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The Flight (Beg)

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The Flight (Beg)
Beg Poster.jpg
Cinema Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Alov
Vladimir Naumov
Release Date 1970
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergei Golubkov Aleksey Batalov
Serafima Korzukhina Lyudmila Savelyeva
General Charnota Mikhail Ulyanov
General Khludov Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
Korzukhin Evgeni Evstigneev
Krapilin Nikolay Olyalin
Artur Arturovich Vladimir Basov

The Flight (Beg) is a 1970 Soviet drama movie directed by Aleksandr Alov and Vladimir Naumov and based on eponymous play by Mikhail Bulgakov. The movie depicts the story of a group of White refugees from the Russian Civil War, eking out an existence in Istanbul in the 1920s.

The following weapons were used in the film The Flight (Beg):


Nagant M1895 Revolver

Most White Army officers and Red Army commanders are armed with Russian Nagant M1895 revolvers. General Charnota (Mikhail Ulyanov) holds Nagant revolver during his wanderings in emigration.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo). Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
White Army officer with a Nagant in hand tries to stop his soldiers from running away.
General Charnota cleans his Nagant.
General Charnota fires his Nagant.

Rast-Gasser M1898 Revolver

Austrian Rast-Gasser M1898 revolver is seen in hands of Artur Arturovich (Vladimir Basov). In the final scene General Charnota (Mikhail Ulyanov) also appears with Rast-Gasser instead of his Nagant (this may be a production error). Rast-Gasser revolver can be identified due to its typical side located ramrod.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8 x 27mm Gasser.
Artur Arturovich (Vladimir Basov) fires his revolver in air to attract the attention of the public.
General Charnota (Mikhail Ulyanov) with Rast-Gasser in the final scene.


Mauser C96 Pistol

General Charnota's (Mikhail Ulyanov) personal weapon in the Civil War time is Mauser C96. Typical wooden holsters for Mauser pistols are also carried by several other characters.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
General Charnota with a Mauser C96.
Red Army commander-in-chief Frunze (Roman Khomyatov) has a Mauser C96 in the wooden holster.

FN Model 1910

Some pistols are seen in several episodes, only partially but they (likely the same prop) appear to be hammerless, and due this feature and size they are possibly FN Model 1910.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
A pistol is seen on the table during the scene in the White Army counterintelligence office.
Golubkov (Aleksey Batalov) awkwardly holds a pistol given to him by General Khludov (Vladislav Dvorzhetsky).


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

White Army and Red Army infantry soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 full-length rifles, often with bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
White Army soldiers with M1891/30 rifles.
Another soldier with M1891/30 rifle.
A pile of rifles abandoned by run away soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Several Red Army and White Army cavalrymen are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R.
Red Army cavalryman with M38 carbine.
Krapilin (Nikolay Olyalin) with M38 carbine.

Winchester Model 1895

Istanbul policemen are seen with Winchester Model 1895 rifles, most likely Russian contract model in 7.62x54R.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the receiver.

Winchester Model 1866

Another rifle seen in hands of Istanbul policemen looks like Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy".

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Both White and Red Armies widely use Maxim machine guns on Sokolov wheel mount.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR.
Abandoned Maxim machine gun.
White Army soldiers fire a Maxim machine gun.
Red Army soldiers with a Maxim on the roof of the train.
White Army soldier carries a body of Maxim.


76.2mm ZIS-3 gun doesn't look like WW1 era artillery.
A real WW1 era field gun is seen among the crowd.
Austin armored cars. These movie props very accurately correspond to the real ones.

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