Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit), The
The Turkish Gambit (Russian: Турецкий гамбит; Turetskiy gambit) is a 2005 Russian/ Bulgarian war triller/detective, based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin. Famous Russian detective Erast Petrovich Fandorin tries to expose an enemy spy during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit) is the second film about the adventures of Erast Fandorin. It was preceded by Azazel (2002) and followed The State Counsellor (2005). In all three movies Fandorin is played by different actors.
PS1: Nearly all firearms in this film are heavily anachronistic.
PS2: This article contains major spoilers, so, if you still haven't watched this movie, DON'T READ IT!!!
The following weapons were used in the film The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit):
Webley .455 Mk VI
Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses a Webley .455 Mk VI during the scene on the bridge. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) briefly holds a similar revolver one moment. This revolver is anachronism when the story takes place; probably Mk VI stands in for the early Webley models, such as Webley-Pryse.
A ZKR 551 revolvers appears in several scenes, evidently standing in for the similar Colt Single Action Army. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) fires a ZKR 551 revolver during the firefight in the mountains. Zurov (Dmitriy Pevtsov) briefly holds one during the training, and, later, during the preparing for duel, when he hands it to secondants - D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé) and McLaughlin (Daniel Olbrychski). Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) also uses the ZKR 551 throughout the movie.
Gasser M1880 Montenegrin
Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model
General Sobolev (Aleksandr Baluev) and other Russian officers fires Rast-Gasser M1898 revolvers (standing for early Gasser models, as the M1870 or M1876) during the training. Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses a Rast-Gasser M1898 revolver to kill Zurov (Dmitriy Pevtsov) and Kazanzaki (Aleksey Guskov). Later he places the Gasser in the hand of the dying Kazanzaki.
Several characters, include D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé), Lukan (Viktor Verzhbitskiy) and Mitya Gridnev (Marat Basharov) use the Mle 1892 Revolvers during the training. General Ganetsky (Anatoly Kuznetsov) fires a Mle 1892 Revolver during the night scene. This is certainly an anachronism; probably Mle 1892 stands in for the Mle 1873 (on which was based Mle 1887, which in turn is the direct predecessor of Mle 1892).
Several Bashi Bazouks briefly carries Flintlock Pistols. Several Flintlock pistols can be seen in the Turkish bank at the film climax.
Two Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistols can be seen in the Turkish bank at the film climax.
Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894
Ismail-Bei (Gosha Kutsenko) tries to use a anachronistic Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894 in the night scene, but Erast Fandorin disarms him. All shots of it were blurred. While the signal pistol of "modern type" was developed in 1877 by E. W. Very, it did not see the known use until 1882. Earlier signal pistols were small launchers without barrel and with a muzzle loading and a cap lock.
Turkish soldiers use Martini-Henry rifles with bayonets many times, but it never seen clear: only in the distance or blurred. Ismail-Bei also uses it in one scene.
Winchester Model 1894
Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"
In the beggining scene, Serbian soldiers and volunteers (including a Fandorin) carries the Berdan Rifles. It is also the main rifle of the Russian army in the film. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) briefly holds a few of it. For some reasons, it's the only Russian long firearm in this movie.
Serbian Mauser M1899 (Mocked up as Remington-Keene)
Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses during the firefight in the mountains the Serbian Mauser M1899, mocked up as a Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle in carbine configuration. The front part of the wooden foregrip was removed, and a fake tubular magazine was mounted. The rifle is also equipped with a historically correct long brass telescopic scope. The exact model is ID'd by the shape of the bolt shroud, which is the Mauser Model 1893 style, and the unique safety lug on the receiver tang behind the bolt handle of the Model 1895 can be clearly distinguished. The presence of a thumb cut in the receiver wall most likely makes this a Serbian Model 1899. This gun also seems to be a carbine, converted from a full-size rifle in the 1920s (note the straight bolt handle).
In any case, this is an unusual choice. Remington-Keene existed in 1878, but production did not begin until 1880, and even then it was a rare weapon (actually, therefore, in the movie uses a fake version). A more accurate choice for the early high-capacity bolt-action rifle would be a Vetterli. This is probably should have shown, that a Anwar-Efendi is an truly elite agent with access to exclusive weapons.
Several Bashi Bazouks briefly carries Jezail muskets.