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Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka)

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Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka)
Piraty XX veka (poster filma).jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Durov
Release Date 1979
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergey Sergeevich, Chief Engineer Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.
Ivan Ilyich, Ship's Captain Pyotr Velyaminov
Pirates Captain Rein Aren
Salekh Talgat Nigmatulin
Masha Natalya Khorokhorina
Aina Maija Eglite
Maa Dilorom Qambarova
Boatswain Tadeush Kasyanov
Doctor Pavel Remezov

Piraty XX veka (Pirates of the XXth Century) is a 1979 Soviet film directed by Boris Durov about modern piracy. A Soviet cargo ship carrying a load of medicinal opium is attacked by a group of vicious pirates, who sink the ship and leave its crew for dead. The surviving crew members decide to take revenge by attacking the pirates, who have hidden their ship at a small Pacific island. This film was the highest grossing Soviet movie of 1980.

The following weapons were used in the film Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka):


Colt M1911A1

Colt M1911A1 pistols are carried by some pirates who seize control of the Soviet cargo ship, including their captain (Rein Aren) and his second-in-command Salekh (Talgat Nigmatulin). Chief engineer Sergey Sergeevich (Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.) uses Salekh's M1911A1 when he attacks the pirate ship in the finale scene.

World War 2 issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
During the night attack on pirates' ship doctor (Pavel Remezov) fires the captured M1911. Note that the pistol jams and the slide stops, not reaching the place.
Doctor fires his M1911.
Salekh holds Masha as hostage.
Sergey Sergeevich holds Salekh at gunpoint with his own pistol.
Sergey Sergeevich prepares to attack the remaining pirates with his M1911A1.
Sergey Sergeevich with his M1911A1 on board of the crashed pirate ship in the final scene.
Dying pirates captain holds his M1911.

Luger P08

The Luger P08 was taken by Soviet sailors from a captured pirate. It is carried by Captain Ivan Ilyich (Pyotr Velyaminov) during the attack on the pirate ship.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
A pirate at the left (Vladimir Episkoposyan) carries the P08 in holster.
Captain Ivan Ilyich (on the left) with P08 pistol and ship's doctor (Pavel Remezov) and Klyuev (Georgiy Martirosyan) with SPSh flare pistols.
Captain encounters doctor, holding M1911A1, and fatally shot Klyuev.
A pirate at the right (Yahyo Fayzullayev) carries P08, tucked at his belt.

Walther P38

The chrome plated Walther P38 is used by Captain Ivan Ilyich (Pyotr Velyaminov) after the pirate ship is seized.

Walther P38 pistol WWII dated - nickel plated - 9x19mm
Captain Ivan Ilyich takes chrome plated P38 from the pirate captain's strongbox.
The captain examines the pirates' earnings while holding his P38. A M1928 Thompson submachine gun lies on the table.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II submachine guns are carried by the Indian police officers who escort the cargo of opium during the introduction of the movie, and later by many of the pirates who board the ship to steal its cargo, notably by the chief of the boarding team Schweigert (Igor Klass).

Sten Mk II Submachine gun - 9x19mm
Police officers armed with Sten Mk IIs watch as the cargo of opium is loaded aboard the Soviet ship.
A pirate (stunt performer Bimbolat Kumbolatov) kicks Captain Ivan Ilyich in the chest as he boards the cargo ship.
The same pirate with Sten during the brawl on the desk.
Another pirate (Gennadi Chetverikov) fires his Sten at the crew.
Salekh with Thompson M1928A1 and Schweigert with Sten watch the burning Soviet ship.
A Sten-wielding pirate is shot when the Soviet sailors board the pirates ship.
Soviet boatswain (Tadeush Kasyanov) measures the depth of the water on board the pirate ship with a captured Sten Mk II next to him.

M1928A1 Thompson

Several of the pirates, including Salekh (Talgat Nigmatulin), are armed with M1928A1 Thompson submachine guns when they capture the Soviet ship. The weapons appear in various configurations, with different handguards and some lacking buttstocks.

M1928A1 Thompson with a Stick Magazine - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson, converted for using MP40 magazines fitted for 7.62x25 blank cartridges
Salekh holds the Thompson with removed buttstock.
A close view of the muzzle of a Thompson.
Klyuev (Georgiy Martirosyan) with Thompson is shot during the shootout on the pirates ship.
Sergey Sergeevich fires a captured Thompson at the pirates.
A pirate at the left (Laktemir Dztitiev) holds the Thompson.
Sergey Sergeevich reloads his Thompson. Note the odd magazine: this weapon has been adapted for 7.62mm blanks in MP40 magazine.
A modified StG 44 hangs to the left of the pirates, while a M1928 Thompson hangs on the right.
A pirate (Nartai Begalin), eyes closed, wildly fires his M1928A1 Thompson.
A pirate holding his Thompson with one hand. The non-standard magazine is seen clearly.


Not used directly in action, but the MAT-49 is seen in the hands of one mercenary on pirates' photo.

A MAT-49 SMG converted to 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
A mercenary on the background holds MAT-49. The shot is taken from documentary footage of some conflict in Africa.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44 (Mocked-Up as AR-15)

One of the most common weapons used by both the pirates and later the Soviet crew members are Sturmgewehr 44 rifles, modified to resemble the AR-15 rifle. This is one of the first appearances of these rifles; for unknown reasons, they do not display the production M16s, but the early AR-15s, including a workable upper cocking handle ([1]).

Sturmgewehr 44, modified to resemble early AR-15 - 7.62x39 blank
A pirate (Vladimir Episkoposyan) fires a StG 44 during the hijacking of the cargo ship.
A close view on fake AR-15 barrel.
A pirate (Nartai Begalin) searching for a missing comrade with a StG 44.
During the shootout on the pirates ship Sergey Sergeevich's Thompson switches to StG 44 due to a continuity error.
Yura Mikosha (Viktor Gordeev) (at the left) holds the fake "M16".
Stetsenko (Viktor Zhiganov) holds the fake "M16".
Doctor (Pavel Remezov) fires at the floating naval mine.
A modified StG 44 is seen near Sergey Sergeevich.
A modified StG 44 hangs to the left of the pirates, while a M1928 Thompson hangs on the right.


A mercenary on one of the photos holds AKM with bakelite magazine.

Maadi ARM (Egyptian clone of AKM) - 7.62x39mm. The original AKM similar, but this photo shows the rifle with a bakelite plastic magazine.
The shot is taken from documentary footage of some conflict in Africa.


The FN FAL rifle seen on the same photo in the hands of one of the mercenaries.

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The FN FAL is seen on the left. The shot is taken from documentary footage of some conflict in Africa.

Machine Guns

PK Machine Gun (visually modified to resemble MG34)

Three of the pirates are armed with PK Machine Guns that have been visually modified with the addition of a different barrel and buttstock to resemble MG34 machine guns. These are used to gun down several crew members when the pirates attack the cargo ship.

A picture of the original MG34 and PK conversion
MG34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum
A pirate (Nartai Begalin) fires the fake MG34, using improvised support.
Another pirate fires the "MG34" from the hip.
One more pirate fires the "MG34".

MG 34

A real MG 34 machinegun is seen on the one photo.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG 34 stands on the ground. The shot is taken from documentary footage of some conflict in Africa.


The FN MAG can be seen on one of the pirates' photos.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The shot is taken from documentary footage of some conflict in Africa.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

Two SPSh Flare Pistols are used by the Soviet sailors when they attack the pirate ship. The weapon is fired at close quarters to subdue some of the pirates, allowing the sailors to capture their weapons.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Yura Mikosha (Viktor Gordeev) holds the SPSh at the left when the Soviet crewmembers prepare to board the pirates ship.
Captain Ivan Ilyich (on the left) with Luger P08 pistol and ship's doctor (Pavel Remezov) and Klyuev (Georgiy Martirosyan) (behind doctor) with SPSh flare pistols.


Pirates use naval mines to block the entrance of the bay. Accodring to the movie prop master, the mines are wooden mockups, based on old Russian M1908 or M1912 patterns.


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