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A280 blaster rifle
Production information
Manufacturer

BlasTech Industries

Model

A280

Type

Blaster rifle

Cost

1,300 credits

Physical and technical specifications
Size

Large

Weight

6.7 kg

Range

300 m

Usage and history
Era(s)
Affiliation

Alliance to Restore the Republic

The A280 was a blaster rifle produced by BlasTech Industries, and was considered to be one of the best armor-piercing blasters produced during the Galactic Civil War.

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Characteristics

Though much heavier than Imperial-issue rifles such as the E-11, the A280 was a sturdy weapon and was reputed to be able to cut a fully-armored stormtrooper in half at medium range. This weapon, along with its predecessor, the DLT-20A, were marketed as Longblasters. The A280 was different from the DLT-20A in that its galven circuits were clustered near the focusing crystal, giving the weapon a slight bulge at the midsection. This also provided the A280 with more power over a longer range.

History

An Alliance soldier with an A280.

Several of these rifles were stolen by Janse for the Alliance to Restore the Republic when he left BlasTech shortly before the Battle of Endor. The Alliance had already been using these weapons prior to this battle; Rebel soldiers wielded them during the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY.

Models

By 8 ABY, a model of the weapon, known as the A280-K was used by Gottu, a member of the New Republic's Page's Commandos, during the Battle of Kal'Shebbol.[1]

Behind the scenes

The depiction of the A280 has varied over different sources. The image used in this article is that from Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, and matches the A295 blaster in overall appearance. Another version was depicted in the Endor Limited expansion of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game, and yet another in its original appearance in the Rebel Alliance Sourcebook.

The A280 as depicted in Endor Limited.

The BlasTech A280 blaster rifle prop was built from a World War II-era German StG44 Sturmgewehr rifle with a number of A280s being built around the StG44 in The Empire Strikes Back. The M16/AR-15 series rifles have also been used as the basis of the A280 with a number of A280s in Return of the Jedi being built from M16/AR-15 rifle parts.

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Notes and references

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