|Countdown (Lichnyy nomer) |
Countdown (Lichnyy nomer) is a 2004 Russian action movie inspired by the dramatic October 2002 theatre hostage crisis in Moscow when a group of terrorists seized a theatre to demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya.
In the movie, Maj. Aleksei Smolin (Aleksey Makarov) must uncover a plot led by terrorist leader Saulyus Boykis (Egor Pazenko) who uses the hostage situation in Moscow as a means to obtain a tactical nuclear weapon and detonate it in Rome.
The following weapons were used in the film Countdown (Lichnyy nomer):
The Makarov PM is carried by many characters in the movie, including Russian soldiers, Maj. Aleksei Smolin (Aleksey Makarov: what’s in a name?) and special forces during the rescue operation.
Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
An officer of the Russian border guards is seen holding a Makarov PM as Aleksei escapes from the border guard camp.
Aleksei carrying a silenced Makarov PM as he infiltrates the theatre where the audience has been taken hostage by terrorists.
After he’s been discovered by the terrorists, Aleksei puts down his Makarov PM. Note the typical ‘star’ inscribed grip.
Several members of the special forces storming the theatre to free the hostages carry Makarov PM pistols.
A behind-the-scenes shot with a twist; Aleksey Makarov
with the gun that carries his name making a reference to James Bond…
In a continuity error, Aleksei’s silenced Makarov PM turns to a Makarov PB with integral silencer.
Makarov PB with integral suppressor - 9x18mm Makarov
A good look at the Makarov PB integral two part suppressor with grip to unscrew the front part of the suppressor.
Anics Skif A-3000 LB
Several terrorists, most notably their operational leader Saulyus Boykis (Egor Pazenko), can be seen with the Anics Skif A-3000 LB. Although it appears to be fitted with a suppressor, this is actually a fake shroud which is fitted over the extended barrel on the LB variant. The Skif A-3000 is a CO2 powered air pistol possibly standing in for the Walther P99.
Anics Skif A-3000 LB (long barrelled variant with a fake suppressor barrel shroud) - .177 pellet
Saulyus keeps the Anics Skif A-3000 LB tucked in his pants, seemingly not the most comfortable location…
During a border crossing, Saulyus puts his Anics Skif A-3000 LB to a Chechen radio operator’s head to force him to relay a message.
During one of the shootouts in the theatre, a terrorist leader can be seen firing at special forces with an Anics Skif A-3000 LB.
Reck Miami 92F
Terrorist leader Saulyus carries a nickel Reck Miami 92F during the mission at the theatre. It can easily be distinguished from a Beretta 92FS Inox by the markings on the slide.
Reck Miami 92F, nickel finish - 9mm P.A.K. blanks
In a flashback scene, Saulyus uses a Reck Miami 92F to convince Maj. Aleksei Smolin to make a confession.
Saulyus scouting the basement of the theatre with his Reck Miami 92F, note the typical inscription on the slide.
Saulyus seems to like putting his Reck Miami 92F to people’s head, this time on Chechen politician Umar Tamiev (Vyacheslav Razbegaev
Maj. Aleksei Smolin fighting with Saulyus, note that the bottom cover of the magazine seems to have come off.
A terrorist leader is seen with what looks a Beretta 92F/FS. It is never seen in great detail and it is used during stunts so it is assumed to be the black version of the above gun clearly identified as a Reck Miami 92F.
Reck Miami 92F, black finish - 9mm P.A.K. blanks
The terrorist leader with his Reck Miami 92F as he and his fellow terrorists use an armoured personnel carrier to leave the theatre.
The terrorist leader, Reck Miami 92F in hand, about to parachute from the plane that is taking him and his men from Moscow.
Having wrestled the Reck Miami 92F from the hands of the terrorist leader, Maj. Aleksei Smolin returns fire in the loading dock of the cargo plane.
In one scene, a member of Russian special forces can be seen carrying a Kedr PP-91 as special forces slowly make their way through the hallways and dressing rooms of the theatre.
Kedr PP-91 SMG - 9x18mm Makarov
A special forces member covering his buddy with the Kedr PP-91, note the distinctive front sight.
Most characters carry the AK-74 or its modernized version AK-74M at one time or the other. It is seen in the hands of terrorists and Russian forces alike.
A Chechen terrorist with an AK-74 scouting the area during an afternoon border crossing into Russia.
A Russian border guard climbs a watchtower with an AK-74 on his back. There’s no doubt about the location of the camp…
Two border guards with AK-74’s shooting at Maj. Aleksei Smolin as he escapes from his prison at the border guard camp.
A member of special forces taking aim at terrorists inside the theatre with his AK-74M. Note the indentation in the stock for easy folding against the receiver.
A good view of the right side of an AK-74M as another special forces member fires at terrorists, note the overall differences with above AK-74.
Next to the above AK-74/AK-74M, many characters are carrying the AKS-74. Both the wooden as well as the synthetic hand guard versions are seen used by terrorists and Russian forces.
Maj. Aleksei Smolin firing an AKS-74 as he makes his escape from the border guard camp.
A special forces member has just roped down onto the stage of the theatre and prepares to fire.
AKS-74 with synthetic furniture - 5.45x39mm
A terrorist waving around his AKS-74 on stage to intimidate the hostages inside the theatre.
Chechen politician Umar Tamiev comes to Aleksei’s help with an AKS-74 that he has just taken off a dead terrorist.
In a ‘flattering’ behind-the-scenes shot, Vyacheslav Razbegaev
demonstrates an interesting new way to fire the AKS-74.
During a scene inside a barrack of the Russian border guards, an instruction poster for the AKS-74U can be seen on a wall in the background.
For a brief moment during the rescue operation of the theatre, a terrorist can be seen with a well-worn AKM with 30-round bakelite plastic magazine and an AK-47 style muzzle brake. This might be a prop gun.
In several scenes inside the theatre, terrorists can be seen with the AKMS as they prepare for the imminent assault of security forces.
A terrorist with an AKMS guarding the hostages.
As special forces enter the theatre to free the hostages, a terrorist can be seen firing an AKMS from the stairs.
Several members of the special forces raiding the theatre carry the silenced assault rifle AS Val.
With his AS Val, a special forces member carefully approaches the location where the hostages are held.
Several AS Val’s are visible as special forces burst into the main hall of the theatre to rescue the hostages.
A relatively good view of an AS Val as more special forces swarm across the theatre to eliminate terrorists.
Several Russian soldiers controlling crowds around the besieged theatre can be seen carrying the RPK-74M light machine gun.
RPK-74M light machine gun with 45-round box magazine - 5.45x39mm
A soldier with an RPK-74M tries to stop a woman from reaching the theatre, note the massive bipod and the typical black synthetic furniture.
Another soldier carrying an RPK-74M as he and crowds are watching events unfolding near the besieged theatre.
A terrorist can be seen carrying an RPG-7 during a scene at the terrorist trainng camp. It is not seen later on in the movie, but strangely enough it features very prominently in behind-the-scenes footage.
A terrorist walking his guard duties at the desert training camp with an RPG-7 slung over his shoulder.
In a behind-the-scenes image, a local extra demonstrates the use of an RPG-7, possibly pulling from personal experience…
The same extra demonstrates his skills with the weapon in a rare first-person view of an RPG-7.
In further behind-the-scenes footage, another extra fires what surprisingly appears to be a real RPG-7.