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The K-16 Bryar Pistol was a model of blaster pistol used by the soldiers of the Rebel Alliance[2] during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire. The weapon 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 featured a deceptive design—it possessed a modified power unit, which enabled the weapon to discharge its entire heat source in one powerful blast as secondary fire. 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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Concept art of the K-16 Bryar Pistol by Erik Rading

The K-16 Bryar Pistol first appeared in the new Star Wars canon 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] and was based on the Bryar pistol, which figured prominently in the Star Wars: Jedi Knight video game series from the Star Wars Legends continuity.[2] It was introduced in the 1995 video game Star Wars: Dark Forces as the signature sidearm of Kyle Katarn, the series' protagonist. Justin Chin, the game's lead artist and story writer,[4] named the weapon after composer Gavin Bryars.[5]

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