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The Sharpshooter V was a modified blaster carbine produced by BlasTech Industries. The weapon was fitted with a targeting sight for accuracy at long range. The multi-spectrum scope was fitted with infrared enhancers for use at night, and could magnify the image while an inbuilt microcomputer enhanced the image to clear smoke or haze.
The blaster bolt fired by the Sharpshooter V was smaller and tighter than standard blasters. The bolt did not dissipate as quickly as other blasters over long distance, giving the Sharpshooter V an advantage during long range battles. However, the range increase came at a cost, which was the power of the bolt. The Sharpshooter V was marketed at 1,200 credits.
Due to the price tag, the Galactic Empire kept its spending on the Sharpshooter V at a modest level. As a result, they were not generally assigned to standard formations, but were reserved for special commando units. The Empire allowed BlasTech to produce a weaker version for the civilian market, called the Hunter V, which was cheaper and marketed as a sporting blaster.
- Imperial Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 7: Mos Eisley
- Imperial Sourcebook, Second Edition
- Galladinium's Fantastic Technology