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Rebellious "Orion" (Myatezhnyy "Orion")

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Rebellious "Orion" (Myatezhnyy "Orion")
Myatezhnyy Orion.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeni Sherstobitov
Release Date 1978
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. 1st Rank Voin Andreevich Zorin Yuriy Puzyryov
Sr. Lt. Yury Stepanovich Novikov Leonid Yanovsky
Michman Bobrin Yuri Mochalov
Lebed Aleksey Zolotnitskiy
Ivan Gromov Anatoli Yurchenko
Kapitan zur see von Hiller Aleksey Safonov
Spiridon Zuykov Viktor Stepanenko

Rebellious "Orion" (Myatezhnyy "Orion") is a Soviet 1978 adventure movie directed by Yevgeni Sherstobitov. In 1917, just after the Russian revolution, Russian sail ship Orion starts its voyage from England to Russia. Its crew is torn by strife between Bolsheviks and Anarchists while some officers are sill loyal to monarchy. Meanwhile a German submarine starts hunting for Orion.

The following weapons were used in the film Rebellious "Orion" (Myatezhnyy "Orion"):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are service sidearms of Russian officers and NCOs, including Lt. Georgiy Obolenskiy (Georgi Dvornikov), Michman (2nd Lt.) Bobrin (Yuri Mochalov), Conductor (chief petty officer) Breveshkin (Artur Nishchenkin). Nagants are also seen in hands of rebel sailors Mukhta (Nikolai Olejnik) and Gosha Swishch (Sergei Svechnikov). Revolvers are of both pre- and post-1930 versions.

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.
Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Michman Bobrin and Conductor Breveshkin hold their Nagants during the rebellion.
Bobrin fires at Mukhta, the leader of Anarchists.
Mukhta holds a Nagant.
Swishch holds a Nagant (at the left).
Lt. Obolenskiy fires his revolver at boarding German sailors.
An uncredited petty officer holds a Nagant at the right.
A closeup of Bobrin's Nagant. This is pre-1930 version with rounded front sight.
Bobrin's pre-1930 Nagant switches to a post-1930 version with angular front sight.
Conductor Breveshkin aims his Nagant at sailors.


FN Model 1900

Capt. 1st Rank Voin Andreevich Zorin's (Yuriy Puzyryov) personal handgun is an FN Model 1900 pistol.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Zorin holds his pistol.

Wz. 35 Vis

Sr. Lt. Yury Stepanovich Novikov (Leonid Yanovsky) and Chief Officer Nikolay Pavlovich (Vladimir Brodskiy) carry Wz. 35 Vis pistols (probably standing for Colt M1911).

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm
Nikolay Pavlovich hands his Vis to Lt. Obolensliy (Georgi Dvornikov).
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Sr. Lt. Novikov hands his Vis to Michman Bobrin (Yuri Mochalov).
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Bobrin holds the pistol.

Luger P08

Kaiserliche Marine officers Kapitan zur see von Hiller (Aleksey Safonov), Friedrich (Yuriy Mysenkov) and others carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun.
Friedrich climbs on the board, holding his Luger.
A German submarine crewmember with Luger holster on his belt.
Von Hiller holds a Luger.
Another view of von Hiller with P08 in hand.
Von Hiller fires his pistol during the night shootout.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Russian sailors mostly use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A sailor (Sergey Dvoretskiy) on guard.
Sailor Trushin (Valery Panarin) fires at boarding Germans.
Ivan Gromov (Anatoli Yurchenko), the leader of Bolsheviks, and other sailors hold rifles with bayonets.
Spiridon Zuykov (Viktor Stepanenko) and other sailors with rifles.
A sailor holds his rifle at the background.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Two original M91s are seen at the left.

Vz. 24 Czech Mauser

Crewmembers of the German submarine are armed with Mauser rifles that are supposedly Vz. 24 Czech Mausers.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Officer Friedrich (Yuriy Mysenkov) aims his rifle in the scene on island.
Friedrich carries his rifle at the left.
The barrel of Mauser is seen at the left. The front sight lacks protector but other features match Czech Mauser.
A Mauser rifle in close combat.
German sailors fire their Mauser rifles. Straight bolt handles are seen.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Two Maxim M1910 machine guns are mounted on the bridge of Orion.

Maxim 1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount & shield - 7.62x54mmR
Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Two Maxims on genuine naval mountings. The one at the right has corrugated-type water jacket so it can be original M1910 or M1910/30.
Conductor Gryzlov (Vladimir Sulimov) mans the Maxim M10 with smooth water jacket.
A closeup of the machine gun.

Maxim MG08

Two Maxim MG08 machine guns are mounted on German boat.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The tripod is taken from Schwarzlose MG M. 7/12.
An MG08.
Rückert (Vladimir Talashko) stands at another MG08. Note that its spade grips lack the wooden parts and the long flash hider is partially removed.
The mounting is not standard German "sledge" but looks more like Schwarzlose Machine Gun tripod.

Other Weapons

21-K AA Cannon

45mm 21-K AA cannon, standing for 47mm Hotchkiss, is mounted on Orion. 21-K is a naval version of 53-K AT gun.

21-K Naval Gun - 45mm
Crewmembers at the gun.



Soviet Navy school ship, three-mast barque Tovarishch (originally German Gorch Fock (1933), returned to Germany in 2003) appears in the movie as Orion. This is one of a dozen movies where Tovarisch has participated.


Russian M1908 or M1912 naval mine.
Soviet Project 613 (NATO code Whiskey-class) submarine of 1950s stands for Great War era Kaiserliche Marine U-boat.
Soviet Project 30-bis destroyer stands for a Royal Navy ship. B-2LM 130mm twin turrets, 85mm 92-K mounting and quintuple torpedo tubes can be seen.

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