Battle Arms Star Wars Themed ARs

The end of the AR looks exactly like the end of an X-Wing Magnetic Flashback Suppressor on the end of a Laser Cannon.

The end of the AR looks exactly like the end of an X-Wing Magnetic Flashback Suppressor on the end of a Laser Cannon.

Any Star Wars fans out there? You may get a kick out of this one. Battle Arms Development has brought some fun-guns to the SHOT show. These are Star Wars themed ARs are fun to look at. How do they shoot? I’m not sure. But there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t be amazing blasters. They’re light, though. So light that I thought they were models at first. We’re going to do another feature on the BAD ARs, so stay tuned for that, but I thought I’d put in this plug now for the blasters.

Anyone who knows much about me knows I like my Star Wars trivia. I taught a Star Wars themed class in my previous life as a college professor. Seeing the cultural pinnacle of my youth so adeptly blended with my current fixation on guns is a bit trippy. But I’m not complaining.

And the guns are proving popular. I didn’t find them at the SHOT Show until late Thursday afternoon. And then they had to be pointed out to me. I understand why I missed them. The booth is small, and there were at least 30 people fighting to get in to see the guns. And the helmets. The helmets were getting a lot of attention, especially from those of us who recognize the new Episode 7 Storm Trooper design.

The Commander.

The Commander.

An Episode Seven Storm Trooper helmet made of steel.

An Episode Seven Storm Trooper helmet made of steel.

The weathered finish is Cerakote.

The weathered finish is Cerakote.

More fun than the guns? I think so.

More fun than the guns? I think so.

I couldn't help but geek out a bit. I've always been a Star Wars nerd, and there's something satisfying about putting on a serious helmet.

I couldn’t help but geek out a bit. I’ve always been a Star Wars nerd, and there’s something satisfying about putting on a serious helmet.

Would Storm Troopers be able to hit what they aim at with these blasters?

Would Storm Troopers be able to hit what they aim at with these blasters?

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  • Michael swain April 26, 2015, 10:35 pm

    How about encompassing you’re combined nerdery to make a FUNCTIONAL blaster, then a FUNCTIONAL light saber … Rather than blogging about guns that work, but not for your purpose

    P.S. I use a a primitive bow and arrow to hunt wild game like the Ewaks

  • mattlovesaks January 25, 2015, 7:28 am

    FINALLY an ar15 that stands out. Ill take one in an ar10 please. extra weathered if you please.

  • George January 24, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Gentlemen, I want to chime in here to thank you all who have stopped by the booth this week. The overwhelming support was beyond our wildest expectations. One thing I want to clear up is that we do not manufacture and sell complete rifles at this time. The Star Wars theme rifles are ONE-OFFs we put together only a couple of weeks before SHOT SHOW to demonstrate our latest BAD556-LW 7075T6 Billet Lightweight receiver set, Ultramatch 14.5″/16″ LIGHTRIGID(tm) 416R SS .223 Wylde 1:8T Barrels, SaberTube Receiver Extension, Lightweight Buttstock, Lightweight Ambi Safety Selector, Titanium Gas Block, Tianium BAD-EPS Enhanced Pin Set, etc. etc. These rifles are built to inspire the createtivity of the end user and to have a bit of fun at the show. The X-Wing “blaster” shield is not meant to be a serious muzzle device but for the theme. There were many other serious “black” demo rifles at the booth including the OIP “Ounces Is Pounds” 3.8 lb Rifle we developed in collaboration with Bentwood Gunsmithing. We manufacture high quality, innovative firearms components for serious use. I hope you all can see beyond the fun theme rifles and find out more about us. I promise you will find substance underneath the beautiful Cerakote job by Hillbilly223. When we are ready to launch our factory rifle, there will be about two dozens patents/patents pending on the various components used in the weapon. Maybe with our new rifles the Stormtroopers will finally be able to shoot straight. 🙂 Thanks again everyone for the support! I think the entire Battle Arms Development crew will be passed out and sleeping in this weekend.

    • Dave Higginbotham January 24, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Thanks for chiming in! You know (more than most, judging by the traffic in your booth) how chaotic the week can be. Information was hard to come by, not because it wasn’t there, but because of the crush of people in the booth. That kind of popularity is great to see. Jacob stuck around and got the real info, and that article will be following in the SHOT coverage for next week.

      Oh, and I think you should be making these guns. You might strike a chord with Vader’s 501st and strike up a deal with Simunitions–a whole new kind of force on Storm Trooper force.

  • JB January 24, 2015, 11:38 am

    Let me know when it comes with a light saber bayonet.

  • Brad Smith January 23, 2015, 2:53 pm

    But in all the movies the only thing a Storm troopers gun ever hit was R2D2.. how accurate can it be???

  • Larry Bryant January 23, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Lose that hemispherical doohickey behind the brake and the rifle is not bad looking.

  • Hillbilly January 23, 2015, 1:58 pm

    they were a blast to Cerakote them all

  • davud January 23, 2015, 12:23 pm

    *** Would Storm Troopers be able to hit what they aim at with these blasters? ***

    of course not, they’re the bad guys!

  • Ted Smith January 23, 2015, 11:31 am

    Just the needs the Imperial emblems in red for the finishing touch. Cool way to market the firearm with the battle-worn helmets.

  • JVC January 23, 2015, 11:29 am

    Here is why I am completely against this. A gun is first and foremost a weapon, a tool for certain jobs, which include recreation, competition, hunting and self-defense. Turning a real firearm into something that looks like a toy diminishes the respect required for a safety mindset. Without the right attitude and mindset, it is impossible to handle, clean, transport and operate firearms in a manner that is safe to both the operator and others around him or her.

    In addition, it blurs the line between real guns and toys. We already have problems with law enforcement being able to recognize someone with a real gun from an airsoft gun. I could see criminals making their guns look like toys to evoke hesitation from a law enforcement officer.

    Let’s stay serious about gun safety, because that is the only way we can continue to preserve our rights against those who are working fervently to take them away.

    Sometimes just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. It is not a popular message, for sure, but personal responsibility and self-discipline is required for a free state to work.

    • Dustin W January 23, 2015, 2:44 pm

      Wanting to limit what people can produce and sell, for fear of irresponsible people, is anathema to both personal responsibility and the free state you espouse.

    • Wade mcleod January 27, 2015, 12:54 pm

      My god people! Soooo sad how many folks here completely missed the point of this. The gun grabbers just make stuff up anyway so yeah not hurting anything on That front .second it was to show their skill and capabilities so yeah go home find a mirror and some really big pliers bend over and remove the giant stick from your rectums eh.

  • Carter January 23, 2015, 9:33 am

    I have actually seen some guns a guy in tn built and coated that looked even more like blasters from Star Wars but were functional AR SBR. He used free float handguards longer than the barrel and a muzzle device he designed to give the appearance of the large bore/muzzle of the old style laser guns from earlier movies. They were black and white with small electric blue highlights. He used the retractable stocks that look kind of like the HK sliding stocks.

  • SGT Hulka January 23, 2015, 8:59 am

    Lighten Up Francis.

    • Francis January 24, 2015, 1:21 pm

      Any of you’s homos touch my stuff,
      I’ll kill ya!

  • John L January 23, 2015, 8:55 am

    This, plus some tracer rounds. I would be in star wars geek heaven!

  • Pseudomind January 23, 2015, 7:54 am

    This is my opinion but in this day and age of anti-gun groups and their desires to ban guns, I see no reason to make a fantasy AR15 type gun. Guns were originally designed for one purpose but to kill, and through the years we have evolved where the gun can have more than its designed purpose . Many people enjoy target shooting and other aspects of shooting derived activities, but to me a gun should maintain its designed utility look and appearance. Even with this gun I have to ask who wants the muzzle brake useless curved attachment. Fixed sights will usually catch on enough items and now we have a limb catcher deliberately mounted..

    • Dan January 23, 2015, 8:55 am

      The muzzle brake curved attachment is to re-direct the brakes gasses forward… 😉

    • TS.Atomic January 23, 2015, 9:03 am

      Variety is the spice of life and opinions will vary.

      Plus, the target consumer of this fantasy gun would likely not be still-hunting through the woods with it. Heck, it may only see live-fire on the range, presuming it ever actually makes a trip to the range. Strange, I know. But it’s “Star Wars” and some of those folks take their hobby far too seriously *and* they likely think the same of shooters who live on the range and/or in the woods and/or with large gun collections.

    • Bill January 23, 2015, 9:05 am

      Lighten up, Francis.

      • Big K January 23, 2015, 10:20 am

        if there were a “LIKE” button for your comment….I’d have clicked it!

    • praharin January 23, 2015, 9:08 am

      I feel the opposite. I think this gun could be used to include a new sector of the market.If more people see these and purchase an AR because of it, realize how fun they can be, it would add a new level of legitimacy and could put the AR beyond the reach of anti-gunners. Not that this would stop them, because banning guns has nothing to do with their legitimacy.

    • Buckrb January 23, 2015, 9:17 am

      This is simply a range queen, if it would ever be shot at all. The person that would actually pay for this thing would buy it, take it to the range once or twice to show his buddies that he was cool and then it would go in a display case or gun safe until being passed to his children or sold at an estate sale. If you’re gonna drop money on this, you would already have something much more suited for defense. Don’t rain on our geek parade, man.

    • JVC January 23, 2015, 11:30 am

      I completely agree (please see my post for elaboration).

    • Pseudomind January 23, 2015, 3:55 pm

      I did not realize this term in my opening was so hard to understand? “This is my opinion..”

  • kralimus January 23, 2015, 7:46 am

    To those who may not know, the stormtroopers used the Sterling smg that was dolled up to make the Blastech E-11.http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/E-11_blaster_rifle And ironically it was the rebel blaster from Return of the Jedi that was based on the AR-15. Pity no one has made a furniture kit to make it look like the Blastech A280 http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/A280_blaster_rifle

  • Fred Barker January 23, 2015, 7:37 am

    I want one! This thing could go viral if marketed right. Send me one to get started..

  • George Koons January 23, 2015, 7:03 am

    When can I get one?!!!

  • James taylor January 23, 2015, 4:51 am

    They need to make Hans Solo’s pistol now !

    • Mike Kay January 23, 2015, 10:07 am

      Shouldn’t be too difficult. If memory serves, I think Han’s pistol was basically a C96 Broomhandle Mauser. The hard part would be finding someone who wanted to do the job on a collectable gun, although you could get a non firing replica & do the deed to that.

      • Pete January 23, 2015, 10:29 am

        Obviously you have no idea as to the machining that went into a Mauser C-96. There is a reason it, the Parabellum P-08 and the HK P-7 are no longer made. Not economically feasible in this day and age due to all the tight tolerance machining required. Not even with CNC mills. And if you want a replica, those are already available on collector sites, for the appropriate fan boy fee. Nope, nothing to see here. These are not the guns you are looking for. Move along.

        I see no need to make a gun look like a toy, too many kids getting shot for that already, toys that look like guns.

        • Mike Kay January 23, 2015, 3:58 pm

          If you look on ebay you’ll find non firing replica C96’s for about $100 that you could make into a Han Solo style blaster. Granted, you won’t be able to actually shoot it but I have to wonder how many of the AR’s that are produced will ever be fired. I have a feeling most will be wallhangers/conversation pieces. Obviously only someone with a lot more money than sense would try to build a C96 from scratch or buy an existing real deal C96 for such a purpose,

    • Hose B January 24, 2015, 10:39 pm

      NO BLASTERS! NO BLASTERS!

  • DT January 23, 2015, 4:04 am

    FIRST!!!

    • asdf January 23, 2015, 11:19 am

      Congrats! You\’ve won the internet. Now have another donut.

      • DT January 23, 2015, 1:59 pm

        Thanks! I will, but I prefer to call them power rings

    • Allen391 January 24, 2015, 5:46 pm

      These type of products get no support from me. Guns made to look like toys? Really? In this day and age!! This product will give the anti gun folks one more chip to play. ……………. And what RESPONSIBLE ADULT gun owner would even show up at a range with something as silly as this?

      • West January 25, 2015, 1:15 am

        Don’t be a dick. The Internet is full of that

      • The Most Responsible Gun Owner January 27, 2015, 12:37 pm

        I would. They’re awesome.

        Hell, I’d take a class with one. Costa’d probably be jealous.

      • Rick Hays January 27, 2015, 9:09 pm

        It’s really just something to put with my life size Storm Trooper and Dart Vader…

      • Dale January 28, 2015, 2:16 pm

        Oh…lighten the f*** up! A gun is a gun is a gun…some guns are serious tools for self defense and some are serious tools for hunting and SOME are just for fun!! Yes, it’s another AR platform firearm, but it looks like it would be a hoot to shoot! And as for the anti-gun numbnuts…..THEY don’t like ANY gun, PERIOD! So – I really don’t give a rats a** about what they think!

        • Robert January 31, 2015, 3:39 pm

          Very well put

      • Steve February 5, 2015, 1:18 am

        Lighten up Francis

    • Matt January 25, 2015, 5:37 pm

      Wow. People still play the “I am First” immature game? How old are you? 4?

      • Gregg February 4, 2015, 4:50 am

        I’m four and a half! D-bag

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