End of the Emperor of the Taiga (Konets imperatora taygi), The

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The End of the Emperor of the Taiga
(Konets imperatora taygi)
Konets imperatora taygi-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Sarukhanov
Release Date 1978
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Arkady Golikov Andrei Rostotsky
Ivan Solovyov Ivan Krasko
Pavel Nikitin German Kachin
Fed'ka Ochol Yuri Majnagashev
Egor Ostapenko Oleg Balakin
Nastya Svetlana Chebodayeva-Chaptykova
Evdokia Tikhonovna Danuta Stolyarskaya
Shaman Asankul Kuttubayev
Rodionov Aleksey Mikhaylov
Akhmai Nartai Begalin


The End of the Emperor of the Taiga (Konets imperatora taygi) is a Soviet 1978 action movie directed by Vladimir Sarukhanov. The story takes place in mid-1920s in Khakassia, a region in south Siberia. It is based on real events, and the main characters of the movie are real people: Ivan Solovyov, the leader of anti-Soviet guerrilla warfare in Khakassia, and Arkady Golikov (later known as writer Arkady Gaidar), 18-years-old commander of Red Army special detachment.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The End of the Emperor of the Taiga (Konets imperatora taygi):

Contents


Revolvers

Nagant 1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are carried by most Red Army commanders, including Arkady Golikov (Andrei Rostotsky), and several Solovyov's commanders. All Nagants in the movie are of post-1930 model.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N. This is post-1930 version.
Rodionov (Aleksey Mikhaylov) holds his Nagant.
One of Solovyov's men with a Nagant.
Arkady Golikov shoots a lasso, thrown at him.
Golikov holds his Nagant.
Golikov fires his Nagant during the battle in the village.
Rodionov fires his Nagant in the same scene.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

In one scene a Solovyov's man is seen with a Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
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Pistols

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is Ivan Solovyov's (Ivan Krasko) personal handgun.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Solovyov holds his Luger during the battle in the village.
Wounded Solovyov with Luger.
Solovyov puts his pistol in the holster (this holster is for a Walther P38 pistol).
Solovyov with Luger and Mauser C96 in the final scene.

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are carried by Red Army commander Pavel Nikitin (German Kachin), Solovyov's bodyguard Akhmai (Nartai Begalin) and several other characters. Ivan Solovyov (Ivan Krasko) carries a Mauser in the final scene but never fires it.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Akhmai, disguised as a Red Army commander, fires his Mauser.
Nikitin holds his nickel plated Mauser.
Nikitin fires his Mauser during the battle in the village.
Nikitin aims his Mauser at a surrendered Solovyov's man.
Solovyov with Luger P08 and Mauser C96 in the final scene.
Akhmai fires his Mauser in the final scene.

Mauser Model 1910 Pocket Pistol

In the final scene Solovyov's chief of staff, former White Army officer (uncredited) is seen with a pocket pistol that is supposed to be a Mauser Model 1910.

1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35mm
The officer carries his pistol in holster.
The officer holds his pistol in hand during the attack of Red Army unit on Solovyov's hideout.
He is shot by one of Solovyov's guards and drops his pistol.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are used by both Red Army cavalrymen and Solovyov's men.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
One of Solovyov's men, disguised as a Red Army soldier, fires his carbine from ambush.
Red Army cavalrymen with M38 carbines.
A Red Army soldier holds an M38 carbine.
The village blacksmith Vasily (Georgiy Martirosyan) holds an M38 carbine.
One of Solovyov's men with an M38 carbine at the background.
Solovyov's men with M38 carbines.
An M38 carbine is seen next to Maxim M1910/30.
One of Solovyov's men with M38 carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines are briefly seen in one scene.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Several M38 and M07 carbines are seen at the background.

Lee-Enfield Mk.1 Carbine

Some of Solovyov's men also carry short rifles that appear to be pre-SMLE Lee-Enfield Mk.1 Carbines.

Lee-Enfield Mk.1 Carbine - .303 British
Men at the center and at the right hold Lee-Enfield carbines.

Mosin Nagant "obrez"

Sawn-off "obrez" are used by Solovyov's men and villagers. In one scene the process of making an "obrez" is shown.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 "obrez"
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The village blacksmith Vasily (Georgiy Martirosyan) saws a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine, making an obrez.
Vasily holds his "masterpiece".
One of Solovyov's men with an obrez.
One of Solovyov's men holds an obrez in the final scene.
Another view at the same scene.

Winchester Model 1895

Winchester Model 1895 Russian contract rifles and carbines of several versions are seen in hands of Solovyov's guards. In the final scene Arkady Golikov (Andrei Rostotsky) uses a Winchester Model 1895 carbine. Long and short sporterized Winchesters were later used in Ne stavte Leshemu kapkany....

A Russian contract Model 1895 - 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever.
A man at the left carries an M1895 rifle.
A man at the background carries an M1895 rifle.
A man at the left carries an M1895 rifle.
A man at the left carries an M1895 rifle.
Winchester Model 1895 carbine - .30 Cal - Commercial Version
Akhmai (Nartai Begalin), disguised as a Red Army commander, hits a Red commissar with a stock of his Winchester carbine.
Akhmai prevents Rodionov (Aleksey Mikhaylov) to fire a Nagant. Note an exotic cold arm - a chain whip, hanging on Rodionov's shoulder.
Sporting version of the 1895.
A man at the left holds an M1895 carbine with long barrel.
A man at the middle holds an M1895 carbine with long barrel.
Golikov draws his Winchester from saddle holster.
Golikov with Winchester in hands.
Golikov aims his rifle.

Shotguns

Mosin Nagant/Frolov Bolt Action Shotgun

Evdokia Tikhonovna (Danuta Stolyarskaya) is seen with a bolt action shotgun in several scenes. The weapon is a so-called "frolovka", a conversion of Mosin Nagant Rifle in a hunting shotgun, designed by engineer Pyotr Frolov.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 Gauge
Evdokia Tikhonovna carries a shotgun when going in taiga.
Evdokia Tikhonovna with shotgun and Nastya with double barreled shotgun.
Evdokia Tikhonovna aims her shotgun.

Double Barreled Shotun

A double barreled shotgun is carried by Nastya (Svetlana Chebodayeva-Chaptykova).

TOZ-63 - 16 gauge
Nastya with a double barreled shotgun.
Evdokia Tikhonovna (Danuta Stolyarskaya) with bolt action shotgun and Nastya with double barreled shotgun.

Machine Guns

Lewis

Lewis machine guns are used by both Red Army and Solovyov's men. A single movie prop is used in the movie. It is original Lewis but this particular gun has a makeshift barrel cover (supposedly it's a damaged piece that was very roughly repared on cinema factory). Later the same movie prop was used in Bread, Gold and the Nagant Revolver (Khleb, zoloto, nagan).

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Akhmai (Nartai Begalin) carries a Lewis.
A Lewis is seen in Red Army regimental headquarters.
A Lewis in Solovyov's hideout.
A Lewis is seen from the back in the same scene.
Pavel Nikitin (German Kachin) climbs down a rock with a Lewis in hand.
Nikitin adjusts the rear sight of the machine gun before opening fire.
Akhmai fires a Lewis while riding a horse.
A close view of the firing Lewis.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by both Red Army and Solovyov's men. A single movie prop is used in the movie. It is a post-1941 version with top hatch on cooling jacket.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim in Solovyov's hideout.
Nikitin (German Kachin) with Maxim in ambush.
Nikitin fires his Maxim.
Solovyov's men fire Maxim during the attack at their hideout.
The crew of the Maxim is lying dead.

Hand Grenades

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are seen in hands of Arkady Golikov (Andrei Rostotsky) in several scenes but never used in action.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Golikov carries several F-1 grenades in his backpack. Both early and late versions of the grenade can be seen.
Golikov holds two F-1s.

Dummy Training Grenade

Dummy training stick grenades are used by various characters. They stand for RG-14 hand grenades.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade
Arkady Golikov (Andrei Rostotsky) throws a grenade during a cavalry fight.
Akhmai (Nartai Begalin) readies to throw a grenade.



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