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The Lost Expedition (Propavshaya ekspeditsiya)

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The Lost Expedition
(Propavshaya ekspeditsiya)
Propavshaya ekspeditsiya DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Venyamin Dorman
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Professor Arkadiy Nikolaevich Smelkov Nikolay Grinko
Commissar Arsen Kabakhidze Vakhtang Kikabidze
Tasya Smelkova Evgeniya Simonova
Kirill Petrovich Zimin Aleksandr Kaidanovsky
Aleksey Fyodorovich Kumanin Boris Smorchkov
Silantiy Nikolay Olyalin
Yefim Subbota Viktor Sergachyov
Mitya Sergey Shevkunenko

The Lost Expedition (Propavshaya ekspeditsiya) is a Soviet 1975 adventure movie directed by Venyamin Dorman. In 1918, in the midst of Russian civil war, a geological expedition searches for gold on the Siberian river Ardybash. Propavshaya ekspeditsiya is the first film of two-part film series, followed by Golden River (Zolotaya rechka) (1976).

The following weapons were used in the film The Lost Expedition (Propavshaya ekspeditsiya):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen only in holsters, mostly carried by White Army officers.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant
The commander of the patrol that escorts Smelkov (Nikolay Grinko) to Soviet high rank official Volzhin (Yuriy Kayurov) carries a Nagant in holster (at the right).
White Army Praporshchik (sub-lieutenant) Aleksey Kazankov (Lev Prygunov) carries a Nagant in holster.
The grip of Kazankov's Nagant is partially seen.
White Army Col. Khatuntsev (Daniil Sagal) carries a Nagant in holster.
Another view of Khatuntsev's holster.

Mauser C96

Commissar Arsen Kabakhidze (Vakhtang Kikabidze) carries a Mauser C96 "Bolo" pistol. Later his pistol switches to a different short-barreled version of Mauser C96. This pistol has 3.9-inch [99mm] barrel, small grips with black furniture and early style lanyard ring. Possibly this pistol is a "Rework" Model, based on "Pre-War Commercial" C96.

Mauser C96 Short Barreled "Bolo" Model - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Kabakhidze carries his "Bolo" in holster.
The barrel of "Bolo" is seen.
The grip with lanyard ring is seen.
Kabakhidze draws his pistol from holster.
Short barreled Mauser C96 with black grips - 7.63x25mm Mauser. This sample looks similar to screen gun.
Kabakhidze holds a different short-barreled C96.
Kabakhidze looks on a large gold nugget in admiration. The grip and partially the frame of his Mauser are seen. Note the black engraved furniture and early style lanyard ring, different from standard "Bolo".
White Army Poruchik (Lt.) Degtyaryov (Oleg Izmaylov) holds Kabakhidze's Mauser in holster.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used throughout the movie, seen in hands of the members of the expedition Aleksey Kumanin (Boris Smorchkov), Kirill Zimin (Aleksandr Kaidanovsky) and Mitya (Sergey Shevkunenko), gold prospector Silantiy (Nikolay Olyalin), local innkeeper Yefim Subbota (Viktor Sergachyov) and his henchmen Khariton (Vadim Zakharchenko) and Lyokha (Anatoliy Mishin), White Army soldiers and Red partisans.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Silantiy (Nikolay Olyalin) treacherously fires his rifle.
Another view of Silantiy's rifle.
A White Army soldier with M91/30 rifle.
Red partisans commander Fedyakin (Sergey Sazontyev) hands an M91/30 to Mitya (Sergey Shevkunenko) when sending him as a guide to the expedition.
Zimin (Aleksandr Kaidanovsky) fires Mitya's rifle.
Mitya carries his rifle.
A White Army soldier in center carries an M91/30.
Kumanin with M91/30 rifle.
White Army Yefreytor Kalganov (Mikhail Bocharov) carries M19/30 rifle.
Kalganov and Zimin in grapple for rifle.
White Army soldiers fire at escaping Zimin and Kumanin.
Yefim Subbota (Viktor Sergachyov) with a pair of rifles, one his own and another one, belonging to his henchman Lyokha (Anatoliy Mishin).

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Mitya (Sergey Shevkunenko) holds M91 rifle while his mother Dunya (Lyubov Mysheva) tries to stop him from joining Red partisans.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

White Army Yefreytor Kalganov (Mikhail Bocharov) carries a Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Kalganov carries M1907 carbine in the scene on railway station.
Kalganov (at the left) carries M1907 carbine during the hunt for the expedition.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Kalganov's (Mikhail Bocharov) M1907 Carbine switches to anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine in the scene in village inn.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Kalganov's M1907 carbine switches to M1938.
A close view of the barrel.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Cart driver Lyokha (Anatoliy Mishin) owns a Mosin Nagant "obrez". He hands his gun to another cart driver (Anastas Smolensky).

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
Lyokha hands his "obrez" to his companion.
The latter man aims the "obrez".

Custom Mosin Nagant Rifles

Some non-standard Mosin Nagant rifles are seen in several scenes.

A White Army soldier at the left carries a kind of mockup of short-barreled Mosin Nagant, likely standing for M1907 Carbine. Note that the "barrel" has no muzzle and appears to be a solid bar.
In one scene White Army Yefreytor Kalganov's (Mikhail Bocharov) M1907 carbine switches to another rifle that seems to have the muzzle part of the barrel sawed-off or simply broken. A very similar, possibly same prop is seen in Khleb, zoloto, nagan, filmed by same studio five years later.

Berdan No.2

Berdan No.2 rifle is seen in hands of Kumanin (Boris Smorchkov) and Zimin (Aleksandr Kaidanovsky). Silantiy's (Nikolay Olyalin) M91/30 rifle switches to a Berdan in the final scene due to a continuity error.

Russian Berdan No.2 (M1870) Infantry rifle - 10.75x58mm R
Kumanin holds the Berdan rifle.
Closer views of Kumanin's rifle.
Zimin holds the same rifle at the left.
Silantiy with Berdan rifle.


Double Barreled Shotgun

In several scenes Mitya (Sergey Shevkunenko) and Smelkov (Nikolay Grinko) use Double Barreled Shotguns.

Mitya holds a shotgun during his conflict with Silantiy.
Smelkov in center with a shotgun.
Smelkov carries the shotgun.
Mitya carries the shotgun.

Single Barreled Shotgun

A Single Barreled Shotgun that belonged to a gold prospector is found in taiga. It appears to be some IZh model, possibly IZh-K or IZh-17.

IZh-K - 16 Gauge
A shotgun is found in cabin of lost gold prospector.

Machine Guns


Maxim machine guns are seen in two scenes (possibly the same prop reused). This is most likely M1910 with smooth water jacket.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
White Army soldiers tug a Maxim at the right.
Partisans with a Maxim.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

In one scene a White Army officer holds an anachronistic SPSh Flare Pistol.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm

F-1 Hand Grenade

Lyokha (Anatoliy Mishin) owns an F-1 hand grenade. It is seen in hands of Arsen Kabakhidze (Vakhtang Kikabidze).

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Kabakhidze finds a grenade.
A closeup.
Kabakhidze threatens to blow the grenade.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

tHE 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 (or M1902/30 with L30 barrel) field guns are used by White troops.

76.2mm M1902 Field Gun
A close view of the barrel of 3-inch gun at the right.
The 3-inch gun on flatcar.
Artillery battery under the command of Capt. Gubenko (Vladimir Smirnov) in action.

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