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A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava)

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A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava)
Tikhaya zastava Poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Sergey Makhovikov
Release Date 2011
Language Russian
Studio Art Media Group
Yukon Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Andrey Pankov Andrey Chadov
Praporshik Vladimir Gritsyuk Sergey Selin
Lt. Aleksandr Bobrovskiy Igor Savochkin
Sgt. Durov Yuri Konovalov
Sgt. "Trasser" Kiryanov Aleksandr Alyoshkin
Pvt. Azamat Azamat Nigmanov
Zakir Radzhab Khuseynov
Yulya Nino Ninidze

A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) is a 2011 Russian war movie directed by Sergey Makhovikov. The story is based on real events that took place in July 13, 1993 on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border where a Russian border guard outpost was attacked by Islamic radicals (after Tajikistan became an independent state, Russian border guards were still stationed on the former USSR's southern border until Tajikistan formed its own border guard in the late 1990s).

The following weapons were used in the film A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava):


Makarov PM

The commander of the outpost, Capt. Pankov (Andrey Chadov), and Praporshik (Petty Officer) Gritsyuk (Sergey Selin) carry Makarov PM pistols. They are only seen in holsters.

PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Gritsyuk carries a holstered PM.
Pankov carries a holstered PM.


In one scene, Lyuba (Larisa Shakhvorostova) fires a stainless steel pistol that appears to be an EKOL Tuna, a blank-firing replica pistol based on the FIE Titan.

EKOL Tuna - 8mm P.A. blanks
Lyuba fires.
The grip of the pistol is seen.

Unidentified Pistol

Fayzullo (Faridunsho Rakhmatulloyev), the leader of the Islamists, carries a pistol in a large holster. Only a small part of the grip can be seen.

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Assault Rifles


Most Russian border guards, Spetsnaz soldiers, and numerous Islamists carry AKS-74 assault rifles with black plastic furniture.

AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
A private, Capt. Pankov (Andrey Chadov), and Lt. Bobrovskiy (Igor Savochkin) with AKS-74s. Bobrovskiy has a GP-25 grenade launcher fitted to his AKS-74.
Praporshik Gritsyuk (Sergey Selin) holds an AKS-74 with a GP-25.
Sgt. "Trasser" Kiryanov (Aleksandr Alyoshkin) holds an AKS-74.
A closer view of the barrel.
An Islamist with an AKS-74 waits in ambush.
One of the soldiers of Lt. Bobrovskiy's unit holds an AKS-74 with GP-25. Note the bandage pack fitted to the folding stock.
Lt. Bobrovskiy holds an AKS-74 with GP-25 and "jungle style" taped magazines. The folding stock of his AKS is wrapped with rubber bands.
One of the soldiers of Lt. Bobrovskiy's unit fires his AKS-74.
An Islamist fires his AKS-74.
Pvt. Azamat (Azamat Nigmanov) fires his AKS-74 in the final scene.


Some Russian border guards and Islamists are armed with AK-74 assault rifles.

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
A Russian border guard holds an AK-74 with wooden furniture.
An Islamist at the foreground fires an AK-74.


Islamists also are armed with AKM assault rifles.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
AKMs are seen in the hands of several Islamists at the center.
Islamists with AKMs attack Russian positions.

Sniper Rifles

Dragunov SVD

Sgt. Durov (Yuri Konovalov) and a sniper of the Spetsnaz unit are armed with SVD sniper rifles.

Dragunov SVD sniper rifle - 7.62x54mmR
A close-up view of Durov's SVD.
The Spetsnaz sniper aims. His SVD is covered by a camouflage wrapping.
Durov holds his rifle.
Durov with an SVD in the final scene.

Machine Guns


During the battle, Sgt. "Trasser" Kiryanov (Aleksandr Alyoshkin) fires a PKM machine gun fitted with a bipod. In the final scene, the PKM is seen in the hands of Capt. Pankov (Andrey Chadov). A PKM is also seen mounted on an Mi-8 helicopter.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
A PKM is door-mounted on an Mi-8.
"Trasser" mans the PKM.
A closer view of the machine gun.
"Trasser" fires the PKM during the battle.
A wounded Pankov tries to fire the machine gun.


A PKT machine gun is coaxially mounted on a BTR-80 along with a KPVT. A PKT is also seen in the nose mounting of an Mi-8 helicopter.

PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mmR
A PKT is mounted on an Mi-8. Such usage of the PKT was quite common during the Afghan War and local conflicts of the 1990s-2000s.
A PKT is mounted coaxial with next to a KPVT.


A KPVT heavy machine gun is mounted on a BTR-80.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
A BTR-80.
A close-up view of KPVT.
Capt. Pankov (Andrey Chadov) fires the KPVT.

Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B

Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B machine guns are mounted on Mi-24 helicopters.

Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B mounted on Mi-24 Hind-D - 12.7x108mm
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Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

During the battle, F-1 hand grenades are used by Capt. Pankov (Andrey Chadov) and several Spetsnaz soldiers.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A wounded Spetsnaz soldier prepares to blow himself and the enemies up with his last grenade.

GP-25 Grenade Launcher

Lt. Bobrovskiy (Igor Savochkin), Praporshik Gritsyuk (Sergey Selin) and several Spetsnaz soldiers are armed with AKS-74 assault rifles with GP-25 grenade launchers.

GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
Praporshik Gritsyuk holds an AKS-74 with a GP-25.
One of the soldiers of Bobrovskiy's unit holds an AKS-74 with GP-25.
Lt. Bobrovskiy holds an AKS-74 with GP-25.
A close view of GP-25.


During the battle, Islamists use RPG-26 rocket launchers.

RPG-26 - 72.5mm
An Islamist aims...
...and fires!
A side view of the RPG.

2B14 Podnos Mortar

2B14 Podnos Mortars are used by Islamists during the attack on the outpost. Lt. Bobrovskiy (Igor Savochkin) and his Spetsnaz unit capture three mortars and use them.

2B14 Podnos mortar - 82 mm
Islamists carry a disassembled mortar.
They assemble the mortar on position.
A support is attached to the barrel.
The mortar is loaded.
A closer view of the muzzle.
A Russian soldier loads a captured mortar.
Lt. Bobrovskiy and his men at the mortar position.

SP81 Flare Pistol

In one scene, a border guard soldier signals to a helicopter by firing an SP81 Flare Pistol.

Russian SP81 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
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SM Signal Mine

In one scene, a Russian border guard plants an SM signal mine.

Tikhaya zastava-Mine-1.jpg

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