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To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit)

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Chtoby vyzhit
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English Theatrical Release Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Vsevolod Plotkin
Release Date 1992
Language Russian
Dari or Pashto
Studio Rolan Bykov Foundation
Cinewest Entertainment Group Inc.
Raven Star Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Oleg Vladimir Menshov
Nikolai Sergey Veksler
Jaffar Aleksandr Rozenbaum
Yura Dmitri Volkov
Igor Marchuk Andrey Shcherbovich-Vecher
Kochmat Murad Aliyev
Abdy Anvar Kendzhayev

To Survive (also known as Red Mob; Russian title: Чтобы выжить, Chtoby vyzhit) is a 1992 Russian thriller. Events take place in 1991 before the collapse of the USSR. Emissary of the former "party mafia", nicknamed "Jaffar" prepares and implements a series of provocations and terrorist acts on the outskirts of the country to create the preconditions for a coup. During an attack on a military base, Jaffar's chief smuggler gets wounded.

Bandits urgently need to smuggle a drug caravan across the Afghan border. Jaffar tries to force a former army officer named Oleg to act as a guide for the caravan by taking his son hostage. Oleg and his army friend, Nikolai, enter an uneven fight against Jaffar's gang using all the experience of the mountain warfare.

The following weapons were used in the film To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit):


FN Barracuda

Several Jaffar's henchmen use the FN Barracuda Revolvers. Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) also takes a FN Barracuda from a gangster in one scene (which is too blurry to take a good shot).

FN Barracuda Revolver. It was manufactured in 9x19mm, .357 Magnum and .38 Sp calibers.
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Henchman holds a revolver moments before Nikolai attacks him from an ambush.

Stechkin APS

Oleg (Vladimir Menshov) uses Stechkin APS as his sidearm.

Stechkin APS - 9x18mm Makarov
Oleg holds his Stechkin APS

Makarov PM

Several characters use a Makarov PM.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A policeman carries a PM, just before being shot.
A wounded officer clutches his PM, during a shootout with terrorists.
Jaffar's henchman holds a Makarov PM

Makarov PB

At the beginning of the film, during the attack on a police station one of the gangsters carries a Makarov PB.

Makarov PB with integral suppressor - 9x18mm Makarov
A gangster fires his Makarov PB. Note the absense of a muzzle flash due to a real suppressor being used.


One of the Jaffar's henchmen uses a M1911A1 during the shootout at the airport.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
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Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Jaffar (Aleksandr Rozenbaum) carries an MP5K with 15-round magazine throughout the film.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm
Jaffar readies his MP5K.
Jaffar barks orders to his henchmen while brandishing his MP5K. Note the trigger discipline.

Sa 26

One of the main weapons used by the mercenaries is the Sa 26 submachine gun.

Sa 26 - 7.62x25mm
A gangster disguised as a policeman fires a supressed Sa 26. The suppressor is a real PBS-4.
A gangster holds a Sa 26.
One of Jaffar's men with a Sa 26.


Several Jaffar's mercenaries carries the IMI Uzi submachine guns. Oleg (Vladimir Menshov) also uses Uzi in the night shootout.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
A henchman in the background holds an Uzi.
Oleg (right) fires an Uzi one-handed.


Mossberg 500

Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) used Mossberg 500 shotgun with rifle sights in the beginning of the movie. Being that it is a 1992 year, chances are that it's a fully rifled barrel, made for one of the many "Combo" shotguns (fully rifled shotgun barrels were legal in Russia until the 1990s; "Combo" shotguns with they can still be found on the secondary market within the country, but any import of them has since been banned).

Mossberg 500 Combo Shotgun with rifled and smoothbore barrels - 12 gauge.
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The tang safety is visible in this shot.
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Assault Rifles


At least four AKS-47 rifles are visible among the weapons that the gang steals from the police station. AKS-47s are later used by many Jaffar's henchmen.

Type III AKS-47 with stock folded - 7.62x39mm
Jaffar's mercenaries fires during the attack on the military base.
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Plenty of AKS-74U rifles are seen at the beginning of the movie in the armory of the police station.

AKS-74U (also referred to as the "AKSU" or 'Krinkov') - 5.45x39mm
AKS-74U in the armory.


The AKS-74 rifles, some fitted with bayonets and synthetic furniture, are visible in the hands of soldiers, when terrorists attack a military base. In the end of the movie, Jaffar (Aleksandr Rozenbaum) uses an AKS-74 with wooden furniture and fitted with a GP-25 grenade launcher.

AKS-74 with synthetic furniture - 5.45x39mm
AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
Good view of the AKS-74, lying on the ground. Note the new synthetic furniture, similar to the AK-74M. Apparently this is the first appearance of this updated variant in a movie.
Jaffar fires his AKS-74.
Jaffar prepares to fire the grenade launcher.

M16A1 (with XM148)

Nikolai (Sergey Veksler) uses a M16A1 rifle with a XM148 grenade launcher attached as his main weapon. He uses the XM148 several times throughout the film against the Jaffar's men, and in the final battle blows down Jaffar's Mi-8 helicopter with the last 40mm grenade.

Screen used XM148 Launcher (40mm) mounted on M16A1 - 5.56x45mm. This is verified screen used from the film Red Mob/Chtoby vyzhit.
Note the markings on the launcher.
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A good shot of the mag release fencing and the forward assist.
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Heckler & Koch G3A4

Nikolai finds a Heckler & Koch G3A4 rifle in the weapon stash of Jaffar's caravan, and uses it in the night shootout with bandits when his RPK runs dry. This is a rare early version with slimline handguard.

Heckler & Koch G3A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Nikolai fires the H&K G3A4 in the night shootout.

Sa vz. 58

Several mercenaries carry Sa vz. 58 rifles. In one moment during the firefight on the terrorists' base, Nikolai grabs a Sa vz. 58 off a fallen mercenary and uses it.

Sa vz. 58 P - 7.62x39mm
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Nikolai fires the rifle. Note the magazines taped together "Jungle-style".

Machine Guns


Nikolai uses a RPK LMG in the night shootout with Jaffar's bandits until he runs out of ammo for it.

RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
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The PKM machine gun is seen among the gang's weapons, and later is used by them during the night shootout. Another PKM can be seen carried by one of the soldiers at the roadblock.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
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UK vz. 59

The UK vz. 59 machine gun seen on the wall of Jaffar's base.

UK vz. 59 - 7.62x54mm R
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A KPVT HMG are seen as the main armament of a BTR-60PB deployed at a roadblock.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
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Rocket Launchers


Nikolai also uses a RPG-7 against Jaffar's bandits.

RPG-7 with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
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Nikolai uses the RPG-18, to destroy bandits.

RPG-18 - 64mm
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Oleg and Nikolai in the movie use F-1 grenades. Upon closer inspection, it seems to be a repainted URG training version.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
URG F-1 practice grenade
Grenade on the floor.

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