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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid

The modern equivalent of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster, via SureFire:

The above set up consists of a Glock 17 with ALG Defense 6 Second Mount & mag well, Aimpoint T1, KKM Precision barrel & comp, and SureFire X300 U-Boat.

I prefer Inforce on my G19, as well as a mounted RMR and have always thought comps were unneeded on anything less spicy than .38 Super, but the above is still a nice blaster.

A look at the DL-44, AKA the ‘Greedo Getter’

With all things Star Wars this week, you may be interested in hearing more about ol’ Han Solo’s “Blastech” DL-44 blaster.

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A product of Bapty Props in England, the the gun uses .30 Mauser (7.63×25 mm) caliber Model C96 “Broomhandle” with parts from a M1930 Commercial model visually modified with a World War II-era German MG81 machine gun muzzle device and a Hensoldt & Wetzlar Ziel Dialyth 3X riflescope from the same era. Bapty reportedly crafted the offset scope mount and blaster-shielding on site.

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There were apparently at least three different models made by Bapty and others working on the saga in much the above fashion as well as a number of cast resin non-functioning props. And they appeared in all three original Lucas Films. Others carried them as well, for instance, when Luke Skywalker first meets Yoda in the Degoba swamp, he’s carrying a DL-44 though with a shiny muzzie brake.

Jerry Miculek, speed shooter extraordinaire, recently got his hands on a firing model in .30 Mauser and ran it through its paces.

ICYMI, Bob Boyd ran an excellent piece on the DL-44 back in the Feb. 20, 2014 Shooting Illustrated on a DL-44 build.

And remember, “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”