Many of the blasters shown in the Star Wars films are machine guns or pistols that are modified to look more futuristic.

Similar concepts to blasters have long appeared in science fiction. One of the earliest appearances of a blaster-like item was in H.G. Wells' 1898 novel War of the Worlds. In the story the Martians use a weapon called a Heat-Ray, which, like a blaster, is a directed-energy weapon.
  blaster from Star Wars
  "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid”
  -- Han Solo in Star Wars (1977)
 Appears in the Following Films
  Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Attack of the Clones (2002)
The Phantom Menace (1999)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars (1977)


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