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"Look, good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living? That's something else."
Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

The Marksman-H combat remote, also referred to as a seeker droid[1] and training remote, was a remote used for military training. Manufactured by Industrial Automaton, it was equipped with non-lethal blasters to prevent injuries to the target. It was sold for 350 credits.[2]

The fast-moving and unpredictable remote was commonly used by marksmen to improve reaction time and aiming skills. In order to prevent damage, remotes were usually shot at with light-only blasts. Many smugglers and bounty hunters also used remotes to perfect their quick-draw skills. Most famously, Han Solo owned and practiced with a Marksman-H model training remote.

History[]

Han Solo's Marksman-H

During the time of the Galactic Republic, Jedi younglings would practice Shii-Cho with these remotes. Indeed, the younglings were using them, under supervision of Yoda, when Obi-Wan Kenobi came to them for help in locating Kamino. Some variants, however, were modified for actual combat in case the Jedi Temple was attacked, as was demonstrated during Operation: Knightfall.[3]

They were also used as shooting-range targets as part of the training of clone sharpshooters during the Clone Wars.[4]

After the birth of the Galactic Empire, several Marksman-H combat remotes were modified to carry out executions to enemies of the Empire. These execution droids would wander population centers and scan for enemies of the Empire based on the identities of known targets stored in their memory banks. Upon locating them, the targets would be executed on the spot.[5]

Later, Luke Skywalker practiced with one aboard the Millennium Falcon. Luke could not predict what the remote would do, but then Ben Kenobi put down the blast visor on Luke's helmet. Eventually Luke saw the point of this; after a little more practice, he could block the droid at will.


Behind the scenes[]

The training remote Luke practices with in A New Hope was originally conceived as an automated execution droid used by the Empire.[5]

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