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T-21 light repeating blaster
Production information
Manufacturer

BlasTech Industries

Model

T-21

Type

Light repeating blaster

Cost

2,000 credits[1]

Physical and technical specifications
Size

Large

Weight

4.5 kg

Capacity

30 shots[1]

Range
  • 150 meters (optimum)
  • 300 meters (maximum)
Usage and history


Era(s)
Affiliation


The T-21 light repeating blaster was a standard-issue, rapid-fire weapon produced by BlasTech Industries. It saw use in the Clone Wars, the Galactic Civil War and beyond.

DescriptionEdit

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A sandtrooper firing a T-21 light repeater

The T-21 was the heaviest and one of the most powerful standard-issue weapon that could be carried by a single soldier. The sheer power of its bolts could cut through personal armor and break down personal energy shields, even penetrate the armored plating on many light combat vehicles. It could be wielded two-handed and fired on the move, however, for superior accuracy a light extendable tripod, usually carried in the soldier's belt, was included for stationary firing.[3]

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T-21 schematics.

While it came with a standard power pack this only provided enough energy for twenty-five shots, which meant the T-21 was almost always paired with a continuous-feed power generator. This twenty-kilogram generator was carried as a backpack, and the entire set-up of weapon, tripod and generator could be made operational in less than thirty seconds, creating a devastating weapon emplacement. The generator's low cooling capacity limited the T-21 to a maximum firing rate of one shot per second. Some units would pair a larger generator for full autofire, but this required a second crewman to carry the bulkier generator and sustained used at this higher rate threatened to melt the T-21 if the firer wasn't careful.[3]

Clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic carried T-21s into battle during the later stages of the Clone Wars, and the weapon was carried over in the transition from Galactic Republic to the Galactic Empire.[4] It was a common squad support weapon for both stormtrooper and Imperial Army trooper squads; artillery sections of the Imperial Army also had at least one T-21 to provide covering fire while the rest of the unit set up heavier artillery pieces and E-WEB repeating blasters. Due to its portability, it was also popular with the Rebel Alliance, and later the New Republic.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

A First World War-era Lewis machine gun provided the basis for the T-21. The Lewis gun was the standard light machine gun of British and Commonwealth forces during World War I. It was fed by a drum magazine that was placed horizontally on top of the gun's receiver. To produce the T-21 prop, the drum magazine was removed and minor cosmetic alterations were made.

The EMP Launchers used by Jet Troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront II resembled this weapon.

AppearancesEdit

Modified T-21 Rifle

A modified T-21 rifle.

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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