Return of the Jedi

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Return of the Jedi (1983)

Return of the Jedi, also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, is the 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. It is a sequel to 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and the third film in the Star Wars saga.


The following weapons were used in the film Return of the Jedi:

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Blaster Pistols

SC X-30 Blaster Pistol (Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol)

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) can be seen with a "SoroSuub Corporation X-30 "Lancer" target blast pistol". Like the "Drearian Defense Conglomerate Defender sporting blaster pistol" she carried in A New Hope, the pistol is actually a Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol. Among other details, the X-30 in Return of the Jedi version lacks the commercially available compensator that the A New Hope prop had, attributed in-universe to the X-30 being a smaller more compact version of the Defender.

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A close up of Leia's X-30 pistol. Note that compared to her pistol in A New Hope, the muzzle attachment has been removed, along with a few other differences in its design.

DL-21 Blaster Pistol (Armalite AR-7)

A snub nosed version of the DL-21 (a chopped down Armalite AR-7 in pistol form) lacking the finned muzzle device (but otherwise the same as the The Empire Strikes Back version) was carried by several Imperial officers on the forest moon of Endor, most notably Colonel Dyer (Ben Burtt, who was also the sound designer of the film) and Commander Renz (Barrie Holland).

DL-21 Blaster Pistol (rubber prop). This is the version used in The Empire Strikes Back with the full length barrel and finned muzzle.
A snub nosed version of the DL-21 (a chopped down Armalite AR-7 in pistol form) version) is held by Colonel Dyer (Ben Burtt, who was also the sound designer of the film).

Heckler & Koch P9S

General Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) carries a modified Heckler & Koch P9S in a shoulder holster.

Heckler & Koch P9S.
Lando as a Rebel Alliance General.
Billy Dee Williams posing with the modified H&K P9S in a publicity still.
General Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) wears a modified Heckler & Koch P9S in a shoulder holster while in the Rebel hangar.

BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol (Mauser C96)

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) again wields the Mauser C96-based DL-44 blaster pistol as his iconic sidearm. The Return of the Jedi version was built referencing a resin stunt prop from The Empire Strikes Back, resulting in some minor discrepancies.

Screen-used resin replica blaster as seen in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This particular prop was sold at auction in 2013.
Han Solo with his DL-44 blaster pistol. In the background is Leia with her Vostok Margolin .22 LR target pistol.

DL-18 Blaster Pistol (Umarex RO 72 Panther)

In Jabba's palace, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) uses the Force to pull what appears to be a DL-18 Blaster Pistol (Umarex RO 72 Panther) from the holster of a guard and points it at Jabba. Later, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and a guard fight over a DL-18 during the battle over the Sarlacc, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) also uses one to save Lando.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) uses the Force to pull a DL-18 from the holster of a guard.
A promotional photo of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) pointing the DL-18 at Jabba.

Blaster Rifles

BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle (MGC Sterling)

The Sterling SMG-based "BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle" is once again the standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. Unlike the two previous films, the props were built from MGC Sterling replicas, explaining why there were no blanks used as in the previous two films.

Prop of the BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle from the Star Wars franchise. This particular prop is likely from Return of the Jedi.
MGC Sterling
Stormtroopers amass with their BlasTech E-11 blaster rifles outside the Imperial bunker on the forest moon of Endor.
A stormtrooper with a BlasTech E-11 during the arrest of Rebel forces.
"Yeeeh ha ha!"
An Ewok holds a captured E-11 blaster rifle while cheering in victory during the Battle of Endor.

BlasTech A280 Blaster Rifle

The "BlasTech A280 blaster rifle" is the standard issue blaster of the Rebel Alliance ground forces. The A280 props, similar to the StG 44-based A295 blaster props seen in The Empire Strikes Back, were cast from replicas of the M16 series rifles.

M16-based BlasTech A280 Blaster as seen in Return of the Jedi.
Rebel forces on Endor aim their A280 blaster rifles at a lone scout trooper.

EE-3 Carbine Rifle (Webley & Scott Flare Gun)

The "EE-3 carbine rifle", a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun, is used by Boba Fett. Compared to the prop from The Empire Strikes Back, it has gained 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 carbine rifle
Boba Fett armed with his EE-3 blaster carbine while guarding Jabba the Hutt.
While in Jabba's palace, Boba Fett raises his EE-3 blaster carbine when Boush pulls out the thermal detonator. This shot was reversed in the film.
Boba Fett aims his EE-3 at Luke during the battle on Jabba's ship right before Luke cuts the blaster in half.

Dressellian Projectile Rifle (Mauser Kar98k)

An unmodified Mauser Kar98k bolt-action rifle as the "Dressellian projectile rifle" is seen in the hands of the character Orrimaarko (a.k.a. "Prune Face") in promotional photos for the film.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An unmodified Mauser Kar98k bolt-action rifle as the "Dressellian projectile rifle" is seen in the hands of the character Orrimaarko (a.k.a. "Prune Face") in a promotional photo.


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