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Data Tutashkhia

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Data Tutashkhia
Data Tutashkhia Georgian Poster.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Giga Lortkipanidze
Gizo Gabeskiria
Release Date 1977
Language Georgian
Studio Gruzia Film (Qartuli Pilmi)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Data Tutashkhia Otar Megvinetukhutsesi
Mushni Zarandia Tengiz Archvadze
Count Segedi Jüri Järvet
Nicandro Kilia Karlo Sakandelidze
Bechuni Pertia Ketevan Kiknadze
Nano Tavkelishvili Sofiko Chiaureli
Razha Sarchimelia Guram Pirtskhalava
Gogi Tsuladze Imedo Kakhiani
Gudun Pertia Temur Tsikoridze

Data Tutashkhia (Georgian დათა თუთაშხია, Russian title Berega ("Shores")) is a Soviet Georgian 1977 seven part mini-series directed by Giga Lortkipanidze and Gizo Gabeskiria and based on the novel by Chabua Amirejibi. The titular character, Data Tutashkhia (Otar Megvinetukhutsesi) is a Georgian herdsman, turned abrag (outlaw), in late 19th - early 20th century Russian Imperial Transcaucasian region. As a Robin Hood style heroic outlaw, Tutashkhia fights against injustice and wrongdoing but his attempts are mostly in vain. He is hunted by authorities, and one of his most relentless pursuers is Tutashkhia's cousin Mushni Zarandia (Tengiz Archvadze) who makes a career in Russian Corps of Gendarmes.

The following weapons were used in the film Data Tutashkhia:



Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by numerous characters, including Data Tutashkhia (Otar Megvinetukhutsesi), his son Gudun Pertia (Temur Tsikoridze), Gendarmes and police officers Mushni Zarandia (Tengiz Archvadze), Nicandro Kilia (Karlo Sakandelidze) and others, outlaws Bodgo Kvaltava (Leo Pilpani), Kaza Chkhetia (Gogi Kharabadze), Mose Zamtaradze (Zurab Laperadze), Anarchist Nikifore Bubuteishvili (Ioseb Gogichaishvili), revolutionary Rodion Andreevich Rogachyov (Grigol Tsitaishvili), and other minor characters. All revolvers are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Note: as there are too many Nagant-wielding characters, some screenshots are placed on talk page.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Rogachyov fires at police (Ep.1).
Bubuteishvili "expropriates" money from moneylender Kaja Bulava (Ipolite Khvichia) (Ep1.1).
Outlaw Kuru (Zaza Mikashavidze) carries a Nagant in the scene in Duru's tavern (Ep.3).
Kaza Chkhetia and Bodgo Kvaltava with Nagants in the same scene.
Prince Vakhtang Shalitauri (Aleqsandre Ioseliani) holds a Nagant, playing "russian roulette" (Ep.4).
Shalitauri's Nagant.
Shalitauri loads the revolver with a single bullet.
Polizeimeister (chief of police) Nicandro Kilia leads his men (Ep.6).
A close view of Kilia's revolver.
Mose Zamtaradze fires a Nagant. He is also armed with a Mauser C96 and a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine (Ep.7).
Nicandro Kilia holds a Nagant during the escape of convicts.
Data Tutashkhia takes a revolver from miller Benia (Boris Tsipuria) after unsuccessfull assassination attempt.
Gudun Pertia holds a Nagant.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

In Ep.6 Mushni Zarandia convinces Data Tutashkhia to surrender to authorities. When cousins meet, Tutashkhia hands his Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver to Zarandia, calling it a Nagant.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
Tutashkhia hands his Smith & Wesson to Mushni Zarandia.
Mushni opens the revolver.
It is loaded with a single bullit. Strangely, the brass has no markings.
Another view of the scene.


Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is a favoured weapon of Data Tutashkhia (Otar Megvinetukhutsesi). Mauser pistols are also used by other outlaws, including Razha Sarchimelia (Guram Pirtskhalava), Bekar Jeiranishvili (Zurab Kapianidze), Bodgo Kvaltava (Leo Pilpani), and some others, and by Gendarmes and police officers Nicandro Kilia (Karlo Sakandelidze), Shvangiradze (Ruslan Mikaberidze) and others. Most Mausers are of Wartime Commercial model, identified by typical solid safety lever knob.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Most screen guns is of slightly different version.
Gendarme Shvangiradze (Ruslan Mikaberidze) holds his Mauser during the arrest of Rogachoyv (Ep.1).
Data Tutashkhia first time holds a Mauser (Ep.1).
Data threatens Sarchimelia's gang with Mauser C96 and Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine (Ep.1).
Data Tutashkhia holds a Mauser (Ep.3).
He carries a Mauser in holster.
Razha Sarchimelia dual-wields Mausers when killing rival brigands Brothers Nakashia (Ep.3).
Polizeimeister (chief of police) Nicandro Kilia in shootout with Anarchists (Ep.4).
Data Tutashkhia threatens a police informant Kichi Zarnava (Nugzar Hidureli) (Ep.4).
Data Tutashkhia holds a Mauser (Ep.5).
Bekar Jeiranishvili with a Mauser (Ep.5).
Bodgo Kvaltava holds a Mauser (Ep.7).
Police uryadnik (NCO) (Davit Oqrostsvaridze) holds a Mauser (Ep.7).

Mauser C96 Mockup

Some wooden mockups of Mauser C96 can be seen.

Gabesonia (Nodar Sokhadze) carries a mockup Mauser.

FN Model 1922

In Ep.4 Data Tutashkhia visits Tiflis (currently Tbilisi) and gets acquainted with a group of liberal-minded Georgian intelligentsia. During the dinner he shows his FN Model 1922 (anachronistic for about twenty years) to his new friends.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Gogi Tsuladze (Imedo Kakhiani) examines the pistol and is very fond of it.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Strazhniki (literally "guardians", the rank in rural police in Russian Empire) are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Strazhniki arrest Russian revolutionary Rodion Rogachyov who hides in Data Tutashkhia's house (Ep.1).
Gabesonia (Nodar Sokhadze) fires his rifle in the same scene.
A rifle is seen at the wall (Ep.5).
Strazhniki with rifles (Ep.5).
Strazhniki guard a prison cart (Ep.7).
Mounted Strazhniki with rifles (Ep.7).
Strazhniki with rifles (Ep.7).

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are widely used by Strazhniki and outlaws.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Gendarme Shvangiradze (Ruslan Mikaberidze) fires an M38 Carbine at escaping Rogachyov (Ep.1).
Data Tutashkhia ambushes the escort of arrested Rogachyov (Ep.1).
A closeup of Tutashkhia's carbine in the same scene.
One of Razha Sarchimelia's highwaymen carries an M38 Carbine (Ep.1).
Another brigand with an M38 Carbine guards a group of robbed travelers.
One of the robbed persons, Gogi Tsuladze (Imedo Kakhiani), manages to get a carbine in the same scene.
Data Tutashkhia threatens Sarchimelia's gang with Mauser C96 and M1938 Carbine.
Kichi Zarnava (Nugzar Hidureli) holds Tutashkhia's carbine under the threat of the latter's Mauser C96 (Ep.4).
Data Tutashkhia's carbine at his saddle (Ep.5).
Strazhniki with carbines; Gabesonia (Nodar Sokhadze) at the left (Ep.6).
Gang leader Razha Sarchimelia's (Guram Pirtskhalava) carbine at his saddle (Ep.7).
Abrag Mose Zamtaradze (Zurab Laperadze) carries an M38 Carbine (Ep.7).
Data Tutashkhia's spare guns: a pair of M38 Carbines, a pair of Nagant M1895 revolvers and a Mauser C96 (Ep.7).

Winchester Model 1866

In Ep.3 two outlaws, Bodgo Kvaltava (Leo Pilpani) and Kaza Chkhetia (Gogi Kharabadze), own Winchester Model 1866 rifles.

Winchester 1866 Musket - .44 RF
A Winchester 1866 Musket at the table while Bodgo Kvaltava and Kaza Chkhetia are on rest. Note that Kaza Chkhetia's (at the left) Mauser C96 in holster seems to be a mockup, like the one seen above.
Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
A Winchester 1866 Carbine is seen at the far wall. Note that Bodgo Kvaltava has stripper clips for Mosin Nagant rifle in his bandolier.

Gras Model 1874

In Ep.5 a herdsman Jonjolia (Vladimer Bregvadze) uses a rifle to fire at Data Tutashkhia. This rifle seems to be a French Gras Model 1874 (possibly not an original rifle but a converted shotgun).

Gras Mle 1874 - 11x59mm Gras
Jonjolia grabs a rifle (at the right).
He covers under the threat of Tutashkhia's Mauser.
The rifle is seen on the ground behind Jonjolia.

Unknown Rifle

An unknown rifle or musket, possibly a percussion cap, is seen in the same scene with herdsmen.

An ancient looking long gun is seen handging at the far left.


Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotguns are seen in several scenes, probably used as a replacement for "Berdanka" shotguns.

"Frolovka" shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 28 gauge
A Strazhnik carries a "Frolovka" shotgun (Ep.7).
Outlaws imitate shootout to divert attention of police unit (Ep.7).

Double Barreled Shotgun

In Ep.3 tavern owner Duru (Bukhuti Zakariadze) takes a Double Barreled Shotgun to protect his daughter of brigands.

Duru runs from his house with a shotgun in hands.
But he is shot dead by Bodgo Kvaltava.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

In Ep.4 Anachist Nikifore Bubuteishvili (Ioseb Gogichaishvili) carries a pair of hand grenades that are most likely RGD-33s. It's worth noting that modern type of hand grenades didn't exist at all at the time when the story is set; only improvised "hand bombs" were in use.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve. Sceen grenades lack the sleeve.



Mushni Zarandia (Tengiz Archvadze) carries a holstered Nagant (Ep.3).
Gendarme Col. Sekhniev (Otar Koberidze) carries a Nagant holster (Ep.5).

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