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Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola)

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Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola)
Okhota na dyavola DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator David Tkebuchava
Denis Karyshev
Broadcast 2017
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 16
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maksim Andreevich Levitin / Max Livius Sergey Bezrukov
Anna Yartseva Mariya Lugovaya
Sofya Dubrovina Natalya Shvets
Gleb Ivanovich Bokiy Evgeniy Stychkin
Phil Kilby Artyom Tkachenko
Jan Shtilman Ilya Lyubimov
Esko Riekki Dmitriy Podnozov
Mikki Nikolay Shrayber

Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola; another English release title is Devil Hunt) is a 2017 Russian adventure TV series. In 1937 secret services of Soviet Union, Germany, UK and Japan clash in the struggle for the secret of the "death ray" that was invented by Russian scientist Mikhail Philippov in early 1900s. Now the traces of the powerful weapon that can change the face of modern war are found in Finland. Film director Max Livius (Sergey Bezrukov), a former Russian officer Maksim Levitin who emigrated to Finland after the Russian revolution, finds himself involved in this events.

The following weapons were used in the television series Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by Maksim Levitin alias Max Livius (Sergey Bezrukov), NKVD agent Anna Yartseva (Mariya Lugovaya), the head of the Special Department of NKVD Gleb Ivanovich Bokiy (Evgeniy Stychkin), German language teacher Andrey Aleksandrovich Koltsov (Ivan Dobronravov), Capt. of State Security Markovskiy (Oleg Geraskin) and other Soviet State Security officers, and operatives of the Finnish secret police Valpo (Valtiollinen poliisi), notably Valpo head Esko Riekki's unnamed chief assistant (Maksim Mityashin).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Markovskiy holds a Nagant during the mock execution of Anna Yartseva.
Koltsov who turns out to be a German spy Handel holds a Nagant, captured from a State Security officer.
Koltsov-Handel takes Markovskiy as hostage. In the next scene one of these Nagants switches to a blank-firing "Blef" (see below) and then back to a more genuine Nagant.
Anna fires a revolver, captured from Koltsov. The large flame from the cylinder indicates that the revolver is loaded with Gevelot small cups.
Anna aims the Nagant at Bokiy. Note that the cylinder is empty.
An agent of Finnish secret police with a Nagant.
Anna steals a Nagant from Max's table.
She aims the gun at Max, not knowing that it's loaded with blanks.
Max takes the revolver from Anna.
Bokiy examines the Nagant.

Nagant M1895 "Blef"

One of Koltsov-Handel's Nagants switches to a blank-firing "Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"). "Blef" revovlers are also used by several of State Security officers. This model is identified by a horisontal groove on the frame below the front part of the cylinder and unnaturally large bore.

"Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"), a blank-firing version of Nagant M1895 - .22 Gevelot small cap
A State Security officer aims the revolver at Anna. Note the groove in the front part of the frame.
A State Security operative holds the revolver during the attempt to arrest Koltsov. The unnaturally thin walls of the barrel match "Blef" version.
Koltsov-Handel holds Anna at gunpoint.
Another view of the same scene.
Anna takes the revolver. In the next scene she holds a standard Nagant.



TT-33 pistols are used by NKVD hitman Shtilman (Ilya Lyubimov), a Soviet diplomat Sergey Mukhin (Sergey Safronov), and a criminal Albinos ("Albino") (Stanislav Lesnoy). In the scene, set in France in 1948, the Special Inspector of French DST (Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire) Pierre Gegnac (Andrey Kurganov) also uses a TT (hardly a common gun in post-war France). Both pre- and post-1947 pistols are seen.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Albinos fires at an intermediary between him and Japanese agent. In the following scene his TT switches to a CO2 gun (see below).
Mukhin holds a TT.
Shtilman loads his TT. The magazine seems to be empty.
Shtilman holds the TT when he approaches to Livius' house. Note the dark chamber and the lack of the rear sight that differs this pistol from a TT that is seen in Shtilman's hand when he loads the gun.
Shtilman in Livius' house. The pistol switches to a different gun, with a light-colored chamber and the rear sight on place.
Shtilman opens the trunk of the car. The pistol has same light-colored chamber. Judjing by the muzzle that differs from a standard TT, this pistol may be a rubber-firing conversion, like VPO-501 "Lider" or TT-T, but it's not certain.
When Shtilman is attacked by Anna, his TT is again the gun without rear sight. The post-1947 slide serration is seen. This pistol fires on screen (note the position of the hammer), and the spent brass is seen in midair.
During the struggle between Shtilman and Anna the pistol again switches to a gun with light-colored chamber and with rear sight.
In the scene, set in 1948, Inspector Gegnac (the bearded man in center) holds a TT when DST group blocks a village house where kidnapped little girl Marie, Maksim and Anna's daughter, was held. The pistol is the pre-1947 model.
The grip and magazine of Gegnac's pistol is seen.
Gegnac holds a TT during the operation against Otto Skorzeny's group.

TT-33 (MP-81)

In the scene in Livius' house, Shtilman's (Ilya Lyubimov) TT-33 constantly changes due to a row of continuity errors. One of the versions of TT, used by Shtilman (Ilya Lyubimov) and then taken from him by Anna Yartseva (Mariya Lugovaya), is a less-lethal MP-81. An MP-81 is also seen in hands of Max's friend, agent of Briish Secret Intelligence Service Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko) (a clear reference to Kim Philby). MP-81 can be identified by the protruding angular magazine that differs from the one of the genuine TT, the size of the muzzle and new-made wide grips.

MP-81 - rubber-firing 9mm P.A. This pistol is converted from pre-1947 TT-33.
Shtilman uses his pistol to kill Juhani and Hanna Timonen in Livius' house. Note the size of the muzzle. In previous scene Shtilman holds a more common version of TT.
Anna captures Shtilman's pistol.
She fires at Shtilman. The spent brass is seen in the midair. Note the shape of the magazine.
Kilby fires at Riekki's chief assistant. In the next scene Kilby's TT switches to an FN 1903 pistol.

TT-33 (MP-656K)

MP-656K, CO2 guns converted from live TT-33 pistols, are used in several scenes, notably seen in hands of Max (Sergey Bezrukov), Anna Yartseva (Mariya Lugovaya), Shtilman (Ilya Lyubimov), Riekki's chief assistant (Maksim Mityashin), and Albinos (Stanislav Lesnoy). Two props are seen, one with pre-1947 slide serration and another one with post-1947.

MP-656K - .177
Pistols in hands of actors in the roles of police officers during the filming on Livius' studio.
Albinos holds a CO2 gun instead of previousy used real TT (note the small bore) during the confrontation with Japanese agent Makoto Onodera (Junsuke Kinoshita).
A good view of the pistol. Note the lack of the extractor.
Makoto chops off Albinos' hand (the excessive blood is censored). Note the cover of CO2 cartridge compartment and new-made plastic grips.
Shtilman holds an MP-656K when he aims at Anna. In previous scene he is armed with a common TT, and in the next scene - with an MP-81.
Another view of Shtilman's pistol. Note the marking on the frame that show that the pistol was produced in 1952 (MP-656 are converted from live TTs).
Anna holds Shtilman's pistol.
A close-up of the CO2 pistol in hands of Riekki's chief assistant.
Max holds the CO2 pistol instead of previously seen FN 1903 that he got from Kibly.
Max holds the same pistol when he prepares for the operation in the SS complex in Wewelsburg castle. A half-erased Baikal trade mark can be seen.

FN Model 1903

An FN Model 1903 is the main gun of Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko). One of the DST agents (Andrey Kurnosov) holds an FN 1903 (probably same gun reused) in the scene, set in 1948. In firing scenes the FN 1903 is replaced with various versions of TT.

FN Browning Model 1903 - 9x20mm Browning Long
Kilby kills Riekki's chief assistant who aimed at Max and Anna.
Kilby dual-wields FN 1903 and TT-33 (according to the plot, this is a pistol of killed Riekki's chief assistant i.e. MP-656K but due to the horrible mess with various TT versions, it can be some different prop).
Kilby gives his pistol to Max. Later Kilby is again seen with his FN 1903.
A DST operative at the left holds an FN 1903 pistol when the group approaches to the abandoned house that was used to keep kidnapped Marie.
Same character holds his gun in action.
The DST operative holds his pistol after the operation against Otto Skorzeny's group.

Luger P08 (ME Luger P08)

Luger P08 pistols, widely used throughout the series, turn out to be blank-firing ME Luger P08 version, identified by the smooth back of the gun and markings, seen on some close-ups. Probably a single gun is reused. Lugers are used by Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko) and Finnish Army Lt. Juhani Timonen (Artyom Krylov) in the scenes, set in 1937, and by Otto Skorzeny (Evgeniy Karpov) and his agents Martin (Sebastien Sisak), Helga (Viktoria Malektorovich) and Heinz (Nikita Lyushnenko) in the scenes, set in 1948.

ME Luger P08, a blank firing gun - 9mm PAK
Jealous Juhani Timonen breaks on Livius' film studio with the pistol in hand. The Luger holster is seen.
Timonen aims his Luger at Max and Juhani's wife Hanna who is an actress in Max' film.
Max disarms Timonen.
Kilby, in SS uniform, holds a Luger during the operation in Wewelsburg.
Martin stalks Marie and her uncle in the scene, set in 1948.
Helga fires at Marie's uncle. The pistol has deactivating slots in the bottom of the barrel.
Helga's pistol is seen cycling. The marking can be seen on the frame.
Heinz kills a French woman in order to threaten Marie. Note the marking on the frame.
Another view of the same scene. The marking on the pistol can be seen.
Otto Skorzeny holds a Luger.
Skorzeny cocks the pistol.
The magazine of Skorzeny's pistol with a blank round.
A perfect close-up of Skorzeny's pistol.

Walther P38 (Denix)

Walther P38 pistol, seen in several scenes in 1937 and 1948, turns out to be a Denix replica.

Denix non-firing replica of Walther P38
The P38, confiscated from a German saboteur (Konstantin Adaev) who was sent to Moscow with the mission to kill Gleb Bokiy. Of course, this pistol is anachronistic for 1937.
Bokiy holds the saboteur's pistol.
Same pistol in hands of a State Security officer.
Japanese agent Makoto Onodera (Junsuke Kinoshita) also owns a P38.
Helga (Viktoria Malektorovich), disguised as a hotel maid, holds a P38 during the operation of Skorzeny's group in Finland in 1937.
Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko) aims a P38 in Wewelsburg castle. The pistol switches from a P08 due to a continuity error.
One of Skorzeny's agents (Sergey Levshin) holds a P38 during the hunt for Marie in the scene in 1948.

Reck Perfecta

Gas-firing Reck Perfecta pistols are used to represent a generic pocket pistol. Two pistols with different grips are used. Anna Yartseva (Mariya Lugovaya) and Shtilman (Ilya Lyubimov) carry Perfecta pistols in several scenes, set in 1937, while Marie (Diana Enakieva) uses a Perfecta in the scene, set in 1948.

Reck Perfecta - 8mm P.A.K.
Anna threatens a petty criminal in Helsinki. The pistol has brown grips.
Anna fires the pistol.
A Perfecta with brown grips is Shtilman's backup gun.
Shtilman draws the gun from leg holster...
...but he has no chance to fire.
In the scene, set in 1948, Marie defends herself against Skorzeny's agents posing as the Swedes couple. The pistol has black plastic grips.
Inspector of DST Pierre Gegnac (Andrey Kurganov) holds Marie's unloaded pistol.
A flashback scene shows Marie's uncle (Igor Kistol) teaching the girl shooting the pistol.

Unidentified pistol

In the scene, set in 1948, Max (Sergey Bezrukov) uses a suppressed pistol of unknown model against Skorzeny's agents. If limiting to the pistols, already seen in the series, some version of TT-33 may be a possible guess but it's too vague.

The sound suppressor is seen. It isn't coaxial with the barrel.
The pistol can be seen but not clear enough for the positive identification.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Anachronistic Sten Mk II submachine guns are used by the Finnish police in 1937. The personnel of French DST use Stens in episodes, set in 1948. At least four Stens are seen on screen, and they show quite realistic shooting.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Finnish secret police personnel in gas-protecting suits enter Lanzer's secret laboratory in an abandoned house.
A close view of a Sten in the same scene.
A close view of a Sten of a Finnish secret police agent.
A Finnish policeman with a Sten at Livius' house.
Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko) disarms a Finnish policeman in the scene on the railway station.
Anna (Mariya Lugovaya) holds the Sten, captured from a policeman.
A DST agent with a Sten.
A close-up of a Sten.
An incorrect but sometimes seen on screen holding of a Sten.
A DST agent (Anatoliy Prosalov) fires a Sten during the scirmish with Skorzeny's group.


Otto Skorzeny's men use MP38 submachine guns in the scenes, set in 1948.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Heinz (Nikita Lyushnenko) readies his MP38.
An MP38 in hands of an unnamed Skorzeny's man (Stanislav Callas).
Heinz and the unnamed henchman with MP38s.
One more Skorzeny's henchman (Egor Timtsunik) with the MP38.
A close-up of an MP38.
A deactivating jumper is seen in the muzzle.
A firing MP38.
Martin (Sebastien Sisak) fires an MP38. The muzzle flame seems to be enhanced with a CGI effect (the flame at the very muzzle looks pretty real).


Anachronistic MP40 submachine guns are used by the special group of Otto Skorzeny during the operation in Finland in 1937. Max (Sergey Bezrukov) is armed with an MP40 during the raid on Wewelsburg castle, as like as several SS guards. In the scene, set in 1948, MP40 are again seen in hands of Skorzeny's men.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A guard with MP40 in Wewelsburg.
Otto Skorzeny (Evgeniy Karpov) fires his MP40 during the attack on the Finnish police, escorting scientist Lanzer. What seems to be a deactivating element is seen in the muzzle.
A close-up of Heinz' (Nikita Lyushnenko) MP40 in the same scene. While the slide is seen moving, no spent brass is extracted. Possibly this MP40 is a kind of replica gun.
A close-up of Skorzeny's MP40 in action.
An SS guard in Wewelsburg. The folding buttstock of the MP40 is removed.
Max, in SS uniform, aims an MP40 at the German scientist von Ardenn.
Max with the MP40.
An unnamed Skorzeny's henchman with an MP40 in shootout with DST agents in the scene, set in 1948. The surface looks unnatural, not steel; the barrel is blocked. Supposedly this MP40 is a kind of replica gun.


A sentry in Wewelsburg carries an MP41. The bright wood allows to make a guess that the submachine gun is a Denix replica but this is only a guess.

MP41 - 9x19mm



NKVD personnel use SVT-40 rifles, inappropriate for 1937, in several scenes. Both early and late versions of SVT-40 can be seen, distinguished by the shape of the muzzle brake (the late version of the muzzle brake was also used on AVT-40 that looks the same except for 15-round magazine).

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Tokarev AVT-40 with 15-round magazine - 7.62x54mmR. Late version of the SVT-40 has same muzzle brake.
A sentry in camouflage suit holds a canvas-wrapped SVT-40. Note the late version of the muzzle brake.
Trainees of NKVD special school on shooting range. SVD-40 of late version are seen at the left and in center; a rifle at the background is of early version.
A view of the SVD-40 from the back.
NKVD personnel with SVD-40 rifles of early version during the incident with Koltsov.
A close-up of the muzzle brake of early version.
A close-up of the front sight.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are also used by NKVD personnel.

Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
NKVD personnel aim their guns ate the arrested saboteur.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifles are also used by NKVD personnel. Krause (Aleksandr Zuev), a German agent in Finland, is armed with an M91/30 sniper rifle during the attack on the police, escorting Lanzer.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle with PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mm R
A sniper with canvas-wrapped sniper rifle at the approaches to the NKVD secret school.
The front sight of this rifle.
Another sniper in the same scene. The turned down bolt handle is seen.
The PU sniper scope is seen.
NKVD snipers during the incident with Koltsov.
Krause aims his sniper rifle.
A close-up of Krause's rifle.

Karabiner 98k

SS guards in Wewelsburg castle are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Given somewhat unnaturally bright wood, there is a possibility that these rifles are Denix replicas.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
An SS-man at the left carries a 98k rifle.
A guard carries 98k rifle.
The bolt handle is seen.
A guard is gunned down by Max.
A 98k rifle is seen in hands of a guard on a mirrored shot.

Karabiner 98k Sniper

In the scene, set in 1948, Heinz (Nikita Lyushnenko) and Phil Kilby (Artyom Tkachenko) use Karabiner 98k rifles with sniper scope.

Karabiner 98k with Zeiss ZF39 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Heinz aims.
A general view of Heinz' rifle.
A close-up of the scope. Note the marking "Mod. 98" and partially seen serial number on the bolt.
Kilby aims at Heinz. Unlike Heinz' rifle, Kilby's 98k has a hooded front sight.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Mikki (Nikolay Shrayber), the manservant in Livius' house, holds a Double Barreled Shotgun.

The shotgun is partially seen at the left.

Machine Guns

MG 34

Two MG 34, one on tripod and another one mounted on motorcycle, are seen in the scenes in Wewelsburg castle.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. With Gurttrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. On a Lafette 34 tripod.
MG 34 on tripod.
A close view of the machine gun.
Another view of the tripod-mounted MG 34.
Both MG 34 are seen.

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