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Demons (Besy) (2006)

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Demons (Besy)
Besy 2006 Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Valeri Akhadov
Gennady Karyuk
Felix Schultess
Broadcast 2006
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 6
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolay Stavrogin Yuri Kolokolnikov
Pyotr Verkhovensky Evgeniy Stychkin
Ivan Shatov Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Marya Lebyadkina Inga Strelkova-Oboldina
Varvara Petrovna Stavrogina Irina Kupchenko
Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky Leonid Mozgovoy
Liza Drozdova Glafira Tarkhanova
Ignat Lebyadkin Vitaliy Khaev
The Chronicler Aleksey Grishin
Aleksey Kirillov Igor Gordin

Demons (Besy) is a Russian 2006 mini-series, a screen adaptation of the famous novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The following weapons were used in the film Demons (Besy) (2006):


Single Action Army "Cavalry" Model

Pyotr Verkhovensky (Evgeniy Stychkin) owns a Single Action Army "Cavalry" model revolver. The revolver is partially disassembled, or shows signs of careless repair, as it is fastened with non-standard screws; it also lacks the loading gate door and the extractor rod.

Colt Single Action Army "Cavalry" Model with wooden grips - .45 Long Colt
Verkhovensky draws his revolver.
Verkhovensky threatens Kirillov.
Verkhovensky draws his revolver in the climactic scene.
Verkhovensky fires at Shatov. Note the lack of the loading gate door.
Verkhovensky holds his revolver in the scene in Kirillov's room. It is secured with non-standard screws; all three are different, and one is clearly longer than the standard.

Reichsrevolver M1883

Aleksey Kirillov (Igor Gordin) owns an anachronistic Reichsrevolver M1883 revolver.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R
Kirillov shows his revolver to Stavrogin.
Kirillov with the Reichsrevolver in standoff with Verkhovensky with SAA revolver.
Another view of the same scene.

Pepperbox Revolver

Ivan Shatov (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) owns a pepperbox revolver. It has the bar hammer that is common for percussion cap models, like Allen & Thurber Pepperbox, but the large nut of the fixing screw is a feature that can be seen on some models of Lefaucheux Pepperbox.

For reference: Allen & Thurber Pepperbox revolver. The screen gun has similar fluted cylinder and bar hammer.
In dire need of money, Shatov comes to Lyamshin (Anatoliy Goryachev) to sell the gun. The bar hammer can be seen.
Shatov forces Lyamshin to buy the gun.
The wide flat grip of the pepperbox is seen. Rounded grips are more common for the guns of this type.
A close-up of the pepperbox in hands of Lyamshin. Note the rod below the cylinder. Possibly this is a part of the broken support that is used in Lefaucheux system.
Another view of the pepperbox.

Webley Bulldog

The revolver, used by an unknown man to shoot himself, is a Webley Bulldog. The gun lacks the extractor rod.

Belgian copy of a Webley Bulldog - 32 caliber
The Bulldog in the dead hand.


M1854 Naval Percussion Cap Pistol

During the duel between Nikolay Stavrogin (Yuri Kolokolnikov) and Artemy Gaganov (Pavel Trubiner), both duelists use Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistols. Exactly the same pistols are used in the corresponding scene in the 2014 TV adaptation.

Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistol - .71 caliber
Aleksey Kirillov (Igor Gordin), Stavgorin's second, brings the box with two pistols.
Gaganov holds his pistol.
Gaganov prepares to fire.
The pistol shows correct shooting, with small sparks on the percussion cap lock and large muzzle flame.
Stavrogin holds his pistol.
Gaganov's second Mavrikiy Nikolaevich (Aleksandr Arsentyev) takes the pistol from the duelist.
Gaganov holds his pistol after the second gunshot. This time only the flash on the lock is seen, without the muzzle flame.

See Also

Other screen adaptations of the original novel:

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