Could C-3PO have sat in one of the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons and shot down pursuing TIE Fighters?

This assumes of course that he could climb up/down a ladder.

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    "There's been some terrible mistake. I'm programmed for etiquette, not destruction!"
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 19:26
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    Hmm. He fumbles a hand-blaster in Star Wars #1 (2015) but he doesn't seem to have any prohibition in at least threatening violence.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 19:30
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    Not to mention I recall him being physically rather clumsy -- could he have gotten up or down a ladder without falling and breaking something?
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 19:30
  • @ZeissIkon, I think he could manage going up or down a ladder, but it would take him longer to do it than a human.
    – user143126
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 19:32
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    He would’ve. If someone had asked him nicely 😅
    – Shreedhar
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 6:31

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C-3PO does precisely this in Star Wars Rebel Force #4, Firefight *

Fire,” Leia ordered, hoping that C-3PO had absorbed her quick tutorial on operating the quad laser cannons. Laserfire launched toward the Star Destroyer, scoring a direct hit on its shield generator dome. Leia quickly guided the Millennium Falcon out of the Destroyer’s firing range and took a quick survey of the situation. Three battered ships — one out of commission, two intact but taking heavy fire.

She tuned the comm to a Rebel frequency, hoping to pick up evidence that her friends were inside. As she did so, she accelerated and hurtled toward the remaining TIE fighter, which was lurking just beneath one of the strange ships, about to fire. Two quick blasts from the laser cannons blew it into debris.

C-3PO is surprisingly accurate, even at speed and even against a TIE-fighter.

* Note that this is a 'Legends' novel.

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    Give it enough time and Dave Filoni might make this canon
    – Boolean
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 21:01
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    @terdon - Finn takes out a TIE without even having the ability to move the gun.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 12:57
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    @terdon - A badly written Scholastic Star Wars book? Never!
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 13:04
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    @user57467 - He also pilots Luke's landspeeder.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 16:17
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    @user57467 my personal handwavium there was that he did so through some sort of direct linking. More importantly, that shouldn't require any quick, accurate motions or dexterity. The landspeeder... is harder to explain. But the level of coordination and reflexes required to accurately swivel those big guns around and shoot at things seems much, much higher.
    – terdon
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 17:02

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