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The Chief of Chukotka (Nachalnik Chukotki)

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The Chief of Chukotka (Nachalnik Chukotki)
Nachalnik Chukotki DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vitali Melnikov
Release Date 1966
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Alexei Bychkov Mikhail Kononov
Timofei Khramov Aleksei Gribov
Vukvutagin aka Vovka Gennadiy Danzanov
Mr. Stenson Nikolay Volkov, Sr.
Yamushi-san Lim-Su

The Chief of Chukotka (Nachalnik Chukotki) is a 1966 Soviet adventure comedy by Vitali Melnikov.

The story takes place in 1922 on the far North-East of Russia. Young Red commissar Alexei (Mikhail Kononov) is sent to the Chukotka Peninsula to establish the Soviet power in this snow-covered land. He befriends Chukcha people and has to pass through many comic and tragic situations.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Chief of Chukotka (Nachalnik Chukotki):


Astra 900

The Astra 900 pistol with a wooden stock/holster is the main weapon of Alexei (Mikhail Kononov).

Astra 900 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Alexei with Astra 900.
Alexei is threatening Khramov (Aleksei Gribov) with his Astra.
Khramov managed to get the Astra from Alexei.

Nagant M1895 Revolver

One of the White Army officers is armed with Nagant M1895 revolver.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo)
White Army officer with Nagant revolver during the shootout in the snow.

Reichsrevolver M1879

What appears to be a Reichsrevolver M1879 is carried by a US policeman in Alaska.

Reichsrevolver M1879 Revolver - 10.6x25R
A US policeman in Alaska carries a supposed Reichsrevolver in holster.


Winchester Model 1895

The Winchester Model 1895 rifles are seen in the movie, in carbine and sporting configurations. Khramov (Aleksei Gribov) has several M1895 rifles in his armory, and uses one when he tries to shoot Alexei. Later Alexei expropriates these rifles, and gave one to his friend Vukvutagin (Gennadiy Danzanov), and later uses the other rifle himself during the shootout on snow. Some hunters also carry the Winchester M1895s in the movie. All rifles are not Russian military contract Model 1895 (the lack of the loading bridge over the reciever is seen on several screenshots), but the commercial version (although the exact caliber is unknown).

Winchester Model 1895 carbine - .30 Cal - Commercial Version
Khramov tries to shoot Alexei with Winchester M95 carbine.
The Chukcha hunter fires his Winchester M95.
An American gun dealer sells Winchester M95s to the Chukcha.
The Winchester M95 carbine is seen on the wall.
Alexei fires the M95 carbine during the shootout in the snow.
Sporting version of the 1895.
The sporting Winchester M95 leans against the wall.
Alexei carries the sporting M95 slung over his back.
A Vukvutagin holds a sporting Winchester M95.

Marlin Model 1889

The Marlin Model 1889 rifle from Khramov's armory is carried by Alexei on several occasions.

Marlin Model 1889 - .44-40 WCF
Marlin 1889 is hung on the wall.
Alexei carries the Marlin 1889 slung over his back.
A closer view of the Marlin 1889's barrel.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Several White Army soldiers and officers use Mosin Nagant rifles, both the full-length M1891/30 and carbine models.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR.
White Army soldier carries Mosin Nagant rifle M1981/30 with bayonet.
Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A White Army officer fires hid Mosin Nagant carbine, likely a M38 model, during the shootout in the snow.

Type 38 Arisaka Carbine

Several hunters carries the Arisaka Type 38 Carbines. One of the White Army soldiers later is seen with carbine equipped with sword bayonet.

Arisaka Type 38 carbine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka.
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Type 38 is seen in hunter's hands (3rd from right).

Other weapons

C.C.Brand Whaling Gun

What appears to be a percussion cap C.C.Brand Whaling Gun is seen among the weapons expropriated by Alexei.

C.C.Brand Whaling Gun No.2 - 1 1/8" smoothbore
The triangular 'skeleton'-type buttstock, a signature feature of Brand Whaling Gun, is seen at Alexei's shoulder.
The barrel of harpoon gun is seen at the wall.

Various long guns

Several Chukcha hunters are seen with ancient-looking guns, supposedly flintlock or even matchlock ones.

For comparision: Central Asian Karamultuk ("Black Gun") Matchlock Musket
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Weapon crate

A crate of different Winchester/Marlin level-action rifles is seen at the gun dealer.

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Original cinema poster.

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