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The Murder of General Gryaznov (Arsena Jorjiashvili)

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The Murder of General Gryaznov
Arsena Jorjiashvili
Arsena Jorjiashvili Russian Poster.jpg
Russian Release Poster
Country Georgian SSR 1921.jpg SSR of Georgia
Directed by Ivane Perestiani
Release Date 1921
Language Silent
Studio Film Section of Narkompros of Georgia
Main Cast
Character Actor
Arsena Jorjiashvili Mikhail Chiaureli
Nino Alisa Kikodze
Arsena's Mother Elisabed Cherqezishvili
Arsena's Sister Nino Dolidze
Governor General Vorontsov-Dashkov Ivane Perestiani
General Gryaznov N. Yachmenev

The Murder of General Gryaznov (original Georgian title Arsena Jorjiashvili) is a 1921 Georgian (SSRG) B&W silent historical drama directed by Ivane Perestiani. It is based on the real events of the 1905 uprising in Tiflis (currently Tbilisi) when the Georgian revolutionary Arsena Jorjiashvili killed General Fyodor Gryazov.

The following weapons were used in the film The Murder of General Gryaznov (Arsena Jorjiashvili):


Lefaucheux Model 1854

During the shootout with police, one of the revolutionaries fires a Lefaucheux Model 1854 revolver. Police also use Lefaucheux revolvers.

Lefaucheux Model 1854 - 12mm Pinfire.
A Gorodovoy (policeman) carries a revolver in holster during the confrontation with striking workers. The holster is of Russian cavalry pattern for Smith & Wesson revolver but the shape of the grip that too long and curved for Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model allows to guess that this is a Lefaucheux.
The revolutionary fires his revolver at police.
He is gunned down and drops the revolver. The shape of the grip matches Model 1854.
A Gorodovoy holds a similar revolver during the arrest of Arsena.
The grip is seen when the revolver hangs on the lanyard.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers are used by police.

Uberti No 3 New Model Russian Top Break - replica of the Smith & Wesson No. 3 Russian Model - .44 Russian/.45 Long Colt
What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Russian Model is seen in hands of the head of police Martynov (Mikhail Dievskiy) when his carriage rides across the town.
A Gorodovoy carries a Smith & Wesson in holster.

Nagant M1895

An unnamed General holds a Nagant M1895 during the arrest of Arsena.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
A Nagant is seen near the head of the murdered General Gryaznov.
A General with a Nagant in hand (at the left) accepts a report from police.
The General stands over beaten unconscious Arsena.


The Captain in charge of the firing squad is armed with a Bulldog-style revolver.

Webley British Bulldog - .45 caliber - 1870s
The Captain draws his revolver and intimidate the soldiers who intentionally miss at the sentenced to death Arsena.

Single Action Army

One of the police officers holds a Single Action Army revolver during the shootout. It is possibly not an original Colt but some European clone.

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
The officer fires.
Another view of the revolver.
The officer fires again.
The revolver is a single action model as it is seen that the shooter cocks the hammer before every shot.

Unknown Revolver

In the same scene another police officer holds a unknown top-break revolver. Again, this is most likely a European model.

The revolver is seen at the right.

Top-break compact revolver (Smith & Wesson?)

One more police officer holds a compact top-break revolver, possibly a Smith & Wesson model, during the shootout.

For comparison: Smith & Wesson Model 2 Double Action, 3.25" barrel - .38 S&W
An officer holds his revolver when police approach an abandoned house where the revolutionaries gather.
Same revolver is seen during the shootout.
The officer holds his revolver at the background during the arrest of a revolutionary.
The officer escorts the arrestee.
During the arrest of Arsena an officer drops his revolver that hangs on a lanyard. This is a compact top-break model, very likely the same gun.

Unidentified revolvers

Several more revolvers are very briefly seen.

Arsena's revolver is seen. It is a compact, possibly nickel plated revolver.
During the execution an officer personally kills Arsena with his revolver after the firing squad intentionally misses. His revolver looks similar to Arsena's one, maybe the same prop reused.


FN Model 1900

During the attempt to arrest revolutionaries, a high rank police officer holds an FN Model 1900 pistol.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
The typical appearance of FN 1900 is seen.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is taken from an arrested revolutionary. While P08 is anachronistic for 1905, it may be a stand-in for commercially available Model 1900 in 7.65x21 mm caliber that looks nearly the same.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A soldier takes a Luger from the detainee.
The pistol in hands of another soldier.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Russian soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles, all with bayonets.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the left holds an M1891 Infantry rifle during the arrest of a suspect on Tiflis street.
A soldier fires at the escaping detainee.
A close-up of the rifle.
A soldier fires his rifle during the police raid on the revolutionaries.
A soldier fires at a revolutionary who tries to escape in the river.
The same soldier reloads his rifle. The extracted spent cartridge is seen.
The firing squad take aim during the execution of Arsena.
Soldiers of the firing squad stand in formation.

Berdan No.2 Carbine

Police and Cossacks use Berdan No.2 carbines.

A family of Berdan No.2 rifles: 1 - Infantry rifle, 2 - Dragoon rifle, 3 - Cossack rifle, 4 - carbine. Drawing from Strelkovoye orujie ("Firearms") by Aleksandr Juck.
A Cossack next to the coachman in the Head of police's carriage holds a Berdan carbine.
Another view of the Cossack's carbine.
A Gorodovoy holds a Berdan carbine during the police raid on the revolutionaries.
A Gorodovoy with a Berdan carbine escorts arrested revolutionaries.
Same Gorodovoy holds his carbine during the brutally beating of a female arrestee.

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