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Red Scorpion is a 1989 action film starring Dolph Lundgren as Nikolai Rachenko, a Soviet Spetsnaz-trained agent sent to assist Soviet forces in the putting down of a rebel movement in an African country. Nikolai then finds himself siding with the rebels after being betrayed by his superiors. Directed by Joseph Zito (Missing in Action, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), the film was produced in South Africa and used the resources of the South African Defense Force for vehicles and weapons (somewhat controversial because this was filmed during the time of apartheid).
The following weapons were used in the film Red Scorpion:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Rifles / Carbines
Soviet Assault Rifle (mocked up FN FAL)
The large assault rifle used prominently by Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) during the final assault is an FN FAL mocked up to resemble an experimental Soviet assault rifle. The weapon is also seen being tested by Colonel Zayas (Carmen Argenziano) on the rifle range near the beginning of the film. The FN FAL used in the movie has been modified with twin barrels, a custom stock, the pistol grip from a Vektor SS-77 general purpose machine gun, an enlarged magazine/foregrip and a Lewis gun's drum magazine mounted on top. Upon closer inspection only the lower barrel can actually be seen firing; presumably this is because building a weapon that could fire from two barrels would be a far more difficult modification, and the discrepancy isn't that noticeable on-screen.
Unmodified FN FAL rifles are seen in the hands of guerilla fighters.
IMI Romat (fitted with grenade launcher)
An Israeli contract FAL "Romat" fitted with a grenade launcher is used by rebel Kallunda Kintash (Al White). It is later taken and used by Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) for much of the final assault on the Soviet camp.
After the truck chase, Nikolai is seen with a milled receiver AK-47 that is fitted with a bayonet.
An AMD-65 is used by Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren) to drunkenly shoot up a bar on the Soviet base so that he can be arrested and subsequently aid guerilla Kallunda Kintash (Al White) in his escape, thereby gaining the trust of the rebels and allowing him to assassinate their leader (in an incredibly convoluted plan that actually involves the deaths of several Soviet soldiers). AMD-65s are also seen being used by various Soviet soldiers/guerillas and by Dewey Ferguson (M. Emmet Walsh).
Vektor R4 assault rifles are used by Angolan troops.
Mosin-Nagant M44 Carbine
Mosin-Nagant M44 carbines (without the bayonet) are seen in the hands of African guerillas.
Several Rebels are seen with Yugoslavian M59/66 variants of the SKS. Interestingly enough, the rifles have their bayonets removed.
Atis R.G. 700
An Atis R.G. 700 with extended mag tube, synthetic furniture, and sawed-off stock is seen in the hands of Krasnov (Brion James), Soviet Military Policemen, as well as Dewey Ferguson (M. Emmet Walsh) during the road chase. A similar Atis R.G. 700 with a full stock is used by Nikolai when he and the rebels make a final assault.
A Browning M1919A4 machine gun (which would never be used by Soviet forces) is seen mounted on a Soviet Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
A South African Vektor SS-77 machine gun is seen mounted on an armored vehicle during the road chase, and also on a motorcycle and sidecar being ridden by Cuban troops.
RPKs are used by various Soviet and Cuban troops. Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) takes one and uses it during the ambush at the oasis.
What appears to be an M134 Minigun can be seen mounted in the nose of the Sikorsky S-62 "Hind gunship". Upon closer inspection, this appears to be a mockup as the barrel cluster seems to be fused to the fuselage of the helicopter and therefore could not possibly rotate. Furthermore, it seems to fire from each of these stationary barrels in sequence (with acetylene-powered muzzle blasts), rather than always firing from the barrel in the uppermost position as a real Minigun would. It is most likely an acetylene-powered mock-up.
Degtyaryov DT Machine Gun
A DT machine gun is seen firing from the hull of a Soviet-manufactured T-34/85 tank. While this tank (and the DT machine gun) had long since been taken out of Soviet service by the time the film was made, some “Client States” still had such outdated armor; both Angola and Cuba continued to retain T-34s in second-line or reserve roles.
PPSh-41 submachine guns are also seen wielded by the rebels.
Colt Officer's ACP
A Colt Officer's ACP is seen the hands of the Cuban officer and General Vortek (T.P. McKenna). This is likely supposed to portray the Soviet Tokarev TT-33, as Cuban or Czech officers would've never been issued a handgun of American manufacture.
M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle
An M40A1 Recoilless Rifle is seen mounted on a Land Rover and used by Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren) during the assault on the joint Soviet/Cuban military camp.
A grenade launcher of unknown type is seen underslung on the IMI Romat used by Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) and Kallunda Kintash (Al White). Nikolai fires the launcher several times during the assault on the Soviet base at the end of the film, using both high explosive grenades and buckshot rounds. However, he is never once shown reloading it and consequently manages to fire off six rounds from the single-shot launcher!
A RPG-7 launcher is used by a Czech tank gunner during the escape of Kallunda Kintash (Al White). Amusingly, it is not loaded with a warhead even though there's clearly a whoosh sound effect when it's "fired".
A mockup of an RKG-3 anti-tank grenade is wielded by Colonel Zayas (Carmen Argenziano) before getting his arm blown off by Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren). Contrary to the movie's depiction of the grenade, the RKG-3 is an impact-detonated anti-armor weapon with a shaped charge, not a very large time-fused HE grenade. Additionally, the spoon is never removed, which would prevent the weapon from arming in the first place.
M26 Hand Grenade
During the truck chase, Kallunda cuts a belt of grenades off of an unconscious soldier. These appear to be US-made M26 Hand Grenades.
At the end of the truck chase, Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren) places what appears to be a magnetic grenade based on an SPM Limpet Mine onto the truck's fuel tank to destroy it.
Custom flamethrowers are used by Soviet troops to 'cleanse' a tribal village in a scene in the extended cut.
"Faux" Mil Mi-24 "Hind" Gunship
The "Mi-24 Hind" seen in the movie is a cosmetically modified Sikorsky S-62. The helicopter appears to be the same one previously seen in Braddock: Missing in Action III and Bulletproof, albeit fitted with more extensive and slightly more convincing modifications this time; it has now been fitted with slightly larger, more sturdy-looking wings, incorporating large faux engine intakes at the wing roots and additional winglets at the tip. The longer wings have allowed for an extra rocket pod to be added on either side, increasing the total number from four to six (which is in fact two more than the real Hind could carry beneath its wings). The non-functional side-mounted faux Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K cannon on the earlier version has been removed and replaced with the new acetylene-powered M134 Minigun assembly in the nose (making it no longer a faux Hind-F), and the helicopter's outrigger floats (containing the main landing gear) have been cosmetically joined to the hull with additional plating. Finally, the helicopter has been painted with a new desert camouflage scheme, as opposed to the plain black with gray hull seen in its previous film appearances. A similar (but far more convincing) "Faux Hind" modification was done to another type of helicopter for the films Red Dawn, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III, utilizing an Aérospatiale Puma.