Gladiator for Rent (Gladiator po naymu)

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Gladiator for Rent
Gladiator po naymu
Gladiator po naymu.jpg
DVD cover
Country Flag of Belarus (1991-1995).jpg Belarus
UKR.jpg Ukraine
Directed by Dmitriy Zaytsev
Release Date 1993
Language Russian
Studio Aerokosmicheskaya Kompaniya Vertikal'
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yeva Lukachyova Marina Mogilevskaya
Ilya Mirsky Aleksandr Peskov
Police Commissioner Boris Nevzorov
Stas Kostylev Sergey Gazarov
Lukich Vladas Bagdonas
Guriy Lukachyov Nikolai Yeryomenko, Sr.
Sillart Aleksandr Sajko
Esther Hanna Dunowska

Gladiator for Rent (Gladiator po naymu; Russian: Гладиатор по найму) is a 1993 Belarusian-Ukrainian detective/crime drama based on the novel "The Case of the Velvet Claws" by Erle Stanley Gardner. The owner of the private detective agency Ilya Mirsky (nicknamed "Gladiator for Hire" for his habit of taking the hard cases) receives a tempting offer from the wife of media mogul Yeva Lukachyova (who uses an alias Yeva Adamovich) - he should not allow the leak of compromising information, which would deprive Yeva of her multimillion-dollar inheritance. Deciding to take the case, Ilya could have hardly imagined that he would have to face a whole series of sophisticated murder, and that the result would be in the danger of his own life.

The following weapons were used in the film Gladiator for Rent (Gladiator po naymu):



Short-Barreled Nagant M1895

Ilya Mirsky (Aleksandr Peskov) carries short-barelled Nagant M1895 Revolver as his pocket sidearm.

Nagant M1895 Revolver with 3.3inch (85mm) barrel - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo).
Ilya fires Nagant M1895 during the car chase.


Guriy Lukachyov (Nikolai Yeryomenko, Sr.) has a P1001 pistol, the East Germany-produced copy of Walther PP. The same gun subsequently uses by Yeva (Marina Mogilevskaya); and later his nephew, Stas Kostylev (Sergey Gazarov).

P1001, a East German copy of the Walther PP - 7.65x17mm
Guriy Lukachyov holds P1001.
Guriy's P1001, lying on the floor.
Yeva holds P1001.
Stas fires P1001 pistol.

Supressed Walther P38

What appears to be an supressed Walther P38 is used by Ilya Mirsky in the final scene.

Walther P38 with unmounted suppressor - 9x19mm
Ilya pulls a pistol.
Gpn supressedp38 2.jpg

Assault Rifles


The AKS-74U rifles could be seen used by police officers and a several guards.

AKS-74U (also referred to as the "AKSU" or 'Krinkov') - 5.45x39mm
A guard holding AKS-74U.
Policemen with AKS-74Us.
Police officers with AKS-74Us, during the police assault.

Epstein's Gun Shop

One scene in the film that requires its own section is the Epstein's Gun Shop. Several different types of weapons could be seen here. Most of them are shown only from a distance and are a little blurry, but, nevertheless, could be easily identified. Note: Guns which were already on the page are listed here again to save space.


Several P1001 pistols appear in the Epstein's Gun Shop (Guriy's own P1001 pistol was bought in this shop).

P1001, a East German copy of the Walther PP - 7.65x17mm
Several P1001s visible on the lower shelf.

Tokarev TT-33

Several TT-33 pistols could be seen in the Epstein's Gun Shop.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
TT-33s visible on the top shelf.

Luger P08

The Luger P08 also appears inter alia firearms.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Luger P08 seen on the number 1.

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol

What appears to be an nickel-plated 1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol is seen in the Epstein's Gun Shop.

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
Nickel-plated Mauser M1914 Pistol seen on the number 2.
Other view to the pistol.

FN Model 1905

Four pocket pistols (two of which are nickel-plated) also appears inter alia weapons. It appears to be a FN Model 1905 or some of its numerous clones of Spanish Eibar origin.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
Pocket pistols seen on the number 3.

Supressed Walther P38

What appears to be a supressed Walther P38 is seen inter alia guns. The fact of the sale of supressed weapon in the official gun shop is purely cinematic. It is probably the same prop which is seen later in the hands of Mirsky.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Silenced P38 seen on the number 4.

Sturmgewehr 44 (Mocked up as a M16)

Several StG 44 rifles, mocked up as a M16, appear in the Epstein's Gun Shop. Note that this is a Belarusfilm's fake "M16", which differs from Mosfilm's "M16s".

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm.
Two modified StG 44s visible on the right.
Modified StG 44 visible on the top shelf.

Custom Compact StG-44

The custom compact StG-44 rifle is also seen in the gun shop. This is the exact same modified Sturmgewehr 44, that was previously used in the 1990 film Road Hawks (Stervyatniki na dorogakh).

Heavily modified short StG-44 seen on the number 5.

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