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The K-16 Bryar Pistol was a model of blaster pistol used by the soldiers of the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. Deceptive by design, the K-16 appeared to be a regular pistol; however, it featured a modified power unit capable of releasing its entire heat source in one powerful blast as secondary fire.

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A rebel trooper wielding the K-16 Bryar Pistol

The K-16 Bryar Pistol was a model of blaster pistol that was capable of firing red-colored blaster bolts,[1] though it was not as powerful as other blaster pistols.[2] While it appeared to be a fairly ordinary pistol, the black-colored K-16 actually possessed a modified power unit, which enabled the weapon to discharge its entire heat source in one lethal power blast as secondary fire.[1]

The larger middle section of the K-16's barrel contained cooling vents on either side of the weapon's frame. Additionally, the blaster pistol featured a trigger guard.[1]

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The K-16 Bryar Pistol was used by the soldiers of the Alliance to Restore the Republic,[2] who fought the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War.[1]

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"In contrast to the [TL-50] Heavy Repeater, the Bryar Pistol represents the Rebellion and the clever surprises they use to take on the Empire. Digging into Star Wars gaming history for inspiration, the obvious choice was to pay homage to the Star Wars Legends fan-favorite, Kyle Katarn through his signature Bryar Pistol. While it's not as powerful as other blaster pistols, its' [sic] Secondary Fire mode charges up and delivers a Power Blast capable of taking out soldiers in one shot."
―Official Electronic Arts website[src]

Concept art of the K-16 Bryar Pistol by Erik Rading

The K-16 Bryar Pistol first appeared in the Death Star expansion pack for the video game Star Wars Battlefront, released in 2016.[2] The pistol is unlockable via an in-game challenge called "Dark Enforcer." Although the K-16 can be wielded by troopers from all factions—including the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic—like all other blasters in the game,[1] the weapon's description on the official Electronic Arts website suggests that it is a Rebel Alliance weapon.[2]

The K-16 was designed by 3D artist Erik Rading[3] based on the Bryar pistol, which figured prominently in the Star Wars: Jedi Knight video-game series from Star Wars Legends.[2] The Bryar pistol was first introduced in the 1995 game Star Wars: Dark Forces as the signature sidearm of Kyle Katarn, the series' protagonist.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars Battlefront
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 EA logo.png Death Star New Weapons + Star Cards on Electronic Arts' official website (backup link)
  3. Rading, Erik (2016). Star Wars Battlefront - Bryar Pistol. Erik Rading. Ballistiq Digital Inc. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved on November 12, 2018. "One of the weapons I made while I was an intern at DICE. I was also responsible for the concept and marketing renders."
  4. Star Wars: Dark Forces

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