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The Guarneri Quartet (Kvartet Gvarneri)

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The Guarneri Quartet (Kvartet Gvarneri)
Kvartet Gvarneri.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vadim Kostromenko
Release Date 1978
Language Russian
Studio Odessa Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vasiliy Ignatyevich Voznitsyn Yuriy Solomin
Pyotr Grigoryevich Laktionov Mikhail Kuznetsov
Vladimir Danysh Aleksei Sveklo
Boris Kurynin Georgiy Nazarenko
Aba Sukhlinsky Mikhail Kislyarov
Erast Viktorovich Butorin Vatslav Dvorzhetsky
Anna Sushko Tatyana Ivanova
Thomson Vsevolod Yakut
Grigoriy Veniaminovich Mukhortov Dmitri Mirgorodsky
Conkling Aleksandr Yakovlev

The Guarneri Quartet (Kvartet Gvarneri) is a Soviet 1978 made for TV adventure movie directed by Vadim Kostromenko. In 1920s Commissar Voznitsyn, assisted with a group of four musicians, counters an attempt to take away a collection of rare musical instruments from Soviet Russia.

The following weapons were used in the film The Guarneri Quartet (Kvartet Gvarneri):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by main characters - Commissar Vasiliy Ignatyevich Voznitsyn (Yuriy Solomin) and four musicians, assisting him: Pyotr Grigoryevich Laktionov (Mikhail Kuznetsov), Vladimir Danysh (Aleksei Sveklo), Boris Kurynin (Georgiy Nazarenko), and Aba Sukhlinsky (Mikhail Kislyarov). A Nagant is also briefly seen in hands of gang leader Grigoriy Veniaminovich Mukhortov (Dmitri Mirgorodsky). Both pre- and post-1930 Nagants are seen.

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Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. 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.
Voznitsyn opens a suitcase with four Nagants and gives the guns and papers to four musicians.
Kurynin holds a Nagant.
Danysh holds a Nagant.
Laktionov holds a Nagant.
A closeup of Sukhlinsky's revolver.
Sukhlinsky holds a Nagant.
Voznitsyn holds a Nagant during the attack on train. His revolver is of pre-1930 version.
Voznitsyn in action.
Voznitsyn fires at a bandit through the wagon roof. A good view of the pre-1930 front sight.
Kurynin fires.


Mauser C96 Six-shot

A six-shot version of Mauser C96, also known as C96 M1905 or "Officer Model", is used by Mukhorotov's henchman, a Yesaul (Captain rank in Cossack troops) (Vadim Golik), and by a British businessman Conkling (Aleksandr Yakovlev).

Mauser C96 with 6-round magazine - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Yesaul holds a Mauser.
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Conkling fires a Mauser. Note the rare revolver-style grip.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are used by Red Army soldiers, notably Prokhor (Yuriy Prokhorov).

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle in original configuration - 7.62x54mm R
Prokhor's rifle is seen in train.
Prokhor with rifle.
A Red Army soldier on guard.
A closeup of the bayonet. It is M91 version as it lacks the typical spring lock of M91/30 bayonet.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Grigoriy Veniaminovich Mukhortov (Dmitri Mirgorodsky) uses a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Mukhortov aims.
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Mukhortov holds a rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine are used by Red Army cavalrymen and Mukhortov's bandits.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A bandit fires his carbine.
Carbines in bandits camp.
Red cavalrymen on rest.
A view of the barrel.
Red cavalrymen on rest.
Cavalrymen mount on horses.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Sawed-off Mosin Nagant "obrez" are widely used by Mukhortov's bandits. Two different versions of "obrez" are seen, one very short and another one longer.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut".
A bandit with "obrez" during the attack on the train.
Another bandit with a shorter "obrez".
The same character on the top of the rail wagon.
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A bandit at the left holds a longer version of "obrez".
A bandit at the right has a short "obrez" tucked in his belt.


Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

A bandit (Vyacheslav Khimyak) holds a Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 gauge
A bandit at the right holds a "Frolovka" shotgun.
The same character is seen at the left.

IZh-17 (sawed-off)

An IZh-17 with sawed-off barrel and intact buttstock is used by bandit Mityay (Viktor Malyarevich).

IZh-17 - 16 Gauge
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Mityay holds an IZh-17 with sawed-off barrel.

Sawed-off Single Barreled Shotgun

One more bandit carries what appears to be a sawed-off single barreled shotgun of unclear model.

A bandit at the left carries a shotgun "obrez" with pistol grip tucked in his belt.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

During the attack on the train Vasiliy Ignatyevich Voznitsyn (Yuriy Solomin) fires a Maxim M1910/30 of post-1940 version. Maxims of same model (probably same prop reused) are also mounted on tachanka cart of the gang and on Chekists patrol boat.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim in train.
Prokhor cleans the Maxim.
Prokhor pours water in cooling jacket.
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Voznitsyn fires the Maxim, assisted by Prokhor.
A view from the back.
A Maxim on bandits tachanka.
A Maxim is seen when the bandits surrender to Red soldiers.
A Maxim on Sokolov mount is installed on patrol boat. The boat itself looks very out of time for 1920s.



A commandant of railway station carries a Nagant holster on a shoulder belt.
A Chekist (Viktor Miroshnichenko) carries an out of time holster for Makarov PM. The holster is of Naval pattern. It seems to be empty.

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