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I Serve at the Border (Ya sluzhu na granitse)

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I Serve at the Border
(Ya sluzhu na granitse)
Ya sluzhu na granitse Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Naum Birman
Release Date 1974
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Konstantin Anatolyevich Grebnev Borislav Brondukov
Sr. Lt. Aleksey Mikhaylovich Borodin Evgeniy Karelskikh
Pvt. Dmitriy Sedykh Boris Shcherbakov
Lidiya Ivanovna Grebneva Eleonora Shashkova
Inna Petrovna Borodina Antonina Aksyonova
Praporshchik (Warrant Officer) Nikolay Puziryev Mikhail Kokshenov
Yefreytor (Corp.) Semyon Osinin Anatoliy Rudakov
Pvt. Andrey Strekalov Aleksandr Aleksandrov

I Serve at the Border (Ya sluzhu na granitse) is a Soviet B&W 1974 (filmed 1973) movie directed by Naum Birman. The movie depicts the everyday life of Soviet Border Guard outpost. Pvt. Dmitriy Sedykh (Boris Shcherbakov) has problems during his service but at last he overcomes his drawbacks and perfectly shows himself in a dangerous situation during the capture of a trespasser.

The following weapons were used in the film I Serve at the Border (Ya sluzhu na granitse):


Makarov PM

Officers and NCOs of Soviet Border Guard carry Makarov PM pistols.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Sgt. Semyonov (Anatoliy Popov) carries a PM holster.
Sr. Lt. Aleksey Borodin (Evgeniy Karelskikh), zampolit (the deputy for political affairs) of the outpost, holds a PM on shooting range.
A close view of Borodin's pistol.
Borodin aims.
Borodin gives his pistol to Pvt. Dmitriy Sedykh (Boris Shcherbakov) and holds Sedykh's AKM.
The pistol runs out of ammo.
Borodin's PM holster.
The commander of the outpost Maj. Grebnev (Borislav Brondukov) carries a PM holster (it seems to be flat and empty).

Assault Rifles


Soviet Border Guards are mainly armed with AKMs. Many have slant muzzle compensators removed, but the narrow front sights, gas tubes without vents and stamped receivers allow to identify them as AKMs rather than AK-47s. Versions with and without compenstators often switch to each other in same scenes due to continuity errors.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Pvt. Dmitriy Sedykh (Boris Shcherbakov) carries an AKM. This gun lacks the muzzle compensator but the narrow front sight matches AKM.
Yefreytor (Corp.) Semyon Osinin (Anatoliy Rudakov) carries an AKM, also without muzzle compensator.
A border guard readies and loads his AKM. Note the stamped receiver and the fire selector that is different from AK-47.
Border guards with AKMS. These guns are fitted with muzzle compensators.
Pvt. Andrey Strekalov (Aleksandr Aleksandrov) with AKM on shooting range.
Yefreytor Laanemets (Aare Laanemets) with AKM on shooting range.
Pvt. Sedykh with AKM on shooting range. All AKMs seen in this scene lack muzzle compensators.
AKMs and 6Kh3 bayonets in scabbards in gun rack.
Sedykh aims at escaping trespasser. He also carries a large holster for flare pistol.


Some Border Guards are armed with AKMS assault rifles.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
A border guard at the left carries an AKMS.
A service dog guide holds an AKMS.

Sturmgewehr 44 (Mocked-Up as Colt 601)

The border guards of unnamed foreign state are armed with Sturmgewehr 44, visually modified to resemble M16. As with other films of the period, for unknown reasons, these guns depict not the mass-production M16s, but early versions, in this case the Colt 601 with distinctive bright furniture (olive/brown/beige in different variations). These props, used by Lenfilm studio, are different from most often seen Mosfilm version of fake M16.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Colt 601 with green furniture and M7 bayonet - 5.56x45mm
A border guard at the left carries a fake M16. Note the unmodified buttstock of StG 44.
The barrel is seen.
Another view of the barrel of fake M16.

Other Weapons

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

In one scene Pvt. Dmitriy Sedykh (Boris Shcherbakov) uses a flare pistol that appears to be an OSP-30 (in reality in 1970s this flare pistol was long ago removed from service).

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Sedykh fires a flare pistol (at the left), signalling that violation of the state border was detected.
Sedykh's holster for flare pistol is seen during hand-to-hand fight with the trespasser (Igor Andronnikov).
The holster for flare pistol is seen.

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