet Mosin rifles.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Master ("Craftsman") (Igor Lepikhin), one of the agents of Kruchinina's group, uses a DP-27 during the attack on the car with Katarzyna and Vlad. A DP-27 is also used by Polish partisans.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A DP-27 in hands of a Polish partisan is seen at the left.
The barrel of the DP in Master's hands.
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Master readies the machine gun.
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Master aims from the window.
Master is arrested by State Security operatives.

MG34

MG34, mounted on motorcycles, are seen in several scenes.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of the MG34 is seen at the left.
Two motorcycles with MG34 machine guns on the forest road.
An MG34 is seen at the right.

ZB-26

A ZB-26 (or possibly ZB-30) light machine gun is used by German soldiers during the night attack on the landed Soviet plane.

ZB-26 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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A soldier in center fires a ZB-26. Note the lack of the rotating knob of the range adjustment mechanism.
A view from another side.

Other Weapons

Leuchtpistole 42

A German soldier who finds parachutes of Vlad and Katarzyna in the forest, shoots a Leuchtpistole 42 flare pistol.

Leuchtpistole 42 Flare Pistol - 26.65mm
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A soldier readies the flare pistol.
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He fires.

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are used by Vlad (Pavel Yuzhakov-Kharlanchuk), Capt. Litvin (Roman Ageev), Mishin (Mitya Labush), Col. Khlopko (Igor Chernevich), Voznyak (Aleksandr Stroev), Soviet scouts and Abwehr agents. Most if not all grenades turn out to be practice URG version.

URG F-1 practice grenade
One of Litvin's scouts uses an F-1 to make a booby trap.
Voznyak carries an F-1.
Voznyak throws up a grenade with his leg.
While flying in a German plane that paradrops agents on Soviet territory, Mishin covertly activates a grenade...
...and leaves it in the plane with predictable consequences.
A German soldier on the motorcycle carries an F-1 grenade on his belt. Vlad covertly steals another grenade...
...and uses it.
Litvin throws a grenade.
A German agent of Kruchinina's group tries to throw a grenade but is gunned down.
In responses to Kruchinina's Walther, Khpolko holds a grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Trokhin (Yuriy Itskov) and one his men (Boris Dragilyov) use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Trokhin's man throws a grenade at a car during the abduction of scientist Gutts.
Trokhin holds a grenade in the scene in the hospital.
He hands the last grenade to his man who is gravely wounded.
A close-up of this grenade. Note that the body looks different, very crumpled.
The scene in a moment before the grenade explodes. Again this is a prop with smooth, intact body.

Schrapnellmine

An anti-personnel mine is see when Katarzyna wades to the front line. It is a German S-Mine with tripwire-activated fuse.

S-Mine 35.
Note the tripwire adapter, used instead of the standard three-pronged pressure fuse.



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