The Guns of "Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation"

*Rogue Nation* is the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Rogue Nation is the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise.web photo

On December 4, something will occur in cinemas that few would have bet money on back in 1996. The fifth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise hits theaters, with Tom Cruise again playing IMF agent Ethan Hunt. And, for the fifth time, Ving Rhames will make an appearance as Luther Stickell. Other than that, the cast of "Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation" is a mix of co-stars from the past couple of installments and some new blood to the series, like Alec Baldwin.

And there are plenty of guns used as IMF agents (yes, it still stands for Impossible Mission Force) battle the Syndicate, an international rogue organization, called an anti-IMF, committed to destroying them.

It looks like the film's armorer went with a low-key theme, appropriate for a spy-action-thriller with hardly any audacious-looking guns, at least in the trailers.

We see Cruise and Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) carrying tranquilizer pistols that look to be modified Walther SSP-E handguns. Though they have a lot of add-ons, they're fairly compact and understated.

Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner wield Walther SSP-E pistols modified to be tranquilizer guns in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner wield Walther SSP-E pistols modified to be tranquilizer guns in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.photo from imfdb.org

Rebecca Furguson playing Ilsa is seen with a SIG-Sauer P226 in a production still, and an unknown helmeted motorcyclist is seen aiming another P226, this one outfitted with a red-dot sight and what looks like an Osprey Micro suppressor. The SIG P250 and the SIG Pro SP 2022 also make appearances.

Rebecca Furguson as Ilsa aims a SIG-Sauer P226.
Rebecca Furguson as Ilsa aims a SIG-Sauer P226.photo from imfdb.org
This P226 is fitted with a red-dot sight and what looks like an Osprey suppressor.
This P226 is fitted with a red-dot sight and what looks like an Osprey suppressor.photo from imfdb.org

Now on to the big stuff. All the Syndicate operatives look to be carrying a variation of the AKS-74U, a firearm that was meant to bridge the gap between submachine gun and assault rifle in the AK family. It's a compact rifle with an 8.1 inch barrel and cyclic rate of close to 700 rounds per minute.

The AK-74U.
The AK-74U.photo from imfdb.org

We can see several CIA Special Activities Division agents with Colt M4A1 carbines topped with M68 Aimpoint reflex sights and Knight's Armament RAS railed handguards and vertical foregrips.

CIA agents in the movie use M4A1 carbines.
CIA agents in the movie use M4A1 carbines.photo from imfdb.org

And, this being a "Mission: Impossible" movie, There's at least one spy-type gun. We see a female Syndicate member assembling a rifle from a flute.

A Syndicate agent assembles a covert gun from a flute.
A Syndicate agent assembles a covert gun from a flute.photo from imfdb.org

Below, if you choose to accept them, are the trailers for "Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation."

And if you're old enough to remember the original movie and want to feel your age, here's the trailer for "Mission: Impossible" (1996):