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Throughout the films of the Star Wars saga, creator George Lucas was determined that the universe he envisioned would have a "lived-in" look to it. Thus, the many weapons seen in the saga are in fact visually modified or based upon real-world weapons. Note: This page encompasses all the films of the Star Wars saga.

The following lists the real-world firearms that were visually modified for use in the films of the Star Wars saga:

The Star Wars Saga (1977-2005)


Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI)

Defender Sporting Blaster (Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol)

In the early scenes of A New Hope and in a few scenes in Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) can be seen with a Defender Sporting Blaster, actually a Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol, with some muzzle attachment fitted. Among other details, the Return of the Jedi version lacks the commercially available compensator that the A New Hope prop had.

Leia with the Vostok Margolin pistol before shooting a stormtrooper with it in A New Hope.
A close up of Leia's Vostok Margolin pistol in Return of the Jedi. Note that the muzzle attachment has been removed, along with a few other differences in its design.

BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle (Sterling L2A3)

Standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The E-11 blaster rifle props were built from the British-made Sterling L2A3 submachine gun. Numerous main characters, including Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) use the weapon. Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) also uses an E-11 blaster in The Empire Strikes Back. Some details differ between the three movies, most notably the method of scope attachment and battery pack beside it (or lack thereof).

A revealing mistake is that spent cartridge cases can be seen ejecting from this "blaster" rifle. It is most noticeable in the bridge swing scene of A New Hope and Lando firing at Stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back. In Return of the Jedi the hero props were built from Sterling replicas, explaining why there were no blanks used as in the previous two films.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle. Standard-issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers
Stormtroopers fire their E-11 blaster rifles at the Rebels on the ship Tantive IV in A New Hope.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) fires his E-11 blaster rifle at Stormtroopers while trapped in the Death Star in A New Hope.
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) fires his E-11 blaster rifle while stuck on a bridge in the Death Star in A New Hope.
A stormtrooper opens fire on a bridge in the Death Star in A New Hope.
Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) fires an E-11 Blaster in A New Hope. Note a spent cartridge case is visible in the bottom left when she fires.
A stormtrooper with a BlasTech E-11 during the arrest of Rebel forces in Return of the Jedi.
"Yeeeh ha ha!" An Ewok holds a captured E-11 blaster rifle while cheering in victory during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol

One of the weapons utilized by the Rebels in the films is what is designated as the "BlasTech DH-17" blaster pistol. These blasters are first seen in A New Hope used by Rebel troops against Stormtroopers on the blockade runner Tantive IV. Later seen carried by guards and officers on the Death Star. These were nonfunctional props with the receiver and pistol grip based on casts from a Sterling SMG and a (back then) distinctive looking Singlepoint OEG attached. Consequently, the muzzle flashes were added in post-production. There is an interesting continuity error where a couple of Imperial guards start off carrying this weapon but then switch to the E-11, firing it one handed like a pistol no less. This is perhaps because they looked similar enough and blanks provided a better reference point for adding blaster effects later.

In The Empire Strike Back, it is the weapon of a few Rebel soldiers on Hoth and a couple of guards on Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer. In this film they were built from Sterling replicas rather than a cast and have a different, yet similarly shaped scope attached.

A stunt prop as seen in A New Hope.
As seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
In A New Hope, Rebel soldiers with BlasTech DH-17s. Note the Singlepoint OEG (Occluded Eye Gunsight) attached to the weapon.
In A New Hope, Rebel troops open fire on Stormtroopers invading the Tantive IV.

BlasTech A280 and A295 blaster rifles

Standard issue blaster rifle of the Rebel Alliance ground forces in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Both the A280 and A295 blaster rifle props were CAST FROM replicas similar to (built from) both the World War 2-era German Sturmgewehr 44 (A295 - The Empire Strikes Back) and from the M16 series rifles (A280 - Return of the Jedi).

StG44-based BlasTech A295 Blaster as seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
M16-based BlasTech A280 Blaster as seen in Return of the Jedi.
A line of Rebel Hoth forces in the back fire their A295 blaster rifles at the Imperial walkers in The Empire Strikes Back.
A close up of a Rebel's A295 blaster rifle in The Empire Strikes Back.
Rebel forces on Endor aim their A280 blaster rifles at a lone scout trooper in Return of the Jedi.

DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle (MG34)

Standard issue heavy blaster of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The DLT-19s were nothing more than World War II German MG34 general purpose machine guns with little to no modifications to its external appearance.

MG34 with 75-round ammo drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
DLT-19 Heavy Blaster
The Sandtrooper officer on the left carries the DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle (MG34) in A New Hope.
One of the stormtroopers investigating the Millennium Falcon carrying the DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle A New Hope.
In A New Hope, Chewbacca fires his DLT-19 at the Death Star's security alarms.

T-21 Light Repeating Blaster (Lewis Machine Gun)

The heavy blaster seen carried by the Sandtrooper Officer is a modified British Lewis light machine gun.

Lewis gun - .303 British
The T-21 blaster rifle as seen in Star Wars.
The Sandtrooper officer in the middle carries the T-21 Blaster (Lewis Machine Gun sans drum magazine).

RT-97C heavy blaster rifle (MG15 machine gun)

Imperial Sandtroopers can be seen carrying RT-97C heavy blaster rifles while on patrol on Tatooine. The RT-97C heavy blaster rifle prop is in fact a modified German MG15 machine gun.

MG15 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The trooper to the far left is seen carring a MG15 with a 75 round "saddle" drum magazine. A scope is also fitted on the weapon.
There are two troopers carrying the "RT-97C" in this scene. The other weapon's barrel is barely visible throughout the scene.

BlasTech DL-44 blaster pistol (Mauser C96)

The DL-44 blaster pistol was the blaster of choice for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the Rebel Alliance. The weapon is seen wielded by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) throughout The Empire Strikes Back. Possibly the best known duplicate of a real gun, the DL-44 blaster pistol prop was built from a Mauser C96 handgun, sometimes with a sniper scope. The modifications are obviously added on to the exterior, though the distinct "broomhandle" grips are still wooden.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the rear tangent sight; in something of a display of wishful thinking, the C96's sight is adjustable for ranges up to 1000 metres.
DL-44 Blaster, the Star Wars version of the pistol.
Han Solo with his DL-44 blaster pistol in Return Of The Jedi. In the background is Leia with her Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol.
Luke gets surprised by Yoda's appearance and draws out his DL-44 blaster on him in The Empire Strikes Back.
Han Solo draws his scoped DL-44 blaster in A New Hope. Note the coiled frame on the pistol.

Jawa Ion Blaster (Cut-down Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII)

The Ion blaster utilized by the Jawa who shot R2-D2 in A New Hope was built from a cut-down British Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* series bolt-action rifle with the grenade launcher cup attached to the shortened barrel.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.
Ion Blaster as seen in A New Hope
The Jawa aims the Ion blaster at R2-D2.
The Jawa fires the Ion blaster, disabling R2-D2.
The Jawa with the Ion blaster as he calls out his fellow Jawas.

Boba Fett's EE-3 Blaster Carbine (Webley & Scott Flare Gun)

The prop Boba Fett uses in the films is a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun. In The Empire Strikes Back the barrel was rather simple looking. In Return of the Jedi it has a more distinctive barrel and the scope is actually mounted backwards to where it was before!

Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun - 37mm
EE-3 Blaster Carbine.
Boba Fett with his EE-3 blaster carbine while guarding Jabba the Hutt in Return Of The Jedi.
Boba Fett aims his EE-3 blaster carbine at Luke during the battle on Jabba's ship before the carbine gets cut in half by Luke.

Ponda Baba's SE-14C blaster pistol (Rexim-Favor Mk5 SMG)

The SE-14C blaster pistol is carried by Dr. Evazan and, with scope removed, his crime partner Ponda Baba in A New Hope. They draw these weapons after provoking a fight with Luke Skywalker at the Mos Eisley cantina. It was built from a Swiss Rexim-Favor Mk5 submachine gun with the stock, barrel, and magazine removed and has a double sniper scope attached.

Rexim-Favor Mk5 - 9x19mm
The SE-14C, a common weapon for Mos Eisley gangsters according to Wookieepedia.
Dr. Evazan (out of frame) points his SE-14C blaster pistol at Obi-Wan.
The SE-14C blaster pistol on the ground with Ponda Baba's arm sliced off by Obi Wan's lightsaber.

Orrimaarko's (Prune Face) Dressellian projectile rifle (Mauser Kar98k)

An unmodified Mauser Kar98k bolt-action rifle was seen in the hands of the character Orrimaarko a.k.a. "Prune Face" in promotional photos for Return Of The Jedi.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III)

S-5 Blaster Pistol (Walther LP300 Air Gun)

In Episode I The Phantom Menace, the Naboo troops used this weapon that was based around a Walther LP300 Model Air Gun.

Feinwerkbau C55 Model Air Gun
Naboo troops with Naboo blasters.
Captain Panaka carries a Naboo blaster as Padme (Natalie Portman) fires a Naboo pistol.

CR-2 Blaster (Calico M950A)

Also seen in The Phantom Menace is the Naboo CR-2 Blaster, which appears to be based off of the Calico M950A.

The Naboo blaster which is called, according to the Star Wars wiki, the CR-2 blaster. The Calico M950A base is readily apparent here
A Naboo trooper with a CR-2 blaster (circled in red) while riding on a Naboo speeder.
A Naboo trooper behind Anakin Skywalker with a CR-2 blaster.

DC-15A Heavy Plasma Rifle

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the DC-15-series was a range of plasma weapons used by the Republic clone troopers during the Clone Wars in Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Although entirely computer-generated (as are all the Clone Troopers, no costumes were manufactured,) its design is based on parts from the German MG34 making up the rear half, as well as much of a scaled-up Sterling L2A3 turned upside-down for the front.

DC-15a Blaster Rifle.jpg
Yoda accompanies a squad of clone troopers with DC-15A heavy blaster rifles in Attack of the Clones.
A clone trooper fires his DC-15A heavy blaster rifle at battle droids during the rescue of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala and the Jedi.
A group of clone troopers with DC-15A heavy blaster rifles while advancing behind Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson).
Swamp clone troopers fire on the Trade Federation droid army in Revenge of the Sith.
Galactic Marines aim their DC-15A heavy blaster rifles at Ki-Adi-Mundi after Order 66 was issued.

DC-15S Compact Plasma Rifle

Like the M16 has the M4, the DC-15A has the DC-15S. It is basically a compacted version (a "carbine" if you will) of the DC-15, lacking some of the range but making up for it in ease of use and portability. It is usually seen in the hands of officers, most notably Commander Bacara when he and the Galactic Marines kill Ki-Adi-Mundi, as well as in the hands of many regular clone troopers (the design of the DC-15S carbine would later influence the design and development of the E-11 blaster rifle used by the Imperial Stormtroopers in Episodes IV-VI). As this weapon is computer generated, what it is based upon (if any) is currently unknown; its similarity to the E-11 suggests it was based on the Sterling L2A3 as well.

Commander Bacara (The one in the middle) has a DC-15S.

The New Trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, and IX)

Stormtrooper Blaster

In The Force Awakens, the new stormtroopers are armed with what appear to be upgraded models of the BlasTech E-11 blaster rifles seen in the original trilogy. Some of the blasters (such as the one carried by Captain Phasma) are fitted with what appears to be ATI Strikeforce stocks mounted on to the back of the receiver tube. Unlike the original trilogy, these weapons do not appear to be made from real Sterling SMGs but are instead mock ups, as indicated most obviously by the fact that the magazine protrudes out of the right side of the receiver rather than the left (most likely a practical consideration to make the weapons easier to hold and holster).

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
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Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) with her blaster at the ready. This weapon is fitted with what appears to be an ATI Strikeforce stock. This stock is originally designed for AR-15 type rifles.

BlasTech DL-44 blaster pistol (Mauser C96)

The DL-44 blaster pistol returns for The Force Awakens as the blaster of choice for Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the rear tangent sight; in something of a display of wishful thinking, the C96's sight is adjustable for ranges up to 1000 metres.
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