DC-15S blaster carbine
|Physical and technical specifications|
Approx. 500 shots
|Usage and history|
Smaller in scale than the DC-15A blaster rifle, the DC-15S blaster lacked its larger cousin's range, but was easier to handle than the bulkier "A" variant, with a higher rate of fire. The DC-15S also featured a folding stock for enhanced aiming with braced firing. The length of the trigger pull determined the firing setting (semiautomatic or automatic). This blaster was not a true repeating blaster, but it could handle braced firing much better than its larger cousin, with more accuracy and less prone to overheating. DC-15 blasters fired charged plasma bolts, tibanna cartridges activated by power magazines (replaced by sliding them out of the side of the gun and inserting a new one) and projected down an magnetic accelerating barrel.
The gas cartridges always lasted for around 500 shots, due to the fact the DC-15S had no power settings, except for the nonlethal stun setting, while the power magazines lasted around 100. Many troops carried spare energizer packs on them, but due to the fragility and difficulty of replacing the tibanna cartridges in combat, few troops carried more than the one in their gun on them. Instead, the cartridges were replaced by the trooper in his spare time, by opening by a hatch near the back of the weapon, popping out the old cartridge, inserting the new one, and closing the hatch.
They were extremely powerful weapons, especially in the hands of experienced clone troopers, and were more than capable of piercing heavy armor. This gun was known to be dual wielded. The blaster could also fire a grappling cable which was attached to the butt of the folded stock, requiring the stock to be folded when using the cable. Captain Rex and the Torrent detachment of the 501st Legion utilized this capability most noticeably during the Battle of Teth, using them to scale the sheer cliff below their objective. This famous clone blaster was often used by Commander Cody of the 212th Attack Battalion. Additionally, the blaster had a stun setting, as shown by Boba Fett when he attacked CT-1477 on the Endurance.
The DC-15S was widely used by clone troopers during the Clone Wars, though most notably in the conflict's final days. It became the standard weapon just before the Battle of Teth until the Battle of Ryloth. From there it was used as a secondary weapon. The DC-15A was used before and after those times. It could be set to a high pressure rapid fire as a member of the 212th Battalion did on Utapau.
The Weapon was used by the Christophsian resistance against the invading Separatists on their planet of Christophsis, however, all their attempts at fighting of the droid army failed until they were reinforced by the Republic.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary
- Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide
- Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Guide: Prima Official Game Guide (as DC15 carbine)
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic"—Star Wars Insider 84
- Galaxy at War