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A shock blaster was a close-range, shotgun-like weapon. These blasters dealt massive damage at close range, but lost their effectiveness at higher distances. Because of this, they were usually employed in close-quarter combat. The CA-87 blaster, a retrofitted Jawa ion blaster, was a model of shock blaster used during the Galactic Civil War by soldiers of both the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the Galactic Empire.