Star Wars Weapons Lore - The DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol
The DL-44 was a type of heavy blaster pistol produced by BlasTech Industries. Used during the years of the Galactic Republic and the Age of the Empire, the weapon was considered one of the most powerful blaster pistols in the galaxy. Though it overheated quickly, the DL-44 was reliable and delivered massive damage at close range, which is why the legendary smuggler Han Solo used it…
The DL-44 was a powerful, highly modifiable, and accurate blaster pistol, which packed a heavy punch compared to other pistols without losing accuracy. Because of these traits, many groups and individuals, ranging from smugglers and bounty hunters to militaries and the Rebellion, made the blaster a prime choice. In addition to being a powerful and reliable sidearm, the DL-44 had other attractive features such as a vibration system built into the handgrip which alerted the user when there were only five shots left in the weapon, and the ability to charge a bolt twice as powerful into a capacitor without damaging the sidearm. Just like most other handguns, its gear typically included a motion-sensitive scope and galven circuitry which allowed the pistol to deal more damage with a normal fire rate and energy drain.
Seen as early as 33 BBY, the originally designed BlasTech weapon found increased use at the hands of outlaws and those who drifted close to the edge of legality. Smugglers and the Rebel Alliance specifically used the weapon as it was capable of penetrating stormtrooper armour. As a result, the Galactic Empire ordered a restriction upon the model, technically outlawing the purchase and ownership of the DL-44. Taking advantage of this, other companies released similar but tuned-down versions of the pistol, like Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc.’s model 57 blaster pistol and Flash 4. At the time, their Power 5 was already being manufactured, seeing use previously in the Clone Wars.
The most famed user of the DL-44 was Rebel Alliance hero, and once smuggler, Han Solo. However, he modified the weapon, removing the barrel-sight to facilitate his fast-draw, which the Empire deemed an illegal modification of a blaster. Decades later, Jaden Korr, Rosh Penin and other New Jedi Order students carried DL-44 blasters during missions where pistols may have been necessary. Furthermore, those associated with the Disciples of Ragnos, such as some Imperial officers, workers, and saboteurs, were issued the pistols. On occasion, Mara Jade was known to carry a DL-44. Lastly, they were the anti-infantry sidearm of choice for Rebel Marksman and vanguards.
Now it’s time for this week’s question: Would the DL-44 also be your sidearm of choice? Let me know in the comments below.