Criminal Minds

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The following weapons can be seen in the television series Criminal Minds:

Criminal Minds (2005-????)


Glock 17

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 .357 Smith & Wesson Model 65 revolver.

Glock 17 - 9mm.
Morgan with Glock 17 3rd gen while talking to a suspect.
Morgan with Glock 17.
Hotchner engages a murder suspect.
Gideon goads a suspect into shooting him

Glock 19

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.

Glock 19 - 9mm.
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A Bend, Oregon police detective about to fire a Glock 19 at a fleeing vehicle.
NYPD detective gets wounded by a terrorist while aiming a Glock 19.

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.

Springfield Armory TRP - .45 ACP.
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Rossi aims his TRP.

SIG-Sauer P226

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.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm.
Gideon aims his P226 at his nemesis, Frank.

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 65 with 3 inch barrel.
Reid with his Model 65 holstered strangely.
Spencer Reid with Model 65 drawn, about to enter a room where a suspect is holed up while Morgan holds his Glock 17 pistol.

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight

A Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight revolver is seen in an Unsub's confiscated backpack.

Smith & Wesson Model 442 Airweight.
The S&W Model 442 Airweight is shown to Agent Morgan by a Miami cop.

Beretta 92FS

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.

Beretta 92FS - 9mm.
A terrorist fires through an elevator door at Secret Service agents.
The terrorist finishes off a Secret Service agent with a Beretta 92FS.
Morgan stops a policeman from firing at a fleeing suspect. (this looks like a flashpaper gun)
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A bank guard enters a brief standoff with a bank robber before surrendering weapon.

Beretta Inox

Used by an Unsub in the pilot episode to hold a hostage

Beretta Inox - 9mm.
Beretta Inox- 9mm.

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.
M4A1 Carbine - 5.56mm.
FBI HRT member with an M4A1 carbine.
The "Long Distance Serial Killer" (Timothy Omundson)with his tricked-out AR-15.
The Killer's scope picture, from which he would get no accuracy at all.
HRT officer fires at a polygamist cult member with an M4A1 Carbine.
A former militia member holds a hostage with an AR-15.


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.

MAC-10 - .45 ACP.
The bank robber aims his MAC-10 at non-compliant hostage.
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"This is a MAC-10, you better kill me with one shot."

M26 hand grenade

A milita member suicide bombs himself with a M26 hand grenade, killing a police officer.

M26 Fragmentation Grenade.
M26 Fragmentation Grenade seen in the militia member's hands before suicide bombing himself.
Police officer dives away from the grenade blast.


Members of a polygamist cult use AKM assault rifles in a shootout with the Colorado SWAT team.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Polygamist cult member aiming AKM outfitted with aftermarket synthetic forearm with what appears to be rails on the side and top.
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AKMs stashed by polygamists.

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.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm.
A Somalia veteran visualises the SWAT team as Somali militia members armed with Norinco Type 56 rifles in his mind.

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.

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in vehicle mounting


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.

AKMSU Krinkov - 7.62x39mm. This is a blank adapted full auto transferable AKM (7.62x39mm) pistol that was converted into a Krinkov via parts kit.
The cult leader (Luke Perry) aims at retreating police with is AKMSU.
The cult leader with his AKMSU.
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Seen in the hands of another cult member.

Remington 870

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 12 Gauge with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight

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.

Remington 870 12 Gauge with sawed-off stock and barrel
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The Road Warrior Killer fires his 870 at two motorists. Note custom brace connected to pump.
Remington 870 Express - 12 Gauge
Former hitman about to execute a man who kidnapped his daughter.
A racist with an 870 seconds before Hotchner lays a beatdown.

Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

O/U Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Rossi with his O/U Shotgun - 12 Gauge

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.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 w/ Surefire weapon light - 9mm.
SWAT member enters polygamist compound, MP5 at the ready.
SWAT officers surrounds a car where an imitation sniper is hiding in the trunk.

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.

Colt Official police - .38 Special.
"Tobias" loads a single round.
"Tobias" treatens Reid.

Remington 700PSS

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.

Remington 700PSS - .300 Win Mag.
A SWAT marksman takes aim at a fleeing veteran.

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 Model 629 Stealth Hunter - .44 Remington Magnum‎.
The Boston Reaper threatens a reporter.

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.

Smith & Wesson 4506 newer model - .45 ACP.
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The cult leader threatens Agent Prentiss.
An arsonist aims his 4506.

Glock 26

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. SSA Jennifer "J.J" Jareau also carries a Glock 26 as her duty weapon.

Glock 26 - 9x19mm.
Reid uses Hotchner's Glock 26 to kill the LDSK with a shot to the forehead; hard to do with eyes closed. he later says he was aiming for the guys legs.
J.J. just after she shoots Jason Clark Battle (Bailey Chase)

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.

Beretta 950 Jetfire - .25 ACP (also .22 LR).
A terrorist fires at police with his Beretta 950 Jetfire.

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.

Winchester Model 70 - 30-06.
The militia leader steadying the shot.
Studying the spent shell, looks like a .30-06 casing.

Walther PPK

A female serial killer uses a Walther PPK to kill one of her victims in a Dallas parking garage.

Walther PPK .380 ACP

Smith & Wesson Model 29

A serial killer uses a .44 Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver to kill prostitutes.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum


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 (Lola Glaudini) in season 1.

M1911A1 .45 ACP with stainless steel finish
The Fisher King shoots Elle Greenaway

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Jason Clark Battle (Bailey Chase) uses a .38 Smith & Wesson Model 36 to shoot Garcia on her doorstep.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 .38 Special

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