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The Strogovs (Strogovy)

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The Strogovs (Strogovy)
Strogovy DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Vengerov
Release Date 1976
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Matvey Zakharovich Strogov Boris Borisov
Anna Strogova Lyudmila Zaytseva
Finogen Techenin alias Grandfather Fishka German Novikov
Zakhar Maksimovich Strogov Sergey Medvedskiy
Agafya Danilovna Strogova Lyudmila Arinina
Demyan Mineich Shtychkov Viktor Pavlov
Evdokim Platonovich Yutkin Adolf Ilyin
Anton Topilkin Geliy Sysoev
Stepan Ivanovich Zimovskoy Viktor Tregubovich

The Strogovs (Strogovy) is a Soviet 1976 eight-part mini series directed by Vladimir Vengerov and based on the same title novel by Georgi Markov. It depicts the life and fate of Strogovs family, inhabitants of a Siberian village, from late 19th century to Russian revolution and civil war.

The following weapons were used in the film The Strogovs (Strogovy):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used throughout the series. Taras Semyonovich Belyaev (Valeri Anisimov) holds a Nagant in Ep.2. Matvey Zakharovich Strogov (Boris Borisov) carries a holstered Nagant when he serves as a prison guard in Eps.3 and 4. Holstered Nagants are also carried by police uryadnik (an NCO rank in Russian Imperial police) Nikodim Sofronovich Khlyupochkin (Oleg Belov) in Ep.3 and Russian Army Poruchik (Lt.) (Yuri Dedovich) in Ep.5. During the events of Russian civil war in Eps. 7 and 8 Nagant revolvers are seen in hands of Matvey Strogov, Grandfather Fishka (German Novikov), Artyom Strogov (Aleksey Plavinskiy), Demyan Mineich Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov), Commissar Krayukhin (Anatoliy Semenov), Timofey Zalyotny (Valery Kravchenko), White Army Staff Capt. (Boris Leskin), and some minor characters. Most Nagants 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.
Belyaev draws his illegally purchased Nagant when a bear attacks Matvey Strogov.
Belyaev fires at the bear. Post-1930 front sight is seen.
Uryadnik Khlyupochkin carries a Nagant in holster.
Matvey Strogov carries a holstered revolver in Ep.4.
Poruchik carries a holstered revolver in Ep.5.
Matvey Strogov holds a Nagant in Ep.7. Next to him Grandfather Fishka holds a "Frolovka" bolt action shotgun.
Demyan Shtychkov holds a Nagant when sneaking into the prison. His revolver seems to have rounded front sight of pre-1930 version.
Another view of Shtychkov's revolver.
Matvey Strogov gives a Nagant to Grandfather Fishka when sending him on a reconnaissance mission.
White Army Staff Capt. holds the revolver, taken from arrested Grandfather Fishka.
White Army NCO (Vladimir Markov) has a Nagant in holster.
Timofey Zalyotny fires a Nagant when Red partisans attack Whites at night.
Timofey Zalyotny holds a Nagant.
Shtychkov with a Nagant and his henchman Yepifanov with an "obrez" in Ep.8.
Yepifanov (S. Kiselyov) fires a Nagant from a window.
Commissar Krayukhin holds a Nagant in Ep.8.
A nickel plated Nagant (in center) is seen among the guns, surrendered by brigands in Ep.8.

Webley Mk VI

In a battle scene in Ep.8 a White Army officer holds a Webley Mk VI revolver. This prop is probably the same that appeared in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, also filmed on Lenfilm several years later.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley.
An officer holds his Webley during hand to hand combat with Red soldier.

Reichsrevolver M1879

A Reichsrevolver M1879 is seen among the weapons, captured from a gang of brigands in Ep.8.

Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25R


Astra 900

An Astra 900 pistol, anachronistic for 1920 (production started in 1927-1928), is seen in several scenes in Eps. 7 and 8, set during Russian civil war, used by Red partisan Sanya (Aleksandr Susnin) and Red Army soldier Artyom Strogov (Aleksey Plavinskiy), Matvey Strogov's son. This pistol is probably the same prop, used in The Chief of Chukotka (Nachalnik Chukotki), also filmed by Lenfilm.

Astra 900 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Sanya holds his Astra 900 pistol when the partisans capture the staff of White Army unit in Ep.7.
Another view of the pistol.
Sanya's pistol in holster.
Artyom Strogov holds the Astra 900 in action in Ep.8. Later his Astra switches to a standard Mauser C96 (see below).

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are used by Artyom Strogov (Aleksey Plavinskiy) (instead of previously seen Astra 900), Evdokim Yutkin (Adolf Ilyin) (instead of previously seen Luger P08 "Artillery" model) and some Red partisans and brigands in Eps. 7 and 8.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Mauser C96 (or possibly abovementioned Astra 900) in wooden holster hangs on the wall in partisans camp in Ep.7.
A partisan in center (Valeri Smolyakov) carries a Mauser C96 in holster.
Yutkin holds a Mauser C96 during the battle against Reds in Ep.8. His pistol switches from a Luger P08 "Artillery" model due to a continuity error.
A holstered Mauser C96 is seen among the guns, captured from brigands.
Artyom Strogov holds a Mauser C96.

Mauser C96 "Red 9"

In one scene in Ep.8 a former merchant Markel Sosipatrovich Golovanov (Leonid Nevedomsky) gives a Mauser C96 "Red 9" pistol to Tikhon Chyorny (Mikhail Mitin), hegumen of Old Believers skete. Later Golovanov takes the pistol back. Strangely, the frame of this pistol has features, typical for early versions of C96, like "Cone Hammer" and "Large Ring Hammer".

Mauser C96 "Red 9" - 9x19mm. This model is World War I dated.
Golovanov hands the Mauser to Tikhon.
A closeup of the pistol. The "9" is seen on the grip.
Tikhon holds the Mauser.
Golovanov has his pistol back.

Luger P08 "Artillery" model

Luger P08 "Artillery" model pistols (probably a single prop) are seen in several scenes in Ep.8, used by Evdokim Yutkin (Adolf Ilyin), Demyan Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov) and a White Army officer.

Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Yutkin fires at attacking Reds. Next moment his Luger switches to a Mauser C96 due to a continuity error.
White Army officer at the foreground holds an Artillery Luger.
In the climactic scene of Ep.8 Shtychkov is armed with an Artillery Luger in holster and M91 rifle.
The grip of the Luger is seen.
Shtychkov draws his pistol.


A Ruby-style pistol is seen among the weapons of Demyan Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov) in Ep.7.

Garate, Anitua y Cia Ruby-Type Pistol - .32 ACP
A Ruby-style pistol is seen on the floor when Evdokim Yutkin (Adolf Ilyin) gathers the weapons for Shtychkov.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are widely used throughout the series, used by Cossacks in Ep.6, and by Red partisans and White soldiers in Eps.7 and 8.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Uryadnik's deputy (uncredited) carries an M91 rifle in Ep.3.
Cossacks (Nikolai Fedortsov at the left, Aleksandr Lipov next to him) carry M91 rifles with bayonets in Ep.6, set in 1907. In reality bayonets were never issued to Cossack troops, and the only difference between Cossack and Dragoon M1891 rifles was the absence of the bayonet of Cossack rifle.
Another view of Cossacks with M91 rifles, this time without bayonets.
A man from Krayukhin's unit with M91 rifle during the shootout with Shtychkov's gang in Ep.7.
Commissar Krayukhin (Anatoliy Semenov) with M91 rifle in the same scene.
A partisan (Yuri Goncharov) on guard.
Another view of the same character with rifle on sling.
Demyan Shtychkov raises his M91 rifle on Manya Dubrovina (Tatyana Kulish).
Another view of the scene. The bolt of the rifle is in open position.
White soldiers fire from a house in Ep.8.
Partisan Parfyon Bakulin (Yevgeni Kotov) and a White soldier with M91 rifles.
Numerous M91 rifles are surrendered by brigands.
Shtychkov holds an M91 rifle in the climactic scene in Ep.8.
Anna Strogova (Lyudmila Zaytseva) holds Shtychkov's rifle in the same scene.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are also seen in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Russian Army soldiers march with their rifles on slings in Ep.3, set in 1904.
A prison guard with M91/30 rifle in Ep.4, set in 1905.
Partisans with M91 and M91/30 rifles capture the headquarters of White unit in Ep.7.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are seen in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
An M38 Carbine is seen among numerous M91 rifles, surrendered by brigands.
Partisans hold M38 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Mosin Nagant "obrez" sawed-off rifles are used by Demyan Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov) and his henchman Yepifanov (S. Kiselyov) in Eps.7 and 8.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
Shtychkov with "obrez" in ambush in Ep.7.
Shtychkov and Yepifanov fire at Commissar Krayukhin's unit.
Another view of Shtychkov's "obrez".
An "obrez" is seen among Shtychkov's weapons.
Shtychkov with a Nagant and Yepifanov with an "obrez" in Ep.8.
An "obrez" (at the right) is seen among the weapons, surrendered by brigands.
Another "obrez" is seen over the pile of guns. It has the buttstock crudely broken just next to trigger guard.

Custom Mosin Nagant Rifle

In one scene in Ep.8 a White soldier fires a Mosin Nagant rifle that is shorter than full-length models but doesn't match M1907 or M1938 Carbines. This is probably an M91/30 rifle that has custom shortened barrel.

A short rifle is seen below the full-length one.


Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

"Frolovka" bolt action shotguns are widely used by villagers, notably by Grandfather Fishka (German Novikov). They stand for "Berdanka" bolt action shotguns that were widely used in Russia in late 19th - early 20th century. Screen "Frolovka" shotguns lack typical magazines of M91 rifle (usual sign of 32 gaige version) but retain the grooves on stock that allows to differ them from "Berdanka".

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 gauge
Young Matvey Strogov (Boris Borisov) holds a "Frolovka" shotgun in Ep.1.
A good view of the stock of Grandfather Fishka's (German Novikov) gun.
Grandfather Fishka carries a "Frolovka" in Ep.3.
Grandfather Fishka in confrontation with Stepan Zimovskoy (Viktor Tregubovich) in Ep.5.
In Ep.5 Yutkin's henchmen guard a forest plot that Yutkin appropriated despite the objections of the peasants.
Matvey Strogov takes a "Frolovka" from Grandfather Fishka and gives him a Nagant (seen on table) in Ep.7.
Grandfather Fishka leads partisans across the swamp.
Grandfather Fishka goes on hunt in Ep.8.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Siberian hunters and gold prospectors use Double Barreled Shotguns in Eps. 1 and 2. Shotguns are also used by Red partisans and brigands in Eps. 7 and 8.

TOZ-B double barreled side by side shotgun - 16 Gauge
Matvey Strogov and Grandfather Fishka find a shotgun next to dead body of a gold prospector in Ep.1.
Grandfather Fishka finds out that the gold prospector commited suicide by leaning the shotgun against the tree.
The said shotgun on the table of forensic investigator (Igor Dmitriev).
Demyan Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov) fires a shotgun on hunt in Ep.2.
Evdokim Yutkin (Adolf Ilyin) with single barreled shotgun and Shtychkov with double barreled shotgun.
A general view of Shtychkov's shotgun.
A double barreled shotgun is seen at the right when Yutkin gathers weapons for Shtychkov in Ep.7.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Taras Belyaev (Valeri Anisimov) and Evdokim Yutkin (Adolf Ilyin) use Single Barreled Shotguns on hunt in Ep. 2. They are most likely Izhmekh shotguns, like IZh-K or IZh-17.

IZh-K - 16 Gauge
Yutkin with a shotgun.
Belyaev with a shotgun.
Yutkin with single barreled shotgun and Demyan Shtychkov (Viktor Pavlov) with double barreled shotgun.
The muzzle of Belyaev's shotgun is seen.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Both Red partisans and White troops use Maxim M1910 machine guns in Eps. 7 and 8.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
White soldiers deploy a Maxim M1910 in village inn in Ep.7.
Another view of the same machine gun.
The Maxim is captured by partisans. A partisan (Aleksandr Gavrilov) mantains the machine gun.
A partisan carries Maxim during the march through the swamp.

Maxim M1910/30

Anachronistic Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are also used in Eps.7 and 8.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Partisans examine a Maxim M1910/30, captured from the Whites, in Ep.7.
A Maxim M1910/30 is seen on a cart in Ep.8.
White soldiers fire a Maxim M1910/30 from a house.
Partisans with Maxim M1910/30 in ambush. Next moment the machine gun switchtes to another one, of post 1941 version, and then back again to the early model.
Maxim switches back to early model. A partisan (Boris Arakelov) readies to open fire.
Commissar Krayukhin (Anatoliy Semenov) mans the Maxim.
Partisans with Maxim in action.
Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Partisans in ambush. Previously seen M1910/30 machine gun switches to a post 1941 version.

Lewis Machine Gun

A Lewis machine gun is seen in several scenes in Ep.7. It never fires on screen.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
A Lewis is seen on Shtychkov's cart,
A White Army soldier carries a Lewis on march.

Other Weapons

Dummy Training Grenade

What appear to be dummy training stick grenades is seen in hands of Artyom Strogov (Aleksey Plavinskiy) in Ep.8 during the battle with White troops. They stand for RG-14 hand grenade.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
Atryom uses grenades to destroy a machine gun in a house.
Another view of the scene.


Pistol Holsters

In one scene in Ep.3 a gorodovoy (police officer) carries a holster for TT-33 pistol.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The only artillery piece in the movie is a 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 of White troops, seen in Ep.7.

76.2mm M1902 Putilov Field Gun
White Army M1902 field gun on march.
Another view of M1902 field gun on march (at the right).

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