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Standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The E-11 blaster rifle props were built from the British-made [[Sterling SMG | 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''.
 
Standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The E-11 blaster rifle props were built from the British-made [[Sterling SMG | 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''.
  
While the gun is being fired, in some scenes, if you look closely, you can see the spent casings being ejected out of the gun. The one that comes to mind is in ''A New Hope'' when Luke and Leia swing across the gap to the other side of the bridge while inside the death star. The stormtrooper that fires at them from the platform they just left clearly has spent casings coming out of the gun.
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While the gun is being fired, in some scenes, if you look closely, you can see the spent casings being ejected out of the gun. The one that comes to mind is in ''A New Hope'' when Luke and Leia swing across the gap to the other side of the bridge while inside the Death Star. The stormtrooper that fires at them from the platform they just left clearly has spent casings coming out of the gun.
  
 
[[Image:SterlingSMG.jpg|thumb|none|500px|Sterling Submachine Gun - 9mm]]
 
[[Image:SterlingSMG.jpg|thumb|none|500px|Sterling Submachine Gun - 9mm]]

Revision as of 20:00, 5 November 2010

Throughout the six 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.


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

The Star Wars Saga (1977-2005)

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Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI)

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 .22 LR Target Pistol, with some muzzle attachment fitted. The end of the attachment is actually a compensator that was also available for the pistol.

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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 and a few 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.

While the gun is being fired, in some scenes, if you look closely, you can see the spent casings being ejected out of the gun. The one that comes to mind is in A New Hope when Luke and Leia swing across the gap to the other side of the bridge while inside the Death Star. The stormtrooper that fires at them from the platform they just left clearly has spent casings coming out of the gun.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9mm
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.
Princess Leia fires an E-11 Blaster. Note a spent shell casing is visible when she fires (circled in red).
Han Solo fires his E-11 blaster rifle at Stormtroopers while trapped in the Death Star.
Luke Skywalker fires his E-11 blaster rifle while stuck on a bridge in the Death Star.
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.

BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol

The BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol is one of the blaster pistols on issue to the Rebel Alliance. Like the E-11 blaster rifle prop, the DH-17 blaster pistol prop was also built from the British-made Sterling L2A3 submachine gun. The version used by Rebel troops in Episode IV is quite different than the Episode V pistol pictured below. The muzzle flashes appear to be added in post-production, given that there was no magazine.

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A group of Rebels with BlasTech DH-17s.
Rebels open fire on the stormtroopers invading the ship 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 simlilar to (built from) both the World War 2-era German Sturmgewehr 44 (The Empire Strikes Back) and from the M16 series rifles (Return Of The Jedi).


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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.

DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle (MG34)

Standard issue heavy blaster of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The DLT-19s were nothing more than World War 2 German MG34 general purpose machine guns with little to no modifications to its external appearance.

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

T-21 Blaster Rifle (Lewis Machine Gun)

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

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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)

An Imperial Sandtrooper can be seen holding a RT-97C heavy blaster rifle 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

DL-44 blaster pistol

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.
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 chambers his scoped DL-44 blaster in A New Hope. Note the spikes on the pistol.

Jawa blasters

The 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.
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The Jawa aims the Jawa blaster at R2-D2.
The Jawa fires the Jawa blaster, disabling R2-D2.
The Jawa with the Jawa blaster as he calls out his fellow Jawas.

Boba Fett's EE-3 Blaster Carbine

The prop Boba Fett uses in the films is a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun.

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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

The SE-14C blaster pistol Ponda Baba used when his partner, Evazan, tries to get Luke Skywalker into a fight at the Mos Eisley cantina in A New Hope is actually a Swiss Rexim-Favor submachine gun with the stock, barrel, and magazine removed and has a double sniper scope attached.

The SE-14C, a common weapon for Mos Eisley gangsters according to Wookieepedia.
Ponda Baba fires his SE-14C blaster pistol at Obi-Wan.
The SE-14C blaster pistol on the ground with Ponda Baba's arm cut off by Obi Wan's lightsaber.

Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III)

Naboo Blaster

In Episode I The Phantom Menace, the Naboo troops used this weapon that was based around a Walther LP300 Model Air Gun. Queen Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) briefly uses a weapon that was based on the Nambu Type 14 Pistol.

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

Naboo Assault Blaster (Calico M950A)

Also seen in The Phantom Menace is the Naboo Assault 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.
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. It is based on parts from the German MG34 making up the rear half, as well as much of the Sterling L2A3 turned upside-down for the front.

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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 cavalry 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 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 the Original Trilogy) . What weapons this is built upon (if any) is currently unknown, however 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.


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