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Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada)

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Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada)
Gusarskaya ballada Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Eldar Ryazanov
Release Date 1962
Language Russian
Studio Mosfim
Main Cast
Character Actor
Shura Azarova Larisa Golubkina
Poruchik (Lt.) Rzhevsky Yuriy Yakovlev
Ivan Nikolai Kryuchkov
Field-Marshal Kutuzov Igor Ilyinsky
Count Nurin Antoni Khodursky
Capt. Pelymov Lev Polyakov
Azarov, Shura's uncle Viktor Koltsov

Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada) is a Soviet 1962 adventure comedy directed by Eldar Ryazanov. The story takes place in 1812, during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Shura Azarova, a young girl from a noble family, dresses herself as a Hussar officer and joins the Russian Army to fight against the invaders.

The following weapons were used in the film Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada):


Percussion Cap Pistol

Percussion Cap Pistols, standing for more appropriated flintlock pistols, are seen in hands of various characters, including Shura Azarova and Rzhevsky.

Russian M1848 Infantry soldier's percussion cap pistol - .71 caliber
Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistol - .71 caliber
Ivan (Nikolai Kryuchkov) carries a percussion cap pistol tucked at his belt.
A Cossack officer (Yuri Belov) holds a percussion cap pistol during the skirmish.
Poruchik Rzhevsky (Yuriy Yakovlev) carries a pistol tucked at his belt.
Rzhevsky readies to the duel.
Shura Azarova (Larisa Golubkina) (as Hussar cornet Aleksand Azarov) holds a pistol in the same scene.
Capt. Pelymov (Lev Polyakov) carries a pistol.
A French officer (Vladimir Grave) fires a pistol.

Flintlock Pistols

Flintlock Pistols are also seen though much less often.

Russian Cavalry Pistol M1809 (reproduction) - .70 cal
Two flintlock pistols are seen on the wall in Azarov's house together with other weapons.
Capt. Pelymov (Lev Polyakov) holds a flintlock pistol and a cavalry sabre.
Ivan (Nikolai Kryuchkov), Shura's servant, fires a pistol at pursuing French cavalrymen.
When Ivan fires, the flintlock doesn't move and the flame and smoke are produced by pyrotechnical charge in the muzzle.
Count Nurin (Antoni Khodursky) carries a pistol tucked at his belt.

Long Guns

Berdan No.2 Rifles (visually modified)

Russian and French soldiers are armed with fake flintlock muskets that appear to be Berdan No.2 rifles with removed bolt handles and sights. Some of these guns are fitted with fake flint locks, this props are seen close, while the guns at the background are less detailed.

Russian Berdan No.2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mm R
A French soldier carries a "musket" during the retreat of the Grande Armée through the Russian winter.
Several "muskets" are seen at the left.
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Hussar Ballad-Rifle-1.jpg
A French soldier with a "musket", fitted with a prop bayonet, fights against the Russian cavalry officer (Valentin Bryleev).
A "musket" is seen on top of a pile of guns.
Russian soldiers with "muskets" greet Field-Marshal Kutuzov. The gun at the left is fitted with flint lock while the second from left lacks it.

Lorenz Dornstutzen M1854 Carbine

Ivan (Nikolai Kryuchkov) carries a percussion cap carbine that is supposed to be Lorenz Dornstutzen M1854. Similar carbine is briefly seen in other scenes, possibly it's the same prop.

Lorenz Dornstutzen M1854 Carbine - .54 caliber
Ivan carries a carbine in the scene in Summer.
A Cossack officer (Yuri Belov) fires a carbine during the skirmish. A pile of muskets and pistols are seen next to him.
The carbine is seen on the sledge. The shape of the stock is the same that on Ivan's carbine.
Ivan carries a carbine in the scene in Winter.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In some scenes Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles stand for muskets when seen briefly and on distance.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
M91/30 rifles in stand next to the wagon.

Oriental Flintlock Musket

A pair of oriental flintlock muskets in so called "Circassian" (Caucasian mountain tribe) style is used as a decoration in Azarov's house. These are possibly genuine guns, often used as a decoration in wealthy houses in Russian Empire.

Turkish Flintlock Musket
Two flintlock guns with typical Caucasian stocks are seen on the wall together with a pair of flintlock pistols and a pair of Oriental swords.


Russian and French troops use muzzleloading field cannons that appears to be modern replicas.

Hussar Ballad-Cannon-1.jpg
Russian artillery in action.
A French cannon is abandoned during the retreat from Moscow.

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