|Lethal Weapon 4
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Lethal Weapon 4 is the fourth installment in the Lethal Weapon film franchise. The 1998 sequel follows Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) as they uncover a smuggling ring involving Chinese immigrants. Rene Russo and Joe Pesci also return and the cast includes newcomer to the series Chris Rock and Jet Li, who made his American film debut.
The following weapons were used in the film Lethal Weapon 4:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
As in the previous two Lethal Weapon films, LAPD Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) carries a Beretta 92FS as his weapon of choice. This time, however, his Beretta is fitted with Crimson Trace grips with an integrated laser sight (However, in some scenes, Riggs' gun lacks the Crimson Trace grips - Most notably during the confrontation inside Murtaugh's house). At one point in the film, the pistol is rendered unusable when Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li) manages to field strip the pistol through crafty manipulation of the takedown lever (although he seems to have reassembled it afterward because it is seen being used later in the film). Lorna (Rene Russo) uses a Beretta to fire at the men who attempt to push Riggs' car into the path of an oncoming train. The Beretta is also seen carried by LAPD officers.
During the opening shootout, Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson
) fires his Beretta 92FS at the flamethrower man.
Leo: "Is that a new gun?" Riggs: "Yeah, want some laser surgery?"
Riggs shows off his new laser sight to Leo Getz (Joe Pesci
The Beretta is seen on the left as Riggs slides across to retrieve it.
Riggs holds the Beretta while in the standoff with Wah Sing Ku. Note that the Beretta's slide appears to be falling off.
Detective Riggs aims his Beretta 92FS
at Wah Sing Ku's (Jet Li
) head. Wah Sing Ku is carrying a Makarov PM
. Note that in this photo, the takedown lever on the frame of the Beretta is rotated downward at a 90-degree angle; this is how Jet Li was able to separate the slide and barrel from the frame so quickly.
Closeup of the Beretta right before the slide is stripped off. The takedown lever on the frame of the Beretta is rotated downward at a 90-degree angle. Note lack of Crimson Trace grips in this shot.
Lorna (Rene Russo
) uses a Beretta to fire at the men who attempt to push Riggs' car into the path of an oncoming train.
Riggs (Mel Gibson
) wields the Beretta during the warehouse shootout.
Smith & Wesson Model 19
As in all the previous Lethal Weapon films, Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver as his standard weapon. He uses it throughout the film, including during the end fight, where he also uses his signature 'neck roll' move, shown in prior films.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 'Combat Magnum' - .357 Magnum. This is the actual Screen used Movie firearm - a custom ported Smith & Wesson Model 19 with black rubber grips, used and carried by Danny Glover
in the film Lethal Weapon
and subsequent sequels.
Murtaugh holds his S&W 19 while Riggs enjoys a laugh after the opening shootout.
Murtaugh (Danny Glover
) with his Model 19 during a confrontation at his home.
Murtaugh shooting his Model 19 during the climax
Murtaugh with his Model 19 in a promotional image.
Smith & Wesson 5906
As in the previous two Lethal Weapon films, Detective Sergeant Murtaugh uses a Smith & Wesson 5906 as his back-up weapon. Detective Riggs also brandishes this weapon during the encounter at Murtaugh's house.
Smith & Wesson 5906, late model with rounded trigger guard - 9x19mm
"Hey Bruce.. Nice pajamas."
Detective Riggs (Mel Gibson
) with both his Beretta 92FS and Murtaugh's Smith & Wesson 5906.
At the film's beginning, Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) is seen carrying a Colt Commander with a custom engraved slide that he has acquired after becoming a "private investigator". He is seen contemplating using the pistol to shoot the shark they caught on Murtaugh's boat. Riggs takes the pistol away and throws it overboard.
Leo is seen contemplating using the pistol to shoot the shark they caught on Murtaugh's boat.
"Hey, this is some piece of hardware - You got a permit for this?"
Riggs holds Leo's pistol. Note the engraved slide.
Colt Gold Cup National Match Enhanced
Detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock) can be seen wielding a stainless steel Colt Gold Cup National Match Enhanced as his standard weapon. He also has a noticeably horrible grip whenever he pulls the gun, and often has his finger on the trigger.
Colt Gold Cup National Match (Mark IV, Series 80) Enhanced with stainless steel finish and wraparound rubber grips - .45 ACP
"Check out the gun!"
Detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock
) shows his badge and his Colt Gold Cup National Match M1911A1, finger on the trigger pointed at Leo.
Butters argues with Leo, twirling his weapon in hand.
Butters with his Colt. Note the skeleton hammer and enlarged "Duckbill" grip safety which identify this as an "Enhanced" model.
While questioning Uncle Benny, Butters holds the Gold Cup National Match, with the webbing of his hand rested on the hammer of the pistol.
Norinco Type 59 (Chinese Makarov)
Several members of the Chinese triad, including Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), can be seen wielding what appear to be Norinco Type 59 pistols, the Chinese copy of the Makarov PM, most notably during the encounter in Murtaugh's house and the final shootout. From closer examination of the pistols, it appears that the Makarovs used by the triads were Chinese-made Norinco copies of the Makarov PM (which would make sense).
Norinco Type 59 - 9x18mm Makarov
The Freighter Captain (James Lew) shooting at Riggs with the pistol.
The pistol is put to Murtaugh's head.
Triads pull the pistols when threatening Murtaugh's family.
During the encounter at Murtaugh's house, one of the Chinese triad gang members, Fan (George Cheung) can be seen with a Glock 17, Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) later manages to get the weapon away from him.
Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
Fan with the Glock as Riggs activates his laser sight.
In this shot, Lorna holds the Glock 17
, which appears to have a sighting device on the front of the trigger guard.
When Riggs & Murtaugh reveal that the money being paid to the Chinese General is counterfeit he flips out and kills two of the 4 fathers with a Beretta Cheetah before being killed by the Triad members.
Several of the General's men use them as well.
Beretta 84FS Pistol - .380 ACP (9x17mm)
One of the General's men wields a Cheetah.
Beretta 92FS Inox
Detective Ng (Calvin Jung) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox in the final shootout.
Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Beretta 92FS Compact Inox
A Beretta 92FS Compact Inox is holstered on the flamethrower psycho in the beginning of the film.
Beretta 92FS Compact - 9x19mm
The Beretta is seen holstered.
Smith & Wesson 4506
The LAPD motorcycle cop that pulls over Leo carries a Smith & Wesson 4506. Either the man playing the cop is a real LAPD officer, or the film-makers paid attention to detail, as the 4506 was approved for carry just one year (1997) before the film was released, after the North Hollywood Shootout.
Smith & Wesson 4506 - .45 ACP
Rifles / Carbines
Olympic Arms OA-93
At the beginning of the film, Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a call of a 'Human Tank' (Danny Wynands) dressed in a suit of bulletproof armor wreaking havoc with a flamethrower and an Olympic Arms OA-93 AR-15 pistol converted to full-auto. What is interesting is that there is a small "pistol" buffer tube attached to the lower receiver of the OA-93. This feature is not part of the OA-93 design, which has a distinctive recoil assembly above the upper receiver which eliminates the need for a buffer tube with spring. Movie armorers had difficulty making the OA-93 cycle blanks, so they added the small buffer tube to the back of the gun, however the original gun doesn't have a buffer tube.
Olympic Arms OA-93, 6.5" AR-15 pistol - 5.56x45mm
The 'human tank' (Danny Wynands) shooter brandishes an OA-93.
The 'human tank' fires the OA-93 AR pistol.
The OA-93 is fired. This image reveals that the OA-93 is actually an OA-93 upper receiver on a full-auto converted Colt AR-15/SP1 lower receiver (the lower receiver type can be discerned by the lack of fencing around the magazine release button).
Near the end of the film, a three-way gun battle erupts between the protagonists, Chinese triad members, and the private army of a corrupt Chinese General. The General's men can be seen wielding, among other AK variants, Romanian AIMSs fitted with AKMS handguards. One of these weapons is notably picked up and used by Riggs to shoot Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), firing the weapon point-blank while both of them are underwater.
Romanian AIMS - 7.62x39mm
An AIMS with standard AKMS handguards lies underwater.
Detective Riggs (Mel Gibson
) picks up and wields an AIMS underwater.
Close-up of the receiver, clearly showing the distinctive AIMS side-folding stock (taken from the East German MPi-KMS
The weapon cycles underwater.
Norinco Type 56
PLA soldiers escorting the "Four Fathers" are armed with Norinco Type 56s. Several of the Chinese General's men also wield what appear to be Type 56s. Smugglers on the freighter also use Type 56s.
Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56 (Imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder pig sticker Bayonet assembly, this variant has the standard Bayonet lug underneath the gas block as the AKM and later variants.
A smuggler firing his Type 56 at Detective Murtaugh's boat. Note this particular rifle has an AKM
-style slanted muzzle.
A PLA soldier armed with a Type 56.
PLA soldiers armed with Type 56s.
PLA soldiers with Type 56s slung.
A fairly obvious rubber Type 56. After all, Jet Li wouldn't want to bust his leg kicking a real weapon...
Several of the PLA soldiers and the General's men are armed with AKMs, distinguishable from the aforementioned Type 56s by their ribbed receivers and non-hooded front sights.
AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slanted muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
AKs in the hands of PLA soldiers. Note the rifle seen on the right appears to an AKM (given the open, non-hooded sights) but has an atypical non-slanted muzzle.
One of the General's men opens fire with an AKM
. The ribbed receiver and open front sight are clearly seen in this shot.
One of the General's men wields an AKM.
One of the General's men kills a Triad member when he attempts to escape in an SUV.
The 'Human Tank' at the beginning of the film is armed with a flamethrower in addition to his Olympic Arms OA-93, torching shop fronts, palm trees and anything that comes near.
The man turns his flamethrower on a police cruiser.
The man holding the flamethrower while he fires his OA-93.
Riggs shoots the flamethrower-wielding 'Human Tank', but to no avail.
Laser Trick Shooting
Riggs is seen using the laser sight on his Beretta to do some acrobatic targeting.
During the shootout on the tanker ship, Riggs uses his laser sight to target one of the bad guys.
Here, Riggs uses his laser sight to target a hiding gunman. It is doubtful that a laser would reflect off of a rusty, dull piece of metal. It's even more doubtful that a bullet would ricochet along the exact same trajectory.