Star Wars’ Captain Phasma Muzzle Discipline

You could argue that Captain Phasma needn’t worry about whom she does or doesn’t laser with his SB-Tactical brace-equipped laser blaster. Storm Troopers, after all, are a dime a dozen. If nothing else, Ren’s carry method shows poor discipline. And as Yoda taught us, about the discipline it always is. (So did General Kala in Flash Gordon, but that’s another story.) Let’s just hope – or not – that Cap’s more accurate with her weapon than her Storm Troopers, whose aim is notoriously suspect. Would the top-mounted sighting system help? Good luck with that helmet. I don’t see an adjustable comb for a decent cheek weld, either. You’re welcome. [Note: An earlier version of this post ID’ed the rifle-wielder as Kylo Ren.]


  1. avatar Ron T from KY says:

    Capt Phasma not Kylo Ren

    1. avatar justamessenger says:


      1. avatar John says:

        X 2 lol not Ren. But good call

        1. avatar Chadd says:

          You guys really shouldn’t be calling him Ren, that’s his title, but not like King.
          He’s a member of the Knights of Ren. Who might not be sith…but Kylo Ren might be. He also might be a skywalker… gah, so many damn theories and rumors! I can’t wait!!

    2. avatar Josh Knott says:

      I take it Robert is more of a Star Trek fan….lol (we still love you though Fargo)

    3. avatar Benny the Jew says:

      Ha! As soon as I saw the pic I was going to make the comment, but you beat me to it. Robert, you’re surrounded by geeks; if you post about Star Wars or comics, we will be there to point out every single mistake. Count on it! ?
      We do not forgive. We do not forget.

    4. avatar g says:



      Phasma is played by ______________

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        That would be none other than Gwendoline Christie.

    5. avatar John E> says:

      also a she not a he

  2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Trigger discipline appears to be good, though – which would be a first for Star Wars.

    1. avatar SD3 says:

      His brain is his ‘safety’.

        1. avatar SD3 says:

          Pardon me: Xer.

        2. avatar barnbwt says:

          Pardon me: gross.

  3. avatar Dale Smith says:

    Not Kylo Ren. At least get the names right for the click bait.

  4. avatar jwtaylor says:

    You f_cktard they are clones. They are all the same. They don’t need adjustable stocks.
    Duma$$ bantha fodder.

    1. avatar Ron T from KY says:

      Uhh…the character above, Captain Phasma, is a woman, not one of the clones.

    2. avatar Removed_californian says:

      They aren’t clones. The original grand army of the republic was comprised of clones yes, and many were integrated and apart of vader’s fist (the 501st legion), but the clones would be in their genetic 60’s around the time of a new hope. These troopers are not clones, they’re conscripts, many poorly trained at that.

      1. avatar displacer says:

        [nerd crap]Yeah, the clones were retired well before A New Hope and The Force Awakens takes place roughly 34 years after Episode IV. There’s a CGI series running right now called Rebels that’s part of the new canon, set about five years before Ep 4, and in it the main characters find some old clone troopers rolling around on an AT-TE complaining about how they’ve been declared obsolete and the Stormtroopers who replaced them are just a bunch of random conscripted idiots[nerd crap]

        1. avatar JoshtheViking says:

          I wish they would make a movie about those guys. It would be like Oddball from Kelly’s Heroes in the Star Wars Universe.

        2. avatar 80 D says:

          Enough with the negative vibes, man.

    3. avatar Nagurski says:

      They haven’t been clones for ages. Even in the original trilogy, they were all different heights.

      Now time to drop some nerd knowledge.
      In Attack of the Clones they said that the clones growth was accelerated and that they reached adulthood in 10 years. The clone wars ended 19 years before A New Hope so assuming they ended the cloning process after the war (or cut it back by a lot) the last batch of clones would physically be about 58 by the time Luke Skywalker was running around, by now, the are definitely all dead.

      1. avatar Sian says:

        Yeah, in the Rebels show, which takes place about 5 BBY, Captain Rex and his clone brothers look like old men in their late 60s. Considering they were made about 30 years ago at double aging, it works out about right.

        1. avatar barnbwt says:

          “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe; a six year-old building effete robots…Rastafarian retard aliens. Blah, blah tears in the rain… …time…to die…”

        2. avatar John E> says:

          awesome mucking of quotes, love it.

    4. avatar working4change says:

      people need to actually read the books before commenting on star wars.

      clones cost to much! they were dropped after Costs made a galaxy wide military almost impossible. they went to virtually free troops, peasents or Forced service, then it became volentary and a career.

      much like todays military. the social engineering side of the empire raised taxes so high that you had no choice but to serve or work for “other businesses” aka organized crime approved by the governement. Star Wars is an example of where we are headed. you Comply and be a good subject, or dont and still do as your told or they toss you in jail.

      at the time of the new hope most “economies” relay on empire to provide food shelter and other needs while people work as needed to get these benefits. any cash is on the side or by other means.

      they Tax you 90% and you can only become rich or just wealthy within the empire or as a criminal in the eyes of the empire.

      Just Rome in space.

      1. avatar working4change says:

        oh yeah ownership of property…. lol barely exists. if the TPP passes, they finish off all the above for us now. euro free trade and tpp will end all property rights, even control of you labor, education, healthcare, and your children.

        it is all part of the “Global Economy” anything that has even the smallest impact on the Economy will be 100% under their control. All land, resources, and yes even your ideas aka Patents will no longer yours. as of last year all currency in any bank is no longer your property but a loan to the bank.

        all the laws but 2 have been passed and only require enforcement.

        onky the 2nd amendement and 80 million gun owners are stopping these laws from being enforced. Armed they will not do a thing and wait. Unarmed …. the nazis would look like Capitalists vs what is already on the books. yes Barry has passed the majority 70% of these laws added into existing laws passed like Stimulus/ACA same bill. and over 200k new regulations. TPP is the last nail! if it happens, the small arms treaty will eradicate our 2nd amendment and autherize Russia, China, and others to “enforce” = Invade our nation to confiscate our weapons. end of the USA.

        people need to read bills!

  5. You would think that the helmet would have modern display technology so the gun could be aimed accurately from various positions without having to bring it up to the eye.

    1. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

      thats actually exactly the case :B *star wars nerd*

      1. avatar Pyratemime says:

        So tracking point for blasters.

        1. avatar barnbwt says:

          It’s the distant past (for no reason), so they obviously haven’t been invented yet, unlike handheld lasers.

      2. avatar C says:

        Must be the same guys working on F-35’s gun.

  6. avatar Grindstone says:

    And now, TTAG presents: Attack of the Nerds.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Right? I was trying at the humor of being an over the top super nerd in my post above, and then was immediately out nerded. Good for all of you.
      But you all do know, if you ain’t Mando, you ain’t shit.

    2. avatar schernobyl says:

      I believe it culminates in revenge of the nerds after a crap start with the Phantom nerd

  7. avatar Shire-man says:

    First-world problems on full display. It’s like reading angry twelve year olds posting on a forum about video games.

  8. avatar matty 9 says:

    When did the jerks at take over my gun info web site? Dorks ruin everything. Forget it, I’ll just go back to playing solitaire at work.

  9. avatar Bill Kohnke says:

    Next question; have any of them ever kissed a real woman?

    1. avatar Nick says:

      ‘Does my twin sister count?” ~ Luke Skywalker

      1. avatar Removed_californian says:

        He had a thing with Mara jade before Disney gave it the finger (was married with children).

  10. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    They lost me “pod racing”…and I went to the original way back in the 70’s. My kids made me take ’em to the last 3 . Waiting for the next Captain America…

    1. avatar NJ2AZ says:

      The Revenant is probably the movie i am most excited for.

    2. avatar Vhyrus says:

      They’re making a rogue squadron movie. Hope springs eternal.

      1. avatar Cj says:

        I’d rather Republic/Imperial Commando. But that may just be me.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Its not.

    3. avatar Pseudo says:

      I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t loathe those movies for what they did to the series. I saw the trailer. I’m willing to give JJ a chance to fix Lucas’s mistake.

  11. avatar Timmy! says:

    Are you people just typing random words?

  12. avatar Removed_californian says:

    There’s the types of people in this thread: those who know what’s going on, and those who are calling us on being nerds.

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      Then there’s the third type: Those who know what’s going on and still call everyone else nerds…

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        Full disclosure: not much of a star wars nerd. Huge mandalorian nerd. No, there is no contradiction.

        1. avatar Grindstone says:

          Full disclosure: I played a Star Wars D20 D&D-style game.

        2. avatar Removed_californian says:

          Hey, mandalorians are the sh*t. No contradiction at all.

        3. avatar Broken 3ight says:

          Full disclosure: if someone made a level 3 or greater plate set that looked like mando armor, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Or at least around tax season. I wouldn’t care about the cracks in the armor, it’d stop .30-06 AP just from sheer awesomeness.

        4. avatar Matt says:


          Full disclosure: I lied, cheated, and stole Bill the Bothan to victory. That as my D20 character you get one guess what his species was…

  13. avatar matty 9 says:

    And the fourth kind, us spectators that have a basic clue, but don’t care. We just watch the back and forth geek-off.

    1. avatar TrucksNCoffee says:

      Yes! I’m not the only one! Nice to meet you, Matty.

  14. avatar Nick says:

    Listen up Robert Farago, you scruffy looking nerf herder! You might be able to bulls-eye womp rats back home in your T-16, but analyzing Star Wars ain’t like dusting crops kid. Leave the Star Wars stuff to those more qualified to do the Kessel run in less than 12 par secs, bantha breath!

  15. avatar TravisP says:

    Man you guys calling everyone dorks must be really cool, as you post of a speciality forum for something you are passionate about….

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      Surely there’s at least a little bit of difference between being passionate about your rights vs. being passionate about a series of not-particularly-good children’s movies.

      1. avatar JAlan says:

        Star Wars features amputations and planet destruction, along with the obvious implications of blowing up the death star over Endor. And yes, I’m glad those Ewoks burned.

        1. avatar Matt says:

          Not to mention Luke Skywalker, who could be seen as coming from a great order of space hippies who are all about truth, justice, and fairness mannnnn, who is also an archetypal good guy and protagonist of the original trilogy, single-handedly killed 1.2-1.7 million people by destroying Death Star 1 and directly contributed to the deaths of about 2.5 million other people from his actions on Endor and Death Star 2… Oh yea and he killed his father.

          Like many movies that can be considered appropriate for children there are often 2 levels of things happening. The kid stuff here is good versus evil, the adult stuff is the implications of the horrors of a galaxy at war.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Kylo Ren. Capt Phasma. What dafuk are you guys talking about?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Get off my lawn you whippersnappers!

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        You pointed out the problem — some of our brothers in arms have been spending far, far too much time snapping their whippers.

  17. avatar Scott says:

    They are stormtroopers. They can’t hit anything anyways! The safest place is right in front of the gun with them.

    1. avatar Removed_californian says:

      Unless you’re a jawa or one of those poor bastards fleeing the imperial star destroyer in a new hope. Then you’re screwed because then the troopers decide to hit things.

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        Darth Vader: These troopers can’t hit anything.
        Dark Helmet: Have you tried ordering them to fire warning shots?
        Darth Vader: Brilliant! They hit them 100% of the time now.

      2. avatar Matt says:

        That’s because they are unfortunate enough to be stuck in a role that doesn’t come with plot armor.

  18. avatar Adub says:

    All I’ve got to say is that hopefully their aim is better than the A-Team’s. They were worse with those Ruger Mini-14s than Ray Charlse with a TCP…

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      Well, those were early-generation Mini-14s, so missing their targets was probably the only realistic thing on that show.

      1. avatar Archangel187 says:

        That and Ray Charles was a crack shot in the Blues Brothers. Nice Walther, if memory serves.

        1. avatar Cj says:

          I thought it was a m29.

  19. avatar pod says:

    I will say it’s actually nice to see some lighthearted BS on TTAG.

    And yeah, I’m not a huge SW nerd, but I have a feeling the character’s helmet is equipped with all sorts of targeting enhancements, and the “scope” on the rifle is a camera for that system. SWR’s next-gen product line being previewed, perhaps?

  20. avatar Taylor TX says:

    Excited but pensive about the movie. Also, Its always BA to have a Mando character in the mix.

  21. avatar Binder says:

    Oh, storm troupers, your effectiveness is determined by what the plot calls for, consistency be damned.

    Yes instill have no idea how the equivalent of Army Rangers in head to toe hard body armor with blasters can be taken out by stone age killer teddy bears.

    1. avatar schernobyl says:

      StormTroopers aren’t trained like the police who flash bang babies. They hesitated it’s how those ewoks won. Cuteness killed the empire

  22. avatar Model 31 says:

    If this Star Wars movie is any good, you can bet Hollywood will turn it into a franchise and there will be prequels coming out 15-20 months later.

    1. avatar Sean says:

      There are going to be new Star Wars movies every Xmas for the foreseeable future.

    2. avatar Pseudo says:

      Turn the… Star Wars movies… into… a franchise? You don’t say?

    3. avatar RenderMan says:

      Yeah, if it’s successful, they might even make Star Wars toys, clothing, video games, novels, and stuff like that! I can’t wait!

  23. avatar Sian says:

    You did that on purpose, didn’t you.

  24. avatar Bill Kohnke says:

    I’m enjoying the humorous banter, but on a more serious note, I seem to recall an ominous line from the last movie in the Star Wars series, that may yet apply to our own future.

    “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.”

  25. avatar What about Bob says:

    So dorks, you know anything about earth history?

    1. avatar Ad Astra says:

      Enough to know that when you refer to the actual planet and not just a handful of dirt it’s spelled Earth with a capital e.

      1. avatar What about Bob says:


        1. avatar schernobyl says:

          Only what I hear in the intro to The Big Bang theory…..

          Just kidding

          I know enough to know we study it but still repeat it

  26. avatar Sean says:

    Captain Phasma is a she. Gwendoline Christie

  27. avatar Ad Astra says:

    “Full disclosure: I played a Star Wars D20 D&D-style game.”

    Pffft…Star Wars D6 rules circa 1987 FTW.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Yes! That was one of the funnest games I’ve ever played.

      I bought the D20 sourcebooks a few years ago, and except for the Star Wars universe info, was highly disappointed. D20 systems tend to be simplistic where realism is most important and complex in all the wrong ways.

      Of course the timing and the people have a lot to do with it. A great group of guys to game with, and the GM was a young kid who knew the Star Wars universe better than all the nerds in this thread combined and could put together a darn good gaming storyline to boot. Me, 20 years later, trying to run a Star Wars game while learning an unfamiliar system that I don’t like very much…yeah.

  28. avatar Ad Astra says:

    Look if you want the truth and not a load of rebel propaganda listen here

  29. avatar What The Heck Is That says:

    Funny thing about the Stormtroopers–whenever a member of the main cast isn’t around (a high-value target for the Empire) the troopers show that they are in fact a brutal and scarily-effective fighting force. Obi-Wan speaks about the troopers’ expert marksmanship when they’re looking at the ambushed sandcrawler and speaks quite highly of them. This is a man who’s dealt with these troopers in the past–he’d know what he was talking about.

    The real reason the troopers’ aim goes to pot when the main cast is around is twofold. First, the whole “high-value target” thing. Leia espeically is to be taken alive, as well as her companions if at all possible. This means the troopers have to pull their punches a bit, so to speak. In order to lead the Empire to the rebel base, Solo and the Falcon need to get away and they can’t do that if they’re dead. So they deliberately miss in order to make it look like they barely made it out alive. (Leia even remarks that they got away too easily..she knew something was up).

    The second big reason? Plot armor.

  30. avatar Stinkeye says:

    “[Note: Am earlier version of this post ID’ed the rifle-wielder as Kylo Ren, That was Dan’s fault.]”

    Hey, Dan, while you’re under the bus, can you check for fluid leaks?

    1. avatar schernobyl says:

      Also here’s the grease gun

  31. avatar Jason says:

    I ain’t shooting this thing, I hate guns.
    My hair, he shot my hair. Son of a beeech!

  32. avatar Dave says:

    Fun departure from the norm!

  33. avatar Tyler Durdan says:

    Glad you fixed the Faux Pas… You damn near alienated most of your viewers… lol

  34. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Two things

    1) Capt Phasma is a she, not a he. Gwendoline Christie is the actress behind the armor.
    2) Its not a laser. Its a blaster.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      This is why I generally stick to writing about things I know about, or leave it to an expert. Thanks for all the corrections. I was WAY out of my depth on this one. If there’s someone who wants to review the next Star Wars movie for TTAG, please send an email to with REVIEWER in the subject bar and some sort of writing sample in the body of the email. Thanks! TEXT AMENDED!

  35. avatar rVLn4 says:

    muzzle discipline is good, he/she is not pointing the weapon in a safe direction, toward the camera. sooo this is too stupid. its a movie. watch out for your own muzzle discipline. everyone violates it sooner or later.

  36. avatar Dave in VA says:

    Proof read it again. Ren is still referenced in the “article.”

  37. avatar A Hill says:

    An SB Tactical Brace you say? Damn the democrats must be bad in the future, even the military has to comply with SBR laws in the Empire!

    (Seriously, I’m an Empire man. Crush those rebel scum Liberals!)

    1. avatar A Hill says:

      *That was supposed to be “Seriously though…”.

      (There was also a joke going around up here in Soviet Canuckistan about the Conservatives being “the Empire” and the Liberals being the “Rebels”, I voted for the Empire in the slight hope we might get to keep our gun rights…Was for naught unfortunately and there is a huge round of panic buying going around…I myself acquired a new XCR…)

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