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Viper (Gadyuka), The

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The Viper (Gadyuka)
Gadyuka Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Ivchenko
Release Date 1965
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Olga Vyacheslavovna Zotova Ninel Myshkova
Dmitriy Vasilyevich Emelyanov Boris Zajdenberg
Afanasiy Babich Aleksandr Movchan
Val'ka Brykin Ivan Mikolaychuk
Babichev Sergei Lyakhnitsky
Lyalechka Varentsova Raisa Nedashkovskaya


The Viper (Gadyuka) is a Soviet 1965 B&W drama movie directed by Viktor Ivchenko and based on the novel by Aleksey Tolstoy. During the Russian Civil war a young woman Olga Zotova (Ninel Myshkova) joins the Red Army. She passes through battles, becomes a brave and tried fighter, but when the war is over, Olga cannot find her place in a peaceful life.


The following weapons were used in the film The Viper (Gadyuka):


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revovlers are used by Olga Zotova (Ninel Myshkova), Olga's beloved man, cavalry commander Dmitriy Emelyanov (Boris Zajdenberg), and several White officers, notably Val'ka Brykin (Ivan Mikolaychuk). Some characters, including the Red commissar Vera (Yelena Litskanovich) and a Militsioner (Valentin Chernyak) in the final scene, set in 1920s, carry Nagants in holsters. Screen revolvers are mostly, if not all, of correct pre-1930 version.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38R Nagant
A White Army Poruchik (Aleksandr Tolstykh) holds a Nagant during the execution of Red prisoners.
Brykin fires a Nagant in the same scene.
Brykin fires at Olga.
Emelyanov's Nagant holster.
Mortally wounded Emelyanov holds a Nagant.
When the Red regiment commander awards Olga for the bravery in battle, he orders: "Award comrade Zotova with the Nagant revolver, placing the revolutionary emblem - the arrow on the handle. And remove the heart as a bourgeois element!". (Trivia: in the original novel Olga was awarded with a Velo-Dog Revolver.)
Olga's Nagant on the wall of her room.
Olga holds her revolver in the final scene.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Red Army cavalrymen, including Olga Zotova (Ninel Myshkova), carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines, used as the replacement for M1907 Carbines. The hoods from the front sights are removed from some carbines, likely to make them look more authentic for early 20th century.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Red cavalryman carries an M38 Carbine.
Olga holds her carbine in the skirmish with Brykin and another White cavalryman.
Olga drops the empty carbine.
Red cavalrymen carry M38 Carbines. Olga's carbine has open front sight, a man next to her (V. Efimov) carries a standard M38.
A Red cavalryman carries a carbine with open front sight.
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Red cavalrymen carry standard M38 carbines.
A good view of the barrel of Olga's carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon or M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30, or possibly original M1891 Dragoon rifles, are used by Red Army and White Army infantry. These rifles are not visible close enough to be able to pinpoint the model.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Afanasiy Babich (Aleksandr Movchan) carries an M91 Dragoon or M91/30 rifle.
Gadyuka-Mosin91-2.jpg
White soldiers escort Red prisoners to execution.
A rifle with bayonet, attached backwards, is seen in hands of a White soldier during the retreat.
Red sailors march with rifles with bayonets.
Red Army men, including Olga, stand in formation with rifles with bayonets.

Machine Guns

Maxim

Maxim machine guns of M1910 or M1910/30 model, mounted on Red Army tachanka horse carts, are seen in several scenes.

Maxim M1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount & shield - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim on tachanka.
Gadyuka-Maxim-2.jpg
Olga Zotova fires a Maxim, replacing killed gunner.

Trivia

76.2mm M1902 Field Gun

76.2mm M1902 field guns are seen in several war scenes.

M1902 Field Gun - 76.2x385mm R
Red artillery in action.
Red cavalry attacks the positions of the White artillery.

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