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The X-Files - Season 4
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel FOX
Genre Science-Fiction
Investigative Thriller
Broadcast October 4, 1996 -
May 18, 1997
No. of Episodes 24
Main Cast
Character Actor
Fox Mulder David Duchovny
Dana Scully Gillian Anderson

Season 4 of The X-Files premiered on October 4, 1996. Like all previous seasons of the show, the fourth season was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. Season 4 would bring several new elements, both off-screen and on, to the series. New characters and actors were introduced, including Laurie Holden, who would play Mulder's new informant Marita Covarrubias, and Chris Owens, who would play the younger version of 'The Cigarette-Smoking Man'. Both of these actors would make additional appearances throughout the rest of the show. In addition, the background alien conspiracy mythology was expanded considerably with several new elements, including the revelation of the use of altered Africanized Honey Bees (an aspect that would be a paramount plot point for the 1998 feature film), while several 'Monster of the Week' episodes would continue touching on dark and light tones alike, and would feature several noted guest actors, including Tom Noonan and Paul McCrane.

Off-screen, writing duo Glen Morgan and James Wong, following the cancellation of their own series Space: Above and Beyond, returned to write episodes for the X-Files' fourth season; several actors from their show would also be featured in S4. Many episodes in Season 4 would prove to be considerably remarkable - Among these would be "Home", the first episode in the season written by Morgan and Wong, which would be the first episode in the show to be given an explicit 'viewer discretion advisory' for content; "Unruhe", which marked the change in the show's previous airtime slot from Friday evening to Sunday evening (where the show would continue to air for the remainder of it's original run on FOX); and "Leonard Betts", chosen as the lead-out for Super Bowl XXXI, and, as a result, would subsequently be the highest-rated episode in the entire show's run. The series' previous Friday evening timeslot would be taken by showrunner Chris Carter's next series, Millennium, which would also debut in October 1996.

Season 4 of The X-Files would conclude in May 1997 with 24 episodes. Notable in regard to the season's conclusion would be the upcoming feature film; Specifically that its' main production and filming would begin immediately afterward, during the hiatus between the fourth and fifth seasons.

The following weapons were used in Season 4 of the television series The X-Files:



SIG-Sauer P226

After carrying a Smith & Wesson 5906 in Season 3, FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) returns to carrying a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm, which he carried in Season 2. Mulder would carry the P226 from Season 4 onwards. FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is also seen at times with a SIG P226.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Mulder's SIG-Sauer P226 prop gun and several props. This is a rubber stunt version of the P226 that was carried by David Duchovny in his holster when armorer Tom Felcan was not present on set, or for when the gun needed to be dropped/kicked away.
Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) wields his SIG-Sauer P226 in "Home" (S4E02).
Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) draws what appears to be a SIG-Sauer P226 in "Home" (S4E02). The weapon has a hooked trigger guard unlike a P228 and the slide and barrel appear too long to be a P225.
Good shot of Mulder's P226 in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05).
Mulder with his SIG P226 as he enters a house in "Sanguinarium" (S4E06).
On the right, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) wields a SIG-Sauer P226 in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10). This pistol turns into a SIG P225 when Skinner holsters it.
Escaped serial killer John Lee Roche (Tom Noonan) holds Mulder's SIG-Sauer P226 on a young girl in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).
Special Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) brandishes his SIG P226 in "Memento Mori" (S4E14).
Asst. Director Skinner with a P226 in "Unrequited" (S4E16).
Closeup of Mulder's P226 as he wields it during a UFO event in "Max" (S4E18). This is probably the best close-up of a SIG-Sauer P226 in the entire show.
Eddie Van Blundht, who has transformed into the guise of Fox Mulder, toys with Mulder's SIG P226 (inadvertently releasing the magazine when he draws it) in "Small Potatoes" (S4E20).
Scully holds Mulder's P226 after inspecting it and the magazine in "Demons" (S4E23).

SIG-Sauer P228

After carrying a Smith & Wesson 5906 in Season 3, FBI Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) returns to carrying a SIG-Sauer P228 as her sidearm, which she carried in Season 2. Scully would carry the P228 from Season 4 onwards, except for several episodes in Season 4 (as well as Season 5) when she used a SIG-Sauer P225 instead (see below). FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) also carries a P228. Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) is seen surrendering a SIG P228 with suppressor in "Tunguska" (S4E08). Other FBI and government agents on the show are also seen using P228s.

Note that many (but not all) appearances of the SIG P228 in Season 4 show the weapon being handled roughly or during stunts, indicating those P228s are likely the rubber stunt version. It is possible that during Seasons 4 and 5 (the latter especially) the P228 was used more for stunt work while the P225 (mentioned below) was used more for firing sequences.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm
Scully's SIG-Sauer P228 prop gun and several props. This is a rubber stunt version of the P228 that was carried by Gillian Anderson in her holster when armorer Tom Felcan was not present on set, or for when the gun needed to be dropped/kicked away.
In "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05), the ATF SRT team leader wields a SIG-Sauer P228 as he and other agents raid the Temple of the Seven Stars.
Scully draws her SIG P228 in "Leonard Betts" (S4E12). She was previously seen wielding a P225 earlier in the episode.
Two FBI agents enter an office wielding P228s in "Unrequited" (S4E16).
Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) wields a SIG-Sauer P228 in "Unrequited" (S4E16). He was previously seen in the episode with a P226.
Special Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) exits a bar with her P228 in-hand in "Max" (S4E18). The weapon was a P225 in the previous sequence (shown in the previous episode).
Skinner's SIG-Sauer P228 being put through a ballistics test in "Zero Sum" (S4E21). This is one of the best closeups of a P228 in the entire show.
A suppressor-equipped SIG-Sauer P228 lays on the ground after being thrown out of the window of a truck by Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

SIG-Sauer P225

In several episodes in Season 4, Dana Scully used a SIG-Sauer P225 rather than the P228. This might have occurred because the show's armorer was unable to bring a live P228 on-set for those particular episodes/sequences (At times the weapons interchange during the same episode). Scully first used the P225 in "Home" (S4E02), and would be seen using the weapon in numerous interspersed episodes throughout Season 4 and Season 5. Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is also seen (albeit rarely) with a SIG P225.

SIG-Sauer P225 - 9x19mm, 8 round magazine
Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) draws a SIG-Sauer P225 in "Home" (S4E02). This is the first time in the show she is seen with a P225 instead of the SIG-Sauer P228 she previously carried.
Scully fires the P225 in "Home" (S4E02).
Scully draws her SIG P225 as she pursues suspected killer Gerry Schnauz in "Unruhe" (S4E04).
Former Russian KGB agent Vassily Peskow (Jan Pubes) holds Special Agent Scully at gunpoint with her P225 in "Terma" (S4E09).
Asst. Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) holsters a SIG-Sauer P225 in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10). It was previously a P226.
Agent Scully with her P225 in-hand as Mulder pulls her out of the way of an oncoming car in "Leonard Betts" (S4E12). She is later seen with a P228.
Dana Scully with her SIG P225 drawn near the conclusion of "Unrequited" (S4E16)
Special Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) draws her SIG-Sauer P225 in the season finale "Gethsemane" (S4E24).

Walther PPK

Fox Mulder carries a Walther PPK as a back-up weapon, carried in an ankle holster as first seen in Season 3. He is notably seen using it when he loses his SIG-Sauer P226 in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).

Walther PPK - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) enters a room with his Walther PPK in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).
Fox Mulder draws his PPK from his ankle holster.
Agent Mulder aims his PPK at John Lee Roche in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).
Closeup of Mulder holding his PPK on Roche (Tom Noonan). Though blurry, the curved-flag Walther markings can be seen in this shot.

Smith & Wesson 5906

Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is seen wielding the Smith & Wesson 5906 handgun that she carries in Season 3 in the Season 4 premiere episode "Herrenvolk" (S4E01). Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) are also seen with their S&W 5906s from Season 3 in "Herrenvolk" (S4E01). These are the same weapons from the previous season, with their particular features - Rounded trigger guard, adjustable sights, and black (blued-steel) triggers and hammers. A Syndicate operative is briefly seen holstering a 5906, also in "Herrenvolk".

Smith & Wesson 5906, late model with adjustable sights - 9x19mm
Special Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) holds the Smith & Wesson 5906 at the beginning of the season premiere "Herrenvolk" (S4E01). This was also shown at the conclusion of the previous season's finale "Talitha Cumi" (S3E24).
Scully retrieves her 5906 in "Herrenvolk" (S4E01).
Asst. Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) with his S&W 5906 cross-draw holstered as he speaks to Scully in "Herrenvolk" (S4E01).
Special Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) with his holstered Smith & Wesson 5906 as he looks at his sick mother in "Herrenvolk" (S4E01).

Beretta 92FS

Beretta 92FS pistols are seen numerous times throughout the series, carried and used by police officers and government agents, as well as soldiers and military personnel as a Beretta M9 substitute.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Deputy Barney Pastor (Sebastian Spence) pulls out his Beretta 92FS in "Home" (S4E02).
Deputy Pastor wields his Beretta in "Home" (S4E02). Though blurry, the slide appears to have two-level markings that more closely match the Reck Miami 92F blank-fire replica rather than an actual Beretta.
To the left, a police officer conducts a search with a Beretta in-hand in "Unruhe" (S4E04).
To the left, a Beretta 92FS is wielded by an FBI tactical agent in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
A Providence, RI police officer with his Beretta 92FS in "Demons" (S4E23).


Standard M1911A1 pistols are seen occasionally throughout the series. Vietnam veteran Nathaniel Teager (Peter LaCroix) uses one with blued finish to assassinate several US Army generals in "Unrequited" (S4E16). Asst. Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) also briefly uses a blued M1911A1 in "Zero Sum" (S4E21).

Colt Government Model (Pre-Series 70 Commercial M1911A1) blued with stainless hammer - .45 ACP
Nathaniel Teager (Peter LaCroix) pulls the M1911A1 in "Unrequited" (S4E16). TRIVIA: This episode was Peter LaCroix’s third guest appearance on the show; he previously played two completely different characters in both Seasons 1 and 2.
Teager aims the M1911A1 in "Unrequited" (S4E16).
Walter Skinner with the M1911A1 in "Zero Sum" (S4E21).
Skinner aims the M1911A1 in "Zero Sum" (S4E21).

Jericho 941 R (Nickel)

The 'Gray-Haired Man' (Morris Panych) uses a nickel-plated Jericho 941 R to shoot at a pane of reinforced glass between him and Fox Mulder during a scene in "Memento Mori" (S4E14), reloading several times.

IMI Jericho 941 R (slide-mounted safety), Nickel Finish - 9x19mm. The gun pictured here is the screen used pistol from the movie Live Free or Die Hard
The Gray-Haired Man (Morris Panych) readies his Jericho upon seeing Mulder in "Memento Mori" (S4E14).
The Gray-Haired Man, after emptying the first magazine, reloads his nickel Jericho 941 R in "Memento Mori" (S4E14).
The Gray-Haired Man fires his Jericho.
The Gray-Haired Man reloads his Jericho again as he approaches the glass in "Memento Mori" (S4E14).

Smith & Wesson 3904

Gerry Schnauz (Pruitt Taylor Vince) disarms a police officer of his Smith & Wesson 3904 and holds it on him in "Unruhe" (S4E04). This particular S&W semiauto had been seen earlier in Seasons 1 and 2 of the show.

Smith & Wesson 3904 - 9x19mm
Schnauz holds the S&W 3904 on a police officer in "Unruhe" (S4E04)

Ruger KP89

'Deep Throat' (Jerry Hardin) uses a Ruger KP89 to shoot a recovered alien in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Ruger KP89, Stainless version of P89 with stainless steel slide and alloy frame - 9x19mm
'Deep Throat' offers his Ruger KP89 to the 'Cigarette-Smoking Man' (William B. Davis) in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) aims his KP89 at the alien in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Deep Throat lowers the Ruger KP89 in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Taurus PT92AFS (Nickel)

A nickel-plated Taurus PT92AFS is used by US Air Force Staff Sergeant Armando Gonzales (Rick Dobran), a potential witness, to commit suicide in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).

Taurus PT92AFS, Stainless with Slimline Black Factory Grips - 9x19mm
The nickel Taurus PT92AFS sits in the dead man's lap in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17). Note that the hammer is still in double action mode, which means that he could not possibly have fired it at himself (otherwise, the hammer should be back in single-action).

Makarov PM

In "Terma" (S4E09), a number of Russian guards are seen armed with what appear to be Makarov PM handguns. Several of these guards use these from horseback as they pursue Mulder as he escapes the Tunguska gulag.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A gulag guard with his Makarov PM in-hand in "Terma" (S4E09).
Russian guards on horseback with Makarov PMs in "Terma" (S4E09).
The guards fire their Makarovs at a fleeing Fox Mulder.
A guard aims his Makarov in "Terma" (S4E09).

CZ 75

Syndicate operative Scott Garrett AKA the 'Mustache Man' (Greg Michaels) uses a CZ 75 pistol in an attempt to shoot USAF Staff Sergeant Louis Frish (Tom O'Brien), a military witness, near the conclusion of "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17), repeated near the beginning of the following episode "Max" (S4E18).

"Pre-B" CZ 75 - 9x19mm
Scott Garrett AKA 'The Mustache Man' (Greg Michaels) aims his CZ 75 near the conclusion of "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).
Garrett lies wounded, CZ pistol in-hand in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).
Closeup of the CZ 75 fired by Garrett near the opening of "Max" (S4E18).

Unknown Pistols

A suppressed stainless pistol (possibly a Smith & Wesson 5906) is used by the Gray-Haired Man (Morris Panych) in the season opener "Herrenvolk" (S4E01).
A gulag guard with an unknown pistol holstered in "Terma" (S4E09).
One of the gulag guards on horseback wields an unknown pistol in "Terma" (S4E09). The pistol appears to be too large for a Makarov PM, and the rather blocky, squared shape also suggests it isn't a Makarov. Based on the general shape and appearance, it is possibly a blue-steel Jericho 941.


Taurus Model 66

Various Taurus Model 66 revolvers appear occasionally throughout the earlier seasons of the series. INS Agent Conrad Lozano (Rubén Blades) carries a 4" barreled stainless Taurus Model 66 as his sidearm in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11). Soledad Buente (Jose Yenque) is also seen wielding the revolver at one point. This is almost surely the same Taurus revolver which previously appeared in Season 3.

Early model Taurus Model 66 with 6 round cylinder, blued finish and wood grips - .357 Magnum
Cornad Lozano (Rubén Blades) aims his stainless Taurus Model 66 in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11).
Lozano holding his Taurus as Soledad Buente moves to grab it in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11).
Soledad Buente (Jose Yenque) wields Lozano's Taurus revolver.
Lozano's Taurus Model 66 lies abandoned near the conclusion of "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11).

Smith & Wesson Model 10

During a dream sequence in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10), Fox Mulder retrieves and attempts to use his father's Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver. This is the same revolver he attempted to use to save his sister Samantha from alien abduction as a child, seen briefly in a flashback in the Season 2 premiere episode "Little Green Men" (S2E01). This is fitting, as the dream in "Paper Hearts" is partly a retelling of Samantha's abduction.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 'Military & Police', 4" barrel - .38 Special
The Smith & Wesson Model 10 falls out of the box when Mulder knocks it onto the floor during a dream sequence in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).
The S&W Model 10 on the floor in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10).
Mulder moves to grab the Model 10 in "Paper Hearts" (S4E10). Note the continuity error present in this shot - The revolver is now laying on the opposite side, and the various other items are all in different positions and locations than they were in the previous shot (previous screencap).

Ruger Speed Six Snub

A snub-nose Ruger Speed Six is taken and wielded by Soledad Buente (Jose Yenque) during his search for his brother in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11). What appears to be another Speed Six snub is seen used in "Kaddish" (S4E15).

Ruger Speed Six with blued finish and 2.75-inch barrel - .357 Magnum
Soledad Buente (Jose Yenque) wields a snub-nose Ruger Speed Six in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11).
Scully secures the Speed Six revolver in "El Mundo Gira" (S4E11).
A Neo-Nazi youth aims what appears to be a Speed Six snub in a flashback sequence shown near the beginning of "Kaddish" (S4E15).

Smith & Wesson Model 15

A Smith & Wesson Model 15 is seen being retrieved and checked by Sheriff Andy Taylor (Tucker Smallwood) in "Home" (S4E02).

Smith & Wesson Model 15 'Combat Masterpiece' - .38 Special
Sheriff Taylor (Tucker Smallwood) retrieves his Smith & Wesson Model 15 in "Home" (S4E02).
Checking the load in the Model 15 in "Home" (S4E02). Note the non-marked cartridges.

Colt Detective Special

Lee Harvey Oswald (Morgan Weisser) uses a Colt Detective Special in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Colt Detective Special 1st Generation with Round Butt - .38 Special
Oswald retrieves his Colt Detective Special revolver from a desk in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Oswald fires his revolver at policeman J.D. Tippit in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Another shot of Oswald firing the Colt Detective Special.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Early-version Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers (Then known as 'Military & Police' models) are seen wielded by Dallas police officers during the first flashback story involving John F. Kennedy's assassination in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07)

Smith & Wesson 'Military & Police' (Pre-Model 10) Revolver - .38 Special
A Dallas policeman wields his M&P duty revolver while looking for JFK's assassin in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Clearer additional shot of the S&W Military & Police revolver in the hand of the Dallas policeman as he ascends the stairs of the book depository.
Gunned-down police officer J.D. Tippit with a holstered S&W after being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Babcock (James Sutorius), a researcher on an expedition, appears to carry an N-Frame Smith & Wesson Model 28 revolver in the season finale "Gethsemane" (S4E24).

Smith & Wesson Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Babcock loads a Smith & Wesson Model 28 in "Gethsemane" (S4E24).
Babcock closes the cylinder of the revolver.
Babcock with the Model 28 in "Gethsemane" (S4E24).

Unknown Snub-Nose Revolver

Curt Brunjes (Jonathan Whittaker), a Neo-Nazi publisher, is very briefly seen retrieving a small snub-nose revolver in "Kaddish" (S4E15).

Neo-Nazi newsletter publisher Curt Brunjes (Jonathan Whittaker) retrieves a small snub nose revolver in "Kaddish" (S4E15).

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Numerous Heckler & Koch MP5A3s are seen throughout the series. These are wielded by police tactical officers and government agents, as well as military and black-ops personnel. Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) notably uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 flashlight forearm during the FBI raid on the militia group in "Tunguska" (S4E08). Unlike in previous seasons of The X-Files, the MP5s are no longer fitted with flash hiders in Season 4.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight and safe-semi-two round burst trigger group - 9x19mm
Two ATF SRT agents with Heckler & Koch MP5A3s with Surefire forend weaponlights conduct a raid in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05).
Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) loads a magazine into her Surefire-equipped Heckler & Koch MP5A3 in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
On the left, Agent Scully advances with her H&K MP5A3 in "Tunguska" (S4E08). On the right is Agent Mulder with a Remington 870. Note also the MP5K mockup just in-frame on the far left.
Scully approaches the crashed van with her MP5A3 at the ready.
Agent Scully aims the MP5A3.
Special Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) with her Surefire-equipped MP5A3 in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
FBI tactical agents in camouflage with MP5A3s in "Unrequited" (S4E16). Note the agent on the right has an MP5 without the Surefire forend.
A camo-dressed FBI tactical agent has an MP5A3 slung in "Unrequited" (S4E16).
A black-ops commando with a Surefire-equipped MP5A3 in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).
Black-ops commandos aim their Heckler & Koch MP5A3s in "Max" (S4E18). Note these weapons appear to each have two mags coupled together.

Heckler & Koch MP5K (Mocked up Kimel AP-9)

What appear to be Heckler & Koch MP5Ks are seen used by government agents and military/black-ops personnel. In reality, these are not real MP5Ks; but rather mock-ups built on the bolt carrier and magazine well of a Kimel AP-9, because the armorers in British Columbia did not have genuine MP5Ks during the 1990s. The same guns have also appeared in the film Crying Freeman and the series M.A.N.T.I.S. and The Outer Limits. These weapons are notably seen wielded by ATF SRT agents in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05) and FBI tactical agents in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

AA Arms/Kimel Industries AP-9 Pistol - 9x19mm
Heckler & Koch MP5KN for comparison - 9x19mm
An ATF agent collapses holding a mock-up MP5K in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05).
On the near right, an 'MP5K' is seen wielded by an FBI tactical agent in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

A fixed-stock Heckler & Koch MP5A2 is seen for a mere moment in the hands of one of the FBI tactical agents conducting the raid in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with early "slimline" handguard - 9x19mm
Seen only for an instant is a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 in the hands of a tactical agent who dives to avoid a fleeing truck in "Tunguska" (S4E08). This shot clearly shows the stock.
Another shot of the just-seen MP5A2 in "Tunguska" (S4E08), this image showing the weapon's overall shape.

Spectre M4

One of the elite black-ops commandos in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17) carries a Spectre M4 SMG.

Spectre M4 - 9x19mm
A black ops soldier wields a Spectre M4 in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).
The black-ops soldier with the Spectre.

Rifles / Carbines

Colt Model 715 / Olympic Arms K4B

Due to the series' filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the first five seasons, most of the M16-type rifles seen throughout this period were Colt Model 715s, or, more likely, the Olympic Arms K4B equivalent, which seems to be favored by the Canadian armorers. These weapons generally appeared in the hands of US military personnel as an M16A2 stand-in. Members of the Church of the Seven Stars are very briefly seen with these rifles in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05), as are black-ops military personnel in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07). In "Tunguska" (S4E08), Militia gunmen and several FBI tactical agents are notably seen using these rifles fitted with A1 hand guards to pass for M16A1s. Apparently, the armorers had no genuine M16A1s to use when the episode was filmed.

Olympic Arms K4B (Note however, that Olympic Arms did not name their rifles with the 'K' designation until after the 1990s) with A2 handguards, heavy barrel and "Stowaway" pistol grip - 5.56x45mm. This rifle is very similar to the Colt Model 715, but is distinguished by the "Stowaway" pistol grip, a feature often found on Olympic Arms AR-15 rifles made in the 1990s. Rifles similar to this one are frequently seen in productions filmed in British Columbia.
A Colt Model 715 or Olympic Arms K4B is very briefly seen to the left as 'The Cigarette-Smoking Man' (William B. Davis) and 'Deep Throat' (Jerry Hardin) walk down the passageway in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

M16A1 Mockups

An FBI agent cocks his Colt Model 715/Olympic Arms K4B rifle fitted with M16A1-style hand guards in "Tunguska" (S4E08). Barely visible on the receiver is the brass deflector, a feature not present on an actual M16A1.
Two militia gunmen hold their Colt 715s/K4Bs at the ready in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
A militia gunman works the action on his K4B rifle in "Tunguska" (S4E08). With his hand clear, one can clearly see the Olympic Arms 'Stowaway' pistol grip on this particular rifle. Also note that when he cocks the weapon, the charging handle stays back and he has to manually push it forward, indicating that the weapon is loaded with an empty magazine!
The militia gunmen fire their rifles. Note that the rifle in front has an A1E1-style receiver and A2-style barrel - This combined with the 'Stowaway' grip shown in the previous screencap clearly indicates that it's an Olympic Arms K4B mocked up to look like an M16A1.
A closer view of the M16's barrel in "Tunguska" (S4E08), showing that it is a thicker A2-style barrel, although the rifle is fitted with M16A1 hand guards and meant to pass for an M16A1. Also note that the rifle is missing the forward sling loop under the front sight for some reason (it may have broken off during a stunt).
A militia gunmen fires his 715/K4B in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

Colt Model 733 / Olympic Arms K3B 'Commando'

Several episodes in Season 4 feature appearances of Colt "Commando"-type carbines, usually in the hands of military personnel and SWAT officers. None are seen very closely, but they appear to be the same A1E1-receiver short barrel carbines (Likely shortened Olympic Arms K3B equivalents) seen throughout the first and second seasons.

Colt Model 733 'M16A2 Commando' - 5.56x45mm. This is a 'shorty' version of the Model 723 / 'M16A2 Carbine', with 11.5" barrel instead of the 723's 14.5" barrel(s). This particular weapon is configured much like those seen in the series (and indeed, like Canadian Colt ARs), with A1E1 upper receiver (forward assist and case deflector with A1 sights).
A short-barrel Colt Commando carbine is seen wielded by a black-ops soldier in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Seen over Mulder's shoulder in the background is a shorty Colt Commando in the hands of an FBI tactical agent in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
To the left, an FBI tactical agent advances with his Colt Commando in "Tunguska" (S4E08). To the right, a XM177-style Commando is also visible.
On the left, an FBI tactical agent is armed with a short-barrel Colt Commando in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

XM177 (Mock-ups)

XM177-style carbines are seen used by military personnel and SWAT officers, notably black ops military personnel in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07) and FBI tactical agents conducting a raid in "Tunguska" (S4E08). These appear to be the same weapons from Season 3 - All of them seem to be mocked up from other various AR-15 carbines (some have SP1 upper receivers, others have A1-style, and still others have the A1E1 style), as per the norm with XM177s in the vast majority of films and television.

XM177E1 Carbine (AKA Colt Model 609) - 5.56x45mm
On the left, a black-ops guard wields what appears to be an XM177-style carbine in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
A black-ops soldier with an XM177 mockup in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
An XM177 mockup is just seen to the right behind 'Deep Throat' (Jerry Hardin) in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
To the near right, behind the agent in the foreground, is the forend of an XM177 mockup wielded by an FBI tactical agent in "Tunguska" (S4E08). To the left, a short-barrel Commando is seen wielded by another agent.

Colt AR-15 SP1 (Mocked Up as M16A2)

Throughout the show, especially in earlier seasons, US military personnel are armed with Colt AR-15 SP1 rifles fitted with M16A1-style flash hiders as well as M16A2-style hand guards, standing in for the M16A2 service rifles that the soldiers should be using in real life. You can tell because the receivers of the guns don't have the "fencing" around the magazine release, plus they lack the A2-style rear sights, shell deflectors, and forward assists. These are not seen fired, but they can be full auto conversions since armorers in both Canada and the US picked up many SP1 conversions during the 1970s and 1980s.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with A2 style handguards used to impersonate the M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
An SP1 mockup briefly seen to the left as 'The Cigarette-Smoking Man' (William B. Davis) and 'Deep Throat' (Jerry Hardin) walk past in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).


M14 Rifles are used by members of the Temple of the Seven Stars in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05). Another M14 is used by a militia gunman in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

M14 Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
A devotee of the Temple of the Seven Stars fires the M14 in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05).
The gunman aims his M14 rifle during "Tunguska" (S4E08).
In the background, an M14 rifle is seen in the hands of a militia gunman in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
Clear shot of the distinctive barrel and flash-hider of an M14 rifle in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

Heckler & Koch HK91A2

A Heckler & Koch HK91A2 rifle is seen used by a member of the Temple of the Seven Stars in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05).

Heckler & Koch HK91A2 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The middle Temple of the Seven Stars member fires an HK91A2 in "The Field Where I Died" (S4E05). The members in the foreground and background fire M14 Rifles.

Norinco Type 84S 'Target'

Two Norinco Type 84S rifles are seen in the episode "Terma" (S4E09), used by guards at the Tunguska gulag (as an AK-74 stand-in). Both rifles appear to be 'Target' variants with long barrels - One has a full stock and the other has an underfolder stock (Norinco Type 84S-1). It is interesting that only two Russian soldiers were seen armed with AK rifles while the rest of the unit were armed with batons/clubs (though several of the guards are later seen with Makarov PM pistols). There is a possibility that there were not many AK rifles available in Vancouver during the mid-1990s, which could explain why only two gulag guards were armed with rifles while the others were armed with clubs.

Norinco Type 84S 'Target' Rifle with fixed stock - 5.56x45mm. Basically a standard Norinco Type 84S with a slightly longer barrel.
A Tunguska gulag guard holds a fixed-stock Norinco Type 84S Target in "Terma" (S4E09).
Another gulag guard (bottom right) holds a Type 84S-1 (underfolder stock) in "Terma" (S4E09).

Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup

A Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup is one of the weapons carried out of Denny Markham's (Larry Musser) compound in "Unrequited" (S4E16).

Ruger Mini-14 in a Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup stock - 5.56x45mm
The Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup (apparently without magazine) in the middle agent's left hand in "Unrequited" (S4E16).

The Cigarette-Smoking Man's Rifles

The 'Cigarette-Smoking Man' is seen wielding three rifles during "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07) - The first two in flashback sequences, and the final one in the present.

Remington 742

The first rifle used by the younger Cigarette-Smoking Man (Chris Owens) is a short-barreled semi-automatic Remington 742. The rifle has a 'take-down' type of folding stock, and is fitted with a brass catcher. He uses it to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

Remington 742 with scope - .308 Winchester
The young Cigarette-Smoking Man (Chris Owens) sets up with his Remington 742 rifle in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Good shot of the reciever as the young CSM loads the Remington in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Young CSM takes aim with the rifle. Note the brass-catcher.
Closeup of the muzzle of the Remington.
Side-view of the Remington 742 as young CSM fires it in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Remington 760

The second rifle wielded by the younger Cigarette-Smoking Man (Chris Owens) is a pump-action Remington Model 760 fitted with a scope. He uses this rifle to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.

Remington 760 w/ scope, first introduced in 1952 - Various calibers.
The Remington Model 760 used by the young Cigarette-Smoking Man in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Young CSM sets up with his Remington in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
Young CSM pumps the action on the 760.
Young CSM takes aim with the rifle. This shot is focused midway on the rifle, showing the distinctive Remington tube endcap.
Closeup of the muzzle of the Remington Model 760 used by the young CSM (Chris Owens) in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).

Ruger Super Redhawk (mocked up to resemble the KAC Revolver Rifle)

The third rifle, used by the present-day Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis), is what appears to be a Knight's Armament Revolver Rifle. This rifle is actually a mock-up built on a Ruger Super Redhawk revolver that was fitted with a carbine length bull barrel, scope, bipod, and a black synthetic buttstock. The weapon was originally built by Felcan Enterprises for the film Another Stakeout, but would subsequently be re-used on countless other productions filmed in Vancouver, including The Sentinel, Supernatural and Psych, in addition to The X-Files. Since the real Knight's Revolver Rifle also used a Ruger Super Redhawk as a base gun, this method for creating the mockup approximated the production method for the original weapon.

Ruger Super Redhawk - .44 Magnum
Knight's Armament Revolver Rifle - .30 Caliber
The present-day Cigarette-Smoking Man assembles the Ruger Super Redhawk/KAC revolver rifle mockup in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
The Cigarette-Smoking Man installs the barrel.
The Cigarette-Smoking Man's rifle seen in the background, on its tripod.
CSM test-aims the rifle in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
The receiver of the Ruger/KAC mockup rifle in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07). The Ruger revolver can just be seen under all the 'rifle attachments'.
A top-down view of the rifle in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).
CSM cocks the hammer of the Ruger/KAC mockup.
The Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis) aims the rifle in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07).


Remington 870

Remington 870s are wielded by police officers and and government agents throughout the series. 870s are also seen rarely in the hands of black ops soldiers. Both standard variants and variants with mounted forend weaponlights are seen. Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) notably uses a Remington 870 with Surefire forend flashlight during the FBI raid on the militia group in "Tunguska" (S4E08).

Remington 870 with standard stock and Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight - 12 Gauge
Just behind Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) stands ready with his Remington 870 with Surefire forend weaponlight in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
On the right, Agent Mulder advances with his Remington 870 with Surefire forend weaponlight in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
On the right, Mulder, after ducking down to avoid incoming fire, spots a fleeing vehicle while wielding his 870 in "Tunguska" (S4E08). To the left, Scully (Gillian Anderson) wields a Surefire-equipped Heckler & Koch MP5A3. Note how Mulder has the pump-action back in this image.
Good shot of the Remington 870 as Mulder (David Duchovny) approaches the van in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
Agent Mulder aims his shotgun at Krycek (Nicholas Lea) in "Tunguska" (S4E08).
To the left, seen only for an instant is a Remington 870 in the hands of a black ops commando in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).

Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" (Custom)

A custom Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" with a chrome finish on the barrel and magazine tube and an MP5K style pump-grip is used by Syndicate assassin Scott Ostelhoff (Steve Makaj) in the season finale "Gethsemane" (S4E24). This gun can also be seen in several episodes of the television series Supernatural, Human Target, Painkiller Jane, and several other TV shows filmed in British Columbia.

Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" parkerized finish with Synthetic forearm - 12 Gauge
Scott Ostelhoff (Steve Makaj) fires the custom Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" in "Gethsemane" (S4E24).
Ostelhoff pumps the shotgun in his car in "Gethsemane" (S4E24).
Scott Ostelhoff wields the Ithaca. This is the best shot of the weapon.
Ostelhoff with his just-fired Ithaca "Stakeout" in "Gethsemane" (S4E24).

Franchi SPAS-15

One of the weapons carried out of Denny Markham's (Larry Musser) compound in "Unrequited" (S4E16) is a Franchi SPAS-15 combat shotgun.

Franchi SPAS-15 - 12 Gauge
The SPAS-15 in the agent's right hand in "Unrequited" (S4E16).
Closer view of the SPAS-15 in "Unrequited" (S4E16).

Machine Guns

Daewoo K3 Paratrooper

In "Max" (S4E18), an elite black-ops commando from the recovery team is briefly seen at the UFO crash site armed with a Daewoo K3 Paratrooper.

Daewoo K3 Para - 5.56x45mm NATO
An elite recovery commando with a Daewoo K3 Para in "Max" (S4E18).

GE M134 Minigun

In "Max" (S4E18), a military jeep is briefly seen driving through the UFO crash site armed with a GE M134 Minigun.

General Electric M134 with first pattern spade grip mount and crosshair sights - 7.62x51mm. Note the lack of flash suppressor and three disked barrel cluster.
A jeep with an M134 Minigun mounted at the front passenger position in "Max" (S4E18).

Browning M2HB

In "Max" (S4E18), a military jeep is briefly seen driving through the UFO crash site armed with a Browning M2HB with flash-hider.

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in vehicle mounting.
A jeep with an M2HB mounted at the rear/main position in "Max" (S4E18).


M47 Dragon

One of the FBI tactical agents exiting Denny Markham's (Larry Musser) compound in "Unrequited" (S4E16) appears to be carrying an M47 Dragon launcher.

M47 Dragon ATGM with SU-36/P daysight and front shock absorber detached- 140mm
A camo-dressed tactical agent carrying the M47 Dragon in "Unrequited" (S4E16): note the rear shock absorber is not the same shape as the above image. The shock absorbers are made from styrofoam and the rear one is blown apart when the missile is launched (the front is simply removed). This shows that, as is common in films, this is a spent tube with a repaired rear shock absorber. The other tac agent coming out of the doorway is carrying a loose Dragon missile, which is inaccurate as the missile was pre-packaged inside the launch tube and could not be readily reloaded. Interestingly, though, the missile is very accurate, including the rows of thruster openings that give the projectile a look similar to a recoilless rifle round: it is probably a real, demilled missile casing.

M136 AT4

One of the FBI tactical agents exiting Denny Markham's (Larry Musser) compound in "Unrequited" (S4E16) appears to be carrying an M136 AT4 rocket launcher.

M136 AT4 Anti-Tank rocket launcher 84mm fitted with AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope.
A tac agent carrying an M136 AT4 appears behind Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in "Unrequited" (S4E16).

M203 Grenade Launcher

Briefly seen in the hands of one of the black-ops recovery commandos in "Max" (S4E18) is what appears to be a Colt Carbine (possibly one of the aforementioned XM177 mockups) with an M203 grenade launcher mounted. It could also be a Cobray CM203 Launcher, or possibly even an airsoft weapon or other prop. Given the angle that the weapon is seen at (briefly, and mostly obscured by a soldier being filmed from the rear) a more definitive ID is not possible.

Colt XM177E2 carbine (5.56x45mm) with M203 grenade launcher (40x46mm). This is a G&P Airsoft replica - image is used for visual reference.
Barely seen in "Max" (S4E18), in the hands of a commando, is a Colt Carbine with a mounted under-barrel launcher.

Composite Pistol

In "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17) and "Max" (S4E18), Syndicate assassins use dual-barrel Composite Pistols. These seem to take considerably after the weapon featured in In the Line of Fire, but have a somewhat different physical look and color tone than the weapon from that film.

3D model of Composite Pistol
The 'Dark Man' (David Palffy) assembles the Composite Pistol in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17). As shown, the overall aesthetic of the components bears a striking resemblance to the weapon from the film In the Line of Fire.
Dark Man installs the barrel(s).
Dark Man winds the Composite Pistol.
The Composite Pistol is covertly removed from the body of Dark Man by Scott Garrett AKA the 'Mustache Man' in "Tempus Fugit" (S4E17).
The Composite Pistol is wound by Dark Man in a flashback sequence in "Max" (S4E18). Note how this sequence shows him preparing the weapon in a different position/manner than that shown in the previous episode.
The 'Dark Man' (David Palffy) attempts to fire the Composite Pistol in a flashback sequence shown in "Max" (S4E18).
Scott Garrett / 'The Mustache Man' (Greg Michaels) aims the Composite Pistol at Mulder in "Max" (S4E18).
Garrett wields the pistol in "Max" (S4E18).

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