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Cargo 300 (Gruz 300)

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Cargo 300 (Gruz 300)
Gruz 300 Poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Georgiy Kuznetsov
Release Date 1989
Language Russian
Studio Sverdlovsk Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tolya Aleksandr Cheskidov
Valentin Viktor Solovyov
Sgt. Chebakov Yevgeni Buntov
Cooper Romualds Ancans

Cargo 300 (Gruz 300, after the Russian military code for wounded soldiers) is a Soviet 1989 war movie directed by Georgiy Kuznetsov. During the Afghan war a Soviet column heads to the bridge in mountains. A unit of mujaheddins under the command of American instructor Cooper plan to destroy the bridge and block the Soviet troops. Cooper plans to use the cars of Soviet geologists as a cover for his attack.

The following weapons were used in the film Cargo 300 (Gruz 300):


Stechkin APS

The chief of geologist group (Pyotr Vashchik) carries a Stechkin APS.

Stechkin APS - 9x18mm Makarov
The geologist carries the APS in holster (the size and shape of the holster allows to identity the pistol).
He draws the pistol.

Submachine Guns


A mujaheddin is armed with the Sa.26 SMG.

Czech Sa.26 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm
A mujaheddin next to Cooper holds the Sa.26 SMG.
The same man fires his gun.

Sten Mk II

A mujaheddin is armed with the Sten Mk II SMG.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A man at the right holds the Sten.
Another view of the Sten.


Pattern 1914 Enfield

Several mujaheddins carry Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles, probably used as a substitution for SMLE.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
A mujaheddin holds the P14 Enfield rifle at the background.
P14 Enfield is seen on the ground together with several rockets for RPG-7.
A close view of the bolt and rear sight at the right. The position of the groove on stock allows to differ P14 from M1917 version.
Several mujaheddins in the bus hold P14 rifles.

Assault Rifles


Soviet soldiers are mostly armed with AKS-74 assault rifles.

AKS-74 with Bakelite magazine - 5.45x39mm
Soviet soldiers with AKS-74 and PKM in action.
Soldiers stand over the bodies of their fallen comrades-in-arms.


Some Soviet officers and warrant officers, and mujaheddins are armed with AKS-74U assault rifles.

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
A praporshchik (warrant officer) carries the AKS-74U.
Cooper (Romualds Ancans), disguised as a Soviet officer, aims his AKS-74U at geologists.
A close view of the gun.
Cooper holds the driver Tolya (Aleksandr Cheskidov) at gunpoint.
Tolya fires the AKS-74U in the final scene.


Many mujaheddins carry AKS-47 assault rifles.

Type III AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A mujaheddin at the right carries the AKS-47.
A close view of the folding stock.
A mujaheddin, disguised as a Soviet soldier, carries AKS-47.
Another view of the same character's gun.
Mujaheddins fire their AKS-47s from a bus.


Some AK-47s are also seen.

Type II AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
A mujaheddin disarms Afghan government soldier.
The wooden stock of AK-47 is seen.

Sturmgewehr 44 (modified to resemble M16)

Some mujaheddins carry Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles, visually modified with the addition of a carrying handle, a modified front sight and shorter magazines to resemble the M16 rifle.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Sturmgewehr 44, visually modified to resemble M16 - 7.62x39 blank
A mujaheddin holds the driver Tolya at gunpoint with his "M16".
A man at the left holds the fake "M16".
A closeup.
A mujaheddin at the right holds the fake "M16".

Machine Guns and Autocannons


PKM machine guns are used by both Soviet troops and mujaheddins. PKMs are also mounted as door guns on Mi-8 helicopter.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
PKM in door mounting on Mi-8.
PKM on bipod.
Sgt. Chebakov (Yevgeni Buntov) fires the PKM in the final scene.
Chebakov holds his machine gun after the battle.
PKS on Samojenkov tripod - 7.62x54mm R
PKM on tripod.
Dead soldiers next to their machine gun.


Coaxial PKT machine guns are mounted on T-62 MBT, BMP-2 AIFV and BTR-80 APC. PKT, fitted with spage grips, is mounted in the nose of Mi-8 helicopter (it was the common practice during the Afghan war and subsequent local conflicts until modern days).

PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R
PKT in the nose mounting on Mi-8.
PKT with spage grips on Mi-8.
The barrel of coaxial PKT on BMP-1 can be seen.


A mujaheddin fires the RPD.

RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
Gruz 300-RPD44-1.jpg


Mujaheddins use a DShKM heavy machine gun on tripod.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
Mujaheddins ready the DShKM for action.
DShKM in action.


KPVT heavy machine guns are mounted on BTR-80 APCs.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
14.5mm machine gun on BTR-80.

AZP-23 "Amur"

23mm quad AZP-23 "Amur" mounting with 2A7 autocannons is the weapon of ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" SPAAG.

ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" with 4x23mm autocannons - 23x152B mm
The "Shilka" is seen in the column.

Shipunov 2A42

30mm Shipunov 2A42 autocannons are mounted on BMP-2 AIFVs.

Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon - 30x165mm
30mm autocannon on BMP-2.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2

30mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 twin autocannon is mounted on Mi-24P helicopter.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 30mm automatic cannon with unfired rounds - 30x165mm
GSh-30-2 is mounted on the board of the Mi-24.

Other Weapons


RPG-7 rocket launchers are used by both Soviet troops and mujaheddins. Models with iron sights and PGO-7 scope can be seen.

RPG-7 - 40mm
A mujaheddin holds the RPG-7 in training camp. Several rockets are seen on the ground together with the M1917 Enfield rifle.
A Soviet soldier on the BMP holds the unloaded RPG-7.
RPG-7V with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
A mujaheddin aims the RPG-7V during the night attack.
A paratrooper fires the RPG-7V in the final scene.

Type 69 RPG

A Type 69 RPG is also seen.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
A view from behind.
The mujaheddin aims.
Type 69 on bipod.
Another view of Type 69 in action.

120mm Mortar 120-PM-43

A mortar that appears to be Soviet 120mm 120-PM-43 is seen in mujaheddins training camp.

Soviet 120-mm regimental mortar M1943 (PM-43)
Gruz 300-Mortar-1.jpg
Gruz 300-Mortar-2.jpg
An American instructor shows the handling of the mortar.

Tucha Smoke Mortar

81-mm 902V Tucha smoke mortars are mounted on T-62 tank.

Gruz 300-T62-2.jpg


Mujaheddins fire a 76.2mm ZIS-3 field cannon in the training camp (seen at the background).
BMP-1KSh, command and staff variant of the BMP-1, is fitted with 10 m long telescopic mast instead of main gun.
ZSU-23-4 "Shilka".
Four UB-32M launchers for 57mm S-5 rockets are mounted on Mi-8 helicoper.
B-8V20A launchers for 80mm S-8 rockets are mounted on Mi-24 helicoper.

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