The 7 Coolest Blasters in Star Wars

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 1:18PM
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Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 1:18PM
The 7 Coolest Blasters in Star Wars
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Star Wars is all about the tech. From civilized lightsabers to thermal detonators and even weapons of planetary destruction, there are a lot of gadgets scattered across the galaxy far, far away.

By far the scrappiest, most common of these is the humble blaster, a weapon which can be used for ending discussion with a Rodian bounty hunter, or simply for intimidating your foes. In the words of Han Solo, "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side."

Here are some of the coolest blasters from across the Star Wars galaxy. Be sure to make the iconic blaster noises in your head while reading:

DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol

The DL-44 is most famous as the reliable sidearm of that roguish smuggler and captain the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo. Whether he's dashing around the corridors of the Death Star or shooting first, it's the DL-44 in his hand.

Anyone who's ever owned a Han Solo action figure will be plenty familiar with the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol. It's a classic weapon in the Star Wars universe, but prop enthusiasts know it started out in ours: the original prop for Star Wars was made from an old World War II service pistol, the German C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser pistol.

E-11 Blaster Rifle

Very much the antithesis of Han Solo's simple, portable weapon, the Imperial E-11 Blaster Rifle is a bulky piece of equipment that isn't exactly aerodynamic. It also has a legendary reputation for being inaccurate, unless you subscribe to certain esoteric conspiracy theories.

Still, the E-11 is one of most recognizable blaster rifles in the Star Wars universe—it's the signature weapon of the Imperial stormtrooper, not to mention the one Luke, Han, and Leia pick up to fight their way out of the Death Star. Even Han goes for an E-11 when he wants to up his firepower.

EE-3 Blaster Rifle

Boba Fett might not actually do all that much in the original Star Wars trilogy (and arguably less in the prequel movies), but there's no denying that he's got style. From the moment he first appears on screen in The Empire Strikes Back, you know that he's not a guy who should be messed with.

A large part of the presence that Fett commands comes from the fact that his blaster rifle never leaves his hands. He strokes it casually at all times while otherwise remaining perfectly still, giving the impression of a dangerous animal that's ready to attack at any moment.

The one time that Boba Fett actually fires his gun, it's quickly sliced up by Luke Skywalker's green lightsaber, but that doesn't make it any less of an imposing weapon.

Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon

One of the best things about the prequel movies and the Clone Wars cartoon is watching white-clad clone troopers take on waves of disposable battle droids. This is most fun when the trooper in question has a Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon, which is pretty much a portable minigun.

There's nothing quite like watching a trooper dash into battle, plant their feet at a good vantage point, and unleash a barrage of blaster fire on incoming enemies.

WESTER-34 Blaster Pistol

Jango Fett's fighting style couldn't be more different to that of his son's. While Boba prefers a single big, blocky gun that's more intimidating than effective, Jango prefers a pair of light, efficient pistols that are ready at a moment's notice.

These guns certainly give Obi-Wan more trouble than Luke had with Boba's rifle, and the pistols are also excellent for taking care of any dinosaur Jedi that might get in your way during an arena death match.

Ezra's Lightsaber

While Ben Kenobi might consider blasters to be "clumsy", "random", and so uncivilized as to be embarrassing, not all Jedi share his viewpoint. Ezra Bridger, a young Jedi-in-training who appears in Star Wars Rebels, feels that there shouldn't be any pesky rivalries between fans of lightsabers and blasters and has made a weapon that's both.

While this blaster with a blade is ultimately destroyed by Darth Vader, it certainly stands up as one of the great innovations that the Jedi probably should have embraced, rather than sitting around in council chambers grumpily discussing politics.

Wookiee Bowcaster

By far the coolest blaster, and possibly the coolest weapon in all of Star Wars, is Chewbacca's Wookiee bowcaster. While the weapon is certainly pretty hefty, it's sleek and stylish, and its weight can be forgiven for a blaster that's designed for an enormous walking carpet.

Anyone who doubts the efficacy of the bowcaster should take a cue from Han Solo, who's happy to give it a glowing recommendation. The only question worth asking is why the famous smuggler waits until The Force Awakens before asking his copilot to try the thing.

Any blasters we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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