Firearms in films have evolved massively overly the years. From the simple handgun through to the high-tech, futuristic death machines you now find in science fiction films, the Silver Screen has seen big developments.
Below, we have looked at five of our favourite firearms from films, along with the gun in action and a little bit of background information about each; which is your favourite?
Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster – Star Wars
The firearms of the Star Wars films are often overlooked due to the presence of the lightsabres, but one example that is near-impossible to ignore is Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster.
Even though he was meant to be a supporting character, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo stole the limelight in many scenes of the original Star Wars trilogy, which helped to promote his signature sidearm even further (as did the controversy as to who shot first!).
Behind the Scenes
The majority of the Star Wars blasters were based on real firing guns with tweaks made, and Solo’s blaster is no different. The DL-44 design is based on the German C96 “Broomhandle” Mauser pistol; a sidearm that was manufactured from 1896 to 1937.
To make it appear more like a science fiction weapon, the large flash hider from the German MG81 machine gun found on fighter planes was added, while the air conditioning vent on the front of the magazine came from a model plane.
The scope is a Hensoldt Wetzlar Ziel Dialyt 3x scope which was more commonly found on German sniper rifles, such as the K98.