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The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina)

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The Life of Klim Samgin
(Zhizn Klima Samgina)
ZhKS DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Language Russian
Creator Viktor Titov
Genre Historical
Broadcast 1988
No. of Episodes 14
Main Cast
Character Actor
Klim Ivanovich Samgin Andrey Rudenskiy
Vera Petrovna Samgina Elena Solovey
Ivan Akimovich Samgin Ernst Romanov
Timofey Stepanovich Varavka Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Lidiya Varavka Valentina Yakunina
Dr. Konstantin Makarov Sergey Koltakov
Ivan Dronov Yakov Stepanov
Marina Petrovna Zotova Natalya Gundareva
Varvara Varfolomeevna Samgina Svetlana Smirnova

The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina) is a Soviet 1988 (filmed in 1983-1987) TV series directed by Viktor Titov and based on the eponymous novel by Maxim Gorky. It depicts the panorama of Russian life from 1877 to 1917, seen through the eyes of Klim Ivanovich Samgin, a lawyer and reluctant revolutionary.

The following weapons were used in the film The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used in the series, notably in Eps.8-10, depicting the revolutionary events in Russia in 1905. Most if not all revolver 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.
Savva Timofeyevich Morozov (Vladimir Treshchalov), a Russian industrialist and financial contributor of Bolsheviks, holds a Nagant in Ep.8.
Revolutionary students carry Nagants during the funeral of Bolshevik Nikolay Bauman in October 1905 (Ep.8).
Another Nagant-wielding stundent in the same scene. Note that the cylinder is empty.
A revolutionary holds a Nagant during the release of political convicts in Ep.9.
Alina Telepnyova (Natalya Lapina) draws a Nagant to fire at Black Hundred members, but Konstantin Makarov (Sergey Koltakov) prevents her from shooting (Ep.9).
An Anarchist Aleksandr Sudakov (Valery Kravchenko) holds a revolver, taken from a gendarme, in Ep.11.
Note the extended ejector rod, often seen on old and well-worn Nagants.
An Anarchist Inokov (Viktor Mikhailov) runs with a nickel plated Nagant in hand.
A Nagant in opened holster that belongs to Poruchik (Lt.) Valery Nikolaevich Trifonov (Valentin Gaft) (Ep.14).
Rotmistr (Capt.) Rushchitz (Boris Teterin) holds a Nagant, taken from Capt. Velyaminov (Leonard Sekirin) after the latter fired at an attorney.
Ivan Dronov's (Yakov Stepanov) FN Model 1905 and Nagant M1895 (Ep.14).

Rast Gasser M1898

A Rast-Gasser M1898 is seen in hands of a revolutionary student during the funeral of Bolshevik Nikolay Bauman in October 1905.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8x27mm Gasser

Galand M1869

A Galand M1869 is seen in hands of a revolutionary student during the funeral of Bolshevik Nikolay Bauman in October 1905.

Galand M1868 - 12mm (or a lesser-known 7mm or 9mm).

Reichsrevolver M1879

A Reichsrevolver M1879 is seen in hands of a revolutionary student during the funeral of Bolshevik Nikolay Bauman in October 1905.

Reichsrevolver M1879 Revolver - 10.6x25R

Saxon M1873 Revolver

A Saxon M1873 Revolver is seen in hands of a revolutionary student during the funeral of Bolshevik Nikolay Bauman in October 1905.

Saxon M1873 Army revolver - 10.6x15mm R

Webley Bulldog

In Ep. 2, set in 1894, young Klim Samgin (Leonid Gorelik) holds a Webley Bulldog that belongs to Konstantin Makarov (Sergey Koltakov). In Ep.10, set in 1905, Klim Samgin (Andrey Rudenskiy) owns a Bulldog. Samgin's revolver is also used by a revolutionary Yakov (Vadim Yakovlev) who commands a barricade on Moscow street near Samgin's house.

Webley 'British Bull Dog' - .45 caliber - 1870s
Young Klim holds a Bulldog.
Samgin holds a Bulldog in Ep.10.
Another view of the revolver.
Yakov holds Samgin's revolver.


FN Model 1905

Ivan Dronov (Yakov Stepanov) has an FN Model 1905 pocket pistol in Ep.14, set during the Great War.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
Dronov's FN Model 1905 and Nagant M1895.

FN Model 1910

An anachronistic FN Model 1910 is used by Lyubov Somova (Svetlana Kryuchkova) in Ep.10, set in 1905.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
Somova's FN 1910.
Somova drives away one of the criminals, assaults her and Samgin.

Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is used by Yakov (Vadim Yakovlev) in Ep.10.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Yakov's pistol in holster.
Yakov holds his pistol. The shape of the front side of the frame allows to make a guess that it's an Astra 900 but it's only a guess.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are used by Russian Army soldiers, Russian police personnel and revolutionaries during the Moscow uprising of 1905.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A policeman with an M91/30 rifle in Ep.6.
Policemen escort arrested Samgin and Somova in Ep.6.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles in Ep.8.
Soldiers fire M91/30 rifles during the events of "Bloody Sundy" in January 1905 (Ep.8).
A closeup of bayonet.
Revolutionaries disarm soldiers (at the left Dr. Kalitin (Oleg Efremov) and a plumber (Boris Arakelov), and the right a coppersmith (Valentin Bukin) (Ep.10).
A revolutionary at the left carries an M91/30 rifle (Ep.10).
Soldiers, armed with M91/30 rifles, destroy a barricade (Ep.10).
Soldiers carry M91/30 rifles (Ep.11).
Rifles are seen in Russian Army field camp in Ep.14, set during the Great War.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are used by Russian Dragoons and Cossacks during the Moscow uprising of 1905 (Eps.8-10). An M38 Carbine is carried by a soldier in Ep.14, set during the Great War.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Dragoon carries M38 Carbine (Ep.8).
A Cossack is knocked down from his horse and beaten by the crowd.
A closeup of M38 Carbine of a Cossack.
Cossacks try to disperse the crowd.
A wounded soldier (I. Antonov) carries an M38 Carbine (Ep.14).


Double Barreled Shotgun

In Ep.10 one of the revolutionaries on barricade is armed with a Double Barreled Shotgun.




A gorodovoy (police officer) carries a Nagant holster.
A gendarme carries a Nagant holster.

76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

A 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 is seen in Ep.10.

76.2mm M1902 Field Gun
Soldiers and members of Black Hundred paramilitary organisation move a 3-inch gun on Moscow street.

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