In Chapter 6 of The Mandalorian, sharpshooter crew member Mayfeld uses an additional blaster that extends from a pack on his back, but, from I saw there's no nerve connection from the pack to his body and he didn't press any button or make a specific gesture to initiate or shoot it.

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How exactly is this additional blaster operated? How does it know when to shoot?

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    Maybe it has droid AI that monitors his body movements and anticipates his actions? – Remy Lebeau Dec 16 '19 at 6:01
  • There's a lot of unexplained tech in the series – Machavity Dec 17 '19 at 21:29
  • The tech behind Mayfeld's auxiliary blaster was obviously salvaged from M-OC's 'backpack of tricks'. – Jeeped Dec 18 '19 at 0:21
  • It connects by Plot-tooth. – Organic Marble Dec 18 '19 at 13:24
  • plot tooth claps – xpert Dec 19 '19 at 0:55

In Star Wars Gadgets and Gear sourcebook there are many backpack-mounted types of weapons, from Laser Rifles to Grenade Launchers that are operated via cybernetic commands by the character. The Blaster from Mayfeld's back is most likely a similar type of backpack-mounted weapon.

As to how it works, the Blaster arm is probably attached to a semi-autonomous body inside the backpack (like how the J-1 semi-autonomous proton cannon works).

This is the best explanation I could find.

Gadgets and Gear sourcebook

  • do we have a community consensus on whether the FFG Star Wars RPG books are canon? – NKCampbell Dec 18 '19 at 15:01
  • @NKCampbell I tried searching if the book is canon but couldn't find an answer. Either way, we've seen Madalorians using backpack-mounted rocket launchers so we don't really need the book as the only source. – RigaCrypto Dec 18 '19 at 15:22

I believe it would be some sort of cybernetic enhancement, most likely functioning similarly to Lobots headset that allows him to remotely access the entirety of Cloud City, though without the obvious headset.

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