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Bread, Gold and the Nagant Revolver (Khleb, zoloto, nagan)

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Bread, Gold and the Nagant Revolver
(Khleb, zoloto, nagan)
Khleb-zoloto-nagan DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Samvel Gasparov
Release Date 1980
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vladimir Gorbach Vladimir Borisov
Olga Sokolova Olga Gasparova
Sasha Andronov Yuriy Grigorev
Stepan Zaytsev Oleg Korchikov
Mezentsev Eduard Martsevich
Pashka the Gypsy Elgudzha Burduli

Bread, Gold and the Nagant Revolver (Khleb, zoloto, nagan) is a Soviet 1980 action movie directed by Samvel Gasparov. The story takes place during the Russian Civil War. Olga Sokolova delivers bread to the starving children in an orphanage. Her companions are the Red commissar Vladimir Gorbach, the sailor Sasha Andronov, and the chief of railway station Zaytsev who secretly carries three gold bars. The characters encounter various adventures on their way.

The following weapons were used in the film Bread, Gold and the Nagant Revolver (Khleb, zoloto, nagan):


Nagant M1895

Titular Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by several characters including Vladimir Gorbach (Vladimir Borisov), Olga Sokolova (Olga Gasparova), and Stepan Zaytsev (Oleg Korchikov).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38mmN
Dyomin (Igor Klass) holds a Nagant.
Dying Dyomin tries to reach his revolver.
Gorbach fires his revolver.
Olga Sokolova with Gorbach's Nagant.
Olga fires.
Gorbach loads his revolver.
Stepan Zaytsev holds Gorbach's Nagant in the final scene.
A close view at the revolver. A plate on the grip is a sign of an award weapon (as it is told in one scene, Gorbach's Nagant is an award from the Chairman of the Cheka Felix Dzerzhinsky).

Bulldog-style revolver

A Bulldog-style revolver is a backup weapon used by Mezentsev (Eduard Martsevich), the chieftain of a gang of outlaws.

Belgian copy of a Webley Bulldog - .32 caliber
Mezentsev shoots a White Army officer with his revolver.
He throws the discharged revolver on the table.


Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are used by Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev), Mezentsev (Eduard Martsevich), and Mezentsev's lieutenant Pashka the Gypsy (Elgudzha Burduli).

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Sasha Andronov holds his Mauser during the attack at the railway station.
Pashka the Gypsy holds his Mauser.
Mezentsev aims his Mauser at Gorbach.

Mauser C96 "Bolo"

A nickel plated Mauser C96 "Bolo" is carried by Mezentsev's bodyguard (Makharbek Kokoyev). After he is disarmed, his Mauser is used by Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev).

Stainless Mauser C96 "Bolo" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Mezentsev's bodyguard is armed with a nickel plated Mauser.
Andronov disarms Mezentsev's bodyguard.
Andronov with Mauser in hand. The short barrel of a "Bolo" model is seen. Next to him, Stepan Zaytsev (Oleg Korchikov) readies a Maxim M1910.
Andronov fires his Mauser.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Most rifles in the movie are anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. They are seen in hands of Red Army soldiers, White Army soldiers, and outlaws.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
The driver of Dyomin's car (cameo of film director Samvel Gasparov) holds an M38 carbine.
The same character loads his rifle.
Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev) with his carbine.
Olga Sokolova (Olga Gasparova) with Andronov's carbine.
One of Mezentsev's men with M38 carbine.

Custom Mosin Nagant

Various characters use Mosin Nagant short rifles that appear to be custom shortened M1891s. Visually they resemble M1907 Carbines. The same props are seen in other Gorky Film Studio productions, like Ne stavte Leshemu kapkany....

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A wounded Red Army soldier holds a short rifle.
The same character fires his rifle.
One of Mezentsev's men with a short rifle.
White Army cavalrymen are armed with short rifles.

In the opening scene, Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev) carries a rifle that later switches to a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine. It appears to be a M91/30 rifle that has a broken or sawed-off muzzle part of the barrel. The same or at least a very similar prop is seen in Propavshaya ekspeditsiya, filmed by the same studio five years before.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Full-length Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are briefly seen in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A White Army soldier at the left holds a full-length M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant Sawn-off Rifle ("Obrez")

Several men of Mezentsev's gang carry Mosin Nagant sawn-off "obrez" rifles.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is captured from Mezentsev's gang by Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev). It is an original Lewis, but this particular gun has a makeshift barrel cover and lacks a bipod but is fitted with a pivot. According to these features, it can be assumed that this machine gun is an aircraft mounted version of Lewis, visually modified to resemble a standard infantry version. Another guess is that it is simply a damaged piece that was very roughly repaired by the production company.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Sasha Andronov fires a Lewis. Note a makeshift barrel cover.
A pivot can be seen.
Andronov carries his Lewis. A Maxim M1910 is seen next to him.
Andronov fires.
Another view of the Lewis.

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim M1910 is mounted on a locomotive. The smooth water jacket is typical for Maxims manufactured during WWI and in the early 1920s.
White Army soldiers carry a Maxim on a Sokolov wheel mount.
Mezentsev's men fire a Maxim.
A close-up view on spade grips of a Maxim mounted on a car.
Sasha Andronov (Yuriy Grigorev) fires a Maxim.
Stepan Zaytsev (Oleg Korchikov) fires Maxim at pursuing White Army cavalrymen. Next to him, Sasha Andronov fires a Mauser C96 "Bolo".

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