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The Empire Strikes Back

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back, also known as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, is the 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner, the sequel to the 1977's Star Wars, and the second film in the Star Wars film franchise.

The following weapons were used in the film The Empire Strikes Back:

Blaster Pistols

BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol

The "BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol" based on the Sterling SMG appears again in The Empire Strikes Back, carried by a few Rebel soldiers on Hoth and a couple of guards on Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer. For this film, the DH-17s were made from real Sterlings (rather than casts of Sterlings) and were usable props that could actually fire. Despite the prop upgrade, the weapon had very little overall screen time during the film.

The DH-17s in the film appear to be made from Canadian C1 Sterlings, as they feature the enlarged and square trigger guards of the C1s.

Prop of the BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol from the Star Wars franchise. This particular prop is from The Empire Strikes Back.
C1 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm Parabellum

DL-21 Blaster Pistol (Armalite AR-7)

The DL-21, a modified Armalite AR-7, makes its first definitive appearance in the series in this film. Whereas the original version used in the production of A New Hope featured a basic tube as a grip, The Empire Strikes Back replaced this simplistic grip with a modified Sterling SMG pistol grip and was fitted with a Singlepoint OEG sight. The pistol can be seen being carried by numerous Echo Base Rebel troopers on Hoth, and is also carried by the bounty hunter Dengar.

DL-21 Blaster Pistol (rubber prop). This is the version used in The Empire Strikes Back with the full length barrel and finned muzzle.

BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol (Mauser C96)

The Mauser C96-based DL-44 blaster pistol is the iconic sidearm of Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

In this film, the scope on the gun is different from that on the first film (a Hensoldt Wetzlar Dialyt 3x scope), instead of using a 1942-issue M19 brass azimuth-finding telescope sight (or M32, though M19 is identified as more likely by collectors), a device used by the M4 Sherman tank, with a custom scope mount. In scenes where the gun did not need to fire, the blaster is not a real C96: instead, it is built around a "Model 1916 Militarish Pistole," a high-quality replica C96 made by MGC Japan.

Screen-used resin replica blaster as seen in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This particular prop was sold at auction in 2013.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) draws his DL-44 blaster when he encounters an unexpected appearance.

Merr-Sonn Power 57 Blaster Pistol (Mauser C96)

In the film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) uses a Mauser C96 based Blaster pistol of his own. But unlike the DL-44, it is known as a Merr-Sonn Power 57 Blaster pistol.

Luke draws his Power 57 blaster when he gets surprised by Yoda.

Blaster Rifles

BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle (Sterling L2A3)

The "BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle", built from the Sterling L2A3, is the standard issue blaster rifle of the Imperial Stormtroopers. IG-88 is also armed with an E-11 blaster rifle. Both Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) also use the E-11 blaster.

Sterling L2A3 - 9x19mm
Replica of the BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle from the Star Wars franchise.
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) with the E-11 blaster during the fight on Bespin.
Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) uses the E-11 blaster during the fight on Bespin.

BlasTech A295 Blaster Rifle

The "BlasTech A295 blaster rifle" is the standard issue blaster of the Rebel Alliance ground forces. The A295 props were cast from replicas similar to (built from) the World War II-era German Sturmgewehr 44.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
StG44-based BlasTech A295 Blaster as seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
A line of Rebel Hoth forces in the back fire their A295 blaster rifles at the Imperial walkers. The professionalism of the Rebel troops during the Hoth sequence is a product of most of them being played by soldiers from the Norwegian Army; Hoth is mostly Hardangerjøkulen glacier in Norway, and during filming the temperatures dipped as low as -26 degrees Fahrenheit. Several shots were literally filmed out of the back door of a lodge in Finse because the crew did not want to go outside.
A close up of a Rebel's A295 blaster rifle.

EE-3 Carbine Rifle (Webley & Scott Flare Gun)

The "EE-3 carbine rifle" (modeled after the E-11 in-universe), a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun, is used by Boba Fett. It has a rather simple-looking barrel in this film, with its distinctive barrel shape only appearing in the next film, Return of the Jedi.

Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun - 37mm
The "EE-3 carbine rifle" (modeled after the E-11 in-universe), a modified Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun, is carried by Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch).

Valken-38 Blaster Rifle (MG42)

Dengar (Morris Bush) carries a Valken-38 blaster made from an MG42 machine gun as his main weapon in the film which is seen in the part where Vader briefs the Bounty Hunters of finding the Millennium Falcon. In the film it has the buttstock and bipod removed.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser


4-LOM uses an unmodified MG34 as its main weapon in the film.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Relby V10 Targeting Rifle (Schermuly Multi-Purpose Gun)

A Relby V10 Targeting Rifle is the main weapon of Bossk Alan Harris in the film, which it is based on the Schermuly Multi-Purpose Gun fitted with twin Sherman Tank gunsights

Schermuly Multi-Purpose Gun - 37mm.

DLT-20A Pulse Rifle

IG-88 is armed with a DLT-20A Pulse Rifle (built from an Sturmgewehr 44 and a Browning M1919A4 barrel).

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Browning M1919A4 fitted with bolt latch - .30-06

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