THE MANDALORIAN SEEMS TO HAVE scratched every itch that longtime Star Wars fans have had since the sequel trilogy of films began with Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015). The show, streaming on Disney+, is set in the time period between Return of the Jedi and the new films, just five years after the former and right after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
The show feels a lot like the original films, but with more of a western feel, since the protagonist is a bounty hunter, after all, a distinctly Old West profession. The Wiki entry even describes the show as an “American space Western web television series.”
Not only does it use the same armor as one of the most beloved and mysterious Star Wars characters of old, Boba Fett, but it also created an Internet sensation with the introduction of another mysterious character dubbed “Baby Yoda.”
All any one knows about the cute little creature is that he appears to be the same species as Jedi Master Yoda, he’s 50 years old but still a baby, he can’t talk, and he definitely has Force powers. Oh yeah, and pretty much everyone is after him.
All that has made for some intrigued fans who are scarfing up the series as the Christmas 2019 release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker approaches.
Let’s take a look at the guns from The Mandalorian, which have a lot in common with the guns from the original film series, but also introduce a of cool new ones.
The Mandalorian’s Blaster
“Weapons are my religion.”
The blaster used by the Mandalorian aka Dyn Jarren (Pedro Pascal) is based on the Bergmann 1894. Since the real gun is exceedingly rare, it’s likely a full prop was used for the show, perhaps built on a replica.
The blaster has different iron sights, a muzzle device, a modified grip, a modified hammer, and smoothed out magazine cover with the circular grasping handle removed and a drill bit replaces the cleaning rod on the side of the gun.
The real Bergmann 1894 was an early repeating pistol design that used a simple direct blowback mechanism, which limited the power of the cartridge that the gun could handle.
You loaded the gun by swinging down the magazine cover plate on the right side of the gun so that a five-round clip could be placed inside. A spring loaded follower finger would then push the cartridges up and when the last cartridge was chambered, the now-empty clip would fall out through an opening in the bottom of the magazine.
It was the first version of the Bergmann-Schmeisser No.1 pistol that was actually built and sold to the public, though in limited numbers. The gun itself is endlessly cool looking with lines that make it look like it was almost designed to be part of the Star Wars universe. It was, no doubt, the inspiration for a number of other futuristic handguns in various media—so it’s only fitting that it be the basis for this Star Wars outer space gunslinger’s sidearm.
The Mandalorian hardly ever goes anywhere without at least his blaster and to complete the western feel of the show, we see in the first scene of Episode 1 that he is quite adept at quick-drawing the blaster from its holster and firing from the hip with accuracy.
Mandalorian Armory aboard Razor Crest
The Mandalorian keeps a fairly extensive arsenal aboard his ship, Razor Crest and nearly all the blasters are modified firearms, launchers, or airguns of various vintages.
Among them are a Bren Mk1 machine gun, a Federal M201-Z grenade launcher, a Webley Tempest air pistol, and Apache Fireball air pistol, and an Accles & Shelvoke Acvoke air pistol. There is also a heavily modified Astra 400 pistol is seen in the vault and later in the case Mando takes down to the primitive planet in Episode 4.
There is also a blaster based on the Relby V10 Targeting Rifle, an in-universe gun only that isn’t based on a firearm.
In Ep4, Omera (Julia Jones) uses the rifle when Mando gives it to her after she proves to be the best shot in the village. She uses it to great effect in the final battle when the Klatooinian raiders attack. The gun is fitted with twin Sherman Tank gun sights. A similar blaster was used by Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back.
The Mandalorian’s Amban Sniper Rifle
The Mandalorian’s rifle is probably the coolest bit of his arsenal we’ve seen so far. It’s a long gun, nearly as long as a spear, and it has an extended two-pronged blade like muzzle device that also acts as a TASER of some kind when the rifle is used in hand-to-hand combat like a bow staff with a bitey end.
It’s a single-shot, breech loaded blaster rifle that uses a cartridge for every shot, so it’s slow to fire, but devastatingly powerful. Mando keeps ammo on a belt around his leg. Any biological target that the rifle hits, it disintegrates completely, and we know it does some series damage to hardware as well.
The hero having a breech-loaded, long range rifle as his main long arm with ammo in a belt definitely stir up some Quigley Down Under vibes, which is totally a good thing.
It also has an old-fashioned looking wood buttstock at the back, which gives it a real Mad Max kind of feel, and also makes it fit in with the aesthetic of some of the WWI and WII European arms style that was established in the original films.
Since the ammo cartridges load from the top, a scope is offset to the left and has digital capabilities. We also see that the rifle and its scope double as a parabolic microphone and thermal display when use din conjunction with Mando’s helmet.
In the second episode, when The Mandalorian goes up against a Mudhorn, which is a mammoth rhinoceros looking creature with hair and a really big freakin horn. It destroys Mando’s chest plate and sends his rifle into a mud bath. When he retrieves it and pulls the trigger, nothing happens, and the can’t open the breech because of the mud. So, mud is bad for firearms even in space.
Cara Dune (Gina Carano) also uses the rifle during the AT-AT attack, but she’s the only other character to have used it so far.
The Mandalorian’s Flamethrower
A small flamethrower is mounted on The Mandalorian’s left gauntlet. It’s doesn’t have much range, but he uses it to great effect in close quarters to stun and fend of attackers so he can deal with them one at a time. He also uses it to roast one of the Stormtroopers guarding “Baby Yoda” in the bunker.
It sometimes malfunctions and he doesn’t have a lot of fuel on board, but it does come in handy.
Cara Dune has a rather distinctive blaster on her hip at all times that is based on the Japanese Nambu Type 14 pistol. We get a good look at it when she and Mando are grappling when they first meet, along with a great look at Mando’s blaster as well.
The Nambu pistols were a series of semi-auto pistols made by the Japanese company Koishikawa Arsenal. There were five variants and they saw extensive service during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II with the Type 14 being issued as the country’s standard sidearm. Toward the end of WWII, production quality markedly declined.
BlasTech E-11 and E-22 Blaster Rifles – Sterling SMGs
Since this series takes place about five years after the end of Return of the Jedi, which marked the fall of the Galactic Empire, there are still some Imperial remnants floating around, including a small cadre of Stormtroopers that we see in E1 and again in E3. They’re armed with their classic issued blaster, the E-11 and E-22, which are based on the Sterling submachine gun and have been since they were first seen in A New Hope.
The stock on the Sterling is always folded forward, a shroud is added to the top of the heat shield over the barrel, and an offset scope is added to the right side of the gun. While there is always a short magazine inserted into the magwell on the left side of the gun, it doesn’t seem to be used for anything.
The E-11 blaster rifle was a light but powerful blaster rifle manufactured by BlasTech Industries. It served as the standard issue weapon of Imperial stormtroopers, and was based on the DC-15A blaster used by clone troopers during the Clone Wars.
The E-11 blaster rifle combined lethal firepower with impressive range and a versatile design. Featuring three power settings; lethal, stun, and sting, the rifle proved useful for a variety of combat situations. An advanced cooling system resulted in the blaster’s superior performance, especially useful for its fully automatic fire setting. The E-11 also included a telescopic range-finding sight and a folding three-position stock, which could convert the blaster into a full-length rifle and could be modified to house a glowrod. Its standard issue power cells carried energy for 200 shots however the rifle could also be loaded with plasma cartridges that could last for more than 500 shots.
BlasTech SE-14C Blaster – Rexim_Favor Mk5
One Stormtrooper can be see with a BlasTech SE-14C blaster, which is a chopped down Recim-Favor Mk5 9mm submachine gun with the stock removed, the barrel removed, the magazine removed and the magwell plugged, with not one but two ASI 4×20 scopes attached to the receiver, because in the Star Wars universe, cutting the stock off and adding as many scopes as you can to an early 1900s military firearm makes it a blaster.
The SE-14C was a blaster pistol produced by BlasTech Industries during the reign of the Galactic Empire. It was an upgraded model of the basic BlasTech SE-14 blaster pistol. The SE-14C featured top-mounted optical and infrared targeting scopes, and a barrel containing both a power pack and a recharge valve. The SE-14C could also be used as an automatic weapon, and featured a rapid-fire auto trigger.
This was the gun used by one of the two thugs that mess with Luke and Obi Wan in the Cantina in A New Hope. In fact, there’s a whole back story about that dude who “has the death sentence in 12 systems” and the other one who got his arm cut off by Obi Wan’s lightsaber. That dude has a name, by the way: Ponda Baba.
Multi-Barreled Vulcan Blaster Canon
A heavy blaster machine gun with rotating barrels is used when Mando first finds Baby Yoda and is mounted on a floating platform. It appears to be built on an M61 Vulcan 20x102mm cannon. It cuts a devastating line of blaster fire and can apparently maintain a consistent rate of fire without excessive heat or running out of…energy?
During a massive firefight against multiple opponents, The Mandalorian takes control of the gun and uses it to clear an entire pile of bad guys that almost had him cornered.
Handheld Heavy Machine Blaster
In E3, we see a Madalorian named Paz Vizla (Tait Fletcher) using a heavy blaster machine gun that, at first glance, looks like the handheld minigun from Predator but the gun is actually built on a couple WWII-era German machine guns.
The receiver on the blaster looks to be based on an enlarged MG42 receiver and a rear section of the same gun’s barrel shroud. The three barrels are styled after German MG34 barrels. The whole conglomeration looks pretty badass.
Winchester Model 1887 Shotgun
In E4, which is like a mini Magnificent Seven, the lead Klatooinian raider fittingly enough carries a blaster rifle that looks pretty much just like a cutdown Winchester Model 1887—the same gun Arnold Schwarzenegger famously used in Terminator 2 with the normal sized lever loop and the trigger guard removed.
That’s all for now, but as more episodes air, we will update this gallery. Check out the guns used in all the Star Wars movies here.