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What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

Assuming you don’t put your faith in ancient weapons and hokey religions, your only option is to pack a good blaster at your side — and what better blaster than Han Solo’s very own DL-44?

And now it could be yours, if you have at least $300,000 to spend. Yes, the 275mm long prop used by Harrison Ford and, it’s claimed, Mark Hamill in The Empire Strikes Back, is up for grabs online.

Ford used it in Return of the Jedi too: it seems Lucasfilm’s props people kept the one used in Empire for future use. In both films, this non-firing model was used for long shots — close-up work required the presence of a second prop that was able to trigger a muzzle flash.

Alas the well-worn gun on sale isn’t original DL-44 prop put to good use beating Green Greedo to the draw in Star Wars, though it was formed from a cast made of the first weapon and as such, says auctioneer Invaluable, has the same serial number. The first DL-44 was build out of an old Mauser C96 — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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