List the DL-44 blaster props ANH through ROTJ

scarf man

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The ANH to ROTJ DL44 blasters, Identification thread
*Glossary near the bottom of the post.


Star Wars (ANH) 1977
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Han Solo‘s hero (Cantina, Docking bay 94 escape, Millennium Falcon interior, and Yavin scenes)
[Mauser C-96 with custom bull barrel, rented from Bapty & Co.]
[MG81 flash hider]
[Hensoldt Wetzlar 3x scope]
[Scope mounting cradle and bracket, possibly custom]
[Hawker Tomtit model plane parts by Veron used as greeblies]

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The base gun was fitted with a bull barrel by film armorers Bapty & Co. for the film “The Naked Runner” 1967, staring Frank Sinatra. That same gun was later rented from Bapty by the production “The Star Wars” in 1976.

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The scope cradle was used in the film “Sitting Target” 1972, starring Oliver Reed. Another Bapty rental presumably.

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The gun, rented from Bapty, was also utilized by the production team for castings which were used to make several other props in the film such as the Merr Sonn power 5, and the resin stunt prop later used for the Dagobah and Bespin duel scenes in ESB.

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Discussion here:

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Han Solo’s Greedo killer (Cantina closeup insert shot of Han reaching for his blaster)
[MGC Mauser C-96]
[Compac Super scope]
[Custom scope mounting bracket]
[M-9 flash hider]
[Grill on front of mag well unidentified]
[Greeblies]

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*Glossary:

Hero
, shorthand for hero prop as used in a closeup shot
Greeblie, a detail piece added to a prop or model to spruce up its appearance or aide in construction.
Bull Barrel, a thick walled barrel for a firearm.
ANH, ESB, ROTJ, shorthand for the titles of the Star Wars films.
MGC, stands for Model Gun Corporation, a Japanese company that made high quality non firing models of popular firearms.

More to come…

So, similar to my old thread on Luke’s ROTJ sabers, post your pics, objections, theories, etc…
and I will take all the credit (ahem) good stuff, and add to the initial post as a primer on the subject at han, I mean hand.

I’ll be adding to this piecemeal, so it may take a few days/weeks/months/years to get everything uploaded and in the proper section.

Photo credits: Inquisitor Peregrinus, chubsANDdoggers, lonepigeon, thd9791, deadbolt, H0llyw00d, Vanitas
Special photo credits: scottjua
Proofreading credits: The 48th Ronin, deadbolt

Disclaimer: I claim no rights but fair use to these publicly available previously posted pictures, don’t be a Richard about it.
 
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The Empire Strikes Back 1980

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Echo 3, Rogue Group Leader, Rebel Alliance Commander
Luke Skywalker’s Hoth blaster
(Hoth scenes Finse, Norway)
[MGC Mauser C-96]
[M19 tank scope]
[Custom scope mounting bracket]
[Aluminum flash hider with drawn on straight knurling]
[Visible V8 engine model parts]
[Greeblies]

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Discussion here:

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Echo 7, Captain, scruffy looking nerf herder
Han Solo’s Hoth blaster
(Hoth scenes Finse, Norway)
[same prop as above]
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…stay tuned for Bespin
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… and Dagobah.
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Return of the Jedi 1983

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Favorite decoration, Rebel Alliance General, Endor strike team leader
Han Solo’s hero blaster
(briefing room, Endor assault, & celebration scenes)
[MGC Mauser C-96]
[Delrin scope bell, windage knob cap, flathead screw, & 35mm film canister were used to make the scope]
[Weaver scope ring]
[Extra scope ring mount]
[Custom scope mounting bracket]
[Visible V8 engine model kit pistons]
[Delrin flash hider] Short scallops at the rear
[Greeblies]

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Alternate Solo Hero (Unsure of location in the film)
[MGC Mauser C-96]
[Faux scope similar to above]
[Custom scope mounting bracket]
[V8 piston halves]
[Greeblies]
[Similar delrin flash hider, with different details] Long scallops at rear
[Currently missing front of scope]

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Scope discussion here:
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Han Solo’s *Stembridge stunt blaster (Endor shield generator assault scene)
[Mauser C96 pistol]
[Diamond pattern grips] ~may have been different during filming
[Faux scope similar in construction to the Hero prop]
[Custom scope mount, weaver type scope ring]
[Delrin copies of V8 piston halves]
[Aluminum flash hider]
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* Stembridge was the armourer for U.S. filming portions of ROTJ.

Photo credits: jdebord originalpropblog.com, thd9791,Probe Droid, chubsANDdoggers
 
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scarf man

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Miscellaneous

Weird bunker blaster (ROTJ deleted scene)

[Hensoldt scope from the ANH hero blaster]
Not much is known about this prop at the time of posting, I will add information
as the plot unfolds.

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Discussion here:

…and here:



Photo credits: zsherman, thd9791, Vanitas
 
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scarf man

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That’s a great visual guide chubsANDdoggers, I’m aiming at somewhere in-between your picture and SethS e-book for lightsabers. I want to create a short guide that packs a lot of differentiating information for newer members to glance through.
Much like my other thread on Luke’s sabers, I’d like to have reference pics, behind the scenes pics, movie stills, and a brief description of parts and what scenes they were in.

I‘m currently hunting for Han Solo ROTJ bunker blaster pics, the one with the reused Hensoldt scope and weird looking barrel.
 
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chubsANDdoggers

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That’s a great visual guide chubsANDdoggers, I’m aiming at somewhere in-between your picture and SethS e-book for lightsabers. I want to create a short guide that packs a lot of differentiating information for newer members to glance through.
Much like my other thread on Luke’s saber, I’d like to have reference pics, behind the scenes pics, movie stills, and a brief description of parts and what scenes they were in.
I think this is all a great idea! I’ve almost started this exact same threat myself as I have lots and lots of all those pics u just mentioned. Years worth of research in fact. Only issue that has keep me from doing just this is simply because there are some very respected members here on RPF that are very sensitive to certain pictures being reposted without their specific permission. I can’t begin to tell who or where I got all my pictures from and have decided it’s not worth the hassle or finger pointing that comes along with doing what it is ur trying to do. But I love this idea and I’ll be following closely.. helping where I can.

Is this your lightsaber thread u mentioned?
 

scarf man

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I totally understand.
I however, have let’s say, a reputation for lack of a better word. I do keep things to myself if asked, but owe no allegiance to any particular group within or with-out the RPF.
This thread is all about identifying what is what, not the minutiae.
If I can find a pic posted publicly, and it helps someone differentiate between blasters, I’m posting it here, with credit if I can.

Yeah, that’s the one chubsANDdoggers, it was, and continues to be a group effort.
 
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chubsANDdoggers

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ALL my pictures were originally posted publicly. They where found either here (RPF) or elsewhere.. but they where all originally posted in one thread or another. Hopefully your reputation will protect you against what I have had to deal with privately. Good luck to you sir!

That’s a great saber thread! Top shelf stuff (y)
 
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scarf man

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Thanks for doing this! hopefully it goes down in history like your ROTJ saber one
My pleasure to help out wherever I can. I just hope that this thread will come up in searches easily enough to make a difference for the forum.
Posts, views, tags, key words, and obviously good info. is what this thread needs to succeed.
 

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