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Trotsky Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Aleksandr Kott
Konstantin Statskiy
Broadcast 2017
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lev Davydovich Trotsky Konstantin Khabenskiy
Natalya Sedova Olga Sutulova
Ramon Mercader alias Frank Jackson Maksim Matveev
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Evgeniy Stychkin
Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin Orkhan Abulov
Alexander Parvus Mikhail Porechenkov
Gen. Vladimir Efstafyevich Skalon Sergey Bezrukov

Trotsky is a 2017 Russian TV series, a biopic of Leon (Lev Davydovich) Trotsky starring Konstantin Khabenskiy. The plot is structured as a series of flashbacks to various episodes of Trotsky's biography, framed by the events of his life and eventual death in Mexico in 1940.

The following weapons were used in the television series Trotsky:


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used throughout the series. They are seen in hands of Leon Trotsky (Konstantin Khabenskiy), Josef Stalin (Orkhan Abulov), and many other revolutionaries, along with Red Army commanders and Chekists. Both pre- and post-1930 versions are seen.

Nagant M1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant
Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
During the robbery of the bank stagecoach by a revolutionary group led by Stalin in 1903, an old cashier (Tariel Keniya) draws a Nagant. The deactivating pin is seen in the muzzle.
Stalin takes a revolver from the holster of the young cashier (Evgeniy Serzin). The Nagant holster is seen.
Stalin gives the revolver to the cashier and orders him to kill his elder colleague. The post-1929 TOZ marking can be seen on the frame.
A good view of the revolver. This is a pre-1930 version with deep blue finish.
Stalin holds a pre-1930 Nagant during the encounter with gendarmes in the train.
In the scene set in 1917, an officer (Aleksey Fokin) on guard at Prime Minister Kerenskiy's residence aims a Nagant at revolutionary sailor Nikolay Markin (Artyom Bystrov).
Larissa Reissner (Anastasiya Meskova), a revolutionary and poet, takes Trotsky's revolver from the table in the scene on Trotsky's train in 1918. The extractor rod is pushed forward; in the next moment, the revolver is seen with the rod on its place.
In the scene in 1918, Trotsky's aide Sergey Sermuks (Andrey Feskov) fires point-blank at a peasant woman who protests against using the wooden crosses from the cemetery as fuel for the locomotive.
Red Army commander Agranovich (Sergey Linkov) confronts Trotsky with a Nagant in hand. The revolver is a post-1930 version. The half-erased TOZ marking still can be seen.
Trotsky raises his Nagant when he stops the Red Army men from retreating from the battlefield. The revolver is a pre-1930 version.
Sermuks arrests army commander Kliment Voroshilov (Anton Momot).
A Nagant is seen among the handguns that Sermuks suggests to the chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee Yakov Sverdlov (Vladimir Chernyshov).
Sverdlov takes the Nagant.
Chekist Yakov Agranov (Ivan Tarabukin) holds a Nagant during the arrest of Trotsky in the late 1920s.

Nagant M1895 "Blef"

A blank-firing "Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S") is seen in hands of the sailor Solovyaninov (Aleksey Mantsygin) during his attempt on Trotsky.

"Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"), a blank-firing version of Nagant M1895 - .22 Gevelot small cap
Close-ups of Solovyaninov's revolver. According to the markings on the frame, this "Blef" is converted from a live-firing Nagant, manufactured in Tula in 1918-1920.
The scene in the international trailer of the series. The TV release lacks such a view.

Gletcher NGT Nagant

A Gletcher NGT CO2 replica of a Nagant M1895, identified by the raised rear part of the frame, is seen in the hands of Red Army commander Mukhanskiy (Andrey Vergelis).

Gletcher NGT F Black - .177
In the scene set in 1918, Mukhanskiy aims at Trotsky's aide Sermuks. Note the raised rear part of the frame and fake ammo in the cylinder.

Unidentified revolvers

In the scene set in 1940 Mexico, police officers on guard at Trotsky's house carry revolvers in holsters.

The senior police officer (at the right) carries a revolver in a holster. The wide grip in Colt or Smith & Wesson style is seen.
A police officer at the left carries a revolver in a holster.


Mauser C96

During the robbery of the bank stagecoach in 1903, a member of Stalin's group is armed with a Mauser C96. A Mauser in a holster is carried by a Red sailor during the Civil War.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The attacker threatens a young cashier.
He fires at the lock of the safe box. The Mauser holster is seen.
In the scene set in 1918, a Red sailor in center carries a Mauser C96 in a holster.

Mauser C96 (Denix) and Luger P08 (Denix)

Denix replicas of Mauser C96 and Luger P08 are seen when Yakov Sverdlov chooses a handgun.

Denix Mauser C96 non-firing replica
Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica
Denix Mauser and Luger pistols are seen together with a genuine Nagant revolver.

Rhöner SM 15

A rubber- and gas-firing Rhöner SM 15 pistol, used as a stand-in for an early 20th century pocket pistol, is used by Vladimir Efstafyevich Skalon (Sergey Bezrukov), former General of the Russian Army and the military expert during the peace negotiations in Brest-Litovsk. In Trotsky's nightmare in Mexico, he sees Skalon handing him the pistol for suicide.

Rhöner SM 15-9 - 9mm P.A.
Skalon confronts Trotsky and puts the pistol at his head.
The pistol on Skalon's table.
Skalon readies the pistol...
...and shoots himself.
Trotsky's nightmare: Skalon comes to him and suggests to commit suicide...
...but Trotsky prefers to fire at Skalon.

Browning Hi-Power

Trotsky's murderer Ramon Mercader, alias Frank Jackson, (Maksim Matveev) owns a Browning Hi-Power pistol.

FN P-35 - 9x19mm
Jackson takes his pistol.
This is the original Belgian P-35 version, correct for 1940.
Jackson readies the pistol.

Submachine Guns

During Siqueiros' raid on Trotsky's villa in May 1940, the attackers are armed with various submachine guns. While in reality a single Thompson together with several revolvers were used, here we see a variety of guns, none of which fit for 1940. This scene was filmed in Mexico that explains the usage of weapons that are not common for Russian cinema.

Custom Sten Mk II

One of the guns of the attackers is a Sten Mk II, fitted with a pistol grip in the place of the buttstock. The submachine gun also has some muzzle device, possibly a blank firing adapter.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
The man at the left holds a Sten with pistol grip.
A man in center fires a Sten.
A close-up of the Sten.


Two of the attackers are armed with MAC-10 submachine guns that would only appear nearly twenty-five years later. One of the MAC-10s is fitted with a barrel extension.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
MAC-10 with detachable barrel extension - .45 ACP
A firing MAC-10 with the extended barrel is seen at the bottom left.
Among the trio of the attackers, the man in the center holds a MAC-10 with extended barrel, and the man at the right - a standard MAC-10.
A man at the right fires a MAC-10 with barrel extension.
Both MAC-10s are seen.
The MAC-10 with the extended barrel fires.

Unidentified submachine gun

Two more SMGs of unclear model are used. They have closely placed pistol grips and magazine wells along with long perforated barrel shrouds. An Intratec TEC-9 with barrel extension seems to be a possible guess, but it isn't seen clear enough for positive identification.

For comparison: post-1989 Intratec DC-9 with 5.5" screw-on barrel extension (fake sound suppressor) - 9x19mm
A man at the left (in orange shirt) holds an unidentified submachine gun.
The unidentified machine gun in the hands of the man in center.
The perforated barrel shrouds of the unidentified submachine guns are seen at the foreground and at the background.
One of the unidentified SMGs is seen.
The unidentified SMG in the hands of the man in the orange shirt is seen at the background.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 and M1891 Dragoon

Mosin Nagant rifles are seen in hands of Russian Imperial soldiers and police and Red Army men, including the so-called "leather hundred" of Trotsky's personal bodyguards. Most of these guns are M1891/30 rifles. Some lack the hood on the front sight and these may be M1891 Dragoons or the pre-1935 version of the M91/30.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
The members of Stalin's group fires at Cossacks during the robbery of the bank stagecoach in 1903. Note the different receivers and rear sights.
An M91/30 rifle in hands of a soldier during the revolutionary events of 1905 in Peterburg.
Soldiers aim at the workers' demonstration. The rifle at the right lacks any front sight and a large part of the bolt handle. The hex receiver is seen.
Revolutionary sailors in Petrograd in 1917.
A sailor breaks the store window with the buttstock of his rifle.
The hooded front sight of the M91/30 rifle is seen.
Sailors greet Trotsky, raising their rifles in the air. Most rifles are M91/30s with rounded receivers.
Red Army men carry rifles during the Russian Civil War. The rifle at the foreground is definitely an M91/30; two other rifles lack hoods on the front sight.
This rifle has the barrel blocked with a plug.
A Red Army man next to Trotsky carries an M91/30 rifle.
Trotsky's bodyguards with rifles.
A close-up of an M91/30 rifle of pre-1935 manufacture (note the high profile of the front sight, different from the less high front sight on an M91 Dragoon rifle).
A good view of pre-1936 hex receiver of the rifle wielded by one of Trotsky's bodyguards.
A promotional image shows the soldiers aiming at the workers' demonstration in 1905.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles are also used by Red Army troops.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Revolutionary sailors in Petrograd in 1917. An M91 Infantry rifle is seen in the center.
One of Trotsky's bodyguards at the right and a sailor in center carry M91 Infantry rifles.
A close-up of an M91 Infantry rifle. The barrel is deactivated (note a plug in the bottom part of the muzzle). The front sight with curved top and notched rear indicates an M91 rifle that underwent modification in Finland.
An M91 Infantry rifle in the hands of one of Trotsky's bodyguards.
A Red Army man holds an M91 Infantry rifle during the execution of Admiral Aleksey Shchastniy. The muzzle seems to be deactivated.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

During the robbery of the bank stagecoach in 1903, one of the Cossacks carries an anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Cossack aims his carbine.

Mosin Nagant Rifle (visually modified as M1907 Carbine)

A custom shortened full-length Mosin Nagant rifle, modified to resemble a Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine, is seen in several scenes. Such props can be seen in a number of Soviet films.

For comparison: Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Cossack guarding the bank stagecoach carries a fake M1907 carbine.
Another view of the rifle.
Another view of the rifle when the Cossack attacks a robber with his sword.
In the scene set in 1918, one of Trotsky's bodyguards (at the left) carries a fake M07 carbine.

Karabiner 98AZ

A German agent who makes an attempt to gun down Trotsky in 1905 is armed with a Karabiner 98AZ with sniper scope (this short rifle was issued beginning in 1908). In a scene set in 1918, a Red Army man carries a Karabiner 98AZ with bayonet.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the distinctive stacking hook just below the upper barrel band.
The agent loads his rifle.
A close-up of the bolt handle.
The sniper scope.
A Gendarme disarms the assassin.
A Red Army man at the left carries a Kar 98AZ with sword bayonet.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Some Red Army men carry Mauser rifles that are supposedly Mauser Gewehr 1898s.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle barrel and M1898/05 bayonet are seen in center of the formation.
A Red Army man (Igor Pospelov) in center carries a Mauser rifle with bayonet. Note that the rifle sling is attached to the parade hook on the top barrel band. This feature is seen on several Mauser models among which the Gewehr 1898 is most common.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

What appears to be an anachronistic Karabiner 98k is seen in the hands of a Red Army man.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A short Mauser rifle with bayonet is seen in hands of a Red Army man at the left. The turned down bolt handle is seen.

Mosin Nagant M/39

A Red Army man carries a Finnish Mosin Nagant M/39 rifle that doesn't fit for 1918.

Finnish Mosin-Nagant M/39 "Ukko-Pekka" - 7.62x54mm R
A man in center carries a Finnish M/39 rifle.

Mauser Rifle Mockup

A Mexican police officer carries a Mauser style rifle that turns out to be a mockup.

A general view of the rifle. It is styled after 1893-1895 pattern short Mauser rifles.
Close-ups reveal the gun as a wooden or plastic mockup.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

During the revolutionary events of 1905, Russian Imperial soldiers use a Maxim M1910 machine gun (the version of the Maxim first issued to the Russian Army in 1905 was mounted on a large artillery-style carriage, while the Sokolov mount seen here would appear five years later). A Maxim is also seen during the events of the October Revolution of 1917.

Maxim M1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Soldiers carry a Maxim in 1905.
Two Maxims in Smolniy, the headquarters of the Bolsheviks during the October Revolution in 1917.
In the scene set in 1918, an Austin armored car armed with two Maxim machine guns is used by Trotsky's bodyguards.


An MG08/15 is used by the Red Army men of Trotsky's armored train in 1918.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG08/15 is seen at the right.
Two Red Army men carry an MG08/15 with attached Patronenkasten 16 belt carrier drum.


Trotsky's Armored Train

During the Russian Civil War, Trotsky is the chairman of the Supreme Military Council and uses a personal armored train as his mobile headquarters. In the series, the train is a computer generated image.

Gun turrets of the armored train. They generally resemble the turrets of the armored trains built by the Sormosvky plant, but two cannons in a single turret were never installed on Soviet armored trains. In reality, Trotsky's train was armed only with machine guns.
A general view of the train.

Austin Armored Car

An Austin armored car (modern replica) on the road. It is armed with two Maxim M1910 machine guns.
The turrets of the armored car.

76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902.

M1902 Field Gun - 76.2x385mm R
A 3-inch M1902 field gun of the Red troops.

English Release Poster

English language poster

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