Movie Guns: Siberia Trailer
Keanu Reeves goes old school in his new crime thriller set in rural Russia.
There hasn’t bee much press about Keanu Reeves’ new R-rated crime thriller, Siberia, due in theaters on July 13, which is what the actor has been up to between John Wick films apparently. Here’s the official summary from IMDB.com: An American diamond merchant (Reeves) travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive relationship with a Russian cafe owner in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself. Both collide as the American man desperately looks for escape in a world with no exit. From the trailer above, we get a look at some of the guns we caught glimpses of in the first trailer: Mosin Nagant Rifle
Reeves, as Lucas Hill, is seen using a Mosin Nagant rifle on at least two different occasions.
It looks to be a full sized M91 variant. Hill is seen checking out a barn with the rifle, defending himself in a building of some kind and shooting out the windows, and a shot of him running with the rifle through snow covered woods.
We get a good shot of Hill shouldering the rifle and a good look at the scope mounted atop.
The scope is meant to be a Russian PU Scope, which was designed for the Mosin, or it could be one of many modern replicas, like this one from Firefield.
The Mosin-Nagant is a five-shot, bolt action, internal magazine-fed, military rifled developed in Russia from 1882 to 1891. It was used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and a number of other nations.
It is one of the most produced military bolt action rifles in history with some 37 million having been made since 1891. It has been used in conflicts around the world to this day.
It was so common at one time that they were sold in catalogs and in gun shops for just a few dollars. The fact that pretty much anyone could get a Mosin spurred on a strong aftermarket for things like magazines, stock kits, and muzzles devices as well as spare parts.
The rifles were never known to be particularly accurate, but they are certainly reliable and rugged. Prices have risen in the past few years as people have bought the rifles and not resold them.
Hill’s use of a Mosin makes sense within the context of the film, as it is a quintessential Russian rifle, like the AK-47 / 74.
Dragunov SVD-63 Sniper Rifle
And onto another quintessential Russian rifle, one of the bad guys assaulting the house where Hill is set up with his Mosin appears to have a Dragunov SVD-63 sniper rifle, which doesn’t appear to do him any good.
The Dragunov was developed in 1963 by the Soviet Union, hence the designation, is a semi-auto sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62x54mmR.
It was designed as a squad support weapon to fill the gap of long-range engagement ability when regular troops were issued submachine guns and assault rifles optimized for close- and medium-range engagements.
It’s unique thumbhole stock and a front end that looks like a stretched out AK means that it’s been in a lot of movies, usually in the hands of a bad guy.
Pistol – possible Makarov
We also get a brief flash of Hill with some kind of small silver pistol. From the size it could be a stainless Walther PPK, though we only see him rack it quickly from the top of the gun. Considering the setting and the other firearm choices we see in the trailer, perhaps its a stainless Makarov pistol.
The Makarov or PM is a Russian semi-auto pistol and became the Soviet Union’s standard military and police sidearm in 1951, chambered in 9.2×18mm. After WWII, it replaced the Tokarev TT33 and the Nagant M1895 revolver.