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"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

A blaster pistol was a small, hand-held version of a blaster rifle, and is commonly referred to simply as a "blaster."

Description

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Clone Captain Rex used DC-17 hand blaster pistols

A pistol would tend to have less firepower than its rifle or carbine cousins: they had enough power to kill a humanoid and punch through body armor, though they did not have the energy to pierce the hull of a starship. There were many different varieties of blaster pistols. There were also larger, more powerful versions known as heavy blaster pistols, and smaller, precision pistols known as sporting blasters and hold-out blasters. Ownership and use was regulated in many systems, generally in the form of restrictions and regulations. Coruscant was one such example, as was the mining world of Peragus II, where only lower strength mining lasers were allowed.

Usage

Pistols were common firearms of self-defense,[1] used as sidearms or backup weapons. Blaster pistols could be seen just about everywhere in the galaxy. The stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire used modified military versions.[1] A pistol may have been the one of the most common weapons, but was usually not the weapon of choice, mainly due to its short range and lack of power. However, some pistols, like the DC-17 hand blaster, had incredible amounts of power and firing speed for a sidearm. Normally, a soldier's favorite place for his pistol was in its holster. But in emergency situations, it could mean the difference between life, death, or worse.

Notable models

BlasTech Industries was perhaps the most famous and popular manufacturer of the blaster pistol, and produced a variety of models throughout galactic history.

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Chart of various blaster pistols

Appearances

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Han Solo holding his DL-44 heavy blaster pistol

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