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The Twelve Chairs (12 stulyev) (1977)

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The Twelve Chairs (12 stulyev)
12 Stulyev DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Mark Zakharov
Release Date 1977
Language Russian
Studio Ekran Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ostap Bender Andrey Mironov
Ippolit Matveevich Vorobyaninov Anatoliy Papanov
Father Fyodor Rolan Bykov
M-me Gritsatsuyeva Lidiya Fedoseeva-Shukshina
Yelena Stanislavovna Bour Vera Orlova
Varfolomey Korobeynikov Mark Prudkin
Viktor Mikhaylovich Polesov Saveliy Kramarov
Ernest Pavlovich Schukin Aleksandr Abdulov
Ellochka Schukina Elena Shanina
Narrator Zinoviy Gerdt

The Twelve Chairs (12 stulyev) is a Soviet 1977 (filmed 1976) four part musical comedy mini series directed by Mark Zakharov and adapted from the novel by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeniy Petrov.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries The Twelve Chairs (12 stulyev):


Lefaucheux Model 1854

In the scene when a trio of robbers steal a boiling samovar from the courtyard of the house, the tall robber (Mikhail Polyak) is armed with a Lefaucheux Model 1854 revolver. This particular gun, identified by the lack of the ejector rod, is seen in several other Soviet movies and TV series, produced by Studio Ekran.

Lefaucheux Model 1854 - 12mm Pinfire
The robbers make their way into the courtyard. The tall one holds a Lefaucheux revolver.
A close-up of the revolver.

Nagant M1895

Viktor Polesov (Saveliy Kramarov), in his imagination of pursuing the robbers, at first holds a Nagant M1895 revolver. In another scene, two militsioners who detain drunk Vorobyaninov carry Nagant holsters but they seem to be rather flat and empty.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
Polesov aims the Nagant.
Militsioners detain Vorobyaninov. A Nagant holster is seen.


Colt M1911

The medium robber (uncredited) is armed with a Colt M1911 pistol.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
The robbers make their way into the courtyard. The robber in center holds an M1911 pistol.
The medium robber carries his pistol in US Army pattern holster.
The shape of the grip allows to identify the pistol as original M1911.

Tokarev TT-33

The midget robber (Vladimir Fyodorov) is armed with a TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
The robbers make their way into the courtyard. The midget robber holds a TT.
The midget robber holds his pistol.
He threatens the pursuers with his gun.
The muzzle is seen.
After two shots in air, the pistol has a "stove-pipe" jam.
The robber fires at the street lantern.


Double Barreled Shotgun

After Polesov throws away a Nagant, he arms himself with a double barreled shotgun. In another scene, drunk Ippolit Matveevich Vorobyaninov (Anatoliy Papanov) takes a shotgun from a night watchman (Aleksey Drozdov).

For reference: TOZ-BM - 16 gauge
Polesov aims the shotgun...
...but then throws it away.
The watchman carries a double barreled shotgun.
Vorobyaninov grabs the shotgun.
Vorobyaninov holds the shotgun.
He shoots in air.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Being unsatisfied with a shotgun, Polesov drags a Maxim M1910/30 machine gun. This is a post-1940 version with the top hatch on the cooling jacket.

Maxim M1910/30, post-1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Polesov tows the Maxim.
He prepares to open fire at the escaping robbers.

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