While looking at this question, I was wondering just how out-of-place a blasterless trooper would be. All of my searches were unhelpful, though.

So, let's say I'm a storm trooper posted on a major installation, such as the Death Star or Starkiller Base. Am I guaranteed to have been assigned a blaster? How unlikely is it for me to see another trooper walking somewhere without a blaster?

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    I'm struggling to recall any time in the original trilogy when you see an off-duty trooper
    – Valorum
    Nov 8, 2016 at 15:59

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Am I guaranteed to have been assigned a blaster?


It was standard equipment according to Wookieepedia

The E-11 blaster rifle was a light but powerful blaster rifle manufactured by BlasTech Industries. It served as the standard issue weapon of Imperial stormtroopers, and was based on the DC-15A blaster used by clone troopers during the Clone Wars.

That's not to say you might not get a different weapon depending on your role in the Stormtrooper Corps

Generally, it would have been held in a holster..when not actually being brandished / carried though.

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Given that the Stormtrooper helmet had well-known vision limitations one could excuse a fellow trooper for not noticing an empty holster though!

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    I don't disagree with your idea; however, I find the use of the phrase standard issue as proof flawed. I think a better explanation is that Stormtroopers are primarily soldiers and would not be given mundane tasks like maintenance (Not sure about TFA). Their main task on a ship is more akin to that of Traditional Marines, security and defense of the vessel. On that, if you are expected to wear the cumbersome armor, I believe it would be expected that you were to carry your weapon; mainly, because the armor implies you are on duty, your duty is to defend the vessel with your weapon.Not Fact
    – Josafoot
    Nov 8, 2016 at 21:55
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    Unlike those boot camp movies like Full Metal Jacket - whenever we were on base, we would have to withdraw/return personal weapons and rifles from/into the armoury whenever going on/off duty. We would be in full uniform walking from our barrack to the armoury - so you regularly see soldiers on base in uniform without weapons. I don't know directly about naval ships - but I imagine from conversations with sailors that weapons are handled the same way on board. The question is - do Stormtroopers sleep with their weapons?
    – HorusKol
    Nov 8, 2016 at 22:54
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    My point is - an unarmed Stormtrooper who is wearing armour could just be going from the armoury to their quarters.
    – HorusKol
    Nov 8, 2016 at 22:55
  • BlasTech.......that sounds very “ACME” cheap to me. No wonder stormtroopers are terrible shots. It wasn’t the troopers at all. It was their cheap blasters that couldn’t shoot straight worth a darn. Feb 13, 2020 at 3:22

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