Lethal Weapon 4

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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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 illegal Chinese immigrants. Most of the cast from the previous three films return for the sequel, which also marked the American film debut of Jet Li.

The following weapons were used in the film Lethal Weapon 4:




Beretta 92FS

As in the previous two Lethal Weapon films, LAPD Detective 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 he is seen wielding it in the final shootout and at the end). 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.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm. This well worn movie gun is the actual Beretta 92FS used by Mel Gibson in the film. This was also the pistol used by Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 and Die Hard with a Vengeance.
During the opening shootout, LAPD Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) fires his Beretta 92FS at the flamethrower man.
"Is that a new gun?" "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 holds the Beretta during the warehouse shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

As in all the previous Lethal Weapon films, Detective 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 .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
Murtaugh holds his S&W 19 while Riggs enjoys a laugh after the opening shootout.
Detective Roger Murtaugh firing his Smith & Wesson Model 19 while on his boat.
Murtaugh 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.

Beretta Cheetah

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
The Chinese General (Dana Lee) with a Beretta Cheetah
One of the General's men

Beretta 92FS Inox

Detective Ng (Calvin Jung) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox in the final shootout.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Detective Ng (Calvin Jung) fires his Beretta 92FS Inox.

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.

Glock 17

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 (George Cheung) takes Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) hostage with a Glock 17
Fan with the Glock as Riggs activates his laser sight.
The Glock on the floor.
In this shot, Lorna holds the Glock, which appears to have a sighting device on the front of the trigger guard.

Smith & Wesson 5906

As in the previous two Lethal Weapon films, Detective 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 Early Model - 9x19mm
"Hey Bruce, nice pajamas." Detective Riggs with both his Beretta 92FS and Murtaugh's Smith & Wesson 5906.
Detective Murtaugh holds the Smith & Wesson 5906.
The 5906 is seen on the left.

Colt Commander

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 detective". 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.

Colt Commander M1991A1
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 M1911A1

Detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock) can be seen wielding a stainless steel Gold Cup National Match M1911A1 as his standard weapon. He also has a noticeably horrible grip whenever he pulls the gun, and often has his finger on the trigger.

Stainless Colt Mk IV Series 80 Gold Cup National Match - .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.
While questioning Uncle Benny, Butters holds the Gold Cup National Match 1911A1, with the webbing of his hand rested on the hammer of the pistol.

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
The LAPD motorcycle cop with the holstered Smith & Wesson 4506.

Norinco Type 59 (Chinese Makarov)

Several members of the Chinese triad 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.
Chu (Roger Yuan) holds the pistol.
A Norinco Type 59 laying on the floor of Murtaugh's home.


Olympic Arms OA-93

At the beginning of the film, Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a call of a "Human Tank" 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" fires the AR-15 pistol.
The man in an armored suit reloads his Olympic Arms OA-93.
Reloading the OA-93.
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).

Type 56

PLA soldiers escorting the "Four Fathers" are armed with Norinco 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 - 7.62x39mm
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 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.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slanted muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
This AKM has open sights but a non slanted muzzle?
One of the General's men kills a Triad member when he attempts to escape in an SUV.
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.


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 Romanian AIMS's fitted with AKMS handguards, one of which Riggs gets a hold of to shoot Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), firing the weapon point-blank while both of them are underwater.

Romanian AIMS - 7.62x39mm
An AIMS lies underwater.
Detective Riggs with an AIMS underwater.
Close-up of the receiver.
The weapon cycles underwater.



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 "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.

See Also

Lethal Weapon Series

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