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Dark Angel was a science-fiction series that was co-created by James Cameron and starred Jessica Alba (in her first leading role) as a genetically-enhanced super soldier who escapes as a young girl from a secret government facility and works in the underground resistance to take down the government agency that created her. The series ran for two seasons on the FOX network and co-starred Michael Weatherly.
The following weapons were used in the television series Dark Angel:
The Beretta 92FS is seen as the sidearm of the police, military, and various thug factions.
Eva holds a Beretta 92FS as the X5s begin their escape
Logan's security guard (Peter Kent
) carries a Beretta 92FS, seconds before becoming the first of many people Max disarms
Diamond points a Beretta 92FS at the man who used her as a medical guinea pig.
A close-up of a Beretta's muzzle as an X7 (played by Geneva Locke, who also played Max as a child) shoots Max in the Season 1 finale "...And Jesus Brought a Casserole".
Zack pulls a guard's Beretta 92FS and demands that the doctors revive Max in the Season 1 finale.
A police officer storms a hotel room armed with a Beretta 92FS in "Radar Love" (S2E4)
Viewed through a helmet camera, a guard aims his Beretta at Alec in "Gill Girl" (S2E8).
Alec covers Max as she tries to get a Disney ending.
He opens fire with his Beretta 92FS.
Beretta 92FS (mocked up as Beretta 93R)
Zack carries a Beretta 93R fitted with a suppressor when he and Max go to rescue Tinga in "Meow" (S1E19). This is actually a Beretta 92FS converted to full-automatic and fitted with a 93R flash hider and grip (this exact same gun has been used in numerous productions filmed in British Columbia).
Zack opens fire on the guards.
The magazine drops free as he reloads. It's possible to see in this image that the Beretta 93R has a slide-mounted safety, which means that it is a Beretta 92FS mocked up as a 93R.
Taurus PT92CS (modified)
In "Some Assembly Required" (S2E7), Cyborg Zack carries a Taurus PT92CS fitted with a custom-built compensator. This is the exact same gun that was originally carried by Mark Dacascos in the movie Crying Freeman (both productions had the same armorers).
Taurus PT92CS - Stainless version of the Compact PT92C - 9x19mm
Cyborg Zack racks the slide of his custom Taurus PT92CS.
He aims the Taurus at Max.
The Walther P99 is carried by high-level Manticore personnel and a few others.
Bruno searches Max, undercover as a prostitute, and earns the eternal envy of males everywhere
Max hands Lydecker his P99 during the terrorist takeover in "Prodigy" (S1E7).
Lydecker carries his P99 as he checks a Humvee for an escaped X5.
Madam X draws her P99 on a scientist in "Designate This" (S2E1).
She fires, killing the man.
Det. Matt Sung (Byron Mann
) carries his Walther P99
when he raids the bioweapons lab in "Radar Love" (S2E4)
Ames White carries his Walther P99
as he searches for Max in "Harbor Lights" (S2E13).
He draws his backup P99 after putting the first down. In a continuity error, it becomes a Star M43 Firestar after he draws.
Logan Kale (Michael Weatherly) offers Max a Vektor CP1 early in Season 1, but she refuses. He later carries the Vektor as his main sidearm throughout the run of the show.
The pistol sits in the box as Logan offers it to Max
A good view of the CP1 as Logan fires.
Logan Kale fires on Red Series super soldiers. He fires 10 rounds in this scene, well within the weapon's capacity.
Logan chambers a round round before confronting some thugs
Logan's CP1 rest in his drawer in "Female Trouble" (S1E13), along with a box of 9x19mm bullets. Trivia: "Felcan" is not a real ammunition manufacturer; this is a reference to Felcan Enterprises, the name of the Vancouver-based armory which supplied the weapons used on Dark Angel.
Logan chambers a round as he contemplates suicide. The manufacturer's name, Vektor, is clearly visible on the frame
Various thugs and some police officers are seen with Glock 17 pistols. Logan's team appear to be armed with Glocks when they are ambushed in the pilot, though the police hoverdrone footage never shows the weapon clearly.
The Cape Haven police chief has a Glock in his holster.
A thug trades fire with Logan during a gunfight in the Season 1 episode "Haven".
Cyril, enraged by his failure, holds a Glock 17 on Max and another transgenic. He shows his total incompetence with weapons with his lack of trigger discipline and failure to keep a round chambered.
The prison warden carries a Ruger P89 in "Flushed" (S1E3). Original Cindy takes it during the escape until the warden gets it back. Thugs in later episodes also use the P89, including the stainless KP89 model. Asha (Ashley Scott), head of the S1W resistance movement, carries the KP89 in Season 2.
Original Cindy holds a Ruger P89
on the prison warden in "Flushed" (S1E3)
The warden opens fire on Lucy and Cindy as he tries to foil the escape.
A thug pulls what appears to be a Ruger P89 on Max. You've got to love someone who grins like that when you point a gun at her.
Ruger KP89 9x19mm. Stainless version of P89 with SS slide and alloy frame.
A Red Series super soldier pulls a Ruger KP89
on Max in "Rising " (S1E13)
He holds the KP89 on Original Cindy.
Asha holds her Ruger KP89 during the raid on the VA building in "Designate This" (S2E1).
Later in the episode, she holds her pistol on Alec in Logan's apartment, just before joining the long list of people disarmed by an X5/X6.
Smith & Wesson 5906
Bronc carries a Smith & Wesson 5906 in "Out" (S1E10). Due to a continuity error, his weapon becomes a similar Smith & Wesson 5946 in several scenes (the 5946 is the DA-only version of the 5906).
Smith & Wesson 5906 - 9x19mm
Bronc pulls his S&W 5906 on Max when she boards his plane in "Out" (S1E10).
Star M43 Firestar
Ames's Walther P99 becomes a Star M43 Firestar in a continuity error in "Harbour Lights" (S2E13).
Star M43 Firestar, you can see the distinctive oval shaped slide stop and thumb safety
Ames carries his M43 as he searches for Max on the roof of the Harbour Lights Hospital in "Harbour Lights" (S1E13)
The angry father holds a Firestar on Alec in "The Berrisford Agenda" (S2E11)
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"
A bounty hunter pulls a Mauser C96 on Max in the Season 1 episode "Shortie's in Love". She later takes the gun and gives it to Logan to trace.
Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
The bounty hunter points the Mauser at Max. .
Logan examines the gun is his apartment.
Jericho 941 R
Dr. Adriana Vertes, an ex-Manticore doctor helping Logan, pulls a nickel Jericho 941 R on Max in "Female Trouble" (S1E15). Max disarms her in seconds and disassembles the weapon. In "Pollo Loco" (S1E18), X-5 serial killer Ben (Jensen Ackles) gives the nickel Jericho 941 R to Father Destry, a would-be victim, before contemptuously disarming him.
Stainless IMI Jericho 941 R - 9x19mm. The gun pictured here is the screen used pistol in the movie Live Free or Die Hard
Dr. Vertes holds her gun on Max.
Max holds the gun just prior to disassembling it. The magazine can be seen dropping free prior to removing the slide.
A close-up of the Jericho 941 R in "Pollo Loco" (S1E16) as Ben tosses the weapon to Father Destry.
Father Destry aims his weapon at Ben.
A regular black Jericho 941 R is carried by Logan's bodyguard in several episodes.
IMI Jericho 941 R - 9x19mm
Logan's bodyguard draws his Jericho 941 R in "Out" (S1E10).
Smith & Wesson 3913 LS "Ladysmith"
The art gallery owner draws a Smith & Wesson 3913 "Ladysmith" when Joshua breaks in.
Smith & Wesson 3913 LS "Ladysmith" 9x19mm.
Walther PPK/S pistol
A Walther PPK/S pistol is used by Logan Kale (Michael Weatherly) in "Art Attack" (S1E12). After a gangster defenestrates a victim, Logan shoots the body and then plants the weapon on the gangster as he tries to leave the country.
Walther PPK/S - stainless with Pachmayr rubber grips and factory flat bottom magazine - .380 ACP.
Logan shoots the dead body with a suppressed Walther PPK/S in the morgue
A police officer finds the suppressed Walther PPK/S in the gangster's bag at the airport.
Unidentified tranquilizer pistol
A henchmen shoots Max with a tranquilizer pistol
Smith and Wesson 669
Smith & Wesson 669 with old bobbed hammer - 9x19mm
An angry civilian draws a revolver in "Harbour Lights" (S2E13).
A second view of th weapon. It has a heavy barrel.
Lydecker's men carried FN P90s fitted with laser sights and flashlights during a raid in the pilot. Jace, an X5 who stayed with Manticore, uses a suppressed model in the Season 1 episode "Female Trouble". In "Bag 'Em" (S2E2) Manticore forces carry the P90, Alec and the X6s stealing a couple when they rescue Max. The P90 is the main weapon of Manticore forces in Season 2, replacing the MP5A3.
Fabrique Nationale P90 5.7x28mm
One of Lydecker's men exits a van, armed with an FN P90
Jace's suppressed P90 sits in its case.
Manticore soldiers open fire with their P90s after Max crashes her motorcycle into them.
Manticore troops open fire on Max in the barn.
Alec opens fire with his P90, destroying the signaling device.
Ames White opens fire on Max with an FN P90
in "Gill Girl" (S2E8).
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Lydecker's men and a few thugs use the Heckler & Koch MP5A3s. It is the standard Manticore weapon is Season 1 and police officers carry it in both seasons.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with "tropical" (wide) forearm and stock extended - 9x19mm
Commandos search for Max in "Heat" (S1E2)
One of Lydecker's men fires his MP5A3 during the assault on Maj. Sanders' base.
Lydecker's commandos carry MP5A3s as Max escapes in in "Blah Blah Woof Woof" (S1E9)
A Manticore commando holds his MP5A3 in "Pollo Loco" (S1E18).
Lydecker's commandos fire their Heckler & Koch MP5A3s
during the apartment shootout in "Hit a Sista Back".
Max holds an MP5A3 during her dream in "Meow" (S1E21).
Heckler & Koch MP5K
One of Lydecker's men is seen with an MP5K in the pilot episode, as are a couple of gunmen. Col. Lydecker is briefly seen in the woods with an Heckler & Koch MP5K in the Season 1 finale "...And Jesus Brought a Casserole". Due to the darkness, it is difficult to determine which version it is.
Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm. This is a very well worn Motion picture weapon
One of Lydecker's men moves up on a raid target in the pilot episode armed with an Heckler & Koch MP5K
. His weapon is fitted with an old-style straight magazine
One of Logan's security team is seen in police hoverdrone footage armed with an MP5K during the shoot-out that leaves Logan paralyzed. Kidnappers in the scene are seen with the weapon as well
Lydeker moves through the woods, MP5K at the ready. The weapon isn't really visible, but his hand position suggests the MP5K.
In one episode at least, the Uzi was seen.
IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
Bronck's men carry Micro Uzis at the airport in "Out" (S1E10).
Micro Uzi with 15 round magazine - 9x19mm
Bronck's men draws their Micro Uzis when they see Max.
They chase her over the airport ramp.
The Spectre M4 is carried by a kidnapper in the pilot episode and by terrorists in "Prodigy"
A terrorist armed with an Spectre M4 escorts Logan in "Prodigy" (S1E7).
Cyborg Zack takes a Calico M960A Submachine Gun with a 100-round magazine and scope from a Steelhead when he goes to rescue Max and uses it in his attempted hit on Logan
Cyborg Zack searches for Logan in the garage.
He checks for Logan after shooting up his car.
The M960 falls to the floor after Max knocks it out of Zack's hands.
Terrorists, thugs, and security guards use Beretta PM12Ss.
A guard flashes his Beretta PM12S
at an approaching car in the pilot episode.
A thug brandishes his PM12S during a raid and defiantly tells the police to drop their
The same thug, seconds later.To steal a line from the Borg, "Resistance is futile"
D-Technik Sa. Vz.61
Seen used by terrorists in "Prodigy" and used by Tinga in "Hit a Sista Back" during the apartment shootout.
Czech D-Technik Sa. Vz.61 semiautomatic sporting pistol, imported into the United States from the Czech Republic - .32 ACP
Tinga loads her Skorpian after retrieving it from hiding in "Hit a Sista Back" (S1E20).
She reloads during the apartment firefight.
Red Series super soldiers carry Kimel AP-9 pistols with mock suppressors in "Red" (S1E11) and unsuppressed in "Rising" (S1E13).
AA Arms/Kimel Industries AP-9 Pistol - 9x19mm
Red Series supersoldiers with AP-9 pistols prepare to storm Max's hotel room in "Red" S1E11).
One of the soldiers holds his Kimel AP-9
as they search the her room.
Red Series soldiers carry AP-9s in shoulder slings in "Rising" (S1E13).
A gangster pulls a nickel TEC-9 on Bronc's men in "Out"(S1E10)
A gangster holds his TEC-9.
Iver-Johnson Enforcer Pistol
Krit is seen with an Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol when the X5s are loading up early in "…And Jesus Brought a Casserole" (S1E22). He never fires it and doesn't bring it on the Manticore raid, noting that the the weapon "packs a punch, but I only have 40 rounds".
Iver-Johnson Enforcer Pistol - .30 Carbine
Krit wipes down his Enforce pistol
Krit reacts to the Humvee's sudden arrival
Military and occasionally the police carried M16A2s. There are no real M16A2s on the show, however; all of those seen in non-firing scenes were Tokyo Marui airsoft replicas. The firing M16s on the show were mostly Colt Model 715s.
M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
A prison guard stands with his M16A2 as the prison bus arrives in "Flushed" (S1E3)
Major Sanders' soldiers guard Max and Zack (red shirt) in "Cold Comfort" (S1E8)
Colt Model 715/Olympic Arms K4B
Whenever M16s were fired on the show, they were always Colt Model 715s or the Olympic Arms K4B equivalent. These are distinguished from the airsoft M16A2s used in non-firing scenes by the A1-style rear sight.
Olmypic Arms K4B - 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 soldier opens fire with an Olympic Arms K4B in "Blah Blah Woof Woof" (S1E7). The "Stowaway" pistol grip (a distinctive feature of pre-1994 Olympic Arms AR rifles) is visible in his hand.
Zack leads the way with a captured Colt Model 715
as the X5s break out of the brig in "Cold Comfort" (S1E8).
Soldiers fire their M16s as Col. Lydecker's men storm the brig.
Zack opens fire as he, Max, and Brin make their way to a vehicle.
Colt Model 609
Police and some soldiers carry the Colt Model 609 as their main weapon. Police units carry 609s fitted with some sort of camera unit or dot-sight with a power cord leading to a backpack, while the Rangers carry stock 609s. Zack carries a Colt Model 609 carbine in the Season 1 episode " Hit a Sista Back". He later uses the weapon, along with Syl (Nicki Aycox) and Krit during the raid on Manticore in the Season 1 finale "And Jesus Brought a Casserole". X7 child soldiers carry the Model 609 as well, as do some young X5s in a flashback. At least in season 2, and probably in season 1 they appear to be mostly airsoft replicas (Probably Tokyo Maru like with the M16A2s), since they are seldom fired and are being used by minors.
Colt Model 609 aka U.S. Army's XM177E1- 5.56x45mm.
A Ranger covers his comrades in "Prodigy" (S1E7), armed with an unmodified Model 609.
A young X5 is seen with a Colt Model 609 in a flashback.
Zack zip-lines down on the kidnapper's car after the exchange goes wrong. His weapon appears to have a dot sight or scope of some kind mounted on the carry handle.
He covers Max as she retrieves the boy.
Zack racks the charging handle on a Colt M609 as the X5s load up.
Syl and Krit wait in ambush for security troops. Interestingly, Krit is played by Joshua Alba, Jessica Alba's real-life younger brother.
An X7 chases after Max in "Designate This" (S2E1)
Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot Pistol
Syl ( Nicki Aycox) is seen loading up a Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot Pistol fitted with an M4 stock and carry handle in the Season 1 finale, '...And Jesus Brought a Casserole". This is one of the exact same weapons later used in 3000 Miles to Graceland (both productions had the same armorers).
Rocky Mountain Arms Patriot Pistol - 5.56x45mm
Syl loads her Patriot Pistol
She take aim as the Humvee smashes into the building.
A gangster in "I and I Am a Camera" (S1E19) is briefly seen with a AKS-74U
AKS-74U (also referred to as the "AKSU" or 'Krinkov') - 5.45x39mm
A gangster holds his AKS-74U after scaring a man away.
In Max's flashback, she remembered being trained with the M1 Garand
M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Heckler & Koch G3A3
A guard in the first episode is seen with an G3A3 fitted with a night-vision scope during the Manticore escape. An assassin in the same episode uses a scoped G3 with a rifle grenade.
Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Viewed though Max's feline-enhanced zoomable vision, an assassin mounts a rifle grenade on his scoped G3.
Steyr AUG A1
A thug is seen with Steyr AUG assault rifle in the pilot episode. Unfortunately, it was impossible to get a shot that wasn't incredibly blurry.
Steyr AUG with black stock - 5.56x45mm.
Lydecker's men were seen with the SPAS-12 in the pilot episode. Police officers carry the SPAS-12 with the stock removed throughout the series
Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 Gauge
One of Lydecker's men exits a vehicle armed with a SPAS-12
A police officer holds a SPAS-12 at a checkpoint in "Proof of Purchase" (S2E3).
Another officer carries his SPAS-12
while responding to a call in "Proof of Purchase".
Police officers are seen with SPAS-12 shotguns as they exit a truck in "Brainiac" (S2E10).
Remington 870 Field Gun
Thugs are seen with Remington 870 Field Guns in "Haven" (S1E16).
Remington 870 Field Gun with raised barrel ribbing and 28" barrel - 12 Gauge.
A town guard talks to Logan and Max while holding his Remington Model 870 Shotgun
Thugs take shelter behind a truck, one is armed with a Remington M870
Mossberg 500 shotgun
Logan uses the Mossberg 500 during the nighttime firefight in the Season 1 episode "Haven".
Mossberg 500 "Persuader" with standard five-shot magazine tube - 12 Gauge.
A Mossberg 500 is found in a pickup truck.
Logan fire the Mossberg at attackers.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"
Logan carries a Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" shotgun fitted with a weaponlight while confronting Max in the pilot episode.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" Parkerized finish with Synthetic forearm - 12 Gauge
A view of the receiver as Logan checks on Lauren and her baby.
Ithaca 37 (sawed-off)
A convenience store cashier tries to pull a sawed-off Ithaca 37 when X6s raid his store for food in "Bag 'Em" (S2E2). Predictably, the X6s take the weapon and it is carried by Bullet for the rest of the episode.
Ithaca 37 with sawed-off stock and barrel - 12 Gauge
An X6 holds the shotgun on the cashier. The front of the magazine tube appears to be that of the Ithaca 37.
Bullet holds the Ithaca 37 as the group runs for the truck. The shotgun has no ejection port visible on the side, confirming the weapon as an Ithaca 37
Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun
A man is seen holding a Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun on Joshua in "Proof of Purchase" (S2E3)
Smith & Wesson 3000 shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Mossberg 500 Bullpup
A Manticore thug is seen with a Mossberg 500 Bullpup in "Proof of Purchase" (S2E3)
Mossberg 500 Bullpup with 18.5" Barrel - 12 gauge
The thug at the center top holds a Mossberg 500 bulpup. Also seen are (from left): Beretta PM12, Ruger KP89, unknown S&W pistol, the bullpup, unknown SMG/shotgun, another S&W pistol, unknown pistol.
The Mossberg bullpup is seen at bottom right in the blue circle.
A Manticore thug is seen with an Armsel Protecta in "Proof of Purchase" (S2E3) It's probably the Protecta since the series was filmed in Canada.
The Protecta is seen in the red circle. Also seen are a pair of Beretta PM12s (yellow) and the previously-seen Mossberg 500 Bullpup (blue).
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
The scrap yard owner grabs a double-barrel 12 gauge when he hears a disturbance in "Borrowed Time" (S2E12)
Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun - 12 Gauge
The scrap yard owner holds his shotgun as he investigates the disturbance. Why do I think this isn't going to end well...
It doesn't. The man tries to grab his shotgun as he is attacked.
A pair of what appear to be M1919s are seen mounted in an armoured car in "Prodigy" (S1E7)
A variant of the Browning M1919 developed during World War 2, this model is designated the M37, with the ability to feed from either the left or the right of the weapon - 30-06. This example is shown without a tripod, only the pintle mount. This the MOST likely .30 cal machine gun to be seen firing from armored vehicles.
An armoured can with a pair of M1919 machine guns moves up in "Prodigy" (S1E7).
Grenades and launchers
M18 smoke grenade
Max (Jessica Alba) uses an M18 smoke grenade as a distraction just before the apartment shootout in "Hit a Sista Back" (S1E20). It gives off white smoke.
Max hold the grenade before dropping it as a distraction.
Unknown hand grenade
A Red Series soldier is seen with a grenade on his web gear in the Season 1 Episode "Rising". Max later pulls the pin to kill him. Despite resembling a smoke grenade, the show treats it as an HE-frag grenade
She pulls the pin, killing the luckless soldier.
RGD-5 hand grenade
Syl (Nicki Aycox) shows Zack a couple of RGD-5 hand grenades when they load up in the Season 1 finale "...and Jesus Brought a Casserole" (S1E20).
RGD-5 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Syl shows off her grenade, misidentifying it as a "Russian-made RGN-3" in the Season 1 finale "...and Jesus Brought a Casserole" (S1E20).
"Nice". Zack (William Gregory Lee
) approves of his sister's taste in explosives, and gives us a nice view of the grenade in the Season 1 finale "...and Jesus Brought a Casserole" (S1E20).
DefTech 37mm launcher
A Manticore commando is seen with a Defense Technologies 37mm grenade launchers in the pilot episode.
Defense Technologies/Federal Laboratories launcher with folding stock - 37mm
Cobray CM79LF 37mm Launcher
The standalone version of the Cobray CM79LF 37mm Launcher is used by a Manticore soldier to fire a smoke grenade in "Bag 'Em" (S2E2)
Cobray M79LF stand alone launcher - 37mm
A Manticore soldier fires a smoke grenade from his Cobray CM79LF.
A custom version of the GP-25 grenade launcher is used by Cyril, a Manticore biochemist, to fire bio-agent rounds in "Radar Love" (S2E4). The weapons is customized with a stainless-steel tubular stock and a top-mounted rail.
GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
Cyril holds his custom GP-25 in his lab
The custom bio-agent dispersal round, which is said to cost $20,000 each.
Cyril fires his custom GP-25, now fitted with a totally pointless scope. Note the massive muzzle flash.
In "Brainiac" (S2E10), a number of light guns can be seen that resemble actual firearms in the unnamed video arcade that hosts the S1W resistance group. Two appear to be modelled like a short-barrelled PSG-1 with a large scope but no magazine or magazine well.
Given the "KONAMI" logo embossed on the handguard (focussed on in a panning shot in what could be an example of product placement) and the two-player setup with two identical light guns on the same cabinet side-by-side, the arcade cabinet in question appears to be Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette. This is supported by how the title was a 2-player-capable game released for arcades by Konami in 2000, mounting similar light guns as those seen in the episode (the ingame player characters used modelled PSG-1 rifles as well).
This episode also featured a gameplay cameo of the PC title Aliens vs. Predator 2, masquerading as an arcade cabinet.
Arcade Cop (Simon Longmore)
:"Yo Mikey, check me out man, I'm winning!"
Two other arcade patrons can be seen behind the policemen using light guns possibly modelled after real firearms, while Max can be seen in the far back taking advantage of the cops' distraction to infiltrate what used to be the resistance group's hideout.
The reason why one might use a light gun's sniper scope at a screen not three feet away is because Silent Scope 2
used a screen setup unique among light gun games of its time, where the main screen showed what someone using their naked eyes would see at the area covered by a sniper (an offscreen spotter did highlight hostile targets), while a screen inside the fake PSG-1's scope would show a magnified view of the scene as though it were a real sniper scope, forcing players to peer through it to accurately make their ingame shots.