The collapsible shotgun[1] was a custom-built pump-action shotgun used by the crew of the Betty in the 24th century. Like all of the weapons utilized by the Betty crew, it was chiefly designed with concealment in mind, and it could be easily smuggled through military checkpoints undetected. When not in use, its disassembled parts were concealed about Vriess' P.T.V..

The collapsible shotgun was used by Vriess during the Xenomorph outbreak aboard the USM Auriga in 2381.[2]


The collapsible shotgun, as its name implies, could be easily disassembled into its constituent parts. When not in use, these parts were hidden on the P.T.V. used by the paraplegic Vriess, thereby allowing the weapon to be smuggled past security checkpoints.

When needed, the weapon could be assembled in a matter of seconds.[3] It was very powerful at close range, but its crude, home-made construction rendered it susceptible to jams.

Behind the Scenes

Vriess' collapsible shotgun, like most of the concealed weaponry carried by the crew of the Betty, was designed by conceptual artist Sylvain Despretz.[4] As with all of the weapons created for Alien Resurrection, the collapsible shotgun was not built around any existing firearm but was fabricated completely from scratch. This was a markedly different approach when compared to the fictional weapons that had appeared in the film series previously, all of which were constructed around functional, real-world weapons. In fact, the collapsible shotgun props contained no genuine firearm components whatsoever and were therefore incapable of firing blank ammunition. Instead, at least one prop was able to fire pyrotechnic charges that simulated gunfire on set.



  1. Aliens/Predator Collectible Card Game trading cards — Alien Resurrection Expansion Set — 21. Collapsible Shotgun (1997), HarperPrism.
  2. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 9 (2014), Insight Editions.
  3. Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection (1997), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  4. Andrew Murdock, Rachel Aberly. The Making of Alien Resurrection, p. 108 (1997), HarperPrism.
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