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The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit)

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The Turkish Gambit
(Turetskiy gambit)
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Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
BUL.jpg Bulgaria
Directed by Dzhanik Fayziev
Release Date 2005
Language Russian
Studio Studio Trite
Main Cast
Character Actor
Erast Petrovich Fandorin Egor Beroev
Varvara Suvorova Olga Krasko
Lukan Viktor Verzhbitskiy
Gen. Sobolev Aleksandr Baluev
Kazanzaki Aleksey Guskov

The Turkish Gambit (Russian: Турецкий гамбит; Turetskiy gambit) is a 2005 Russian/Bulgarian war thriller/detective film, based on the novel of the same name by Boris Akunin. Famous Russian detective Erast Petrovich Fandorin tries to expose an enemy spy during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit) is the second film about the adventures of Erast Fandorin. It was preceded by Azazel (2002) and followed by The State Counsellor (2005). In all three movies, Fandorin is played by different actors.

Movie exists in two versions: the original four-episode mini-series (203 minutes time long) and an abridged cinematic (125 minutes); the latter came out plot unrelated, because the some scenes were removed during the rewiring. This page is based on the full original version.

P.S. 1: Nearly all firearms in this film are heavily anachronistic.

P.S. 2: This article contains major spoilers, so, if you still haven't watched this movie, DON'T READ IT!!!


The following weapons were used in the film The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit):


Webley .455 Mk VI

Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses a Webley .455 Mk VI during the scene on the bridge. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) briefly holds a similar revolver in one moment. This revolver is an anachronism when the story takes place; the Mk VI is possibly standing in for the early Webley models, such as the Webley-Pryse.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Close up of the revolver.
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Another close up. Note the faint "MARK VI" on the topstrap.
Erast Petrovich fires his Webley. The shot is blurred due to movement.

ZKR 551

ZKR 551 revolvers appear in several scenes, evidently standing in for the similar and period-appropriate Colt Single Action Army. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) fires a ZKR 551 revolver during the firefight in the mountains. Zurov (Dmitriy Pevtsov) briefly holds one during training, and later, during preparation for a duel, when he hands it to his seconds- D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé) and McLaughlin (Daniel Olbrychski). Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) also uses the ZKR 551 throughout the movie.

CZ ZKR 551 sporting revolver
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Erast Fandorin fires his revolver.
Zurov fires his revolver.
Perepyolkin holds his ZKR 551.
Perepyolkin fires.
Perepyolkin takes Varvara Suvorova hostage.
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Perepyolkin fires his revolver.
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Gasser M1880 Montenegrin

D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé) owns a slightly anachronistic Gasser M1880 Montenegrin revolver. Varvara Suvorova (Olga Krasko) tries to shoot it once.

Gasser Montenegrin M1880 - 11.75 x 36mm Gasser
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Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Lukan (Viktor Verzhbitskiy) uses a Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver several times. Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) also uses a No.3 to injure himself.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
Lukan puts the unloaded No.3 on the table and grabs an Mle.
Two revolvers in the hands of the seconds- D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé) and McLaughlin (Daniel Olbrychski), before Zurov (Dmitriy Pevtsov) takes them and exchanges them. The No.3 is at the right.
Close view of the cylinder.
Perepyolkin holds his S&W.
Lukan holds another S&W.
Anwar-Efendi shoots himself.

Rast-Gasser M1898

General Sobolev (Aleksandr Baluev) and other Russian officers fire Rast-Gasser M1898 revolvers (standing for early Gasser models, such as the M1870 or M1876) during training. Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses a Rast-Gasser M1898 revolver to kill Zurov (Dmitriy Pevtsov) and Kazanzaki (Aleksey Guskov). Later, he places the Gasser in the hand of the dying Kazanzaki.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8 x 27mm Gasser.
General Sobolev fires his revolver.
Russian officers fires their revolvers.
Kazanzaki's corpse with the revolver.
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Mle 1892

Several characters, include D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé), Lukan (Viktor Verzhbitskiy), and Mitya Gridnev (Marat Basharov) use the Mle 1892 Revolvers during training. General Ganetsky (Anatoly Kuznetsov) fires a Mle 1892 Revolver during the night scene. This is certainly an anachronism; the Mle 1892 may be standing in for the Mle 1873 (which the later Mle 1887 was based on, which in turn is the direct predecessor of the Mle 1892).

Modèle d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
D'Hevrais (Didier Bienaimé) fires at the target.
Mitya Gridnev (Marat Basharov) fires in the same scene
Lukan puts an unloaded No.3 on the table and grabs an Mle.
General Ganetsky fires his Mle.


Flobert gun

Varvara Suvorova (Olga Krasko) owns a Flobert gun (known in Russia as a Monte Cristo), but all shots of it are blurred due to movement.

Flobert Monte Cristo 6 mm, 1856
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Varvara Suvorova fires.

Flintlock Pistol

Several Bashi Bazouks briefly carry Flintlock Pistols. Several Flintlock Pistols can be seen in the Turkish bank at the film's climax.

Turkish Flintlock Pistol.
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British Heavy Dragoon Pistol - .62 caliber
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Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistol

Two Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistols can be seen in the Turkish bank at the film's climax.

Russian M1854 Naval percussion cap pistol - .71 caliber
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Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894

Ismail-Bei (Gosha Kutsenko) tries to use an anachronistic Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894 in the night scene, but Erast Fandorin disarms him. All shots of it are blurred. While the signal pistol of the "modern type" was developed in 1877 by E. W. Very, it did not see use until at least 1882. Earlier signal pistols were small, muzzle loading launchers without a barrel and used a cap lock.

Hebel Flare Pistol M1894 - 26.5mm
Ismail-Bei draws the gun.
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Erast Fandorin disarms Ismail-Bei.
The pistol is accidentally discharged.



One of the Bashi Bazouks is seen with what appears the IZh-18.

Baikal MP-18M-M, a modern version of IZh-18
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Krnka M1869

In the beginning scene, Serbian soldiers and volunteers (including Fandorin) carry the Krnka M1869 Rifles.

Russian M1869 Krnka Rifle - 15,24x40mmR
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The side-hinged trapdoor lock is visible when Fandorin raises his rifle.


Turkish soldiers use Peabody-Martini rifles with bayonets many times, but they are mostly dont seen clearly - only in the distance or blurred. Ismail-Bei also uses it in one scene.

Martini-Henry Mk. I (1871-1876) .577-.450 caliber. Turkish Peabody-Martini was chambered in 11.43x55R.
Turkish soldiers fire their rifles.
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Close up, but blurred.
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Ismail-Bei (Gosha Kutsenko) aiming the rifle.

Winchester Model 1894

Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) picks up from one of the killed comrades in arms and fires a Winchester Model 1894 rifle at the film's beginning scene, set in 1876. This is another anachronistic weapon, but it can stand in for the Model 1873. In one of the subsequent scenes, Fandorin's M1866 switches to M1894, and then back.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
М1894 next to its former owner.
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Erast Petrovich Fandorin reloads his rifle.
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M1894 in continuity error.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) captures a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifle from the horse of one of the Bashi Bazouks. The Turks really used this rifle during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
Good shot.
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Unknown Rifle

At least one of the Cossacks is seen with a short rifle. It could be the Berdan No.2 Dragoon, though it's hard to say for sure.

Russian Berdan № 2 (M1870) Dragoon rifle - 10.75x58mm R
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Berdan Rifle

The Berdan Rifle is the main weapon of the Russian Army in the film. Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Egor Beroev) briefly holds a few of it.

Russian Berdan No.2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mm R
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Erast Fandorin carries the rifles.

Serbian Mauser M1899 (Mocked up as Remington-Keene)

Anwar-Efendi/Captain Perepyolkin (Aleksandr Lykov) uses a Serbian Mauser M1899, mocked up as a Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle in carbine configuration during the firefight in the mountains. The front part of the wooden foregrip is removed and a fake tubular magazine is mounted. The rifle is also equipped with a historically correct long brass telescopic scope. The exact model is ID'd by the shape of the bolt shroud, which is the Mauser Model 1893 style, and the unique safety lug on the receiver tang behind the bolt handle of the Model 1895 can be clearly distinguished. The presence of a thumb cut in the receiver wall most likely makes this a Serbian Model 1899. This gun also seems to be a carbine, converted from a full-size rifle in the 1920s (note the straight bolt handle).

In any case, this is an unusual choice. The Remington-Keene existed in 1878, but production did not begin until 1880, and even then it was a rare weapon (which is most likely why the film has to use a fake version). A more accurate choice for an early high-capacity bolt-action rifle would be a Vetterli. This is probably to show that Anwar-Efendi is a truly elite agent with access to exclusive weapons.

Mauser 1895 Carbine - 7x57mm Mauser. A Serbian M1899 converted to carbine looks similar, but has a straight bolt handle.
Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle in carbine configuration - 45-70 Government, for comparison.
Close Up. Note the rectangular safety lug projecting up from the receiver tang.
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Close Up. Again, the Model 1895's safety lug is visible.
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Jezail musket

Several Bashi Bazouks briefly carries Jezail muskets.

Ottoman musket
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The Turkish soldiers use sticks of dynamite (or the more historically probable black powder charges; it's hard to say for sure, and the film used in any way just pyrotechnics, of course) in the opening scene when Fandorin forces them to retreat with his Winchester.

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