The Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time

We didn’t know that — thirty years later — there was still a debate any more. Oh, and our favorite gun in a movie chock full of ’em is still Hans Gruber’s HK P7. What’s yours?


  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    The Steyr Aug.

    1. avatar Big Sky says:

      My favorite is whatever gun Hans Gruber’s brother Tex shot himself in the leg with on YouTube.

      1. avatar Jon in CO says:

        That’s Grebner, not gruber. However, dumbass Tex had a 1911 in a thumb drive serpa holster designed for a Glock. The dumb was strong far further before he actually pulled the trigger.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      To the best of my knowledge I’ve never even handled an AUG. But it’s sure a sexy beast.

      1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

        I think that you would know. 😏

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Really? Decades of shooting in different places and with different people and I could not guarantee you a complete list of everything that I have shot in every caliber without a journal. And I was too busy shooting to keep up with the paperwork.

          If you can list all types and calibers just off the top of your head, you ain’t trying hard enough. 🙂

  2. avatar jwtaylor says:

    “Our”? There a mouse in your pocket?
    The 92FS is the star of the show, but that Steyr sure stole the limelight.

  3. avatar Bloving says:

    Smith & Wesson Model 15.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      A bog standard model 15 straight out of the box is one of the easiest and most accurate factory standard handguns to shoot.

  4. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I do love the AUG, still fresh today.
    But the 92 is one of my favorite pistols. Lovely design.
    Even though the P7 is a clever design, I never liked shooting mine.
    Wish i had waited till now to sell it.

  5. avatar S.Crock says:

    I watched Die Hard last night! My favorite gun in the movie is probably the HK94. Merry Christmas TTAG community.

  6. 1. The Beretta 92…The movie put it into the public consciousness as a self defense /combat pistol…

    2. H&K P7. Because of it’s unusual, sophisticated, futuristic design….

    3. Steyr AUG.

    4. S&W .38.

    5. Anti-tank rocket 🚀 launcher…

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      …and yet they communicated with cb radios…go figure!…

  7. avatar Cucamonga Jeff says:

    Obviously it’s the Red Ryder from A Christmas Story. YOULL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!!!

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      just picked one up to go with my leg lamp…they don’t seem to be as sturdy as I remember them…

      1. avatar jwm says:

        My grandson got one for xmas. Its plastic. Ours were metal.

    2. avatar bontai joe says:

      My favorite Christmas movie featured an “Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle”. This is the movie that made my Dad laugh until tears came down his face. It was the first time I had ever seen him laugh. According to him, that movie was just like his childhood, only the names were different.

  8. avatar Darkman says:

    S&W Model 29 44 Magnum…The most powerful hand gun in the world…It’ll blow your head clean off…So punk do you feel lucky.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      they built the movie (series) around that gun…witness the opening scene of “Magnum Force”…”Winchester “73”” was also like that…but who owns one?

      1. avatar Pmac says:

        I know a guy who owns at least 100 vintage Winchester lever action rifles. We were talking about Colt SAA collection a while back. He kept referring to one and another. I finally asked, “Charles, how many Colt SAAs do you own?” He replied, “Last time I counted, around 300.” Some people are in the stratosphere of collecting.

        1. avatar Mike. says:

          If you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough.
          I often say about 60, and Glock mags? About 20. Never counted

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    The Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time: Gremlins.

    Some weak-minded dolts (so far, all of them have been women) who come into my store voice their fear of the guns on the wall. I tell them not to worry. We never expose them to bright lights, we do not let them get wet, and we never feed them after midnight.

  10. avatar Nanashi says:

    War in the Pocket is just as much of a Christmas movie as Die Hard is.

  11. avatar Pmac says:

    Die Hard and Lethal Weapon made a mediocre pistol one of the most popular in United States at the time. Yeah, they’re reliable and accurate enough for their intended purpose, but they’re WAY to big for the 9mm caliber. The trigger leaves much to be desired. They epitomize the concept of the crunchenticker. U.S. agencies and military are divesting themselves of them. Cool factor for movie guns? HK P7M8, especially in hard chrome, yep. Got one. Model 29? Yep. Got two. Both stainless. Sorry. Don’t forget the Pythons in Magnum Force. (As well as Starsky & Hutch, though not a movie.) Got one, but again, stainless. Sorry. AUG? Looks way cool, but I was at Ft. Benning circa ’92. Steyr, among others, were there with full auto AUGs. Rep had co cannibalize two to make one working weapon. No thanks for my battery. Oh! The star of the movies? Yeah, I got one of those too, but I only paid $200 for it lo those many years ago.

  12. avatar Pmac says:

    And I never carry it.

  13. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Lethal Weapon, the other Christmas movie starring the same supporting cast of Europe’s best.

  14. avatar Pmac says:

    Oh! How could have forgotten!? ANY 1911 pattern .45 ACP is at the top of the cool pistol list. Merry 🎄 Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and yours!

  15. avatar TommyJay says:

    Yeah, Lethal Weapon (1987) beat Die Hard by one year. The brothers in arms bromance directly pitted Smith against Beretta. Then there was that scene where Riggs paints a smiley face on a human outline target at 25 yds. (or was it more like 35 or 40 yds.?) with a Beretta 92. I’d like to see someone do that in real life.

  16. avatar Pmac says:

    Wait! Colt SAA (A friend picked up a 1st Gen 7 1/2″ Calvary revolver last Saturday. How cool is that?) and Winchester ’92 with large lever loop. Anyone want to accuse The Duke of not being cool? Oh, M-1 rifle and carbine. Thompson. MP-40. Luger. Mauser K98k. You know something? There are a lot of really 😎 cool (movie) firearms.

  17. avatar Hoyden says:

    “A Midnight Clear”. 1992

  18. avatar The Rookie says:

    Eh, Die Hard is okay. But for my money, nothing says “Christmas Movie” Like Jack Frost.

    No, no, not that sapfest with Michael Keaton. I mean the _good_ Jack Frost movie!

  19. avatar Frank white says:

    Plasma rifle in the 40 watt range. Wait is it only guns on the wall?

  20. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I hated the army issue Beretta 92, I got in the 1990s when I was on active duty. Perhaps the gun got better in latter years, but I did not like it back then. This was the first time I saw a Steyr Aug. That is a cool gun!

    1. avatar DJinFL says:

      I felt the same way until I was issued a brand new one. Before that, I hated them. Loved the one that came straight from the factory.

      It’s the ones that are sitting in the arms room “rode hard and put away wet” that suck. The magazines were the worst. It was almost impossible to get issued decent mags.

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        I just found a Police Issue Beretta 92A on sale at the local gun store. Used with fixed sights both front and back no adjustments at all. They wanted well over $300 for it. It’s still a piece of junk.

    2. avatar tdiinva says:

      In about ten years we will hear how those P320s suck. 10 years of military use will destroy the reputation of a good Company

  21. avatar tdiinva says:

    The greatest non religious Christmas movie of all time? Battleground. It was about beating better armed Germans.

    1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

      Oh yes a very young Ricardo Montalban in that film!

  22. avatar George from Alaska says:

    Always was and always will be the MP5’s in the movie… made me buy my first NFA select fire.

  23. avatar Gregolas says:

    I believe Gruber’s weapon was a P13, not the lower capacity P7.

    1. avatar Jon in CO says:

      Correct. He had the chromed double stack in the film.

      And for those doubting the holiday-ness I’d Die Hard, 20th Century Fox released a statement about 5 days ago, along with the original re-cut trailer, that said it is indeed a Christmas film.

    2. avatar Pmac says:

      The thinking man’s P7 is a M8. Shot ’em all. Told an HK rep the M10 would never sell. He took umbridge. History proved me correct. Of course, the M10 commands a premium among collectors, but collectors ain’t necessarily shooters.

  24. avatar Blig says:

    Whenever I’m shooting poor at the range, I like to take of my shoes, walk around barefoot and make fists with my toes.

  25. avatar Busterdog says:

    It always amazes me about all the imbeciles that shoot off their mouths in a public forum like this about all the “Bad-ass” guns they have. Some even implicate they’re friends, and their collections. Then they’ll thump their chests in bravado saying how they’ll never register any of their weapons in another post. Surprised they don’t give serial numbers while they brag about their supposed collection. And give their address and safe combination while they’re at it. Lmfao.

  26. avatar BLAMMO says:

    … What’s yours?

    Red Ryder, Carbine-Action, 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle

    1. avatar BLAMMO says:

      … with a compass in the stock.

      1. avatar Pmac says:

        That’s funny! We mention what’s in our battery to lend weight to our comments. Busterdog, I’ll worry about what’s in my battery. And who knows it. Don’t concern yourself.

  27. avatar Phil LA says:

    Not a Christmas movie.


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