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The Duelist (Duelyant)

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The Duelist (Duelyant)
Duelyant Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Aleksey Mizgiryov
Release Date 2016
Language Russian
Studio Non-Stop Productions
Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pyotr Petrovich Kolychev alias Yakovlev Pyotr Fyodorov
Count Beklemishev Vladimir Mashkov
Marfa Tuchkova Yuliya Khlynina
Prince Tuchkov Pavel Tabakov
Baron Staroeh Martin Wuttke
Vasiliy Vasilyevich Semyonov Sergey Garmash
Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna Franziska Petri
Yakovlev Jr. Aleksandr Yatsenko

The Duelist (Duelyant) is a Russian 2016 action drama directed by Aleksey Mizgiryov. The story is set in Saint Petersburg in 1860. Perfect marksman Pyotr Petrovich Yakovlev (Pyotr Fyodorov) acts as a mercenary, replacing duelists on shooting duels, in accordance with the duel codex of that time. Yakovlev is involved in the intrigues of Count Beklemishev (Vladimir Mashkov), and flashback scenes reveal his past as officer Kolychev who was, many years ago, dishonored by Beklemishev and now seeks revenge.

The following weapons were used in the film The Duelist (Duelyant):

Screen Guns

A production still of several actual screen guns: Pettingill Revolver, Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue, three double barreled pinfire pistols (two of which are the same model, but one is fitted with a kind of folding dagger-bayonet), a over and under Howdah Pistol, a Percussion Cap Pistol and two pairs of Percussion Dueling Pistols.


Pettingill Revolver

The main weapon of Pyotr Yakovlev (Pyotr Fyodorov) is a Pettingill Revolver that is slightly anachronistic (while the revolver was invented in 1856, production by Roger & Spencer started only in 1861, a year after the story is set). The original cylinder of the revolver is replaced by a cartridge-loading cylinder (but on screen, the cartridges are loaded from the front, as it is a short-lived early Thuer cartridge conversion, developed prior to the expiration of the Rollin-White patent for a "bored-trough" cylinder that was in exclusive use of S&W until 1869). Yakovlev calls his revolver a "six-shot Francotte". It's most likely the same movie prop that was used in The Ninth.

Pettingill "Navy" model revolver - .34 caliber
Howdah Pistol, Pinfire Double Barreled Pistol and Pettingill Revolver on Yakovlev's table.
Yakovlev holds the disassembled revolver.
A good view of the revolver.
Yakovlev puts the revolver to his chin.
The revolver on table.
The brother of the real Yakovlev (Aleksandr Yatsenko) holds the revolver to his head.
Yakovlev with the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue

A Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue revolver is used by Beklemishev's henchmen Liprandi (Pavel Kuzmin) and Chichagov (Dmitriy Kulichkov). Count Beklemishev (Vladimir Mashkov) holds the same revolver during the final duel. This model doesn't fit for 1860 as production started in 1868.

Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue - .32 S&W
Liprandi holds the revolver in the scene at the Baron's house. This is a continuity error as in previous and following scenes, he is armed with a Pinfire Pistol.
The revolver in the hands of Chichagov.
Chichagov threatens Yakovlev.
Yakovlev disarms Chichagov...
...and throws the revolver on the floor.
Beklemishev holds the revolver during the final duel.

Mariette Pepperbox

A Mariette Pepperbox is used by Count Beklemishev (Vladimir Mashkov) and Chichagov (Dmitriy Kulichkov). Beklemishev calls the gun a "Allen and Thulber Bundelrevolver (a German term, used for pepperbox guns in Russia), with rifled barrels (incorrect statement), and six bullets fired in one shot". According to an interview with the movie armorer, two guns were used: a genuine 19th century pepperbox is seen in close-ups, and in shooting sequences it is replaced with a specially made blank-firing replica.

Mariette Pepperbox, 6-barrel model - .38
Beklemishev holds the pepperbox. Note the ring trigger, typical for the Mariette model.
Chichagov holds the pepperbox.

Remington 1858 New Army

A Remington 1858 New Army revolver is seen in the gun store.

Remington 1858 New Army - .44 caliber
A Remington 1858 is seen on the table (at the left) together with several other revolvers.

Various revolvers

Some other revolvers of unclear models are also seen in the gun store.

Several revolvers are seen on the table (at the left).


Dreyse Model 1835

A pair of Dreyse Model 1835 breech-loading needle pistols are used in a duel between Pyotr Yakovlev (Pyotr Fyodorov) and Prince Rayn (Pierre Bourel). The guns are loaded with mock-up metal cartridges while real Dreyse guns used paper cartridges.

Dreyse Model 1835 needle pistol - .38
A good view of a pistol in hands of Baron Staroeh (Martin Wuttke).
The second of Prince Rayn (Igor Khripunov) loads the pistol. Note that the last screenshot is mirrored as the lever is placed on a different side of the pistol.
Two pistols on the floor, Yakovlev chooses one of them for the duel.
Yakovlev holds a pistol.
Prince Rayn holds a pistol to Yakovlev's head.
The owner of gun store (Anton Kuznetsov) shows the action of the striker.
Pistols in the hands of young Prince Tuchkov (Pavel Tabakov) and Pyotr Yakovlev.

Double Barreled Pinfire Pistol

Liprandi (Pavel Kuzmin) carries a Pinfire Double Barreled Pistol in several scenes.

Pinfire double barreled pistol, Belgian manufacture - .58 caliber
Liprandi holds a double barreled pinfire pistol during the visit to Baron Staroeh.
A side view of the pistol. In next scene, it switches to a Smith & Wesson revolver (see above).
Liprandi's gun switches back to a pistol. The grip is seen.
Liprandi defiantly threatens Yakovlev.

Another more compact pinfire pistol is one of Yakovlev's guns. An identical looking gun is used by Marfa Tuchkova (Yuliya Khlynina).

A compact pinfire pistol is seen on Yakovlev's table, between the Howdah Pistol and Pettingill Revolver.
Marfa Tuchkova holds the gun when she makes an attempt on Beklemishev.
Marfa holds the pistol.
Beklemishev disarms her.

Over and Under Howdah Pistol

An over and under Howdah Pistol is one of Yakovlev's guns. According to an interview with the movie armorer, this a genuine English manufactured pistol.

Over and Under Double Barreled Howdah pistol
The O/U Howdah pistol is seen at the left.
Another view of the pistol.
Pyotr Yakovlev readies the pistol...
...and shows his method of shooting using ricochets.

Side by Side Howdah Pistol

A double barreled percussion cap pistol is seen among numerous pistols in the gun store. It looks large enough to be a Howdah.

Holland & Holland Side by Side Howdah pistol
A side-by-side Howdah Pistol on the wall.

Percussion Dueling Pistol

Two pairs of Percussion Dueling Pistols are used in the movie. According to an interview with the movie armorer, these pistols are genuine 19th century guns, one pair of French manufacture and another one of German. The first pair is seen in the duel between Yakovlev and Prince Basargin (Yuri Kolokolnikov); one of these pistols is seen in the flashback scene, showing the quarrel between Kolychev (Yakovlev's real name) and Beklemishev.

Mang in Graz Match Percussion Dueling Pistol - .38
Tuckov, the second of Basargin, holds two pistols.
Yakovlev readies his pistol.
Basargin in a shooting position.
A flashback scene shows one of these pistols in the hands of Beklemishev.

The second pair of dueling pistols is seen during the duel between Yakovlev and Tuchkov.

When Yakovlev purchases dueling pistols, the owner of gun store (Anton Kuznetsov) describes the guns as "a new production of Kuchenreuter, twenty groovings in the bore" (Bartolomaus Joseph Kuchenreuter of Regensburg was a famous gunsmith of dueling pistols in mid-19th century).
Another view of the pistol.
During the duel, Tuchkov (Pavel Tabakov) accidentally falls and his pistol fires.
The percussion cap lock is seen better.
Yakovlev holds the pistol during the duel.
One of the pistols of this pair is seen in hands of Kolychev in the aforementioned flashback scene.

Percussion Cap Pistol

A Percussion Cap Pistol is seen in the chest of the real Captain Yakovlev who perished on the Aleutian islands and under whose name Kolychev returned to Saint Petersburg. This gun is a flintlock pistol, converted to percussion cap lock. It looks similar to a French Chatellerault Cavalry Model 1822 pistol or Russian Model 1839 flintlock cavalry pistol, converted to percussion cap lock. Percussion cap pistols of various models are also seen in the gun store.

Chatellerault Model 1822 T Percussion Cavalry Pistol - .69 cal. This pistol is similar to the screen gun, differing in details.
The pistol in Yakovlev's chest.
Numerous handguns of the table in the gun store. They are mostly percussion cap pistols; some flintlock pistols and several revolvers (at the left) are also seen.
Another view of the scene in the gun store

Flintlock Pistol

Numerous Flintlock Pistols of various models are seen in the gun store.

For comparison: Charleville Model 1777 Cavalry Officer Flintlock- .69 cal
For comparison: Turkish Flintlock Pistol
For comparison: Brander & Potts London Flintlock Duelling Pistol - .55 caliber
A grip typical of Oriental-style flintlock pistols. A blurry side by side Howdah Pistol is seen below.
More flintlock pistols. The one on top resembles French Model 1777 Cavalry Officer or a similar Russian model. Both this gun and the one below lack parts of their flintlocks.
More flintlock pistols. They are both military and civilian patterns, some of them in Oriental-style. Pocket pistols are seen further along the wall.
More pistols on the wall. The one ahead on the left has a faceted barrel, typical for dueling pistols.
A promotional image shows a scene in the gun store. Numerous flintlock and percussion cap pistols, including double barreled guns and "knee pistols", are seen on the wall and on the table.

Flintlock "Knee Pistol"

A so-called "Knee Pistol" with typical short buttstock is seen in the gun store.

Flintlock Knee Pistol, 17th century, Tunisia - 45mm (1.77 inch). Unlike this prop, screen pistols doesn't have Blunderbuss-style flared muzzle but otherwise are similar.
A "knee pistol" is seen among more common pistols.


Revolving Rifle

In one scene Pyotr Yakovlev shows his marksmanship, using a percussion cap revolving rifle of unknown model. According to the interview with movie armorer, this gun is a genuine 19th century weapon, purchased by the movie makers in very poor condition and carefully restored.

The rifle on table. The cylinder has slots for percussion caps.
Yakovlev takes the rifle.
Yakovlev uses the rifle to hammer a nail with gunshots.
The same revolving rifle is seen in the gun store.


Infantry Musket M1844

A convoy soldier (Sergey Trebesov) holds a percussion cap musket in the flashback scene, depicting the gauntlet corporal punishment on Kolychev. A similar gun is seen in the flashback scene, set on Aleutian islands. This gun looks similar to a Infantry Musket M1845 but it turns out to be a flintlock gun, converted to percussion cap, so it can be identified as an M1844 musket, a conversion of M1838 flintlock musket.

Russian percussion cap musket M1845 (1851 year produced, Tula) - .70. M1844 musket looks nearly the same.
An Aleutian warrior picks up the musket of a slain Russian soldier.
Kolychev is chained to the musket of convoy soldier.
A close view of the percussion cap lock. Note the traces of the former flintlock.
A production still shows soldiers carrying similar muskets.

Percussion Cap Musket

Several percussion cap muskets of unclear models are seen in Yakovlev's house and in the gun store.

For comparison: Russian percussion cap infantry musket M1845 - .70
For comparison: Russian percussion cap cavalry carbine M1849
Several long guns with percussion cap guns (as far as can be seen) lean against the distant wall.
Three military-style percussion cap muskets are seen on the table together with the revolving rifle. The one on top looks similar to a Russian M1845 musket but differs in details.
Numerous long guns are seen at the background in the gun store. Some of them are military-style but exact models cannot be identified.
Most guns at the background right have military features.

Flintlock Musket

At least one flintlock long gun (musket or shotgun) is seen in the gun store.

The flintlock musket is seen on the table at the right.

Custom Flintlock Long Gun

In the flashback scene, set on the Aleutian islands, an escaped convict (Pyotr Skvortsov) holds a self-made long gun with a flintlock. Kolychev (Pyotr Fyodorov) manages to get the gun. The screen gun distantly resembles Central Asian Karamultuk ("black gun") muskets and has a very primitive version of the flintlock.

The escaped convict with a musket.
He loads the gun.
He aims at Kolychev.
A close view of the flintlock.
Kolychev holds the gun, taken from the dead convict.
He fires at another convict (the actor turns his face away from the target due to the intense flash and sparks from the flintlock).


Percussion Shotgun

A number of Percussion Shotguns, mostly single barreled, are seen in the gun store.

1860 Russian-made Single Barreled Percussion Shotgun
Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun
Percussion long guns stand on both sides. Most have hunting-style stocks.
Another view of the two rows of percussion cap long guns.
Several guns in the gun rack at the right.
Numerous long guns in the background. Some of them are military-style.
One more view of the long guns in racks.


LeMat Revolver

Promotional images show Count Beklemishev (Vladimir Mashkov) and Baron Staroeh (Martin Wuttke) holding LeMat Revolvers, despite this weapon not appearing in the movie. It appears that Denix non-firing replicas were used for these images.

Denix Lemat non-firing replica
Vladimir Mashkov as Count Beklemishev holds a LeMat revolver on a promotional image.
Martin Wuttke as Baron Staroeh holds a LeMat revolver on a promotional image.

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