Standard Issue Alliance Sidearms
Description: Standard side arm, single handed grip,
sighting scope, three power settings. Aprox. 100 shots per
power pack. BE-35 has a longer barrel and a larger scope
but is otherwise identical.
The BE- series are amongst the most
common side arms in use. Blastech manufactures these pistols
and sells them to just about everyone. The Alliance, however,
manufactures the BE-25 and -35 as well as several other
Blastech designs under license, thanks to Rebel sympathizers
on its board of directors. As a result of this agreement,
the BE-25 is used everywhere in the Alliance as the standard
non-combatants sidearm, such as with the Navy of fighter
forces. The larger BE-35 is designed for use as a combat
The BE-25 is not a very powerful or accurate
weapon, but its reliability, endurance and, possibly most
importantly, low cost means that it is often used by those
not on the front line. The larger BE-35 is designed to overcome
some of these shortcomings, with the longer barrel improving
range and accuracy. The BE-35 also mounts a superior scope,
theoretically allowing use at longer range, but blaster
pistol combat is usually carried out at such short range
that the standard "iron" sights mounted on the
weapon are used instead, being generally quicker to use
in the middle of a firefight.
As such, the BE-25 is the standard weapon that pilots are issued
with, incase they have to eject over hostile territory.
Everyone in Wolfshead Squadron is issued with one of these,
as is virtually every pilot in the Alliance. The sidearm
is usually kept in a small pocket in a flight suit, but
some pilots have a habit of wearing their blasters in a
waist holster, even when off duty. The BE-35 is issued to
the Republic Marine security force aboard the Wolf's
Lair, and to Lynx Commando, so this weapon is also available
to Wolfshead's pilots as an alternative.
It is not uncommon for pilots to remove this blaster and replace
it with a more preferred weapon. For instance, in Vyper's
A-Wing, the BE-25 is replaced with his own, more powerful
Forces Blaster. Another favourite is the SoroSuub
SG-6 Heavy Blaster Pistol, as carried by Raiven
and Solo. Surprisingly, Granite does keep the standard blaster
in his B-Wing, though this probably because he doesn't appear
to have any other weapons small enough to fit in its pocket.
In any case, Granite always has his chainsaw
stored in the foot well.