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The Right to Shoot (Pravo na vystrel)

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The Right to Shoot (Pravo na vystrel)
Pravo na vystrel Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Zhivolub
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Lt. Aleksey Nilych Nikitin Vladimir Ivashov
Capt. Lt. Evgeniy Borisovich Krymov Aleksandr Martynov
Sr. Lt. of Border Guard Regina Razuma
Maj. of Border Guard Aleksandr Yakovlev
Shindo Talgat Nigmatulin
"Chief" Viktor Lorents
Japanese skipper Bolot Beyshenaliev

The Right to Shoot (Pravo na vystrel) is a 1981 Soviet adventure movie directed by Viktor Zhivolub. The Soviet border guard ship under the command of Capt.Lt. Nikitin detects illegal actions of Japanese fishing vessel in Soviet territorial waters. Nikitin unravels that this vessel is in fact a spy ship under disguise and begins pursue.

The following weapons were used in the film The Right to Shoot (Pravo na vystrel):


Makarov PM

Soviet officers and also sailors in boarding teams carry Makarov PM holsters. A pistol is briefly hold by Capt. Lt. Evgeniy Krymov (Aleksandr Martynov), the commander of the boarding group on Nikitin's border guard ship. It's hard to say if the holsters in other cases are empty or not.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Capt.Lt. Krymov carries a PM holster.
Krymov loads his pistol, preparing for boarding.
The holster is seen on a production image of the filming.

Assault Rifles


Soviet Border Guard soldiers are armed with AKM assault rifles. Some lack the slant muzzle compensators but the narrow front sights allow to differ them from AK-47.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
A Border Guards soldier on the arrested poaching fishing vessel. His AKM (the full stock isn't seen on this screenshot) lacks the muzzle compensator but the narrow front sight indicates the AKM.
Pravo na vystrel-AKM-2.jpg
Two Border Guards at the observation post carry AKMs.


Soviet border guards also carry AKMS assault rifles.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
A Border Guards soldier on the arrested poaching fishing vessel carries an AKMS.
Another view of the AKMS.
A sentry carries an AKMS.


Some Border Guard soldiers carry AK-74 (or maybe AKS-74) assault rifles. Possibly these men are not extras but real Border Guard personnel.

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
The large muzzle compensator indicates an AK-74.


Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30

Soviet border guard ships Project 205P (NATO reporting name Stenka-class) are armed with two AK-230 mountings with twin Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 autocannons.

AK-230 with twin Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 - 30x210B mm
Bow and stern mountings are seen.
Twin 30 mm AK-230.
A close-up of the gun.

Afanasev-Makarov AM-23

Two twin mountings of Afanasev-Makarov AM-23 autocannons, naval version of the dorsal mounting of Tu-16 bomber plane, are mounted on the Project 125A hydrofoil patrol boat. This boat appears in the movie as a foreign spy fast boat that invades in Soviet territorial waters.

Afanasev-Makarov AM-23 - 23x115mm
The stern mounting of AM-23 is located at the very edge of the stern. The bow mounting is integrated in the superstructure.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

SPSh Flare Pistol is used by a sailor of Nikitin's border guard ship.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
A sailor with the flare pistol in the final scene.
A sailor fires the flare pistol.


Project 205P border guard ships, including Nikitin's 024, are widely seen in the movie. These ships are armed with two twin 30 mm AK-230 moutings and four single 400 mm anti-submarine torpedo tubes.

The 024 goes to sea.
The torpedo tubes are seen.
The 024 pursues the spy vessel. The bow 30 mm mounting is seen.
Another view of the ship.

Other Soviet Navy and Border Guard ships are also seen.

Project 125A hydrofoil patrol boat appears in the movie as a foreign spy fast boat that invades in Soviet territorial waters.
Project 264A border guard ship (reclassified minesweeper, NATO reporting name T58 PGF-class). The bow twin 57 mm ZiF-31 AA gun is seen.
A submarine of unclear class (possibly Project 633 (Romeo-class).
Project 1135B large anti-submarine ship (Kara-class cruiser).

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