- "The only thing better than a big blaster, apparently, is one that shoots faster."
- ―Anonymous remark on the Mandalorian heavy repeater
Repeating blasters, or repeat blasters or repeaters, were blaster or projectile weapons that could fire many rounds in a short time intervals. They were somewhat larger than the DC-15A blaster rifles used by the clone troopers in the Clone Wars.
Several variants existed, but these weapons could generally be divided into two major categories: personal repeating blasters, and mounted repeating blasters, it was normally mounted on a tripod and is portable. They were also mounted on ships such as the T-16 skyhopper, but this was not common.
- 1 Characteristics
- 2 Usage
- 3 Mounted and personal repeating blasters
- 4 Light, medium and heavy repeating blasters
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
These rapid-fire weapons were usually mounted on a tripod or defense installations, but light variant could be carried by troops. They were designed as infantry support weapons frequently mounted on speeder bikes and landspeeders.
These weapons were issued only to the military.
Mounted and personal repeating blasters
Mounted repeating blasters
Also called "heavy repeating blasters", these were blaster-based range weapons with a rapid-fire discharge, commonly mounted on sturdy tripod bases for stability.
The heavy repeating blaster was developed to protect outposts against invasions. These tripod-mounted blasters proved effective at cutting down lines of approaching infantry units, despite the fact that they were stationary weapons. During the time of the Clone Wars, and the Galactic Civil War, the E-Web heavy repeating blaster, and its variants, were the most popular repeating blasters. The name E-Web was derived from the official designation of any repeating blaster: 'Emplacement Weapon, Heavy Blaster'.
Types of mounted repeating blaster
- EWHB-12 heavy repeating blaster
- E-Web heavy repeating blaster
- Mark II medium repeating blaster cannon
- F-Web Repeating Blaster
- M-Web repeating blaster
Personal repeating blasters
These repeaters were light enough to be carried by individuals and fired quickly without a mount, such as a tripod, but were heavy enough to be unwieldy for those not trained in their use. The largest of these were even called "heavy repeating blasters", but this was only in comparison with more lightweight models; all personal weapons were a step down from the heavier emplacement guns.
Due to their unique nature, personal repeaters were generally wielded by elite branches of soldiers; stormtrooper lieutenants, for example, would be more likely to carry them than the stormtroopers they commanded would.
During, and directly after the Mandalorian Wars, personal repeaters were among the favorite weapons of Mandalorians. Canderous Ordo himself was known to have wielded a prototype "heavy" repeating blaster that never made it to general production.
Types of personal repeating blaster
- Baragwin assault gun
- Baragwin heavy repeating blaster
- Mandalorian heavy repeater
- Light repeating blaster
- T-21 light repeating blaster
- T-28 repeating sniper rifle
- Accelerated Charged Particle Repeater Gun
- LS-150 Heavy Accelerated Charged Particle Repeater Gun
- Z-6 rotary blaster cannon
- BlasTech light repeating blaster
- DC-17 hand blaster
- SE-14r light repeating blaster
- M-40 light repeating blaster
- Imperial Repeater Rifle
- Medium repeating blaster
- Imperial Heavy Repeater
Light, medium and heavy repeating blasters
Light repeating blasters
These are the lightest variant of repeating blasters.
Medium repeating blasters
These heavier rapid-fire weapons were usually operated by a team of two and mounted.
Heavy repeating blasters
The most powerful repeating blasters were mainly mounted on vehicles.