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The Black Sea (Chyornoye more)

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The Black Sea
(Chyornoye more)
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Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Sergey Sherbin
Broadcast 2020
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. 2nd rank Sergey Aleksandrovich Saburov Pavel Trubiner
Capt. 3rd rank Elena Soley Ekaterina Vilkova
Nikolay Borisovich Panin Evgeniy Miller
Capt. 1st rank Andrey Fomish Nesterenko Aleksey Shevchenkov
Capt. 2nd rank Egor Mironovich Soley Aleksandr Kuzmin
Oberst Count Adrian Cotreanu Andrey Rudenskiy
Capt. Lt. Pavel Vazhin Konstantin Adaev
Lt. Irina Rotan Anna Kotova-Deryabina

The Black Sea (Chyornoye more) is a Russian 2020 war drama TV series. In 1944 the Soviet Black Sea Fleet is under the threat of German underwater commandos, preparing for large-scale operation to destroy Soviet combat ships. In turn, the Soviet Navy counterintelligence service undergoes an operation to locate and destroy the enemy training center.

A sequel The Barents Sea (Barentsevo More) is currently in production, scheduled for 2021.

The following weapons were used in the film The Black Sea (Chyornoye more):


Nagant M1895

Communications officer Lt. Irina Rotan (Anna Kotova-Deryabina) uses a Nagant M1895 revolver when she is revealed as an Abwehr agent. Nagants are also used by several Soviet counterintellegence service and Navy officers.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A plainclothes counterintellegence officer (at the right) holds a Nagant during the ambush.
Irina Rotan takes the revolver from the killed officer.
Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) carries a Nagant in holster. This is a kirza (Russian type of artificial leather) universal holster for Nagant and TT.
Stupin holds a Nagant and an MP40.



TT-33 pistols are widely used by Soviet officers, notably Capt. 2nd rank Sergey Aleksandrovich Saburov (Pavel Trubiner), Capt. 3rd rank Elena Soley (Ekaterina Vilkova), Capt. Lt. Pavel Vazhin (Konstantin Adaev), Capt. Lt. Andrey Budnichniy (Denis Konstantinov), Capt. Lt. Boris Lesberg (Soslan Fidarov), and also by Abwehr agent Nikolay Borisovich Panin (Evgeniy Miller) and German saboteur Schulz (Mikhail Buber). Nearly all TTs are of post-1947 version; a sinlgle pre-1947 TT is seen in hands of Saburov in one scene.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Vazhin dual-wields TT pistols during the battle with the enemy saboteurs.
Another view of one of Vazhin's pistols.
Saburov salutes during the funeral of his comrade-in-arms.
Elena Soley with a TT.
Budnichniy with a TT.
Saburov aims his pistol at Panin.
Saburov and Panin with TTs.
Irina Rotan (Anna Kotova-Deryabina) siezies Vazhin's pistol.
Irina Rotan holds Elena Soley at gunpoint.
Panin holds a TT. In this scene the pistol lacks the recoil spring.
Schulz, in the Soviet uniform, holds a TT.
Saburov holds a TT. This is the only scene in the series when a pre-1947 pistol is seen.

TT-33 (VPO-501 "Lider")

In one scene Capt. Lt. Andrey Budnichniy (Denis Konstantinov) holds a TT with unnaturally large bore. This feature allows to identify the gun as a rubber-firing VPO-501 "Lider" ("Leader"). These guns, chambered in 10x32 mm, were converted from real TTs by replacing of the rifled barrels with smooth tubes.

Capt. Lt. Budnichniy holds a TT. Note the unnaturally large bore that matches the "Lider".
Another view of Budnichniy's pistol. To the left, Capt. Lt. Boris Lesberg (Soslan Fidarov) holds a standard TT.

TT-33 Replica

In one scene Capt. 2nd rank Egor Mironovich Soley (Aleksandr Kuzmin) holds a kind of replica of the TT-33.

Capt. 2nd rank Soley holds a TT. His pistol looks more like a kind of replica, maybe even a plastic toy.

Walther P38 (Denix)

Denix replicas of Walther P38 pistol are seen in hands of the head of Abwehr training school Oberst (Col.) Count Adrian Cotreanu (Andrey Rudenskiy), his aide Oberleutnant Gunther Yemets (Dmitriy Pervushin) and Nikolay Panin (Evgeniy Miller).

Denix non-firing replica of Walther P38
Cotreanu hands the P38 to Panin.
Yemets holds his P38.
He holds Vazhin (Konstantin Adaev) at gunpoint.
Yemets and Vazhin grapple for the pistol.
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Panin holds the P38.

Luger P08

During the ambush on the Soviet commando group, Oberleutnant Gunther Yemets (Dmitriy Pervushin) is armed with a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Yemets' P08 is seen not very clear but still can be identified.

Walther PP

What appears to be a Walther PP is briefly seen in hands of a German officer or NCO in one scene.

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
What appears to be a Walther PP is seen at the left.

Pocket pistol (starter)

When being captured by Soviet commando group, Oberst Adrian Cotreanu (Andrey Rudenskiy) covertly draws a pocket pistol. This pistol turns out to be a kind of blank-firing starter gun, like Mondial Model 1900 or some similar model.

For comparison: Mondial Model 1900
Cotreanu draws the pistol from the cuff on the sleeve.
He raises the gun on Saburov and Panin.

Submachine Guns


In several scenes Capt. 2nd rank Sergey Saburov (Pavel Trubiner), Capt. 3rd rank Elena Soley (Ekaterina Vilkova), Capt. Lt. Andrey Budnichniy (Denis Konstantinov), Starshina 2nd stage (second class petty officer) Polikarpov (Ivan Rysin) and some other Soviet sailors are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Driver Polikarpov with a PPSh.
Elena Soley holds a PPSh during the battle with German saboteurs. In this scene she wears the insignia of Starshina 1st stage.
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Elena fires the PPSh.
A PPSh near a killed sailor.
Saburov with a PPSh.
Budnichniy (at the left) and Saburov (in center) carry PPSh-41s.
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Saburov holds his PPSh in action.


The members of the Soviet commando unit are mostly armed with PPS-43 submachine guns. In one scene German soldiers carry PPS-43.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A sailor carries a PPS-43 while in close combat with a German soldier.
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Sailors with PPS-43s.
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German soldiers on guard of the Abwehr training school are armed with PPS-43s.
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Sailors with PPS-43s in action.
Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) holds a PPS-43 instead of previously seen MP40.


MP40 submachine guns are used by German soldiers and saboteurs. Captured MP40s are used by some Soviet sailors. Most if not all of screen MP40s can be identified as Denix replicas.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Denix non-firing replica of MP40
A German saboteur with an MP40.
A saboteur fires. The spent brass in midair are CGI.
A sentry with an MP40.
A Hilfspolizei Mikola Kovalenko (Edgar Gizatullin) holds an MP40, taken from Pavel Vazhin (Konstantin Adaev).
A sentry with an MP40.
A German soldier in ambush.
A good view of a Denix replica of early production. The barrel is fastened by a tape.
Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) with an MP40. Later in the same scene his SMG switches to a PPS-43.



SVT-40 are seen in hands of several Soviet soldiers and sailors.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A soldier at the far left carries an SVT-40.
When the commando group prepares for the raid, one of the sailors (at the left) carries an SVT-40.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Numerous Soviet soldiers and sailors carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. Mosin Nagant rifles are also used by Hilfspolizei.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
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Sailors with M91/30 rifles.
Two rifles are seen on the ground after the battle.
Sailors with M91/30 rifles and a PPSh-41 in the lorry.
A soldier at the left carries an M91/30 rifle.
A sailor on guard.
M91/30 rifles and an M38 Carbine of the sapper unit.
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A Hilfspolizei Mikola Kovalenko (Edgar Gizatullin) carries an M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

Some Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles are also seen. They are identified by the unhooded front sight.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
A sailor with an M91 Dragoon rifle on the road block.
Sailors on patrol carry M91 Dragoon and Karabiner 98k rifles.
A Hilfspolizei (Ivan Yurlov) with M91 Dragoon rifles. He also carries a holster for TT-33 pistol.
Two Hilfspolizei with M91 Dragoon rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

A Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle is seen in one scene. It lacks the sniper scope but the turned down bolt handle is seen.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mm R
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A female soldier of the sapper unit aims an M91/30 Sniper rifle at a German saboteur.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Elena Soley (Ekaterina Vilkova) uses a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine to shoot escaping Irina Rotan. M38 Carbines are also used by Soviet soldiers, German soldiers and Hilfspolizei.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier fires the M38 Carbine. The hooded front sight is removed from the rifle.
Female soldiers of the sapper unit grab the rifles. An M38 Carbine is seen at the right.
Elena Soley fires the carbine.
A German soldier on patrol carries an M38 Carbine.
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A Hilfspolizei fires at Saburov and Vazhin.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers and Hilfspolizei carry Karabiner 98k rifles. Captured Kar 98k are seen in hands of Capt. Lt. Pavel Vazhin (Konstantin Adaev), Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) and some Soviet sailors and soldiers. The guns with bright orange furniture are supposed to be Denix replicas.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
One of the group of Soviet sailors holds a Kar 98k.
A soldier at the far left carries a Kar 98k. This is definitly a Denix replica.
One of the sailors on patrol carries a Kar 98k.
German soldiers carry Kar 98k rifles. The rifle at the right lacks the bolt handle.
A Hilfspolizei (Vladimir Kolida) carries a Kar 98k.
He holds his rifle.
German soldiers aim their rifles. The 98k at the foreground lacks the bolt handle.
Vazhin holds a Kar 98k.
Mikola Kovalenko (Edgar Gizatullin) holds a Kar 98k, supposedly a Denix replica.
Stupin (at the far right) holds a Kar 98k.

Izhmash PSR

In the flashback scene, set in 1931, Sergey Saburov (Pavel Trubiner) and Elena Soley (Ekaterina Vilkova) shoot Izhmash PSR air rifles.

Diana Model 25 Air Rifle - .177. PSR is the license-manufactured version of Diana 25 and looks nearly same.
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Saburov loads an air rifle. Another air rifle is seen at the right.
Saburov shoots at the target.
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Elena shoots at the target.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

A DP-27 is used by the Soviet commando group.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A DP-27 is seen among the weapons of the Soviet commando group.
Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) aims the DP-27 (at the left).
A DP-27 (possibly a mockup) is mounted on the BA-64 armoured car, seen at the background.

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on T-34-85 tanks. The barrels of the frontal machine guns are supposed to be replicas.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
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A triple mount of PV-1 machine gun is mounted on the Soviet patrol boat.

Nadashkevich PV-1 - 7.62x54mm R
Wartime photo of the triple AA mounting of PV-1
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Browning M1919A4

During the Soviet commando raid, a Browning M1919A4 machine gun is also used. M1919A4 were delivered to USSR under Lend-Lease but they were mostly mounted on half-track APCs and Scout Cars rather than used as infantry machine guns.

Browning M1919A4 on an M2 tripod, pre 1943 model with bolt latch - .30-06 Springfield
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Capt. Lt. Nikolay Stupin (uncredited) readies the Browning machine gun.
Stupin carries the Browning.
The Browning on tripod.
The Browning is seen in the night scene (at the right).
The Browning in action.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

A German saboteur uses an F-1 hand grenade.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
When a saboteur is gunned down, the grenade falls near his female fellow serviceman.

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

Soviet commandos use RGD-33 hand grenades.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
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A sailor readies an RGD-33 (at the far right).
Four grenades are seen together with other weapons.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Soviet commandos also use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Capt. Lt. Stupin carries a Stielhandgranate.
He readies to throw the grenade.

Clam Mine

The German magnetic mines are imprecise replicas of British Clam Mines. Strangely, they are marked "CLAM MKIV" while in reality only Mk I - Mk III versions existed.

Magnetized Charge Clam Mk III
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Clam mines.
The marking on the mine is based on real markings, but "MKIV" is a complete fiction.
Another view of a Clam mine.

Tellermine 35 (Stahl)

What appears to be a Tellermine 35 (Stahl) is seen half-buried in sand on the seacoast.

Tellermine 35 (Stahl) Anti-tank mine
What is seen allows to identify the mine as Tellermine 35 (Stahl) with T.Mi.Z. 35 fuze.

Unidentified land mines

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Unknown land mines.

M1908/M1912 Naval Mine

Several naval mines are seen in one scene. These are mockups of Russian M1908 or M1912 mines.

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Sailors push floating mines away from the side of the boat.



A column of T-34-85 tanks. The image is mirrored, note that the driver's hatch and the frontal machine gun are located on the contrary.
A correct view of a T-34-85 tank.
A post-war T-44 tank.
A BA-64 armoured car is seen at the background.


A 3D image of Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber plane.


A rough replica of Italian manned torpedo SLC Maiale, used by Italian and German commando frogmen.
Maiale manned torpedoes in action. The scene is more likely a CGI.
Gnevny-class destroyers of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, one at the pier and another one in the sea. These are 3D images from the World of Warships game.
Another 3D image of a Gnevny-class destroyer.
3D image of the battleship Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya. In reality Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya served in the Baltic Fleet while the battleship Sevastopol of the Black Sea Fleet, which is meant here, lacked the AA mountings of the forecastle.
A German submarine. This is a scale model or a 3D image, similar to VIIC type.
The artillery of the submarine consists of a 88 mm gun and a 20 mm autocannon of the conning tower.
K-21 submarine. The 100 mm B-24PL and 45 mm 21-K guns are seen. This is a real K-class submarine of the Soviet Navy, currently a museum ship displayed at Severomorsk. In reality she served on the Northern Fleet, not on the Black Sea.


Training posters for Nagant M1895 revolver, Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle, PPSh-41 submachine gun and Maxim M1910/30 machine gun.


Battleship Sevastopol of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. The barrel of the 37 mm 70-K autocannon is seen at the left.
130 mm L55 guns on the Chervona Ukraina or Krasniy Krym cruisers.
A twin 100 mm AA gun and two 130 mm guns on the Chervona Ukraina or Krasniy Krym cruisers.
A Soviet soldier or sailor holds a PPSh-41 with stick magazine.
A 76.2 mm ZiS-3 field gun in action.
A T-34-76 tank. The infantry soldiers, riding atop the tank, are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.
The infantry soldiers with a DP-27 machine gun (seen at the far left) ride atop a SU-76M SPG.
A row of 76.2 mm M1927 regimental guns perform a salute in Leningrad.
Cruiser Kirov performs a salute with the 100 mm B-34 AA guns.
A row of 85 mm 52-K AA guns perform a salute.

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