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Poe flew an X-Wing - not his own signature fighter, probably a stock-issue to hide his identity - early in the movie that featured a retractable anti-personnel turret gun, much like the one on the Millenium Falcon, that is able to engage in a firefight with attacking stormtroopers, with enough power and accuracy to take them out with one shot.

I don't think I've ever seen this before. Is this within regulation or a special modification, and is it a design feature that has always been there or only in the newer post-Endor models of the X-Wing?

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  • the Visual Dictionary mentions that the Resistance X-Wing has "modular secondary weapon pods", which can mount proton torpedoes, laser cannons, or "different ordnance": i.imgur.com/UFqrltO.jpg Unfortunately, it doesn't indicate WHERE these pods are mounted, so I'm not sure if that accounts for the turret underneath the fuselage.
    – recognizer
    Jan 22, 2016 at 17:07
  • the Cross-Sections book does indicate where the proton torpedoes are mounted on Poe's X-Wing, but the clearest images I can find still have the actual label swallowed up in between the pages: 1.bp.blogspot.com/-4HQF8ZR8_zU/VnSGmssOuJI/AAAAAAAACeo/…
    – recognizer
    Jan 22, 2016 at 17:15
  • So, hopefully someone who actually owns the books can help with this. If the proton torpedo rack on Poe's X-Wing is in the same place as the cannon on the first X-Wing he uses, that would seem to indicate that they're the same modular bay.
    – recognizer
    Jan 22, 2016 at 17:16
  • @recognizer - I've got the book. There's nothing hiding in the fold that sheds any extra light. It just says "Proton Torpedo Firing Rack"
    – Valorum
    Jan 22, 2016 at 22:27
  • @Richard I don't suppose there's another page with details of a blue-and-white X-Wing, indicating any differences from Poe's custom hot rod, is there?
    – recognizer
    Jan 22, 2016 at 22:53

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It's apparently a standard feature on the X-wings used by the Resistance. The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary mentions the turret gun in its profile on standard T-70 X-wings:

Data File

Manufacturer: Incom-FreiTek

Model: T-70 X-wing

Affiliation: Resistance

Height: 2.71m (8ft 11in) (landing gear extended)

Length: 12.48m (41ft)

Crew: 1 pilot, 1 astromech

Weapons: 4 Taim & Bak KX12 laser cannons, 2 Krupx MG7 proton torpedo launchers (8 torpedoes, standard configuration), underslung antipersonnel blaster cannon

(page 81, emphasis added)

There's no mention in any source I've found of this cannon being present on X-wings predating the T-70. For example, Rebel Starfighters: Owners' Workshop Manual also lists "Underslung blaster cannon (concealed)" on its profile of the T-70, but not on its profile of the T-65Bs seen in the Original Trilogy.

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