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Museum Collection

A Present from L.I. Brezhnev

A rifle “BRNO” ZG 47 was presented to M.A. Sholokhov by L.I. Brezhnev, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee in 1966. The dark-brown gun-stock made of quality hazel bears: ”To my Friend M. Sholokhov. L. Brezhnev.  March, 1966.”

The gun has a rifled blued barrel. The shutter design is an imitation of that of Mauser 98. The trigger is equipped with a device reducing the force on the trigger hook, which is good for precision of shooting. Other advantages are the butt qualities and a good balance.

The rifle was made in the Czech Republic by the armoury company of Zbrojovka (Brno). The company was founded in 1918 and exported the arms to many countries of the world. In the international market Zbrojovka Brno is known under the trade name of Bruner, it manufactures rifled and smoothbore guns.

The “Arm” collection of the Museum-Reserve of M.A. Sholokhov includes several types of hunting and army weapons with the major part of it belonging to Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov. A part of the collection is exposed in the hunting room of the writer’s house, where he lived from 1949 till 1984. There are the rifles, which Sholokhov preferred for his hunting, and the army guns, which the writer, a war correspondent, fought with in the Great Patriotic War.

Eduard Khurumov