Mauser DL-44 Blaster of Han Solo

by Miles

With the upcoming release of Star Wars, fans everywhere are getting back into the momentum of the objects and storyline that the movies are so famous for. Within the firearms world, some people have really been taken to the Mauser Broomhandle carried by Han Solo. Of course, in the actual movies, Solo has a DL-44 paperweight, with all the shooting done by special effects. But that won’t stop Jerry Miculek from putting together a working C-96 Broomhandle and cloning it into the future by adding a scope and a flashhider! In addition, Jerry made a movie introducing it, with an actor dressed up as Darth Vader, representing Colt, and Jerry of course representing Smith & Wesson. The scene they are imitating is from the second original Star Wars movie where Darth Vader is fighting Luke, cuts his arm off, and tells him that he is his father. I just went back and watched the original scene, and Jerry’s is pretty spot on, complete with the target stand he is holding onto. The second half of the clip is a teaser for the upcoming video of a remake of Han Solo’s blaster, a much undignified Mauser C-96!

And the movie was released on Monday.

Not very new, but very relevant, a fellow published an article in Shooting Illustrated, where he did the exact same thing that Jerry did with the Mauser, converted it to the future. Now, I don’t know how much of a Star Wars fan someone has to be to mill and weld away at a $4,000 piece of history, but if that’s what makes you tick, all the power to you!


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  • Turd Turd on Jan 01, 2016

    I have a working one in 9mm!

  • LastEntertainment_86 LastEntertainment_86 on Jan 05, 2016

    There is a guy in the back of the Shotgun news who does barrel relining and refinishing for cheap, same for lugers. Anyways, this guy offered a service to convert any c96 into a 44 pistol and still firing. It cost almost 400 usd I believe. The guy doesn't do Internet and is rather old school.
    Gotta find his ad in the SGN, and send your pistol in and it comes back to you in 5 to 10 days. He refinished and relined mines for about 150 bucks. Mines was made in 1915 and collector wise, it is a common run of the mill c96 with some pitting here and there. LUGERMAN online can refinish them to brand new condition for 500 bucks and he does excellent work.
    I got my pistol for about 200 bucks 4 years ago, it wasn't working and functioning due to the previous owner making parts for it and he didn't trust the Internet. He sold it to me as a prop and wall hanger. It needed a simple spring and some other parts and it was good to go. They are fun shooters and I am exploring sending mines back to get converted to 9mm. I can find .30 Mauser for 20 bucks for a box of 50, 9mm is far cheaper.
    I encourage anyone to try one out, they are a hoot to shoot once it is all checked for safety.