- "It's a DH-17. Leave the settings the way they are and don't even think of switching it to automatic."
- ―First Sergeant Namir during the Mid Rim Retreat
The DH-17 blaster pistol was commonly used by soldiers of the Rebel Alliance for conflicts aboard starships, and sometimes the officers of the Galactic Empire carried it instead of the standard E-11 blaster rifles.
The pistol was dependable on a semiautomatic setting, firing in short bursts. The pistol could also be fired fully automatic, but the power would be drained within ~20 seconds, making fully automatic firing only worth using in panic situations. Its high rate of fire and reasonable accuracy made it ideal for medium-range combat.
When the Alliance members were on the run from the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator to transmit the stolen Death Star plans to Alderaan, their ship, the CR90 corvette Tantive IV, was halted and Imperial stormtroopers entered the ship. To stop the enemy boarders, rebel soldiers attacked with DH-17 blasters but were eventually defeated by the Imperial forces.
The Death Star Troopers that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca attacked on the First Death Star were armed with DH-17 blasters, but they were killed when Chewbacca pretended to get loose from Han and Luke and started a chaotic battle in the detention center.
Behind the scenes
The DH-17 blaster pistols first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The pistols were first named as "DH-17"s in the canon continuity from Ultimate Star Wars, a reference book published in April 28, 2015.
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as DH-17 blaster pistol)
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- Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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- Star Wars: On the Front Lines (Picture only)
- Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage (Picture only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 34 (Helmets: Death Star Trooper)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 49 (Highlights of the Saga: Battle on the Beach) (Picture only)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 53 (Weapons & Uniforms: The Adventures of Nien Nunb)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 55 (Weapons & Uniforms: Saw Gerrera's Partisans)
- Gadgets and Gear
- Star Wars: X-Wing Second Edition – Huge Ship Conversion Kit (Card: ) (Reissued in Tantive IV Expansion Pack) (Picture only)
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- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
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