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Black Cat (Chyornaya koshka)
Black Cat (Chyornaya koshka) is a 2016 Russian crime TV series. It depicts the activities of a crime gang, popularly known as "Chyornaya koshka" ("Black Cat"), that commits robberies in Moscow in 1951-1953. The gang based in the town of Krasnogorsk near Moscow, and the gang members lived a double life, being workers, students, Komsomol activists and players of local soccer team. The plot loosely follows real events.
This page is for the 2016 TV series. For the 2013 TV series Black Cats (Chyornye koshki) see here.
The following weapons were used in the television series Black Cat (Chyornaya koshka):
Nagant M1895 revolvers are service sidearms of Militsiya personnel, notably the detective of Moscow Ugolovny Rozysk (criminal investigation department) Capt. Viktor Karatov (Igor Petrenko) and Krasnogorsk Militsiya officer Sr. Lt. Stepan Trofimych Dzhuro (Aleksey Shevchenkov). Criminals, notably the gang leader Ivan Mishin (Gela Meskhi), Andrey Garanin aka Khudozhnik ("Painter") (Dmitriy Solomykin), Pavel Andreev aka Pashka-America (Yuriy Chursin), Zhenya Lifshitz aka Tarzan (Semyon Shemes), Romka aka Shket ("Kid") (Denis Sukhomlinov), also use Nagants. Some of these revolvers are supposedly blank-firing versions, but the exact model(s) is unclear.
Nagant M1895 "Blef"
In one scene Ivan Mishin (Gela Meskhi) holds a Nagant that is definitly a blank-firing "Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"). This model is identified by a horisontal groove on the frame below the front part of the cylinder.
TT-33 pistols are widely used by criminals, including Ivan Mishin (Gela Meskhi), Andrey Garanin (Dmitriy Solomykin), Pashka-America (Yuriy Chursin), Shket (Denis Sukhomlinov), Klimov aka Klim (Ilya Blednyy), Semyon Zhukov aka Zhuk ("Bug") (Yakov Shamshin). Among Militsiya personnel, TT pistols are seen in hands of Moscow Ugolovny Rozysk detectives Maj. Lev Aleksandrovich Shein (Konstantin Lavronenko) and Volodya Goncharov (Ivan Solovyov), and Krasnogorsk Militsiya Starshina Aleksey Perepyolkin (Igor Skripko). Both pre- and post-1947 models are seen. Due to numerous continuity errors, these versions are constantly changing with each other.
Maj. Lev Aleksandrovich Shein's (Konstantin Lavronenko) sidearm is a Makarov PM. PM was adopted by Soviet military and law enforcement services only in December 1951 and became widely available only several years later, so this gun hardly fits for that time. Due to the narrowed front part, Shein's gun can be identified as a blank firing replica MP-371 or a similar model. A gang member Anton Silkin (Aleksandr Zelskiy) uses a PM in one scene; his pistol looks more authentic.
The crime boss Nikolay Tsyganov aka Pan (Sergey Yushkevich) uses a Luger P08 in several scenes. A Luger is also seen in the suitcase of Galya (Yuliya Galkina). The squarish grip platings of this pistol are common for some blank-firing versions.
During the heist on the Goznak Anton Silkin (Aleksandr Zelskiy) is armed with a Walther PP.
During the heist on the Goznak Ivan Mishin (Gela Meskhi) is armed with a PPSh-41 submachine gun. PPSh-41s are also used by prison guards.
In one scene Pan (Sergey Yushkevich) gives an MP38 to his unnamed henchman (Boris Zverev). Later the henchman is killed by Ivan Mishin (Gela Meskhi) who takes the submachine gun.
Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine
A security guard on Goznak is armed with a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine.
Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine
Another security guard on Goznak is armed with a Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine. The side-folding bayonet is removed from the carbine.
Sporterized Mosin Nagant rifle
What appears to be a sporterized Mosin Nagant Rifle is seen in hands of robber Klim (Ilya Blednyy) who took the gun from killed watchman of a general store. While the gun looks similar to Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun, it has a pistol-gripped stock and retains the rifle sight that is very uncommon for any version of "Frolovka".
Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun
A watchman of a grocery warehouse tries to use a Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers against bandits. A sawed-off shotgun (very likely the same prop) is seen in hands of Pan's henchman (Boris Zverev). The base shotgun is supposedly a TOZ-B or TOZ-BM.
In one scene the 1932 Scarface film is shown in the cinema in Krasnogorsk.