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Jonathan of the Bears

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Jonathan of the Bears
(Jonathan degli orsi)
Jonathan degli orsi poster.jpg
Italian DVD Cover
Country ITA.jpg Italy
RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Release Date 1994
Language English
Studio Project Campo J.V.
Silvio Berlusconi Communications
Viva Cinematografica S.r.l.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jonathan Kowalski Franco Nero
Fred Goodwin John Saxon
Chatow Knifewing Segura
Maddock David Hess
Chief Tawanka Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
Shaya Melody Robertson
Kaspar Rodrigo Obregón
Williamson Bobby Rhodes
Musician Clive Riche
Brothel Madam Marie Louise Sinclair

Jonathan of the Bears (Italian: Jonathan degli orsi, Russian: Джонатан - друг медведей; Dzhonatan - drug medvedey) is a 1994 (filmed 1993) Italian-Russian Spaghetti Western Movie directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

P.S.: This movie was filmed in Russia, which, possibly had influence on the firearms, which appeared in the movie.

The following weapons were used in the film Jonathan of the Bears:


Single Action Army

A tribute of the near all Western, the Single Action Army revolvers is the most popular handguns, appeared in this movie.

Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel aka "Artillery" model with wooden grips - .45 Long Colt
Franco Nero holds a Single Action Army and Winchester Model 1873 in a promotional still for the film.
Sasha Kowalsky (also played by Franco Nero) holds the SAA during the prologue.
Chief Tawanka (Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman) hands the holstered SAA to Jonathan.
Maddock (David Hess) drops his SAA.
Williamson (Bobby Rhodes) fires his SAA at the right. Another mercenary (Ennio Girolami) fires a nickel finish one.
A close view of the SAA revolver in the hands of Jonathan Kowalski (Franco Nero).
Goodwin henchman (Enzo G. Castellari) draws his SAA at the night scene.
Fred Goodwin (John Saxon) covers, SAA in hand at the film climax.
A vigilante holds his SAA.
Tall Mercenary (Viktor Gajnov) carry a holstered SAA. Later his revolver switches to another model (see bellow).
Young Jonathan (Igor Alimov) carry a holstered SAA during the prologue.
Nickel-Plated Single Action Army "Artillery" Model - .45 Long Colt
Goodwin's Mercenary (Ennio Girolami) draws his nickel finish SAA...
...and aims it.
Goodwin's Mercenary (Ennio Girolami) fires his nickel finish SAA in air.

Nagant M1895

One of the vigilantes very briefly can be holds the Nagant M1895. All shot of it was very blured due the moving.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Vigilante fires his revolver. Note the ejector rod.
A second later his is shot to dead by Jonathan. Note the rounded grip.
The another view of the ejector rod...
...and rounded grip with the ring.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

In continitue error, the SAA of the Tall Mercenary (Viktor Gajnov) switches to Smith & Wesson Model 10 at the one moment.

Smith & Wesson Model of 1899 M&P (1899-1902) - .38 Special
Tall Mercenary fires.

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"

The Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" is the Kaspar's (Rodrigo Obregón) firearm of choice.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Kaspar (at the center) carry the Mauser into the typical wooden holster. One of his thugs (at the left) carry the holstered SAA.
Kaspar brandishes his Mauser. One of his thugs (at the far right) holds the Winchester rifle.
Kaspar aims his Mauser at the indiane boy.
Kaspar holds his Mauser after firing it.



The IZh-18 can be seen used by the hunter Terry (Vyacheslav Rudnev), who later gave it to another hunter (Igor Vorobyov).

Izhmekh IZh-18EM-M - 12 gauge
Terry brandishes his gun.
A hunter (Igor Vorobyov) reloads his IZh, tooked from Terry. The the typical spur on the trgger guard and lack of the hammer, which is the mane differ of the IZh-18 from Izh-17 and IZh-K.


Several characters can be seen used the IZh-K. Most likely, the single movie prop was used.

IZh-K - 16 Gauge. It is a direct predecessor of the IZh-17.
The hunter (Anatoliy Mambetov) covers with shotgun.
The smae hunter tries to fire his shotgun...
...but the Jonathan shots the arrow right into the muzzle.
The shotgun is now jammed. Note the groovs on the foregrip.
The another hunter (Igor Vorobyov) holds the similar looking shotgun at the night scene.
One of the vigilantes (at the center) holds the similar looked shotgun.

Single Barreled Shotgun

One of the Maddock's man used the Single Barreled Shotgun (perhaps IZh-17 or IZh-18).

Harrington & Richardson Topper Shotgun - 12 gauge. This is a common single barreled breach loading top break shotgun.
Jonathan degli orsi rifle 3 1.jpg


Winchester Model 1895

The Winchester Model 1895 is a very popular long guns in this movie.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
Fred Goodwin fires his Winchester during the prologue.
The gangster (Evgeniy Bogorodskiy) holds the Winchester after killing the Sasha Kowalski. He also carry a holstered SAA at this moment, while it doesn't seen on this shot.
The hunter (Aleksandr Pyatkov) aims his Winchester.
The Religious Mercenary (Boris Khmelnitskiy) holds the Winchester.
The tall mercenary (Viktor Gajnov) holds the Winchester.
The indian reloads his Winchester.
Chatow (Knifewing Segura) aims captored Winchester at it's former user (Viktor Gajnov).
The vigilante holds the Winchester during the attack on the Indians village.
The Indians fires Winchester Model 1895 at the far right.

Winchester Model 1895 Carbine

The Winchester Model 1895 Carbines is used by the numerous characters. The rifles is fitted with a fake underbarrel magazines, to make it look like as a Winchester Model 1892/Model 1894. This is presumably the same rifle, which earlier appears in the Businessmen (Delovye lyudi) and Dersu Uzala (1975).

Winchester Model 1895 carbine - .30 Cal
For comparison: Winchester Model 1892 - .38-40
Maddock holds the Winchester during the prologue.
Terry brandishes the Winchester.
Williamson (Bobby Rhodes) aims his Winchester.
Two Indians fires Winchester Model 1875 Carbines at the center and left.

Winchester Model 1873

The Winchester Model 1873 rifles also widely used by the numerous characters.

Winchester Model 1873 carbine - 1st generation rifle - 44-40 Winchester
The hunter (Aleksandr Pyatkov) with the rifle on the shoulder.
The mercenary (Ennio Girolami) holds the Winchester.
Chatow (Knifewing Segura) fires his Winchester.
The mercenary (Ennio Girolami) puts the Winchester on the shoulder.
Jonathan Kowalski carry the Winchester on the shoulder at the film climax.

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