There are a few ways to get out WW I fix as we wait in anticipation for Battlefield 1 to be released. One of those ways is to play games with WW I weapons in them. Surprisingly Star Wars Battlefront has three World War I weapons. Of course the baster rifles of the video game behave nothing like their real life counter parts, but it is still fun to have them in your loadout. The movie props were made from WW I surplus firearms. The most iconic from the movies is Han Solo’s --- which was a modified Mauser C96, but there was also the Lewis gun and the Number 1 MK III Lee Enfield
DL-44 Blaster Pistol / C96 Mauser
|Han Solo and his DL-44 Blaster Pistol / C96 Mauser|
The Mauser C96 was one of the first semiautomatic pistols to go into large-scale production. The 96 comes from 1896, the first year it was made. It was manufactured until 1936. It was chambered for the 7.63 x25mm Mauser (30 Mauser) and later the 9mm Parabellem cartridges. The pistol came with a cool wood stock which also acted as a holster for the gun. This gun was fairly accurate at moderate ranges when used with the wood stock
T-21 Heavy Blaster / Lewis Gun
|Snow Trooper with T-21 Heavy Blaster / Lewis Gun|
The Lewis Gun was invented in 1911 and saw extensive service in World War I and II as well as other conflicts. It is well known for its flat drum magazine that sits on top the gun. Although invented in the US the gun saw most service with the British and Commonwealth armies. In the movies it does not have the magazine and is used by the Imperial Stormtroopers and is very powerful.
CA-87 Shock Blaster / Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III
|Rebel soldier with CA-87 Shock Blaster / Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III|
The No. 1 Mk III Lee Enfield rifle was used by British and Commonwealth Countries in WW I. It was replaced by the No. 4 Mk I Lee Enfield in WW II, but still saw extensive service in that war. In the wars the Lee Enfield gained the reputation for fast firing because of its slick bolt action and 10 round magazine, most rifles of the time only held 5 rounds.
In the Star Wars a New Hope CA-87 blaster is used to shoot R2-D2. The gun was completely chopped off at the start of the barrel to make the prop for the movie. In Star Wars Battlefront the gun is a devastating weapon in close quarters and nearly useless beyond those ranges.
|CA-87 Shock Blaster muzzle blast|