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The Spider (Pauk)

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The Spider (Pauk)
Pauk DVD.jpg
DVD Cover (with both preliminary title Goznak
and release title Pauk)
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Evgeniy Zvezdakov
Broadcast 2015
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Main Cast
Character Actor
Militsiya Maj. Ivan Petrovich Tcherkasov Andrey Smolyakov
Militsiya Lt. Sonya Timofeeva Marina Aleksandrova
KGB Lt. Col. Robert Mikhailovich Lebedev Sergey Ugryumov
Georgiy Chikovani Sergey Godin
David Chikovani Mark Bogatyryov
Regina Oleneva Karolina Gruszka
Michael Cottam Andris Lielais
Militsiya Maj. Nikita Pozhidaev Yuriy Tarasov
Militsiya Col. Fyodor Grigoryevich Sablin Vadim Andreev
Militsiya Sr. Lt. Aleksey Garkusha Aleksey Bardukov

The Spider (Pauk; titled Goznak prior to release) is a 2015 Russian detective TV series. The plot is set in Moscow, 1967. Militsiya Maj. Ivan Petrovich Tcherkasov (Andrey Smolyakov) and his team investigate several murders of fashion models. At the same time, a grand theft at the Goznak currency printing facility occurs (hence the first title of the series). Tcherkasov comes to the conclusion that these crimes are connected.

The plot is partially inspired by the real events of a major theft at the State Bank of the Armenian SSR in Yerevan in 1977.

Pauk is the third installment in the TV series' about detective Ivan Tcherkasov.

The following weapons were used in the television series The Spider (Pauk):


Makarov PM (IZh-79)

Most Makarov PM pistols in the series turn out to be gas-firing IZh-79 pistols (or some other similar looking non-lethal version of PM). They are used by Militsiya personnel, including Maj. Ivan Petrovich Tcherkasov (Andrey Smolyakov) and Lt. Vasiliy Ivantsov (Filipp Gurevich), and by KGB Lt. Col. Robert Mikhailovich Lebedev (Sergey Ugryumov). Sergey Sergeevich Skuratov (Rodion Nahapetov), the head of the personnel department of the All-Union Fashion House, owns an award PM pistol.

IZh-79-8, a non-lethal gas firing version of Makarov PM - 8mm PA
Tcherkasov holds his pistol as he prepares to enter a suspect's apartment. The shape of the trigger guard matches non-lethal versions of the PM.
Ivantsov (at the right) holds his PM in the same scene.
Another view of Tcherkasov's PM.
A Militsiya officer guards Sonya Timofeeva in the hospital but misses Tcherkasov's visit.
Lebedev fires at the Chikovani brothers as they escape from custody.
A close-up of Skuratov's pistol. This gun is definitely an IZh-79-8.
Skuratov fires at the Chikovani brothers...
...but his pistol is loaded with blanks.

Makarov PM

In the flashback scene showing Tcherkasov replacing live ammunition in Skuratov's PM to blanks, the pistol in general and the award inscription in particular look different from the gun that is seen in Skuratov's hands. The trigger guard and the slide stop match an original PM rather than a non-lethal versions.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Tcherkasov takes Skuratov's pistol.
He reloads the gun. The magazine with live ammunition is seen on the nightstand.

Makarov PM (Air Gun)

In one scene, Maj. Ivan Petrovich Tcherkasov (Andrey Smolyakov), Sr. Lt. Aleksey Garkusha (Aleksey Bardukov), and Lt. Vasiliy Ivantsov (Filipp Gurevich) hold PM pistols that turn out to be air guns of several different models that have different visible bore size (these are mockup muzzles, the real caliber of all these air guns is .177).

Tcherkasov with an air PM.
Ivantsov with an air PM. This pistol has a larger bore than Tcherkasov's gun.
Garkusha's pistol lacks the external extractor, the slide even seems to be a single piece with the frame.
The muzzle of Garkusha's pistol. It also has a large bore.
Another view of Tcherkasov's pistol. The screw hole in place of a magazine well allows to identify this pistol as a CO2 gun.
The trio with pistols. In this scene Tcherkasov, holds a pistol with large bore. His and Garkusha's pistols switch users due to an apparent continuity error.

Unidentified (toy?) Pistols

During the raid on the illegal gambling house, two of the Militsiya officers holds pistols that look more like plastic toys than any kind of real guns. One of these guns is a compact pistol, another is a longer M1911-style pistol and has a noticeably protruding barrel.

The first pistol is seen at the left.
A blurry view of the second pistol.
Same pistol is seen in the background.
The first pistol is seen at the right. This gun is definitely plastic, judging by the seam on the top.

Assault Rifles


A security guard at the Goznak currency printing press carries an AK-47.

Final Production version of the Type III AK-47 with laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
The guard holds the AK. Note the wide front sight that matches the AK-47.


Marine Security Guards at the US embassy in Moscow carry M16 assault rifles, most likely M16A1s, judging by the "birdcage" flash hiders.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The Marines on guard.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are used by the honor guards who perform a salute at the funeral of Gen. Timofeev.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R

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