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«That's a first gen X-45, isn't it? You should try an X-47. Less likely to jam after getting hit by a few rocks.»
―Leia Organa, disguised as Boushh, to Bossk[src]

The X-45 was a blaster rifle that was in circulation during the Galactic Civil War. A major flaw of first-generation X-45 rifles was their tendency to get jammed when hit by another object, an issue that was rectified in the later X-47. The Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk wielded a first-generation X-45 while on the hunt for the rebel Lando Calrissian on the planet Arkanis in the year 4 ABY.

Description[]

Bossk on Arkanis, with an X-45 on his back

The X-45 was a blaster rifle that was used in the galaxy during the Galactic Civil War. Mostly black in color, the rifle had a long barrel with a two-part scope—one part was located above the trigger and the other at the end of the barrel, extending slightly outward. The rifle also had a gray stock and two hand grips, as well as a brown-colored sling for wearing the weapon behind the back. First-generation X-45 rifles were prone to jamming after being struck by foreign objects, such as rocks, a flaw that was fixed in a successor model—the X-47.[1]

History[]

In 4 ABY,[2] the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk operated on the planet Arkanis while armed with a first-generation X-45. While attempting to collect a bounty on the rebel Lando Calrissian, Bossk faced competition from the bounty hunter Boushh, who in reality was Princess Leia Organa in disguise. During a firefight with Bossk, Organa took advantage of the X-45's design flaw, using her blaster pistol to shoot at a rock formation behind the Trandoshan. The rocks collapsed, hitting Bossk's X-45 and jamming it, forcing the disarmed bounty hunter to give up his claim on Calrissian.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The X-45 appeared in the new Star Wars canon in Age of Rebellion - Princess Leia 1,[1] a comic book published by Marvel Comics on April 10, 2019.[3] The comic book was written by Greg Pak and was illustrated by Marc Deering, Will Sliney, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story.[1]

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the X-45 sniper rifle, nicknamed the "Riflette," was first mentioned in "Blasters for Hire," an article written and illustrated by Anthony P. Russo and published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 3 in 1994.[4] It first appeared in an in-universe Legends narrative in Plea Bargain, a 2005 Living Force roleplaying game adventure written by Craig Baugh.[5]

The X-45's depiction in Age of Rebellion - Princess Leia 1 bears little similarity to[1] the rifle's previous depiction in Legends.[4] The comic instead portrays it as visually identical to[1] the Relby-v10 mortar gun, Bossk's authorized bounty-hunting weapon.[6]

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Age of Rebellion - Princess Leia 1
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Princess Leia Organa acquired the Ubese armor for her Boushh disguise on Ord Mantell thirty years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, Organa's acquisition of the armor must take place in 4 ABY. Given that Age of Rebellion - Princess Leia 1 shows Organa with her Boushh disguise, preparing for the rescue of Han Solo, which Galactic Atlas also dates to 4 ABY, the events of Age of Rebellion must likewise take place in that year.
  3. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Age Of Rebellion - Princess Leia (2019) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 SWAJsmall.jpg "Blasters for Hire"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 3
  5. Plea Bargain
  6. Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
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