To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit)

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Chtoby vyzhit
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English Theatrical Release Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Vsevolod Plotkin
Release Date 1992
Language Russian
Dari or Pashto
Studio Rolan Bykov Foundation
Cinewest Entertainment Group Inc.
Raven Star Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Oleg Vladimir Menshov
Nikolai Sergey Veksler
Jaffar Aleksandr Rozenbaum
Yura Dmitri Volkov
Igor Marchuk Andrey Shcherbovich-Vecher
Kochmat Murad Aliyev
Abdy Anvar Kendzhayev

To Survive (also known as Red Mob; Russian title: Чтобы выжить, Chtoby vyzhit) is a 1992 Russian thriller. Emissary of the former "party mafia", nicknamed "Jaffar" prepares and implements a series of provocations and terrorist acts on the outskirts of the country to create the preconditions for a coup. During a attack on one of the military bases, was wounded a his conductor.

Bandits urgently need to smuggle across the Afghan border caravan with drugs. As a conductor Jaffar tries to use the former army officer - Oleg, wherefore bandits taking hostage his son. Oleg and his army friend, Nikolai, using all his experience of the war in the mountains, enters into an unequal deadly struggle against a gangs...

The following weapons were used in the film To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit):



FN Barracuda

Several Jaffar's henchmen used the FN Barracuda Revolvers. Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) captured FN Barracuda from gangster in the one scene (which is too blurry to take a good shot).

FN Barracuda Revolver. It was manufactured in 9x19mm, .357 Magnum and .38 Sp calibers.
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Henchman holds a revolver, before a Nikolai captured him from an ambush.

Stechkin APS

Oleg (Vladimir Menshov) uses Stechkin APS as his sidearm.

Stechkin APS - 9x18mm Makarov
Oleg holds Stechkin APS

Makarov PM

Several character uses a Makarov PM.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A policeman carries a pistol, before being shot.
An officer with a PM, during an shootout with terrorists.
Jaffar's henchmen holds Makarov PM

Makarov PB

At the beginning of the film, in an attack on a police station, one of the gangsters carries Makarov PB.

Makarov PB with integral suppressor - 9x18mm Makarov
Gangster fires Makarov PB.


One of the Jaffar's henchmen used M1911A1 during shootout on the airport.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
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Submachine guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Jaffar (Aleksandr Rozenbaum), throughout the film carries MP5K with 15-round magazine.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm
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Czech Sa.26

One of the main weapons was used by the mercenaries, is a Sa.26 submachine guns.

Czech Sa.26 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm
Gangster, disguised as a policeman fires supressed Sa.26. The suppressor is a real PBS-4.
Gangster holds Sa.26
Jafar's man with Sa.26


Several Jaffar's mercenaries carries the Uzi submachine guns. Oleg (Vladimir Menshov) also uses Uzi in the nightly shootout.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
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Oleg (right) fires Uzi.

Assault rifles


At least four AKS-47 rifles they are visible among the weapons that the gang steals from the police station. AKS-47s later used by many Jaffar's henchmen.

Type III AKS-47 with stock folded - 7.62x39mm
Jaffar's mercenaries fires during the attack on the military base.
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Plenty AKS-74U rifles seen at the beginning of the movie in the armory in a police station.

AKS-74U (also referred to as the "AKSU" or 'Krinkov') - 5.45x39mm
AKS-74U in armory.


The AKS-74 rifles, some with attached bayonets, are visible in the hands of soldiers, when terrorists attack a military base.

AKS-74 with synthetic furniture - 5.45x39mm
Good view of the AKS-74, lying on the ground. Pay attention to the new synthetic furniture, analogous to the AK-74M. This is obvious, the first appearance of these updated variant in the movies.

AKS-74 with GP-25 grenade launcher

Jaffar (Aleksandr Rozenbaum) uses in the end of the movie AKS-74 with GP-25 grenade launcher.

AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
Jafar fires AKS-74
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M16A1 with XM148 grenade launcher

Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) uses a M16A1 rifle with a XM148 grenade launcher attached, during the movie as their main weapon. He uses the XM148 several times throughout the film against the Jaffar's men; and in the final battle blows down a Jaffar's Mi-8 helicopter with a last 40mm grenade.

Screen used XM148 Launcher (40mm) mounted on M16A1 - 5.56x45mm. This is verified screen used from the film Red Mob/Chtoby vyzhit.
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Heckler & Koch G3A4

Nikolai finds Heckler & Koch G3A4 rifle in the weapon cargo of the Jaffar's caravan, and used this in the nightly shootout with gangs, when his RPK is empty.

Heckler & Koch G3A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Nikolai used H&K G3A4 in the nightly shootout.

SA Vz.58

Several mercenaries carries the SA vz.58 rifles. In one moment during a firefight on the terrorists' base, Nikolai raises the rifle from the body of one mercenary and uses it.

Czech SA vz. 58P (Pěchotní aka "Infantry") with fixed stock - 7.62x39mm
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Nikolai fires his rifle. Note the "Jungle-style" magazines.


Mossberg 500 Slugster

Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) used Mossberg 500 Slugster on hunting in the beginning of the movie.

Mossberg 500 Combo Shotgun with slug and smoothbore barrels - 12 gauge.
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Machine guns


Nikolai uses in the night shootout with Jaffar's bandits RPK LMG.

RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
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The PKM machine gun is seen among the gang's weapons, and later is used by them during the night shootout.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
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UK vz. 59

UK vz. 59 machine gun seen on the wall of Jaffar's base.

UK vz. 59 - 7.62x54mm R
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Rocket launchers


Nikolai uses against Jaffar's bandits RPG-7.

RPG-7 with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
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Nikolai uses the RPG-18, to destroy bandits.

RPG-18 - 64mm
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Oleg and Nikolai in the movie uses a F-1 grenades. Upon closer inspection, it seems to be a repainted URG training version.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
URG F-1 practice grenade
Grenade on the floor.

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