The Challenge is a 1982 American martial-arts action film directed by John Frankenheimer. Scott Glenn plays Rick Murphy, a down-on-his-luck boxer who is approached to smuggle an heirloom katana sword from Los Angeles to Japan. Murphy quickly becomes embroiled in a decades-long feud between two brothers, one who walks the traditional path of the samurai and another who is a business tycoon.
This film, unusual for the era, was filmed almost entirely on location in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan with many Japanese actors and extras on the crew. As such, the majority of firearms that appear onscreen are Japanese-made flashpaper replicas.
The following weapons were used in the film The Challenge:
Ando (Calvin Jung) and other Yakuza thugs employed by Hideo Yoshida use MGC replica M1911 pistols, some of which are equipped with suppressors. Due to the spark-heavy muzzle flashes, lack of recoil, and the Japanese filming locations, these are likely MGC replicas.
Unknown Bolt-action Rifle
Hideo's knifeman uses a bolt-action rifle of unknown make in a brief scene
Several of the security guards at Hideo's complex use CAR-15’s. Rick Murphy (Scott Glenn) takes one off a dead guard and uses it until it runs out of ammunition. He then obtains another one from a different dead guard and uses it for the remainder of the fight. He discards it in favor of fighting Hideo with a katana sword. Akiko (Donna Kei Benz) is later seen brandishing it. The dull finish, lack of recoil, and the half-open adjustable stock confirm it to be an MGC CAR-15 replica.
M3A1 "Grease Gun"
Many of the armed security guards at Hideo Yoshida’s complex are armed with M3A1 "Grease Guns". The lack of recoil and spark-heavy muzzle flash reveals them to be Japanese replicas.
At least one of the security guards at Yoshida’s complex is seen using an MP40, also likely an MGC replica.