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The Man with the Rifle (Chelovek s ruzhyom)

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The Man with the Rifle
(Chelovek s ruzhyom)
Chelovek s ruzhyom Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergei Yutkevich
Release Date 1938
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pvt. Ivan Shadrin Boris Tenin
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Maksim Shtraukh
Commissar Nikolai Chibisov Vladimir Lukin
Katya Shadrina Zoya Fyodorova
Pvt. Yevtushenko Boris Chirkov
Kostya Zhigilev Mark Bernes
Sailor Andrei Dymov Stepan Kayukov
Sidorov Nikolay Kryuchkov

The Man with the Rifle (Chelovek s ruzhyom) is a Soviet 1938 historical movie directed Sergei Yutkevich and based on the play by Nikolay Pogodin. The story is set in Autumn 1917. Pvt. Ivan Shadrin (Boris Tenin) gets an leave from frontline and appears in Petrograd next day after the October Revolution. Here Shadrin accidentally meets Vladimir Lenin and is deeply impressed with his personality. He joins Red Guards and leads a unit against the counterrevolutionary forces.

The following weapons were used in the film The Man with the Rifle (Chelovek s ruzhyom):


Nagant M1895

Red Guards member Kostya Zhigilev (Mark Bernes) carries a Nagant M1895 revolver. Nagants are also carried by Russian Army officers, mostly seen in holsters.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N
A Russian Captain (uncredited) carries a Nagant in holster in the opening scene.
The grip of officer's Nagant is partially seen in holster.
An artilleryman at the left carries a Nagant in holster.
Zhigilev's Nagant is seen.
An officer at the right holds a Nagant.
Zhigilev carries a Nagant in another scene.


Mauser C96

Red Guards Commissar Nikolai Chibisov (Vladimir Lukin), Andrei Dymov (Stepan Kayukov), Sidorov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) and some others carry Mauser C96 pistols in typical wooden holsters.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Chibisov (at the left) carries his Mauser in holster.
Sidorov's Mauser is seen at the background.
Chibisov (at the right) holds his Mauser, while Dymov (at the left) carries a Mauser in holster.
Chibisov fires his Mauser at an officer on armoured train.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are used by Russian soldiers, including Shadrin (Boris Tenin), Yevtushenko (Boris Chirkov), Matushkin (Pavel Sukhanov), and Petrograd Red Guards.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A Russian Captain (uncredited) fires at his soldiers who started fraternization with Germans.
A Red Guard carries a rifle with bayonet on Petrograd street.
Shadrin carries a rifle with bayonet, attached backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.
Red Guards in Smolny.
Shadrin agitates fellow soldiers (Vladimir Volchik at the right of Shadrin) for the Soviet power.
Shadrin leads a unit of revolutionary soldiers (Matushkin at the right).
Bayonets ready!
A Cossack (Konstantin Sorokin) fires M91 rifle. In previous scene this character carries M1907 Carbine.
A close view of Shadrin's rifle.
Ivan Shadrin with M91 rifle and Andrei Dymov (Stepan Kayukov) with M1907 carbine and RG-14 hand grenades in the final scene.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

Some Red Guards, notably Kostya Zhigilev (Mark Bernes) and Andrei Dymov (Stepan Kayukov) are armed with Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Zhigilev with M1907 carbine. He also has a Nagant revolver and RG-14 hand grenade at his belt.
A Red sailor (Yuriy Tolubeev) (at the left) carries an M1907 carbine.
Another view of same character with M07 Carbine (at the right).
Dymov (at the left) holds M1907 Carbine.
A Cossack (Konstantin Sorokin) (at the right) carries an M1907 carbine. In next scene his carbine switches to a full-length M91 rifle.
Zhigilev with M1907 Carbine and Chibisov with Mauser C96.
Ivan Shadrin with M91 rifle and Andrei Dymov with M1907 carbine and RG-14 hand grenades in the final scene.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

In the opening scene German troops use a Maxim M1910/30 machine gun, standing for MG08. Later Maxims, standing for original M1910s, are seen in Petrograd, especially in Bolsheviks headquarters in Smolny. In the climactic scene Red Guards unit uses a Maxim M1910/30 during the battle against the armoured train of counterrevolutionaries that is also armed with several Maxims. During the battle Yevtushenko (Boris Chirkov) and then Kostya Zhigilev (Mark Bernes) fire the Maxim.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
German soldiers fire a Maxim.
Two Maxims are mounted on Red Guards armoured car.
A Maxim is seen in Smolny.
Yevtushenko readies to fire the machine gun.
A Maxim fires from the armoured train.
Yevtushenko fires.
A view of the Maxim from the back.
Zhigilev fires the Maxim.

Maxim M1910

In one scene a Maxim M1910 with smooth water jacket is seen.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Red Guards Maxim M1910 on positions.

Other Weapons

RG-14 Hand Grenade

RG-14 (or RG-14/30) hand grenades are used by Red Guards.

RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
Kostya Zhigilev (Mark Bernes) carries a grenade in his belt.
A bundle of three grenades is seen next to Zhigilev who plans to attack the enemy armoured train.
Nikolai Chibisov (Vladimir Lukin) (at the right) holds a grenade in the same scene.
Zhigilev uses his bandle of grenades to break the rail and block the way for the armoured train.
Andrei Dymov (Stepan Kayukov) with M1907 carbine and a pair of RG-14 hand grenades in the final scene.


Armoured Car

An armoured car is seen on Petrograd streets. It looks very similar to Russo-Balt Type C that was the first serially produced Russian armoured car. None of Type C survived after 1920s but the film used vehicle is possibly a genuine hull, placed on more modern chassis.

Armoured car on Petrograd street.
The armoured car is seen at the background.

Armoured Trains

An armoured train is used by conterrevolutionary forces against the Red Guards. It is a fairly correct replica of Great War era Russian armoured train. It is armed with two 3-inch M1902 field guns, one in each vagon, and numerous Maxim machine guns.

The armoured train approaches.
A good view of 3-inch gun in turret.
A Maxim M1910/30 on armoured train.

Another armoured train is used by Red Guards in the final scene. It has very formidable outlook but all its guns are pure mockups.

The main gun of Red Guards armoured train. It is definitely a mockup.
Chelovek s ruzhyom-ArmouredTrain-7.jpg
The armoured train in the last frames of the film.

122-mm Howitzer M1910

During the battle against the armoured train Red Guards use two 122-mm howitzers M1910.

An aged artilleryman (Vyacheslav Volkov) rests at his gun.
A view on the howitzer from the back.
Two howitzers on position.

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