Rob Riggle in '12 Strong' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Marine Corps veteran Rob Riggle has enjoyed an amazing post-military career as a comedian, actor and creator of funny videos for the FOX NFL pregame show. Now, he's going to put his self-proclaimed "extensive knowledge of everything" to use as host of the Discovery Channel series "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator."

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There's a scene from Demolition Man that's always stuck with me. Upon fleeing his incarceration in futuristic Los Angeles, the batshit crazy Simon Phoenix (played by Wesley Snipes) goes hunting for weapons at a nearby museum, stocking up on machine guns and pistols when inspiration strikes. "Wait a minute, this is the future," Phoenix smirks. "Where are all the phaser guns?"

Sadly, the world's militaries have yet to field the futuristic firearms we've always dreamed of, but at least movies and television have attempted to make those dreams a reality. Below, an egregiously non-scientific ranking of fictional futuristic firearms based on capabilities, lethality, and real-world practicality.

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Marvel's The Punisher/Netflix

Frank Castle is hanging up his Punisher garb — for now.

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The first trailer for Hulu's remake of Joseph Heller's World War II satire Catch-22 just dropped, and it looks like it's going to be the dark, hilarious, and sarcastic war story you've been waiting for.

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Why, oh why didn't you just kill Billy Russo when you had the chance, Frank?

That's the question I asked myself throughout the entirety of The Punisher's second season, which Task & Purpose had a chance to review ahead of the show's Jan. 18 release. Most of those 13 blood-soaked episodes would have been unnecessary if Jon Bernthal's titular character had just killed, instead of maimed, his one-time friend and brother in arms at the end of season one.

Fortunately for us, and less than fortunate for Frank and the villains he sets his sights on, he didn't, and that means we get another season of rip-roaring revenge. (Warning: there are mild spoilers ahead.)

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Amazon

The new Jack Ryan reboot that premiered on Amazon at the end of August marked the return of Tom Clancy’s eponymous Marine vet turned CIA super-spook to the forefront of American pop culture. Updated to reflect changing international threats, the series’ generally positive reception illustrates the staying power of Clancy’s vision of the military and national security realm. The New York Times’ Michael Hale observed that Jack Ryan is “still the Boy Scout, which is to say the godlike, morally superior American, stretching out his hand to the rest of the world.”

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