Dubrovsky (also spelled Dubrovskiy) is a 1989 (filmed 1988) Soviet historical adventure mini series, a screen adaptation of the classic Russian novel by Aleksandr Pushkin, directed by Vyacheslav Nikiforov. The plot is set in 1820s. An aged nobleman Andrey Dubrovskiy (Kirill Lavrov) conflicts with his neighbour, a greedy, rich and powerful aristocrat Kirila Petrovitch Troekurov (Vladimir Samoylov). With the help of perjury, Troekurov takes land from Dubrovskiy, and the old man dies. Dubrovskiy's son Vladimir (Mikhail Efremov), determined to avenge his father, gathers a gang of his serfs and turns from an officer to a noble brigand. But Dubrovskiy abandons his plans of revenge when he falls in love with Troekurov's daughter Masha (Marina Zudina).
The film exists in two versions: the theatrical version, released under the title Blagorodnyy razboynik Vladimir Dubrovskiy (Noble Brigand Vladimir Dubrovsky) and the four-part mini series. The current page is based on the mini series.
The original novel was often adapted for screen, in Germany as Dubrowsky, der Rauber Ataman (1921), USA as The Eagle (1925), Italy as Aquila Nera (1946) and Il vendicatore (1959), and USSR/Russia (1936, 1989 and 2014).
The following weapons were used in the miniseries Dubrovsky:
Percussion Cap Travel Pistol
When Vladimir Dubrovskiy (Mikhail Efremov) appears at Troekurov's estate under the guise of the Frenchman Deforges, the teacher of Troekurov's little son, he carries a Percussion Cap Pistol, anachronistic for 1820s, in the inside pocket of his frock coat. Close-ups reveal this pistol as a flintlock gun converted into a percussion cap gun. It has short barrel that doesn't protrude from the handguard. The exact model is unknown but probably this is a travel pistol, more compact than military models but larger than common pocket pistols.
Double Barreled Percussion Cap Pistol
When Vladimir Dubrovskiy (Mikhail Efremov), acting under the guise of Deforges, accompanies Troekurov in the trip, he carries two guns: a flintlock Model An XIII pistol (see below) and a double barreled percussion cap pistol. Such weapon could be used as a travel or hunting gun.
Chatellerault Cavalry Mle 1822T Percussion Cap Pistol
Many brigands, notably Dubrovskiy's valet Grigoriy (Gennadiy Frolov), are armed with Chatellerault Mle 1822T cavalry percussion cap pistols. Prince Vereyskiy (Anatoliy Romashin) draws an Mle 1822T pistol when his carriage is attacked by the brigands. The Mle 1822 pistols were originally produced as flintlock guns, and only in 1840s they were converted into percussion cap guns, gaining the index "1822T" ("T" for "transforme").
Percussion Dueling Pistol
Unidentified Percussion Cap Pistols
Grigoriy (Gennadiy Frolov) holds a Percussion Cap Pistol of unclear model during the attack on Prince Vereyskiy's carriage. This is a military style gun with the long handguard and the belt hook. The trigger guard of the pistol matches Russian 1809 and 1839 flintlock models as well as their conversions to percussion cap locks, but the barrel band is placed in a different way that on any of these pistols.
In one scene a brigand holds a pistol with nearly vertical grip, common for dueling and target pistols, but with a long handguard.
Russian M1809 Cavalry Flintlock Pistol
A pair of Flintlock Pistols, most likely Cavalry M1809, is seen on the wall in Andrey Dubrovskiy's bedroom. Kirila Petrovitch Troekurov (Vladimir Samoylov) carries a pair of M1809 pistols when he makes a trip to the burned estate of Dubrovskiy.
French Saint Etienne 1810 Model An XIII Cavalry Flintlock Pistol
When Vladimir Dubrovskiy (Mikhail Efremov), acting under the guise of Deforges, accompanies Troekurov in the trip, one of his guns is a French Saint Etienne 1810 Model An XIII Cavalry Flintlock Pistol.
Percussion Cap Carbine
In several scenes Dubrovskiy's brigands and Troekurov's armed servants carry long guns, but nearly all of them are seen in distance and very unclear. Only a small number of long guns can be seem more or less clear. Most of those guns are carbines with percussion cap locks, anachronistic for 1820s. There are at least two different models, one with a semi-pistol grip and another with a straight grip.
In one scene a peasant holds a long musket. The lock isn't seen but the gun has a military style muzzle cap. It may be a Russian M1808 Infantry musket or a French Mle 1777 that was a base design for the Russian model.
Double Barreled Shotgun
When Kirila Petrovitch Troekurov (Vladimir Samoylov) returns from the hunt, he carries a Double Barreled Shotgun. Despite it is seen not very clear, it still can be identified as a modern break-action hammerless shotgun.
A pair of muzzleloading cannons is seen in Troekurov's estate. They are used for ceremonial saluting. The size and shape of the cannons are similar to Russian 6-pounder M1805.