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Purists, hold onto your martinis. James Bond is sporting a new gun. Or he will be in the upcoming film, ‘Spectre.’ A just-released still from the flick shows him on the ice planet Hoth toting a H&K VP9. Jeremy sure liked the pistol, but we’re guessing seeing Daniel Craig making bloody snow angels with it will goose sales even more than our review did.


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        • Carrie Nation once got her butt kicked by an Irish woman, bar owner May Maloy in Butte, MT. in 1910.

    • The irony of it is that when these anti gun actors do these shoot em ups on the big screen they actually do sell more guns. Like barry being the gun salesman of the century. He didn’t mean it to be like that, but it is.

    • Mostly goes without saying, doesn’t it? Besides, as Ralph points out, Daniel Craig is British, so it goes even more without saying.

      If you’re ever going to enjoy a movie in this benighted age, you have to divorce yourself completely from all the people who make films happen. Homunculi imbued with the magic of mimicry, that’s all they are to me. The more I learn about them as people, the more nauseated I become when I see them caper about on screen.

      • linkage?

        Lets be fair here- he may be a liberal about to be mugged by reality…or a closet conservative lying low… Until proven otherwise I am not going to assume. There are still some good Brits over there…

        and most Agents arent idiots, in Hollywood- they cant help but see the HUGE surge of popularity for movies like American Sniper, vs some of the tired old lefty ones a couple years back…

        I sense a vast change in the Force, in the Millenials, myself- for the better, and younger stars that have moderate ideas, including 2A rights are gaining ground over nitwits like Kayne, Liam Neeson, and I am sure someone can name more…

      • P99 and PPQ are pretty much identical in design and function. The PPQ has different aesthetics and lacks the dococker and DA mode of the P99 in lieu of a trigger safety but otherwise they’re the same.

        • i know i did ,,,,,just because i know a good deal when i see it ,, and that led to 6 more of them ,heck they might as well of been giving them away …

        • Enemy at the Gates provoking Mosin sales? I watched it for the first time late one night, and went out and bought my first the very next day. A MINT 1945 M38 (Yes, I know. I know.) with a beautiful blonde stock. Then it got stolen a few years later. Still bums me out. But I have a junk 91/30 still, so the x54r still flies. But damn do I miss that carbine.

  1. It looks like they are maybe going to do a ski down the mountain while badguys shoot at you from snowmobiles scene like in an actual James Bond movie. But considering the last film and the fact that they are staying away from nifty gadgets and that he’s wearing black as snow camo and that Bond Films are more somehow more anti gun, this is probably going to be something stupid like the last one.

  2. I think Bond made a good choice this time. Besides, a professed purist would insist a .25 acp beretta and an a true fan wouldn’t care because they’d know that Bond’s switched his accessories up numerous times over the 23 movies and 14 books and enjoyed them all anyway. Except for that one… ugh that was bad.


      • At the time that he created Bond in Europe, he was a brit, most cops carried a .32 acp. If they carried at all. 9mm was considered a powerhouse of a gun and the brits had adopted a revolver based on a short .38 round that had been created as a black powder round.

        In Flemings world the .25 acp wasn’t such a popgun.

        • Also from what I’ve read the MO for an assassin with a handgun was contact head shots. 5 mm class projectiles mostly. .22 caliber was popular. .25 acp was big. Even a .22 short has more punch than what you could do 5 times fast with an ice pick of the same diameter (try it with a phone book or a coconut some time).

        • And since everyone involved had just come out of a huge war where all these techniques originated, I tend to trust their judgement. Something like a .357 would make the contact head shot quite unpleasant indeed, no surprise the smaller calibers were favoured.

        • What Don said. Bond is not planning on getting in a firefight. He prepared to take somebody out at close range.


        FWIW- discussion of the novels/movies and the choice of firearms. Interesting bit though-

        “When he introduced Bond as using a .25 ACP caliber Beretta in a flat chamois leather holster, he is commonly believed to have given little thought to it. Fleming had been issued a .25 ACP Baby Browning during the Second World War when he was in Naval Intelligence and felt it was an appropriate side arm for an intelligence officer on an undercover mission.”

  3. If he were a real man he’d use a glock 42. If he saved the world for years with a .32 ACP then he could pwn some muthafuckas with a .380

  4. I don’t own a TV and have very limited internet access at home. I can honestly say I have very little idea what most of what is above is about. But it sounds fascinating.

  5. Oh please. Craig’s an actor and a good one at that. Susan Sarandon’s politics made her no less of a nun, and shrimpy OT Tom Cruise still makes one helluva fighter pilot. It’s make believe, and Craig’s Bond is exactly the grouchy ass-kicker the world needs.

      • Disagree. Craig is on par with Dalton. That other guy who only made one film was better than Craig. He’s got no swagger, no style. Just a blunt instrument. Connery was the best, of course.

        • Well, I dunno. Maybe it’s the cheesy ’70s and ’80s trappings, but I just can’t get behind either Dalton or Connery as James Bond. Craig has to at least be better than that other guy who only did one Bond film, because at least he puts a memorable stamp on the role, while that other guy is…well, that guy who only did one Bond film (poorly).

          Pierce Brosnan delivered the iconic Bond suavity with a style unmatched by anyone else in the role, but the action component was a bit of a stretch for him. Craig is a more rough-hewn version, but he can sell the style when he has to — and his grouchy ass-kicking Bond persona is a lot of fun to watch.

          I think if you could somehow meld the two, you’d have the perfect incarnation of James Bond. Come to think of it, he’d probably sound like Dalton and act like Connery. (And so we come full circle.)

        • I liked Lazenby’s bond, and see a lot of that in Craig’s. He’s competent but human and vulnerable. Unfortunately Lazenby just wasn’t a good enough actor to really give his role the right gravity, even with the otherwise great writing and directing in OHMSS.

      • I don’t really care that much which actor made the best Bond. Whenever I hear these little discussions my mind drifts off to thinking about Jill St. John in a yellow bikini.

    • I’m not a big fan, but I had a perfectly nice conversation with Tom Cruise at a Bruce Springsteen show and he’s probably 5′ 7″, maybe 5′ 8″ and slender/fit probably 150 – 160 or something. Totally normal size guy, especially for his age group. I’m about the same, and I was just on the small side of average all through school/military etc.

  6. I read all the Bond books as a teenager in the sixties. I missed a lot of the Dalton/Brosnan movies. But seeing the dramatization of Ian Fleming’s life (Fleming) on Netflix gave me a whole new perspective on Bond — and Fleming too.
    Fleming was actually in a highly trusted position in Naval Intelligence during WWII and had some interesting but not very nice character traits that informed the James Bond character as well. So apart from his choices of weapons (and villains), there was perhaps more realism in his books than is casually apparent.

  7. Every time I see something about a Bond film it makes me wish that someone had done a serious take on Matt Helm vice the Dean Martin stuff that got put out.

  8. A key feature of Fleming (and his Bond creation) was his disrespect for any form of authority, his flippant use of humor, and his roving eye for female beauty. In Fleming’s day, all agents were trained to a lethal degree of combat effectiveness, mostly hand to hand, and weapons were not the first choice because of the distracting noise. Most shots would be straight to the head, and a .22 to .25 is sufficient as the bullet stays in the skull and rattles around doing all sorts of damage instead of emerging to puncture some other possibly innocent bystander.
    As far as who was the best Bond – Roger Moore got the humor down pat, Timothy Dalton was threatening, Connery was a terrific blend, but the remainder have been less convincing.

  9. If you actually watch the preview, he snatches HK from the guard. He will be carrying a PPQ. Walther has already spoken on this. sorry HK fan boys.


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