Guns of Star Wars: The Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars Stories
Episode VII: The Force Awakens • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story • Solo: A Star Wars Story
For Guns of the Other Star Wars Movies, Go Here. While George Lucas pretty much started from scratch when it came to the look of the prequel movies, the creators of the sequel trilogy, set after the events of Return of the Jedi, built upon the props and weapons from the original trilogy. In the case of the the Star Wars Stories film, Rogue One, the props had to look exactly like those used in A New Hope because of where it falls in the continuity. While many of the props used in the first Star Wars were built on real guns, the props for the new films were mostly made from airsoft guns. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol Real Gun: Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
An aged Han Solo still carries a DL-44 blaster pistol in its familiar holster in The Force Awakens. Oddly enough, while the DL-44 blaster from the original trilogy was made from the Mauser C96 pistol, the blaster in Awakens is based on a Masuer M712 Schnellfeuer machine pistol with the selector switch removed.
The folks at imfdb.org says the props seem to have been made from airsoft M712 pistols with a scope and scope mount and some texture pieces, like the original.
The Mauser C96 was a semi-auto pistol produced from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were made in Spain and China in the early 20th century.
The pistol has a unique look and function. It included an integral box magazine in front of the trigger that was fed from the breech via stripper clips. The unique shape of the grip led the pistol’s “Broomhandle” nickname.
Eirriss Ryloth Defense Tech Glie-44 Blaster Pistol
Real Gun: SIG-Sauer P226
We see a number of Resistance X-Wing pilots, including Poe Dameron, carrying the Elrriss Ryloth Defense Glie-44 blaster pistol in detachable hip holster on their flight suit.
The blaster looks to be be based on the SIG-Sauer P226 from the shape and size of the grip.
We never even see the blaster unholstered let alone fired, but it is seen in promotional photos and is included in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary,” which also says the General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) also uses the same blaster as her go to compact blaster, though she isn’t seen with one in the movie.
BlasTech EL-16 Blaster and EL-16HFE Blaster Rifle
Real Gun: Heckler & Koch G36C
Just like the stormtroopers carry the same standard issue blaster (more on the new iteration later), many of the Resistance soldiers carry a BlasTech EL-16 and BlasTech EL-16HFE (Heavy Field Edition) blaster rifle.
Both variants seem to be based on another H&K gun, this time the G36 carbine.
The two blasters are basically the same, only the HFE version has a stock and the regular blaster doesn’t.
We see Poe Dameron using a customized EL-16HFE with more piping detail on the stock at the beginning of the film in the village when he faced off against Kylo Ren. That the blaster whose bolt is frozen in mid-air by Kylo’s force powers, which was one of the coolest visuals in the movie.
Finn is also seen using an EL-16.
According to imfdb.org, the EL-16HFE is an outdated blaster and would be considered surplus in the Star Wars universe at the time.
Sonn-Blas F-11D Blaster Rifle
#### Real Gun: Based on a Sterling SMG
Unlike the the first three movies in the trilogy, these F-11D blasters, standard issue for First Order Storm Troopers, like their Imperial Storm Trooper predecessors, were not made from real Sterling submachine guns, but are instead mock-ups made from scratch to look like updated versions of the old F-11D blasters from the original trilogy and Rogue One.
The most obvious structural difference is the relocation of the “magazine” and magwell to the right side of the gun, where the ejection port would be on a real Sterling SMG. This was likely done so the blasters could be holstered on the Stormtroopers’ strong side. Because of the magwell location on the Sterling, the old Stormtroppers carried their blasters in a holster on the left side of their belt.
Still, you don’t see Stormtroopers with holstered blasters very often in The Force Awakens. Strangely, even in their own base, they hold their blasters at the ready, even just walking down the hallway.
While it may look like the new F-11D retains the Sterling’s underbarrel folding stock like the E-11 (which is always seen folded), its’ actually a separate piece on the F-11D which looks to serve as more of a foregrip or hand stop.
The F-11D also features a weaponlight beneath the barrel.
We see some other F-11D’s, like Captain Phasma’s, with a buttstock that’s based on the ATI Strikeforce stock for the AR-15 platform (pictured above).
Sonn-Blas SE-44C Blaster Pistol
Real Gun: FAB Defense KPOS
In The Force Awakens, First Order Stormtroopers—some of them anyway—are issued a sidearm in addition to their F-11D blaster, the Sonn-Blas SE-44C.
The prop appears to be based on a Glock 17 in a FAB Defense KPOS carbine conversion kit, with the folding stock removed and a black and white pain job applied to match the color scheme of the F-11D.
The pistol includes a muzzle device similar to the DL-44’s and include a unique looking sight device with features from an AR-15 style front sight and the the charging handle/elevation knob area of an M16A2 rear sight.
Star Wars literature says an all black version of the pistol is carried by First Order officers and TIE fighter pilots, but we don’t see them doing so in the movie. We never even see the regular SE-44C being fired and only appears attached in a minimalist holster to the right leg of some Stormtroopers.
242 Hunting Rifle
Real Gun: Barrett M82A1
In Mon Mothma’s haven, we briefly see a big scary-looking guy lounging around with a large blaster rifle by his side.
Imfdb.org says this big guy is a hunter and a gun-for-hire named Grummgar, who is a Dowutin and that big gun by his side is based on the Barrett M82A1 with the magazine and bipod removed. According to a short story called “Bait” published in Star Wars Insider, it’s called the 242 Hunting Rifle, and was called the NT-242 Longblaster in the game, Star Wars Battlefront II.
SoroSuub JSP-14 Pistol
Real Gun: Desert Eagle
The blaster rifle carried by Sarco Plank is a SoroSuub JSP-14, which is based on a Desert Eagle pistol, the grip and beavertail you can clearly see. That front part is something called a Trandoshan tripler, which increases the blaster pistol’s firepower.
While the blaster was seen a bunch in promotional materials, it’s only seen in passing int he movie.
LPA NN-14 Blaster Pistol
Real Gun: Mauser C96
In The Force Awakens, Han Solo bestows an LPA NN-14 blaster pistol, which he seems to retrieve from somewhere in the Millennium Falcon, on Rey when he asks her to stick with him and Chewie and starts becoming something of a father figure.
She uses the blaster against the First Order during the battle on Takodana and against Kylo Ren before she is capture. She apparently recovers the blaster and is seen with it in a leg holster at the end of the film. She then carries and uses it throughout the following film The Last Jedi.
While the blaster is almost entirely a custom prop, the grips are based on the Mauser C96, like Solo’s blaster, and the frame looks a bit like the Liberator 3-D-printed pistol.
Rogue One takes place between Episode III and Episode IV, but it’s butts right up against the events at the beginning of Episode IV, so it had to have a similar look to the Star Wars movies from the ’70s as far as costumes and weapons.
So, it only made sense to make blasters from the same WWII-era firearms, as well as a few new real world guns, to keep the aesthetic continuity flowing nicely. For instance, we see the same modified Sterling submachine guns reworked as blasters for the stormtroopers from the original trilogy, not the “modernized” ones used in The Force Awakens.
Real Gun: Luger P08
Just as the blasters in the original trilogy were made from WWII-era surplus European firearms, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) uses an A180 pistol, based on a Luger P08.
The folks at imfdb.org say the movie prop was built up from an airsoft WE Luger witha six inch barrel and a large barrel shroud. The Luger’s rear sight has also been removed and the “tab” behind the rear sight ground flat.
According to Star Wars literature, the pistol is actually modular and can be converted to a stockless carbine with the addition of a forend that increases the blaster’s range and power.
It can also be deployed in a sniper configuration with an even longer barrel, muzzle device, full buttstock, and a scope.
BlasTech T-21 Light Repeating Blaster
Real Gun: Lewis Machine Gun
The BlasTech T-21 light repeating blaster, which was seen in the original Star Wars trilogy as part of the Empire’s arsenal, is carried by some Stormtroopers in Rogue One.
The large blaster is basically a repainted Lewis machine gun—is a WWI-era light machine gun designed in the U.S. and mass produced in the UK during the war. The Star Wars version includes the gun’s unique barrel shroud, which was designed to help dissipate heat from the barrel, but it removed the real gun’s top-mounted pan magazine.
The Lewis gun saw service through both World Wars and into the Korean War on the ground, and was widely used as an aircraft-mounted machine gun, with the cooling shroud removed, in both world wars.
Unknown Blaster Pistol
Real Gun: FN Five-seveN
While it wasn’t given a name, we see Cassian Andor armed with an unknown compact blaster pistol at the end of the movie that is clearly based on an FN Five-seveN pistol.
The Five-seveN is a semi-auto pistols designed and manufactured by FN Herstal in Belgium. Its name comes from the unique 5.7mm cartridge it fires. It’s a lightweight, polymer-based weapon with a large magazine capacity, ambidextrous controls, low recoil, and the ability to penetrate body armor when using certain cartridge types.
The pistol was developed in conjunction with the FN P90 personal defense weapon and the cartridge. The Five-seveN and the P90 are the only firearms that use the 5.7mm cartridge.
BlasTech A280CFE and A300 Rebel Blaster Rifles
Real gun: AR-15 rifles
Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and some of the other Rebel use blaster rifles based on AR-15 platform carbines and rifles.
While they might look like the A280 blasters seen in Return of the Jedi, they’re a bit different and we see a few different configurations in the movie, but the receivers and magwells can be picked out in a number of shots.
Andor uses the blaster with the stock and all barrel attachments removed, effectively making it a blaster pistol. Later, he adds parts to deploy the blaster in a sniper configuration.
Some of the Rebel troopers are armed with another blaster rifle based on the AR-15, these are designated as Blastech A-300 blaster rifles. They are fitted with Neuro-Saav NT-43.3 electroscopes and at least one Rebel has a compact version of the blaster rifle with a cut-down barrel.
Real Gun: M60 Light Machine Gun
In what is perhaps a homage to a scene from Full Metal Jacket, Bistan fires a blaster based on an M60 machine gun out of a UT-60D (U-wing) on Scarif as a door gunner.
The back end of the gun is so distinctive, you might have actually been able to spot this one on a first viewing.
BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol
Real Gun: Sterling L2A3
Once again, the Rebel soldiers in Rogue One use the BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol, which is based on the Sterling L2A3 9mm submachine gun. Oddly enough, the same real world gun was used as the basis for the Rebel and Imperial general issue blasters. This works into the idea, presented in The Last Jedi, that the Empire and Rebels don’t manufacture their own vehicles and weapons, but instead buy them from weapons makers.
To make the BlasTech DH-17, the front end of the Sterling is removed and replaced with some kind of emitter, the trigger guard was reshaped, a scope was added to the top on a riser of some kind.
At least one Rebel soldier in Rogue One can be seen with a DH-17 outfitted with a Magpul CTR stock.
BlasTech E-11 Blaster
Real Gun: Sterling L2A1
The “BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle” returns as the standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers in Rogue One and remains relatively unchanged from the E-11s seen in A New Hope, though a different flashlight was added to the side.
The E-11s in Rogue One were props based on airsoft S&T Sterling L2A1s, reather than the real and MGC Sterlings used in the original trilogy, which had scopes cast from real M38 azimuth tank telescopes.
The E-11 is also used by Sandtroopers and some Shoretroopers.
Heavy Death Trooper Blaster
Real Gun: MG34
We see the new “Heavy” Death Troopers use a blaster that looks a lot like the DLT-19 from the original trilogy, but with some attachments added under the barrel.
The DLT-19 was based on the German MG34 machine gun.
The MG34 was a recoil-operated air-cooled machine gun, first tested in 1929 and formally introduced in 1934, and issued to troops in 1936.
It introduced an entirely new concept in automatic firepower—the Einheitsmaschinengewehr (Universal machine gun)—and is generally considered the world’s first general-purpose machine gun
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
As the films take place at roughly the same time, the guns from Solo: A Star Wars Story are pretty much the same as those in Rogue, especially those used by the Empire.
We are reintroduced to Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) as a young space pirate in this one, and we see him attain his trusty DL-44 blaster pistol that he uses through the rest of the films.
In this film, we see that the blaster actually has several configurations, one of them being a sniper rifle using a detachable buttstock, much like the stock that was originally made for the Mauser C96 pistol, on which the original DL-44 blaster was built.