The following weapons can be seen in the television series Criminal Minds:
Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) carries a Glock 17 with a SureFire X400 attachment. Agents Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) are frequently seen with standard Glock 17's. Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) used a Glock 17 in the pilot episode Reid later exchanged his for a revolver.
A Glock 19 is used by a police detective to fire a few shots at a fleeing criminal, although he misses and the criminal commits suicide by driving off a cliff. Also carried by NYPD officers. Agent Prentiss also carries this weapon.
Springfield Armory Professional
SSA David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) carries a Springfield Armory TRP, a model of which is used by the FBI's elite HRT, throughout the series, this suggests he may have been HRT/SWAT trained to use this weapon.
Agent Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) carries a SIG-Sauer P226 during the seasons he was in. This is a realistic weapon since the FBI did issue the P226. Hotchner has been seen with one a few times, but almost always carries a Glock 17 pistol.
Smith & Wesson Model 65
Agent Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) switches to a 3" barrel Smith & Wesson Model 65 in season 4. He still carries his sidearm in a manner where a militia leader once said "The way you wear that you're just asking someone to take it off of you boy."
Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight
Seen in an Unsub's confiscated backpack.
Beretta 92FS pistols are used by many characters, including criminals and police officers, notably by a terrorist to kill three Secret Service agents in a hospital elevator, He's not firing through the doors. He opens fire as soon as the elevator doors open. Jason Clark Battle (Bailey Chase) is seen with a 92FS at BAU headquarters before he was killed by JJ (AJ Cook) with a 9mm Glock 26 pistol.
Used by an Unsub in the pilot episode to hold a hostage
AR-15 Carbine Variants
- FBI HRT teams and several local police forces have M4A1 carbines.
- A militia member is seen with one holding a hostage on a hilltop. A killer guns down 3 of his enemies with a fully automatic AR-15, possibly class 3 or illegally converted since it is described as privately owned.
- A shooter uses a scoped AR-15 from the trunk of a car, aiming to wound people so he can attend to the wounds as part of a hero complex reminiscent of D.C. sniper incident.
A bank robber uses a MAC-10 when he enters a brief standoff where he convinces a guard to surrender based on the fact he'd go down spraying at civilians.
M26 hand grenade
A milita member suicide bombs himself with a M26 hand grenade, killing a police officer.
Members of a polygamist cult use AKM assault rifles in a shootout with the Colorado SWAT team.
Norinco Type 56
In the episode "Distress", a US Army Ranger and veteran of Somalia sees militia with various AKMs, but it's an illusion as they are SWAT officers with M4A1 Carbines. In a retelling of his past, he can be seen killing a child soldier armed with a Norinco Type 56.
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
In a flashback during the episode "Distress", Somali militiamen are seen riding in a pickup truck converted into a 'technical', the vehicle armed with a Browning M2HB heavy machine gun mounted in the bed.
Another weapon used by the cult is the AKMSU carbine, notably the leader (Luke Perry). Like many AKMSUs in the film industry, these guns are outfitted with Krinkov parts kits to resemble AKS-74U carbines, but have a notabley more curved 7.62x39mm magazine, as opposed to the AKS-74U's more straight curved magazine.
In one episode, a former US Army Sergeant whose sister was abducted and later murdered by an unsub team takes an unguarded Remington 870 fitted with a Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight, using it to kill one of the unsubs after hearing his callous justification for his actions, dropping the weapon and surrendering to the agents after firing the fatal shot.
Remington 870 Express
A sawed off Remington 870 shotgun with raised barrel ribbing is used by the "Road Warrior" killer (Mitch Pileggi); fired from inside his car at motorists. He has a custom brace on the pump that attaches to his windowsill and allows him to rack the slide while driving. One is taken by a hitman and used to kill his daughter's captor. Also used by several racists who try to massacre an Indian school.
Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Heckler & Koch MP5A2s are used by various SWAT teams, notably in the rescue at the polygamist compound. One is equipped with suppressor based on noise of it firing but not seen on screen.
Colt Official Police
Reid's captor "Tobias" uses a Colt Official Police to taunt Reid with a Russian-roulette like game several times. Reid gets ahold of the gun in a struggle and is forced to kill his captor when his evil personality attacks Reid.
A Remington 700PSS model is seen in use by various SWAT teams, notably in the episode "Distress" to shoot a Somalia veteran suffering from PTSD who tried to get a child out of harm's way but this act was mistaken for an attack.
Smith and Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter
Identified as a .44 Magnum, a Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter is used by George Foyet aka The Boston Reaper (C. Thomas Howell), an infamous serial killer & Hotchner's (Thomas Gibson) nemesis as his weapon of choice.
Smith & Wesson 4506
A older model Smith & Wesson 4506 with the square trigger guard and frame bulge is used by the polygamist cult leader. An arsonist also uses one, but refuses to use it noticing the benzene-filled building would explode from the muzzle flash.
Hotchner's backup gun is a Glock 26, carried in an ankle holster. Hotchner tricks the "Long Distance Serial Killer" into letting him beat Reid, but the kicks are a ruse to allow Reid to take the gun from Hotchner's ankle holster. Reid then kills the LDSK with a shot to the forehead, though later claims he was aiming for the LDSK's leg.
Beretta 950 Jetfire
A terror cell kills several civilians and and one member wounds a detective, using Beretta 950 Jetfire pistols. Police ballistic analysts state it is chambered in .22 long rifle, and explains the caliber was most likely used since NYC background noise was often louder than the report of a .22lr.
Winchester Model 70
A militia leader (Pat Skipper) deputized by the sheriff uses a Winchester Model 70 fitted with a scope and Harris bipod to kill a crazy former militia member and save a hostage. He gives the team the spent shell.
A female serial killer uses a Walther PPK to kill one of her victims in a Dallas parking garage.
Smith & Wesson Model 29
A serial killer uses a .44 Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver to kill prostitutes.
In one episode, a man named Anderson who ends up as a hostage onboard a train can be seen with a stainless steel M1911A1 in his briefcase, a flashback at the start of the episode showing him having packed it when heading to Dallas to meet his wife to resolve a dispute. He ultimately uses it to end the hostage crisis by shooting the hostage-taker as he's struggling with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). Also used by an unsub known as the "Fisher King" to shoot Agent Greenaway in season 1.