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:
Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI)
DDC Defender and SC X-30 Blaster Pistols (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 "Drearian Defense Conglomerate Defender sporting blaster pistol" and "SoroSuub Corporation X-30 "Lancer" target blast pistol", respectively. They are both actually a Vostok Margolin .22LR target pistol, with some muzzle attachment fitted, selected for its diminutive size, keeping the prop gun from looking too bulky and unwieldy in Fisher's petite hands. 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. Luke also briefly carries the Defender during the ceremony at the end of A New Hope.
BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle (Sterling L2A3)
The "BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle" is the standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The E-11 props were built from the British-made Sterling L2A3 submachine gun (provided by Bapty & Co.). 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 when Lando is firing at Stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back. In Return of the Jedi the hero props were built from MGC Sterling replicas, explaining why there were no blanks used as in the previous two films.
BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol
One of the weapons utilized by the Rebels in the films is 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 and are later seen being 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 (hence the larger trigger guards) and a (back then) distinctive looking Singlepoint OEG (Occluded Eye Gunsight) 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. For the film, the DH-17s were made from real Sterlings and were usable props that could actually fire. Despite the prop upgrade, the weapon had very little overall screen time during the film.
BlasTech A295 and A280 Blaster Rifles
The "BlasTech A295 blaster rifle" and "BlasTech A280 blaster rifle" are the standard issue blasters of the Rebel Alliance ground forces in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, respectively. Both the A295 and A280 props were cast from replicas similar to (built from) both the World War 2-era German Sturmgewehr 44 (the A295) and from the M16 series rifles (the A280).
BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle (MG34)
The "BlasTech DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle" is the standard issue heavy blaster of the Imperial Stormtroopers. The DLT-19s were nothing more than World War II German MG34 general purpose machine guns painted solid black with added "rails" on the barrel shroud (like the E-11).
BlasTech T-21 Light Repeating Blaster (Lewis Gun)
The "BlasTech T-21 light repeating blaster" seen carried by the Sandtrooper Officer in A New Hope is a British Lewis light machine gun with its drum magazine removed and minor cosmetic alterations.
RT-97C Heavy Blaster Rifle (MG15)
Imperial Sandtroopers can be seen carrying "RT-97C heavy blaster rifles" while on patrol on Tatooine in A New Hope. The RT-97C prop is in fact a modified German MG15 machine gun. Notably, until the release of Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection in 2008, the weapon did not have an official designation, and had been simply referred to as the "MG-15" by fans. The name references, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas, the artists of the blueprints, and the year they first met - R(eiff)T(revas)-(19)97C(hris).
BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol (Mauser C96)
The "BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol" is the weapon of choice for Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the Rebel Alliance. The weapon is also seen been 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 rifle scope. The modifications are obviously added on to the exterior, though the distinct "broomhandle" grips are still wooden.
Ion Blaster (Cut-down Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII)
The "ion blaster" utilized by the Jawas who shoot R2-D2 in A New Hope were 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.
EE-3 Carbine Rifle (Webley & Scott Flare Gun)
The "EE-3 carbine rifle" (modeled after the E-11 in-universe), a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun, is used by Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In The Empire Strikes Back the barrel was rather simple looking, but in Return of the Jedi, it has a more distinctive barrel and the scope is actually mounted backwards to where it was before!
BlasTech SE-14 and SE-14C Blaster Pistols (Rexim-Favor Mk5)
The "BlasTech SE-14 blaster pistol" and "BlasTech SE-14C blaster pistol" (identical to the SE-14, just with two scopes), are carried by Dr. Evazan and his crime partner Ponda Baba, respectively, 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, for the SE-14C, two ASI 4x20 scopes scopes attached. It is also seen being wielded by Stormtroopers in promotional photos.
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 Return Of The Jedi.
Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III)
S-5 Blaster Pistol (Walther LP300 Air Gun)
In The Phantom Menace, the Naboo troops use the "S-5" blaster pistol, which was based around a Walther LP300 Model Air Gun.
CR-2 Blaster (Calico M950A)
Also seen being used by Naboo troops in The Phantom Menace is the "CR-2" blaster, which appears to be based off of the Calico M950A.
DC-15A Heavy Plasma Rifle
The "BlasTech DC-15-series" is a range of plasma weapons used by the Republic Clone Troopers during the Clone Wars in Attack of the Clones and 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-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 (in-universe, 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). Though all weapons were computer generated, its similarity to the E-11 suggests it was based on the Sterling L2A3 as well.
Sequel Trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, and IX)
F-11D Blaster Rifle
In The Force Awakens, the First Order Stormtroopers are armed with F-11D blaster rifles, which 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 stocks (the E-11's folding stock has been turned into a folding foregrip), which are based on the ATI Strikeforce, mounted on to the back of the receiver tube. Unlike the original trilogy, the F-11Ds 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).
Officer's Blaster (FAB Defense KPOS)
In The Force Awakens, some First Order Stormtroopers carry the "Officer's Blaster", which appears to be based on a Glock inside a FAB Defense KPOS carbine conversion kit with the folding stock removed, a custom muzzle device (similar to the DL-44's) fitted, and a strange sight-like device (the front of which appears to be based on an AR-15-style front sight).
Finn's Blaster (Heckler & Koch G36)
Finn uses a blaster in The Force Awakens which appears to be based on a Heckler & Koch G36 variant.
BlasTech DL-44 blaster pistol (Mauser C96)
The DL-44 blaster pistol returns in The Force Awakens as the blaster of choice for Han Solo (Harrison Ford).