Thursday, March 31, 2011

BLASTERS MONTH DL-44 Heavy Blaster

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side kid.”
If you’ve never heard the above phrase, you’re reading the wrong blog…seriously. First up in the Lair’s BLASTER MONTH, I’m going to review the DL-44 heavy blaster, as wielded by the infamous smuggler and alliance general, Han Solo. In my view this has to be the best loved blaster in SF history, wielded by the most charismatic figure in three of the greatest movies ever made, Star Wars Episodes IV to VI.
Solo basted his way through two thirds of the original Star Wars movies with this pistol, putting untold enemies out of their misery, including a double-crossing Greedo, at least three Imperial Officers, and storm troopers and speeder bike riders too numerous to mention. Solo was the most trigger happy character in any SF book or film I have read or seen. Perhaps the only thing he did better than firing his blaster, was posing with it.

And through it all I don’t recall him having to recharge its energy cells even once.  AND N’ER A STUN SETTING IN SIGHT!
How cool is that? An energy weapon that basically puts down your enemy in one shot and hardly ever needs recharging? Solo even took a pot shot at the big guy, DV himself. Somehow the Sith Lord managed to deflect the blast with his hand (and the force I guess), but there isn’t much that defected a shot from a DL-44, blast-shielded doors being the only other thing I can recall off-hand.
According to Wookieepedia, the DL-44 heavy blaster was favoured by smugglers and members of the rebel alliance due to its ability to penetrate storm trooper armor. In fact the DL-44 packed such a punch, its sale and ownership was banned by the Empire.
The 44 came in a basic model, and a tricked-out version. Solo toted the pimped version, though he removed the scope in order to be quicker on the draw. To be frank, I don’t really see a need for a scope on a gun that’s basically used like a pistol, but hey, I’m no expert.
On the downside, there’s not much chance of using this weapon from a hiding place and remaining undetected, it makes a hell of a racket, and a bright bolt of energy is emitted from the muzzle of the weapon, making a silencer about as useful as a comb for a wookie.
Basically, I really like this weapon and would have no problems strapping one on in a tight situation, but there’s no way in hell I’d want it for a stealth mission.
“Bring ‘em on. I prefer a straight fight to all this sneakin’ around.” – Han Solo.

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