A hold-out blaster was a type of blaster, typically a blaster pistol, used as a personal weapon for easy concealment, often employed when other weapons or equipment were not viable or were simply unavailable.
The ELG-3A blaster pistol wielded by Padmé Amidala and her Naboo Royal Handmaidens was a hold-out blaster that became practically a standard accessory for diplomats and nobles in need of a personal sidearm. Hera Syndulla used a Blurrg-1120 holdout blaster whenever she fought outside the Ghost. The deactivator hold-out pistol could be fired to deactivate droids. The EC-17 hold-out blaster was a compact, one-handed weapon holstered in the boots of Imperial scout troopers during the Galactic Civil War.
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