How one writer created a blaster that would pass the muster at Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina

A working version of Han Solo's blaster from Star Wars Bob Boyd built what every eight-year-old boy wanted back in 1977 — Han Solo's blaster

Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Blaster
Harrison Ford carried a paperweight in the Star Wars films. Here's how a sci-fi fan created a working blaster if his own.

The 2013 holiday season was quite joyous for sci-fi film fans when one of the most-iconic prop guns—the blaster Harrison Ford wielded as the galactic smuggler turned hero, Han Solo, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”—went to auction a mere four days before Christmas. Fetching $200,000, the nonfiring replica undoubtedly made a heck of a stocking stuffer for one lucky earthling, who wished to remain anonymous. While I can understand wanting to own something used by a particular movie star or in a particular film, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around paying six-figures for a paperweight, particularly when it doesn’t even emit colorful bolts of matter-disintegrating light—or have the ability to fire live ammunition, like the one I built for a fraction of the price.

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From Brownells - Brownells honored as a top U.S. employer

Brownells Joins Elite Group By Earning AWLP Seal Of Distinction Montezuma, Iowa - Brownells – voted five times as Poweshiek County, Iowa’s best employer – is proud to announce it has earned the 2014 Work-Life Seal of Distinction from the Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

Brownells’ Human Resources department has worked toward the Seal of Distinction for two years, taking a series of classes and exams, and implementing various programs at Brownells.

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From Crosman Corporation - Crosman announces official opening of European distribution center in Denmark

Rochester, New York - Crosman Corporation announces the opening of a new logistics facility in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a strategic initiative to accelerate order fulfillment to the company’s growing customer base in Europe. The European distribution center (EDC) represents a partnership between Crosman Corporation, Crosman Europe and DSV Denmark.

According to Phil Dolci, Crosman President and CEO, the new partnership provides transcontinental logistics to the European market with an extensive and compliant selection of products. “Fulfilling orders faster and customizing products to satisfy EU countries’ regulation requirements are the cornerstones of our expansion strategy. Enhancing that service to our European customers is a priority and we expect this facility to be a significant contributor to our international growth efforts,” said Dolci.

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Last 20 shots of gear and guns at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club

A seven shot Smith & Wesson .357 revolver

Boulder City, Nevada - CMG Marketing & Events' Media Day at the Range wrapped up at 4:00pm on Monday, January 13. Sponsored by Cabela's, Media Day is an opportunity for more than a thousand writers, photographers, bloggers and tv crews to try out the latest and greatest innovations in the world of shooting sports.

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Who did you see, what did you see and what guns did you shoot on Media Day?

GLOCK's Tori Nonaka sports a new hair style and winning smile during the 2014 Media Day for SHOT Show in Vegas

Boulder City, Nevada - You never know what you're going to see on Media Day.

The unofficial annual kickoff to SHOT Show, Media Day at the Range is reporter's first chance to try out the latest in greatest in the world of firearms. New guns, new ammo, new scopes, triggers, ammo and gear. If you want to see where the firearm industry is heading, there's no better place to be.

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Get the feel for SHOT Show's Media Day at the Range with six simple shots

Rifles lined up during Media Day at the Range in Boulder City

Boulder City, Nevada - Hundreds of writers, photographers, hosts and media types made their annual trek yesterday morning from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club Range. They arrived for Media Day. Their first chance to take the latest in firearms and firearm accessories out for spin. As you can imagine, it's a hot ticket.

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From Crosman - Crosman announces new products for 2014

Featuring Advancements in Airguns, Optics and Airsoft

Rochester, New York - Crosman Corporation, an industry leader in airguns, optics and airsoft products, will unveil a wide-ranging lineup of advanced new products at SHOT Show 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 14. The cutting edge products will be exhibited in Crosman booth #13940 and will be available from stocking dealers, retail sporting goods stories and on-line retailers later in the year. Dealers can be found by visiting the Crosman Dealer Locator on  
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Crosman Nitro Piston® 2
Crosman redefines break barrel air rifles with the introduction of the Nitro Piston 2 system, an all-new powerplant that generates 15 percent more speed, 35 percent more power and requires up to ten pounds less cocking force. Nitro Piston 2 features new patent pending technologies that minimize vibration and recoil, making airguns equipped with the system more accurate than ever.

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From MasterPiece Arms - MasterPiece Arms Unveils the MPA 308BA Rifle for 2014

The First MPA rifle in chambered in .308 with a Spencer Precision Barrel and Stiller’s Precision TAC Series Action

The First MPA rifle in chambered in .308 with a Spencer Precision Barrel and Stiller’s Precision TAC Series Action

Comer, Georgia - MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA MAC Line of semi-auto pistols, carbines, suppressors and MPAR Rifles, proudly announces the finest bolt-action .308: the MPA 308BA.

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Washington Times Editor meets with fans and fires a few rounds at NRA Headquarters

Emily Miller fires a GLOCK .45 at the NRA Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia

Emily Miller didn't start out as a gun girl. She wasn't a hunter, she wasn't a competitive shooter or a collector by any means. She was simply a woman who didn't feel safe.

Here's how she described it in the "Washington Times":

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