Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 9mm Pistol

The market for guns is growing faster than the national debt. Paradoxically, the guns themselves are shrinking. Powerful handguns are getting smaller, easier to carry and less expensive. The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield continues this trend. It’s a pistol trimmed down to a small size often reserved for weaker cartridges like the .380, but […]

Ralph: The Litany of Failures That Led to Mass Murder. And You Think GUNS Are the Problem?

The Air Force never reported the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church murderer despite his criminal conviction. The Army never reported Gabby Gifford’s shooter despite his failed drug test. The community college that he attended was scared sh!tless of him but did nothing. Douglas High School never reported the murderous little puke who gunned down a […]

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

I expected “Atomic Blonde” to be an atomic bomb, a thermonuclear dud featuring a tall, skinny, bisexual James Bond played by a tall, skinny, gun-hating South African. What I got was . . . . A Plot And a well-worn plot at that. Atomic Blonde takes place during the weeks before and after the fall […]

Movie Review: The Purge: Election Year

After viewing ‘The Purge: Election Year,’ I felt like I needed to purge. ‘Election Year’ is the third installment in Director James DeMonaco’s manic series of pseudo-political, race-based slasher movies. Here’s the premise (let’s not call it a plot) of the Purge trilogy: A white supremacist, ultra-religious, male privileged, crony capitalist party called the “New […]

Movie Review – Independence Day: Resurgence

Director Roland Emmerich is called the Master of Disaster for good reasons. He directed “White House Down,” in which he shot up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue like it was the Reichstag in 1945. He helmed “The Day After Tomorrow,” where most of the Northern Hemisphere froze because Congress wouldn’t approve the Kyoto Protocols. Or something. He […]

BREAKING: Trump Reveals List of Potential SCOTUS Nominees

Donald J. Trump, the presumptive GOP Presidential candidate, revealed a list of 11 judges that he might nominate to succeed the late, great Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States. Here’s the list of the Trump 11: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, […]

Ralph’s Revolver Range Roundup

I wish that it had been my idea to round up five great revolvers for an extended range session, but I can’t take the credit for it. That honor belongs to TTAG commenter Dr. Dave, who enlisted fellow commenter Greg in Allston. Pretty soon we three Miculek wannabes were at a frosty outdoor range, blazing […]

What I Carry and Why: Ralph’s S&W 642 Airweight

[ED: In response to reader requests, this is part of a series of posts by TTAG writers revealing their choice of carry guns.] Sometimes I carry a .40 caliber M&P, and sometimes I don’t. It depends on what I’m wearing, which is determined by the weather, which in Massachusetts can be charitably described as “variable,” or realistically […]

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is Aussie director George Miller’s goofy, rip-roaring, full-bore, let-it-all-hang-out post-modern “reimagining” of Mad Max and Mad Max Two: The Road Warrior. Miller, 70, directed those two post-apocalyptic movies about thirty-five years ago. Mad Max put Mel Gibson on the map. The Road Warrior made Gibson a superstar. This movie reminds us […]

Movie Review: American Sniper

All gun guys and most Americans, except perhaps for a few off-the-grid survivalists shivering in a dugout somewhere west of Des Moines, already know that the American Sniper is based on the exploits of Chris Kyle, the “most deadly sniper in American military history.” The same people also know how Chris Kyle’s story ended prematurely […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 460XVR 3.5″

Smith & Wesson’s 460XVR (X-treme Velocity Revolver) is a Performance Center hand cannon aimed squarely at the handgun hunting market. As if to evince the seriousness of its purpose, the snub-nosed 460XVR comes packaged in a plain white corrugated box, not the usual cardboard container gaily decorated with the vivid blue and white S&W colors. […]

Movie Review: Fury

Fury is both the name of the movie and an M4 Sherman tank that’s home to a dysfunctional family of US Army soldiers. To set the stage, it’s April of 1945 – the last month of the War in Europe — and Hitler’s armies have been shattered on the Western front. The Nazis have been […]