Blaster (Star Wars)
Blaster props in the Star Wars movies are redressed versions of real world rifles, machine guns, submachine guns, and pistols. For example, the E-11 blaster carbine used by Imperial stormtroopers was based on the Sterling submachine gun, and Han Solo's DL-44 blaster pistol was based on the German Mauser C96. Functional Sterlings firing blank cartridges were used in some scenes with the laser bolt added later in post-production. These blank cartridges are responsible for the muzzle flash seen on screen and, in some scenes, the cartridges themselves can be seen being ejected from the guns, or the actual sound of the blank cartridge is not dubbed over by a sound effect.
Blasters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from handheld to shipmounted weapons. The blaster effect started with the sound acquired from hitting a guy-wire on a radio tower with a wrench.
In the Star Wars universe, common blaster weapons were said to use high-energy gas as ammunition; activated by a power cell and converted into plasma. The plasma was then released from a magnetic bottle effect to fire through collimating components as a coherent energy bolt. Plasma energy was said to be dissipated as the bolt traveled, limiting range as the energy became incoherent.
These are some types of blasters shown or described in the Star Wars stories.
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A295/A280 blaster rifle 
The BlasTech A295 blaster rifle is the standard-issue blaster rifle among the soldiers of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic. The A295 blaster rifle was seen in the hands of Rebel Alliance soldiers during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. A similar weapon, the A280 blaster rifle, was seen in the hands of Rebel Alliance commandos during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Link to image
The BlasTech A295 blaster rifle prop that was seen in The Empire Strikes Back was built from the World War II-era German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle. The A280 blaster rifles used by the Rebel Alliance commandos in Return of the Jedi were built from parts and components from the M-16/AR-15/M4 series rifles, especially parts and components from Colt Commando rifles, with cosmetic features added to simulate the appearance of the A295 blaster rifles from The Empire Strikes Back. This blaster appeared on Star Wars Battlefront series for the Rebel alliance.
DH-17 blaster pistol 
The BlasTech DH-17 is used by both the Imperial Navy and Rebel Alliance/New Republic Navy officers. It is primarily designed for ship use, where it can pierce blaster armor although not a ship's hull.
DL-44 blaster pistol 
DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle 
The BlasTech DLT-19 is the standard-issue heavy blaster rifle carried by Imperial stormtroopers based on Tatooine. Due to its greater shooting range it is known to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon to shoot down such vehicles as the swoop bike, or even light airspeeders. The DLT-19 is based on the German MG-34 machine gun. In the Star Wars Battlefront series, it is used as a sniper rifle more than a normal rifle. Link to image
E-11 blaster rifle 
In the films, the E-11 prop was made from the British Sterling submachine gun.
The DC-15 blaster rifle is a common weapon used by the Republic clone troopers. This was seen being carried by a majority of clone troopers in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It is unusual in that it is one of the only blasters that fire blue laser beams which cause an electromagnetic pulse to kill droids; the majority fire red or green laser beams. The DC-15A blaster rifle that the majority of the Clone Troopers carry in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith is based on parts from the German MG-34 General Purpose Machine Gun from World War II, which was used as the basis weapon for the BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle in the Original Trilogy, and components from the BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle that were carried by the Imperial Stormtroopers from the original Star Wars trilogy. The DC-15A is the longer blaster that can be seen carried by standard clones in the Battlefront series as well as in several of the movies. It can be seen in heavy use in the Clone Wars TV episodes.Link to image: DC-15A blaster rifle Link to image: Dc-15 blaster carbine
The DC-17m rifle is a modified DC-15 rifle. Differences include RPG anti-armor rounds and intensified plasma rounds. It is the primary player weapon in Star Wars: Republic Commando. There is also another DC-17 hand blaster, which is a pistol. It can be seen used by Captain Rex, also known as CT-7567, in most if not all of the Clone Wars episodes he appears in.
Disruptors are a very powerful special form of blaster. They are illegal in most systems due to their extreme power. Disruptors destroy matter at a molecular level, and some models can instantly disintegrate a target's hand (and, eventually, the entire body as well) by striking only one finger. Boba Fett is known to carry at least one disruptor.