SPSh Flare Pistol

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Russian SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm

The SPSh (Signalny Pistolet Shpagina) is a Russian flare pistol designed by Georgy Semyonovich Shpagin (best known for his PPSh-41 submachine gun). It entered service in 1943 as SPSh-43. In 1944 Shpagin designed a modified model, the SPSh-44 (also known as SPSh-2).

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


(1943 - ????)

  • Type: Flare pistol
  • Country of Origin: Russia
  • 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:


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
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
Battle for Moscow Soviet Army officer 1985
The Beast of War George Dzundza Daskal 1988
Who's That Soldier? (Copak je to za vojáka?) Czechoslovak Army officer 1988
The Beast of War George Dzundza Commander Daskal 1988
Living Target (Zhivaja mishen) Aleksandr Fatyushin Maj. Goryunov 1990
Joker Vyacheslav Molokov Khrushch 1991
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
Mercenary for Justice A mercenary AL-1 line thrower 2006
Hannibal Rising Soviet border guard 2007
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
Devil's Pass Luke Albright JP 2013
Devil's Pass Ryan Hawley Andy Thatcher 2013
Black Sea Jude Law Robinson 2014
Black Sea David Threlfall Peters 2014
Territory Vladislav Abashin Zhora Apryatin 2015
Territory Several characters 2015


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
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

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