His Majesty's Secret Service (Sekretnaya sluzhba Ego Velichestva)

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His Majesty's Secret Service
(Sekretnaya sluzhba Ego Velichestva)
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Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Igor Kalyonov
Genre Adventure
Detective
Broadcast 2006
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 12 (6x2)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergey Viktorovich Izvekov Yuriy Tarasov
Prokhor Kuzmich Kulebyako Yuriy Itskov
Admiral Konstantin Romanovich Saburov Sergey Lysov
Gustav Karlovich Schlegel Valeriy Kukhareshin
Elizaveta Vladimirovna Svetlana Shchedrina
Margarita Andreevna Chatskaya Khelga Filippova



His Majesty's Secret Service (Sekretnaya sluzhba Ego Velichestva) is a Russian 2006 adventure TV series. The plot is set in Russia in 1903-1905. Sergey Viktorovich Izvekov (Yuriy Tarasov), a Moscow student whose bride was injured during an act of terror by revolutionaries, is invited to join the secret service that is established to prevent and combat terror in Russian Empire. Izvekov works together with a veteran detective Prokhor Kuzmich Kulebyako (Yuriy Itskov).

The following weapons were used in the television series His Majesty's Secret Service (Sekretnaya sluzhba Ego Velichestva):


Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are most widely used handguns in the series. They are seen in hands of the head of secret service Admiral Konstantin Romanovich Saburov (Sergey Lysov), the head of Moscow department Baron Gustav Karlovich Schlegel (Valeriy Kukhareshin), agents of the secret service "Kosoy" (Filipp Velichko), "Shpora" ("Spur") (Egor Bakulin) and several unnamed, revolutionaries Ivan Nikolaevich Azef (Aleksey Karelin), Valet (Pavel Basov), Mariya Surdina (Maya Motryuk), Marcello (Igor Botvin), Stepan (Vladimir Maslakov), Syoma (Aleksey Oding), Katerina (Tara Amirkhanova) and others, and criminal "Pyatnitsa" ("Friday") (Andrey Rodimov). All revolvers are of post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Schlegel fires a Nagant on shooting range in "The Aviator's Bride".
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Socialist Revolutionary (SR) fighter Mariya Surdina, disguised as a nurse, fires a Nagant.
Another view of Surdina's revolver.
A close-up of "Pyatnitsa"'s revolver in "The Red Mask".
Stepan holds a Nagant during the confrontation with Moscow criminals.
Agent "Kosoy" fires a Nagant during the chase after SR fighers in "Painter Vereshchagin".
Azef, the leader of SR fighters group, holds a Nagant.
Valet fires at Izvekov.
"Kosoy" leaves a pair of Nagant for Margarita Chatskaya in "Morozov's Pistol"..
Agents "Kosoy" and "Shpora" with Nagants in "The Last Cinema Show".
SR fighter Katerina fires at looters.

Blank firing Nagant

In "Morozov's Pistol" Pristav (head of local police) Platon Aristarkhovich (Pavel Yudakov) holds a blank firing version of Nagant, identified by the closeup of the muzzle. It is most likely one of numerous similar-looking gas-firing models, like R1 Naganych.

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Platon Aristarkhovich fires at an SR fighter.

Galand Revolver

Prokhor Kuzmich Kulebyako (Yuriy Itskov), a veteran of Moscow crime police and currently an operative of the secret service, carries a Galand Revolver throughout the series. Russian contract Galand revolver in 12x14mmR calibre was put into service in Russian Navy in 1869 as "4 1/2-line Galyan revolver" and served until 1881, so it is an outdated gun for early 1900s. As the series was filmed on the base of Lenfilm studio, this particular Galand may be the same prop that was seen in several Lenfilm productions, like Sobaka Baskerviley (1981).

Galand M1868 - 12mm (or a lesser-known 7mm or 9mm).
Kulebyako holds a Galand in "The Red Mask".
Kulebyako holds an open Galand revolver in "The Wolves".
Kulebyako holds his revolver in ambush on bandits.
Kulebyako holds the Galand.
A closup of Kulebyako's Galand in the scene in revolutionaries' headquarters in "The Last Cinema Show".
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A closeup of firing Galand.

Pistols

FN Model 1900

An FN Model 1900, one of the most modern handguns for 1903, is a personnal handgun of Sergey Viktorovich Izvekov (Yuriy Tarasov), an operative of the secret service and the main character of the series.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Izvekov arrests and disarms SR fighter Mariya Surdina, disguised as a nurse, in "The Aviator's Bride".
Izvekov fires at the car of revolutionary fighter Marcello in "The Red Mask".
Another view of Izvekov's pistol in same scene.
Izvekov fires at SR fighters in "Painter Vereshchagin".
An FN Model 1900 in hand of Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin (Vladimir Artyomov).
Izvekov holds the pistol after gunning down bandit "Kucheryaviy" in "The Wolves".
Pristav (head of local police) Platon Aristarkhovich (Pavel Yudakov) holds the wrongly confiscated FN Model 1900 in "Morozov's Pistol".
Izvekov holds his pistol during the encounter with Bolshevik group.
Izvekov fires at a revolutionary fighter in "The Last Cinema Show".
Izvekov fires at revolutionaries, trying to blow up a railway bridge.
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Izvekov with an FN Model 1900 on promotional images.

Mauser C96

The head of the Moscow department of the secret service Baron Gustav Karlovich Schlegel (Valeriy Kukhareshin) is seen with a Mauser C96 pistol in several episodes. This gun is a "Wartime Commercial" model that appeared only after 1912 and doesn't fit for 1903-1905. In "The Red Mask" a robber nicknamed "Pyatnitsa" ("Friday") (Andrey Rodimov) uses a C96.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. The screen gun is slightly different Wartime Commercial version.
Schlegel takes the pistol from the table on shooting range in "The Aviator's Bride".
Schlegel holds the pistol...
...and fires at targets. Note that the barrel is blocked.
"Pyatnitsa" holds a Mauser C96 during the bank robbery in "The Red Mask".
Another view of "Pyatnitsa"'s pistol.
Schlegel (in center) holds a Mauser C96 on shooting range in "Morozov's Pistol". Admiral Konstantin Romanovich Saburov (Sergey Lysov) holds a Nagant at the left.

CZ DUO

CZ DUO pocket pistol (most likely a post-war version known as CZ Z) is a plot item in "Morozov's Pistol". It is called "Browning" though it's too early for Model 1905 that the DUO is based on. This gun has custom grips with the monogramm of Savva Morozov, Russian textiles magnate, philanthropist and financial contributor of the Bolshevik party. In 1905 he died in France, officially as a result of a suicide, thought murder theories also exist.

CZ DUO - .25 ACP
Izvekov (Yuriy Tarasov) finds the pistol on the body of a church bell-ringer who fall from the belfry.
Kulebyako (Yuriy Itskov) examines the pistol.
The pistol in hands of Schlegel (Valeriy Kukhareshin).
One more view of the pistol.
Bolshevik leader Leonid Borisovich Krasin (Vladimir Ermakov) holds the pistol.
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Schlegel finds a cache under the grip plating.

Flintlock Pistol

Several Flintlock Pistols are seen on the wall in the office of the Moscow department of the secret service, acting under the cover of a fencing club. Most if not all of these pistols seem to be non-firing decorative "wall-hangers", possibly Denix production.

Three flintlock pistols and a percussion cap pistol on the stand in "The Aviator's Bride".
Two flintlock pistols on another stand in the same scene.
Another view of the pistols in "Morozov's Pistol".
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Closeups of same pistols in "The Last Cinema Show".

Percussion Cap Pistol

Several Percussion Cap Pistols are also seen on the wall. Like flintlock pistols, they also seem to be "wall-hangers".

A percussion cap pistol is seen on the bottom in "The Aviator's Bride".
When the office is restored after the turmoils in "The Last Cinema Show", one of the flintlock pistols is replaced with a percussion cap one.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles are used by Russian Army soldiers, police personnel, agent of secret service "Shpora" ("Spur") (Egor Bakulin), bandit "Kucheryavuy" ("Curly") (Aleksandr Kabanov), and revolutionaries. Most rifles have sling slots, Konovalov type rear sights and steel crossbolts; these features were issued in 1908-1910, after the events of the series.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle, post-1910 version - 7.62x54mm R
Police uryadnik (an NCO rank) Smorchkov (Stanislav Sokolov) carries an M91 Infantry rifle when he investigates the murder of a family in a village in "The Wolves".
Another view of Smorchkov's rifle in same scene.
"Shpora" holds an M91 Infantry rifle, acting as a bodyguard for Schlegel.
During the attack on Polikarpov's house "Kucheryavuy" carries an Infantry rifle instead of previously seen Dragoon model.
A close view of "Shpora"'s rifle.
Soldiers of Preobrazhensky Guards regiment during the events of Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 in St. Petersburg. Most soldiers, including Pvts. Zverev (Evgeniy Sirotin), Khloponin (Aleksey Selyanov), and unnamed NCO (Pyotr Smirnov), are armed with correct Infantry rifles while Rudakov (Sergey Safronov) (in center) holds a Dragoon rifle.
A revolutionary (Sergei Nozdrin) with an M91 Infantry rifle with bayonet attacks Izvekov in the scene in Schlegel's fencing club in "The Last Cinema Show".
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A policeman fires an M91 Infantry rifle at a revolutionary fighter on the rooftop.
A revolutionary carries an M91 Infantry rifle in the scene in cinema.
A revolutionary reloads his rifle.
Kulebyako (Yuriy Itskov) holds a rifle, captured from a revolutionary.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles are used by Russian Army soldiers, bandits "Kucheryavuy" ("Curly") (Aleksandr Kabanov) and "Dyadya Kolya" (Vladimir Maryanov), and police personnel.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
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Policemen carry M91 Dragoon rifles in "The Red Mask".
"Kucheryavuy", disguised as a strazhnik (rural policeman), carries an M91 Dragoon rifle in "The Wolves".
Disguised bandits "Kucheryavuy" and "Dyadya Kolya" with M91 Dragoon rifles in ambush.
A close view of the receiver of "Dyadya Kolya"'s rifle.
A close view of the muzzle and front sight. Its shape proves that the rifle is an original M91 Dragoon rather than an M91/30.
Pvt. Dmitriy Rudakov (Sergey Safronov) holds an M91 Dragoon rifle during the events of Bloody Sunday massacre.

Mosin Nagant "obrez"

Villager Polikarpov (Boris Balankin) uses a Mosin Nagant "obrez" during the attack of bandits on his house in "The Wolves".

Polikarpov fires at bandit "Dyadya Kolya".

Mauser Standard Modell

Mauser short rifles are seen in hands of guards in the palace of the Emir of Bukhara in "Painter Vereshchagin". They resemble Karabiner 98k but as parade hook is seen on a closeup, the rifle turns out to be a Mauser Standard Modell. In any case, such rifles doesn't fit for early 1900s. The correct rifle for the army of the Emirate of Bukhara was Berdan No.2.

Mauser Standard Modell - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This is an early version with straight bolt handle.
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A close view of the Mauser rifle with bayonet.
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A more general view of the rifle. The straight bolt handle is seen.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in several scenes in "The Wolves".

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A flashback scene shows Sergey Izvekov (Yuriy Tarasov) firing a double barreled shotgun at wolf pack.
Timokha (Yuriy Oskin) holds a shotgun at the background.
Timokha's shotgun at the foreground.

Over and Under Shotgun

An Over and Under Shotgun is seen in Kulebyako's apartments.

The shotgun in "The Aviator's Bride".
The shotgun in "The Last Cinema Show".

Berdan Shotgun

Lyuba (Alina Van Orton) holds a Berdan shotgun in "The Wolves". The gun looks very similar to the one used in another Lenfilm production, Dauria (1972).

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
Lyuba with a "berdanka" in a flashback scene.
The "berdanka" on table.
Lyuba grabs the gun during bandits' attack.
She aims at a bandit but the gun misfires.

Trivia

Drawings of several revolvers are seen on the wall of the secret service office in "Morozov's Pistol". The drawings are taken from the well known book "Firearms" by Aleksandr Borisovich Zhuk.



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