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An E-11 blaster rifle prop

Blasters are ranged weapons in the Star Wars fictional universe. This category of plasma-converting laser-firing rayguns includes various pistols, rifles, and other powerful weapons.

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Production

Blaster props in the Star Wars movies are redressed versions of real world machine guns and pistols.[1] For example, the E-11 blaster carbine used by Imperial stormtroopers was based on the Sterling submachine gun, and Han Solo's DL-44 blaster pistol was based on the German Mauser C96.[2] Functional Sterlings firing blank cartridges were used in some scenes with the laser bolt added later in post-production. These blank cartridges are responsible for the muzzle flash seen on screen and in some scenes, the cartridges themselves can be seen being ejected from the guns.[3]

Depiction

Blasters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from handheld to shipmounted weapons.[4] They function by emitting blaster gas into a chamber, where the blaster's power source excites the gas.[1] The weapon's actuating module converts the energized gas into a particle or plasma projectile beam.[1] A prismatic crystal focuses the beam, converting it into a tangible projectile.[1] Ben Burtt made the sound for the blaster by smacking his wedding ring on a metal cable.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "blaster". Lucasfilm. http://www.starwars.com/databank/technology/blaster/index.html. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  2. ^ Wilson, R. (01 2009). "Mauser C96 Broomhandle". Australian & New Zealand Handgun.  
  3. ^ Original Prop Blog
  4. ^ Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Second Edition, Expanded & Revised ed.). West End Games. 1996. ISBN 0874314356.  

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Blasters are ranged weapons in the Star Wars fictional universe. This category of plasma-converting laser-firing rayguns includes various pistols, rifles, and other powerful weapons.

Contents

Production

Blaster props in the Star Wars movies are redressed versions of real world machine guns and pistols.[1] For example, the E-11 blaster carbine used by Imperial stormtroopers was based on the Sterling submachine gun, and Han Solo's DL-44 blaster pistol was based on the German Mauser C96.[2] Functional Sterlings firing blank cartridges were used in some scenes with the laser bolt added later in post-production. These blank cartridges are responsible for the muzzle flash seen on screen and in some scenes, the cartridges themselves can be seen being ejected from the guns.[3]

Depiction

Blasters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from handheld to shipmounted weapons.[4] They function by emitting blaster gas into a chamber, where the blaster's power source excites the gas.[1] The weapon's actuating module converts the energized gas into a particle or plasma projectile beam.[1] A prismatic crystal focuses the beam, converting it into a tangible projectile.[1] Ben Burtt made the sound for the blaster by smacking his wedding ring on a metal cable.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "blaster". Lucasfilm. http://www.starwars.com/databank/technology/blaster/index.html. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  2. ^ Wilson, R. (01 2009). [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Mauser C96 Broomhandle"]. Australian & New Zealand Handgun. 
  3. ^ Original Prop Blog
  4. ^ Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Second Edition, Expanded & Revised ed.). West End Games. 1996. ISBN 0874314356. 

External links

  • blaster in the Star Wars Databank
  • [{{fullurl:wikiasite:Template:Safesubst::Template:Safesubst:}} Blaster ] on [{{fullurl:wikiasite:Template:Safesubst:}} Wookieepedia: a Star Wars Wiki]


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