The Mexican standoff scene from *Lethal Weapon 4* (1998).
The Mexican standoff scene from Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). web photo

When Lethal Weapon 4 hit theaters in 1998, the joke was that LAPD supercop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) was also too old for this sh*%, along with his partner Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). The film also saw a change made to Rigg’s trusty Beretta 92FS for the first time in the series.

As a sign of the times, Riggs’ pistol comes outfitted with Crimson Trace grips with an integrated laser sight this time around.

In one of the most memorable scenes, Wah Sing Ku, played by martial arts expert Jet Li, who was new to U.S. films at the time, uses one hand and some lighting speed to instantly separate the slide and barrel from the frame on Riggs’ Beretta, rendering it useless and breaking up a perfectly good Mexican standoff.

Now, if you’re like me, you’ve wondered if it could be done, especially since the pistol is loaded with (presumably) a round in the chamber.

Luckily we don’t have to wonder any longer, since the folks at have dug into it for us: