has a very interesting article on how the Mauser C96 inspired the Star Wars DL-44 Blaster pistol.
I happen to be an accidental authority on Star Wars. I teach a college research writing class based on the Star Wars extended universe. So every spring, when the class is offered, I'm inundated in essays about all things Star Wars.

I'm old enough to have seen A New Hope in the theater (and all of the rest, too). I loved the movies as a kid. I played with there action figures.