Star Wars Lore - Weapons - The DC 15A Blaster Rifle
Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the DC-15 series was a range of plasma weapons used throughout the Clone Wars. One blaster rifle in the series was the DC-15A, which became the primary weapon for the Galactic Republic’s clone troopers, while a slightly modified version was used by Senate Commandos. The blaster proved effective against droids, armour and even large biological threats, as seen when the 501st Legion were attacked by wild acklay beasts on Felucia. Aside from combat use, the weapon had a stun setting, and the ascension cable attachment allowed clones to traverse walls and cliff faces. Although some clones preferred the manoeuvrability and close quarter use of the DC-15S, there was no denying the superior power of the DC-15A…
Despite weighing more than regular blasters, and suffering from inaccuracy under sustained fire, the DC-15A blaster rifle was incredibly powerful. When switched to the maximum power setting, a shot from the weapon could puncture a ferroconcrete wall and the armour of most enemies. However, such power demanded a higher energy consumption from the tibanna gas cartridges. Each cartridge held enough gas to produce 500 plasma bolts, while the charger packs lasted for around 50 shots. Although the charger packs could be replaced easily, the tibanna gas cartridges proved more of a challenge, requiring the wielder to snap open the buttstock each time. Upon pulling the weapon’s trigger, ionised tibanna gas would transfer into charged plasma within the ignition chamber. The barrel then compressed the plasma into a thin bolt. Due to the hyper-ionisation of each shot, the DC-15A was incredibly effective against droid forces. When mounted on a tripod, the maximum effective range of the blaster was 10 kilometres, which was perfect for the heads up display sniper scope. Speaking of which, every clone helmet could project a graphical gun sight on theirs HUDs, offering an alternative to the DC-15A’s standard iron sights.
Although the popularity of the DC-15A blaster rifle died down after the Clone Wars, the weapon still saw continued use during the reign of the Galactic Empire. While Kamino bred anti-troopers used the blaster in a rebellion against the Empire, Dark novatroopers in the Imperial special forces used heavily modified and bulked up versions of the weapon. The last recorded use of the DC-15A came during the Yuuzhan Vong War when Captain Judder Page equipped the weapon on the planet Caluula...
Now it’s time for this week’s question: would you rather the firepower of the DC-15A or the manoeuvrability of the DC-15S? Let me know in the comments below.