SPSh Flare Pistol

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Soviet SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm. This model is made in 1978.
Soviet SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm.

The SPSh (Signalnyi Pistolet Shpagina, "Signal Pistol of Shpagin") is a Soviet flare pistol designed in 1944 by Georgiy Semyonovich Shpagin (best known for his PPSh-41 submachine gun), and replaced the previous OSSh-42 Flare Pistol (known as SPSh-43 in service). It is commonly referred to as the SPSh-44 (also occasionally as SPSh-2), in order to distinguish it from its predecessor. From 1981, the SPSh-44 was replaced by more compact SP81, although the previously produced pistols continue to be used to this day.

There were also copies of the Polish (wz. 1944, produced in 1944-1978), Czech (produced in 1952-1983 intermittently, under the designations tgf, SiPi 44/67, and SiPI 44/81) and Chinese (Type 57, produced in 1957 - cca. mid-1970s) prodcution.

In Western countries, the SPSh is also known as the Kovrov Arsenal flare pistol.

Specifications

(1944 - 1981)

  • Type: Flare pistol
  • Country of Origin: USSR
  • Caliber: 26.5mm
  • Weight: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Length: 8.7 in (22 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 5.9 in (15 cm)
  • Feed System: Single shot
  • Fire Modes: Single action

The SPSh Flare Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
At Map Grid 45 (V kvadrate 45) Chief of flights 1956
The Secret of Two Oceans (Tayna dvukh okeanov) Circus ringmaster 1957
Two Lives (Dve zhizni) Lev Polyakov Nikolay Ignatyev 1961
And All Will Be Quiet (Potem nastapi cisza) Andrzej Herder Pvt. Macienga 1966
At War as at War (Na Voyne kak na Voyne) Soviet officer 1968
The Marathon (Maratón) Soviet officer 1968
Liberation: The Fire Bulge Boris Zajdenberg Capt. Orlov 1969
The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter) Lyudmila Gladunko Tatyana 1970
Listen on the Other Side (Daisny tserguudee sonsotsgoo!) Japanese officer 1971
Sokolovo Czechoslovak soldier 1975
Chained Drivers (Okovani šoferi) Vladislav Dvorzhetsky Walter Holz 1975
Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) Vladimir Zamansky Nikolai Sergeyevich 1975
The Lost Expedition (Propavshaya ekspeditsiya) White Army officer 1975
In the Zone of Special Attention (V zone osobogo vnimaniya) Helicopter pilot 1977
Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka) Viktor Gordeev Yura Mikosha 1979
Pavel Remezov Doctor
Georgiy Martirosyan Klyuev
Who Will Pay for the Fortune? (Kto zaplatit za udachu?) White Army officer 1980
Across the Gobi and the Khingan (Govi Khyangand tulaldsan ni) uncredited Kislenko 1981
Vladimir Ivashov Maj. Matveev
In Flight are the Night Witches (V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy') Soviet female pilots 1981
The Right to Shoot (Pravo na vystrel) A Soviet Border Guard sailor 1981
Battle for Moscow Soviet Army officer 1985
Who's That Soldier? (Copak je to za vojáka?) Czechoslovak Army officer Early Czech copy 1988
The Beast of War George Dzundza Commander Daskal 1988
Living Target (Zhivaja mishen) Aleksandr Fatyushin Maj. Goryunov 1990
Zdraviya zhelayu! ili Beshenyy dembel Mikhail Kononov Capt. Bodrov 1990
Aleksandr Olkov Sr. Lieutenant
Joker Vyacheslav Molokov Khrushch 1991
The Warrior's Heart Soviet soldier 1992
An Unforgettable Summer (O vara de neuitat) Claudiu Bleont Capt. Petre Dumitriu 1994
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - film Manfred Stücklschwaiger Pilot Thomas Wächter 1998
The Big Empty Sean Bean Cowboy 2003
Alien vs. Predator Sanaa Lathan Alexa Woods 2004
Mercenary for Justice Langley Kirkwood Kruger AL-1 line thrower 2006
A mercenary
Hannibal Rising Soviet border guard 2007
Flu Birds Jonathon Trent Johnson 2008
Bill Posley Derrick
Dnieper Line: Love and War Evgeni Ivkovitch NKVD officer 2009
Pillbox (Dot) David Zimmerschied Hauptmann von Wuttke 2009
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Brandon Routh Dylan Dog 2011
Devil's Pass Matt Stokoe Jensen Day 2013
Luke Albright JP
Ryan Hawley Andy Thatcher
Black Sea Jude Law Robinson 2014
David Threlfall Peters
The Last Witch Hunter seen in the Kaulder's armory 2015
Territory Vladislav Abashin Zhora Apryatin 2015
A driver, a guest on wedding
The Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943) A Soviet officer 2021

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais cels kapas) Uldis Vazdiks Martins Ep.7 1982
Paul Butkevich Heinrihs Strautnieks
Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 2 A Soviet officer 1983
Front Without Mercy (Front ohne Gnade) Joachim Schönitz A Wehrmacht Lt. Ep.10 1984
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 1 Wolfgang Krewe Ralf Staller eighth episode 1998
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 2 Manfred Stücklschwaiger Thomas Wächter tenth episode 1999
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 3 Manfred Stücklschwaiger Thomas Wächter thirteenth episode 2000
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 4 Manfred Stücklschwaiger Thomas Wächter thirdth episode 2001
Brigada Dmitri Dyuzhev Kosmos Kholmogorov 2002
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - Season 6 Hans Heller Jens Köster first episode 2003
That 70's Show Ashton Kutcher Michael Kelso "Baby Don't You Do It" 2004
Snipers. Love Under the Gun (Snaypery. Lyubov pod pritselom) Aleksandr Ustyugov Capt. Subbotin 2013
Days of Honour. Uprising (Czas honoru. Powstanie) Polish insurgent 2014
Territory Aleksey Rozin Murzin (Ep. 04) 2020
Fortunate Son Roger LeBlanc Dennis "White Rabbit" (S01E06) 2020


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