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Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh)

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Outpost in the Mountains
(Zastava v gorakh)
Zastava v gorakh DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Konstantin Yudin
Vladimir Gerasimov
Release Date 1953
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sr. Lt. Sergei Lunin Vladlen Davydov
Vera Lunina Marina Kuznetsova
Polina Prokhorova Yelena Shatrova
Sgt. Kuleshov Sergei Gurzo
Pvt. Marchenko Stanislav Chekan
Pvt. Vorobyov Aleksandr Susnin
Maj. Morrow Vladimir Belokurov
Col. Bridger Aleksey Krasnopolsky

Outpost in the Mountains (Original title: Застава в горах, Zastava v gorakh) is a Soviet 1953 adventure movie directed by Konstantin Yudin and Vladimir Gerasimov. The story takes place on the mountainous Soviet-Iranian border. A Soviet border guard outpost under command of Sr. Lt. Lunin controls an anxious sector of the border. In Iranian territory, US intelligence agents, led by Col. Bridger and Maj. Morrow, plan to infiltrate a spy across the border. In order to draw off the border guards and weaken the security, Morrow hires local brigands to make a raid on Soviet territory.

The following weapons were used in the film Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh):


Tokarev TT-33

Sr. Lt. Sergei Lunin (Vladlen Davydov) carries a TT-33 in a holster. Maj. Morrow (Vladimir Belokurov) uses a TT (possibly a substitution for the similar looking Colt Model 1903) during the night chase for Ismail-Beg.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Morrow fires a TT.
Another view of Morrow's pistol in the same scene.

Steyr M1912

When Morrow (Vladimir Belokurov) stands over the body of Ismail-Beg, his previously seen TT-33 switches to a Steyr M1912 in a continuity error.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr
Morrow makes sure Ismail-Beg is dead.
Another view of the pistol.

Colt M1911A1

Colt M1911A1 pistols are seen in hands of several brigands. In the final scene, both Morrow (Vladimir Belokurov) and his assistant Stanley (Oleg Solyus) use M1911A1 pistols.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Abdurrahman (Asli Burkhanov), Ismail-Beg's lieutenant, holds Morrow at gunpoint.
Another brigand holds an M1911.
Morrow, disguised as a Soviet citizen, draws a Colt on Vera Lunina.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is seen in hands of a brigand. During the night chase, Ismail-Beg (Mukhamejan Kasymov) holds a pistol, which also appears to be a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A brigand in a red turban holds a P38 at the right.
Ismail-Beg (Mukhamejan Kasymov) holds a pistol.

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet border guards, including Sr. Lt. Lunin (Vladlen Davydov), Sgt. Kuleshov (Sergei Gurzo), Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Zakharov (Lev Lobov), and Pvt. Vorobyov (Aleksandr Susnin), carry PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Starshina Zakharov (at the right) with a PPSh.
Vorobyov with a PPSh and Drobyshev (Viktor Uralskiy) with a Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine.
Lt. Lunin carries a PPSh when leading the cavalry unit to intercept the brigands.
Shumov (Kirill Zashibin) fires a PPSh during the battle.
Kuleshov fires a PPSh.

Thompson M1928A1

Thompson M1928A1 submachine guns are seen in hands of several brigands.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
A brigand in a blue turban carries a Thompson when the gang breaks into Morrow's office.
A Thompson is seen at the left in the same scene.
A brigand holds a Thompson during the crossing of the river.
Another view of the Thompson.
A brigand at the right holds a Thompson.
A brigand at the left holds a Thompson during the chase after Sgt. Kuleshov.


During the battle on the border, some brigands use MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A brigand in center fires an MP40.
A pair of brigands at the foreground are armed with MP40s.
A brigand at the left holds an MP40.


Browning Auto-5

What appears to be a Browning Auto-5 is seen in Morrow's office.

Browning Auto-5 (pre WW2) in Sporting/Field configuration - 12 gauge
The Browning Auto-5 is seen at the right in Morrow's office.

Double Barreled Shotgun

In one scene, a local hunter carries a double barreled shotgun.

J.P. Sauer Shotgun - 12 gauge
A hunter greets Lt. Lunin.


Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine

Most Soviet border guards, including Pvts. Marchenko (Stanislav Chekan), Vorobyov (Aleksandr Susnin), and Drobyshev (Viktor Uralskiy), carry Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
Vorobyov carries an M44 carbine on a sling.
Another view of Vorobyov's carbine.
Marchenko holds a carbine with unfolded bayonet at the left.
Vorobyov with a PPSh-41 and Drobyshev with an M1944 Carbine.
A closer view of the unfolded bayonet.
Yefreytor Sinitsyn (Ivan Kosykh) fires his carbine during the battle against the brigands.

Vz.24 Czech Mauser

Iranian border guards are armed with Vz.24 Czech Mauser rifles (possibly as a substitution for VZ-98/29 Persian Mausers).

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Border guard Akhmed (Radner Muratov) holds a Mauser rifle. It has a straight bolt handle.
The front sight is seen.

Karabiner 98k

Some brigands are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A brigand at the right raises a 98k rifle.
A 98k barrel is seen at the left.
A brigand holds a 98k at the right.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I

What appear to be pre-SMLE Lee-Enfield rifles are seen in hands of numerous brigands.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British. Note the bridge over the receiver level with the rear of the magazine which contains a charging clip guide.
A brigand holds a Lee-Enfield rifle in the scene in camp.
A brigand holds a Lee-Enfield rifle during the conflict between Morrow and Abdurrahman.
A Lee-Enfield is seen at the right.
A pair of brigands hold Lee-Enfield rifles.
A brigand aims his rifle.
A brigand at the right holds a Lee-Enfield.
A brigand holds a Lee-Enfield during the chase after Sgt. Kuleshov.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

A few brigands carry what appear to be Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
A brigand swims across the river with a Lee-Enfield on a sling.
A brigand holds an SMLE at the background.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

During the battle on the border, Pvt. Marchenko (Stanislav Chekan) mans a Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
Marchenko (in center) holds a DP. Note the lack of the flash hider.
A closer view of Marchenko's machine gun.
Marchenko fires.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

During the battle on the border Yefreytor Sinitsyn (Ivan Kosykh) uses an RGD-33 hand grenade.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Sinitsyn readies a grenade.

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