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Catch the Wind (Ishchi vetra...)

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Catch the Wind (Ishchi vetra...)
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Lyubomudrov
Release Date 1979
Language Russian
Studio Sverdlovsk Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pavel Konstantin Grigoryev
Sergey Sergeyevich Uvarov Pavel Kadochnikov
Natasha Elena Proklova
Viktor Beloglazov Lev Prygunov
White Army Captain Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov
Vas'ka Mikhail Kononov
Gavrya Sergey Bachurskiy
Cossack Uryadnik Aleksandr Yanvaryov

Catch the Wind (Ishchi vetra...) is a 1979 historical adventure movie directed by Vladimir Lyubomudrov. The story is set during the Russian Civil war in Ural steppe, on a stud-farm where Sergey Sergeyevich Uvarov (Pavel Kadochnikov) breeds valuable horses. White officer Viktor Beloglazov (Lev Prygunov) leaves the army and visits the farm to marry Uvarov's daughter Natasha (Elena Proklova). Meanwhile wounded Red Army commissar Pavel (Konstantin Grigoryev) seeks refuge on the same farm. White Cossacks appear, and their commander (Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov) orders to take the tribal herd. Viktor and Pavel team up and, accompanied by a brigand Vas'ka (Mikhail Kononov), follow Cossacks and try to get horses back.

The following weapons were used in the film Catch the Wind (Ishchi vetra...):


Nagant M1895

White Army Poruchik (Lt.) Viktor Beloglazov (Lev Prygunov), unnamed Captain (Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov) and Cossack Uryadnik (Sergeant rank) (Aleksandr Yanvaryov) carry Nagant M1895 revolvers. Nagants is also used by Viktor's bride Natasha Uvarova (Elena Proklova) and brigand Vas'ka (Mikhail Kononov).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Viktor's Nagant in holster.
Natasha vainly fires Viktor's revolver at brigands.
Cossack Uryadnik holds a Nagant.
Captain carries a Nagant in holster.
Vas'ka carries a Nagant in holster.
Uryadnik fires his revolver in air.
Vas'ka fires at Cossacks tachanka.


Mauser C96

Cossack Mladshiy Uryadnik (Junior Sergeant rank) Ovechkin (Vitali Titov) carries a Mauser C96.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Ovechkin with a Mauser at the right.
Ovechkin fires.
Ovechkin kills a horse. In this scene the slide of his pistol is seen allways in rear position, so actually the Mauser doesn't fire.
Ovechkin puts the pistol in holster. Strangely, the hammer is cocked.

Rifles and Muskets

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Most rifles in the movie are out of time Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. They are used by Pavel (Konstantin Grigoryev), Cossacks and brigands Vas'ka (Mikhail Kononov) and Gavrya (Sergey Bachurskiy).

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Gavrya holds Sergey Sergeevich Uvarov at gunpoint.
Another view of Gavrya's carbine.
Vas'ka confronts a herdsman. Note that the bolt of his rifle is open.
Vas'ka holds a carbine. This rifle lacks a hood on the front sight.
Vas'ka holds a carbine. Unlike the one, seen in his hands in previous moment, this rifle has a hooded front sight.
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Pavel holds both carbines, taked from brigands.
A Cossack at the left carries a carbine.
A bearded Cossack (Viktor Sergeev) holds his carbine at the foreground.

Mosin Nagant M91 or M91/30

One of the Cossacks carries a full-length Mosin Nagant rifle, probably an M91 Dragoon or M91/30. Same looking rifle is also used by Pavel (Konstantin Grigoryev) in the final scene.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Cossack at the left carries a full-length M91 rifle.
Pavel carries a full-length M91 rifle.

Percussion Cap Musket

In one scene Pavel (Konstantin Grigoryev) takes a percussion cap musket in Uvarov's house and uses it to threaten the brigands. The musket is fitted with a fake flared muzzle to make it look like a Blunderbuss. Upon a close inspection of the lock, this gun is possibly a flintlock, converted into a percussion cap.

The percussion cap musket in Uvarov's house.
A closeup of the lock.
Pavel threatens brigands.
Another view of the musket in Pavel's hands. The muzzle flare is obviously fake.

Machine Guns

Browning wz. 1928

A Browning wz. 1928 light machine gun is used by Cossacks and then by Pavel (Konstantin Grigoryev). This Polish version of Browning Automatic Rifle appeared only a decade after the events of the movie. The screen gun is a late version of Wz.28, identified by a "fish tail" buttstock.

Polish Browning wz. 1928, early version - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Cossack holds the machine gun.
Another view of the machine gun on Cossacks horse cart.
Pavel loads the machine gun.
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Pavel carries the machine gun.
Pavel holds the machine gun during the chase.
Another view of the scene.
A closeup of the barrel.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is mounted on tachanka cart of Cossacks unit.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim M10 with smooth barrel jacket on Cossacks tachanka.
A Maxim M10 on tachanka.
Captain (Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov) aims the machine gun at Viktor.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 (or possibly original M1910, though it's less credible) is mounted on another tachanka cart of Cossacks unit.

Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim M10/30 on Cossacks tachanka.
The ribbed barrel is seen at the background.
A general view of the machine gun on tachanka.
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Cossacks Starshiy Uryadnik (Sr. Sgt.) at the Maxim.
Starshiy Uryadnik fires the Maxim, removed from broken tachanka.


English language release poster

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