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The Black Triangle (Chyornyy treugolnik)

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The Black Triangle
(Chyornyy treugolnik)
Chyornyy treugolnik DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergey Tarasov
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Leonid Borisovich Kosachevsky Konstantin Grigoryev
Vitaly Olegovich Borin Anatoli Romashin
Rosa Stern Zhanna Bolotova
Kat Olga Barnet
Vasily Grigoryevich Messmer Leonid Kulagin
Fyodor Karlovich Kerbel Algimantas Masiulis
Archimandrite Dmitry Boris Khimichev
Ritus Boris Khmelnitskiy

The Black Triangle (Chyornyy treugolnik) is a Soviet 1981 made for TV three-part detective movie directed by Sergey Tarasov and based on the novel by Yuri Klarov. The story is set in January 1918, soon after the Russian revolution. The Orthodox church treasure vault is robbed, priceless items stolen. Soviet Ugolovny Rozysk (crime police) detectives, assisted by a former detective of Russian Imperial police, hold investigation.

The following weapons were used in the film The Black Triangle (Chyornyy treugolnik):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are most widely used handguns in the film. They are seen in hands of Deputy Chief of Moscow Ugolovny Rozysk Leonid Kosachevsky (Konstantin Grigoryev), Ugolovny Rozysk and Militsia personnel Yuriy Volzhanin (Yuri Smirnov), Filimon Artyukhin (Aleksey Mironov), Viktor Sukhov (Viktor Chebotaryov) and Pavel Vasilyevich (Pavel Vinnik), former Russian Army Col. Vasily Messmer (Leonid Kulagin), Anarchists Muratov alias "Father" (Semyon Sokolovsky) and Ritus (Boris Khmelnitskiy), crime boss Nikita Makhov (Leonid Markov), criminal Konstantin Priletaev alias "Sailor" (Gennadi Chulkov), and some unnamed minor characters. All revolvers are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

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.
Yuriy Volzhanin threatens a suspect.
Leonid Kosachevsky holds his Nagant in the scene in Baron Messmer's apartments.
Vasily Messmer fires his revolver during his escape on rooftops.
Kosachevsky (at the left) and Artykhin during the chase after Messmer. Atryukhin holds a bright chrome plated Nagant (later he is seen with a standard blued revolver).
An uncredited militsioneer holds a Nagant.
Muratov with a revolver.
Ritus takes Muratov's revolver.
Messmer sleeps with a Nagant in his bed.
Makhov holds a Nagant, taken from Kosachevsky.
A closeup of Priletaev's revolver.
Artyukhin and Sukhov on operation.
Pavel Vasilyevich escorts arrested Gribov (Vladimir Akimov).


FN Model 1903

Some minor characters carry FN Model 1903 pistols in wooden holster-stock (this is a single prop, reused in several scenes). This is a very fitting weapon, as FN 1903 pistols were issued to Moscow Imperial police.

FN Browning Model 1903 - 9x20mm Browning Long
FN Browning Model 1903 with shoulder stock holster - 9x20mm Browning Long
An Anarchist (Aleksandr Konyashin) carries an FN Model 1903 in wooden holster.
A militsioneer (Anatoli Shalyapin) carries an FN Model 1903 in wooden holster.
An Anarchist sailor carries the same gun.

Tokarev TT-33

Anachronistic TT-33 pistols are used by Leonid Kosachevsky (Konstantin Grigoryev), militstioneer Pavel Vasilyevich (Pavel Vinnik), and Anarchist Ritus (Boris Khmelnitskiy). Probably they stand for similar looking FN 1903.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Kosachevsky saves a young woman from robbers.
The grip with plastic plates can be seen.
Pavel Vasilyevich on operation.
Ritus fires a TT.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are used by revolutionary soldiers, Soviet militsia personnel and Anarchists.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Soldiers and sailors on guard.
Soldiers on patrol on railway station.
M91 and M91/30 rifles in Anarchists headquarters.
Closer view of the bayonets.
A militsioneer with M91 rifle.
Another militsioneer with M91 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are also used by revolutionary soldiers, Soviet militsia personnel and Anarchists.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
M91 and M91/30 rifles in Anarchists headquarters.
An Anarchist with M91/30 rifle (in center).
An Anarchist carries an M91/30 rifle with bayonet, turned backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is seen in Anarchists headquarters. Maxims are also mounted on the replica of Austin armoured car.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Red Guards with a Maxim.
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Anarchists with a Maxim.
Maxims are mounted on armoured car.

Degtyaryov DT/DP-27 (visually modified to resemble Lewis)

A Degtyaryov DT (or DP-27), visually modified to resemble Lewis Gun, is seen in Anarchists headquarters.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. DT could be dismounted from the tank or armored car and used with a bipod as a light machine gun.
Lewis Gun - .303 British
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An Austin armoured car is seen in several scenes. This is a modern replica, based on Russian manufactured Austin-Putilov version.

An armoured car in the opening scene. Diagonally placed turrets is a sign of Austin-Putilov version.
A closer view of the machine gun turrets.
An armoured car is used during the operarion against Anarchists.

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