|E-11 Blaster rifle|
|Physical and technical specifications|
|Usage and history|
The E-11 Blaster rifle was a blaster rifle manufactured by BlasTech Industries during the Galactic Civil War. It was the standard blaster rifle of the Imperial stormtroopers. A powerful, light and compact weapon, the E-11 was used widely through the Galaxy.
Standard-issue for Imperial stormtroopers, the E-11 could alternate between semiautomatic, fully automatic and pulse-fire settings, and was designed to use a variety of ammunition, including grenades, darts, and flares. A computer enhanced scope compensated for dark, hazy, or smoky conditions, while a supplementary computer enabled the scope to display data specific to the weapon's current operating mode. The E-11's long barrel produced a tightly focused and very powerful particle beam, and had a maximum range of three hundred meters and an optimum range of one hundred meters.
The E-11 rifle proved to be a highly versatile design, spawning a wide number of variations. To make up for the high demand for these weapons, BlasTech authorized SoroSuub and Merr-Sonn to manufacture them under license. These three manufacturers were found mixed indiscriminately across the Empire in Imperial stocks.
The design was based on that of the DC-15 series of blaster rifles, carbines, and pistols. Some troopers were known to complain that the original E-11 had been poorly designed to compensate for recoil, leading to diminished accuracy in firefights,and once the carbine variant came out they preferred that model instead.
The basic E-11 was 49.2 cm long when folded and weighed 4.5 kilograms. The power cell housing opened on the left side of the action housing, above the trigger, giving the E-11 a very low profile (which was useful when shooting prone or from a barricade). The E-11's plasma gas cartridges allowed for over 500 shots, while the power cells lasted for about 100 shots, depending on the setting.
All moving and/or metal parts were fitted with a corrosion-proof, vacuum-rated, dry lubricant. The top of the receiver had a universal, quick-detach sight rail, which came from the factory, mounted with a ring reticule 2x optical scope. The basic three piece folding stock rode at the bottom of the rifle, under the power cell. When the stock was collapsed, the weapon could be fired one-handed more easily.
The power settings ranged from stun to kill. The rifle also had a rapid-fire mode with an expanded fire area, at the cost of poor accuracy.
The rifle could be clipped onto the utility belt of a Stormtrooper's uniform, for ease of carrying.