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Are lasers better than bullets? [duplicate]

A question I've always had when watching the Star Wars franchise is: Why use laser guns? I understand it's a different galaxy and technology may have advanced differently than on earth, but surely at ...
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Would metal bullets be more effective against a lightsaber? [duplicate]

I've been wondering, we always see lightsabers reflecting blaster lasers which, supposedly, are raw energy. We get no indication that there is actually any substance to a lightsaber's blade, so wouldn'...
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Why don't Muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters?

We know that wizards in the Harry Potter universe are subject to regular physical harm (e.g. witness injuries from being hit by Bludgers or just colliding with things when playing Quidditch). ...
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Why don't they use gunpowder in the Star Wars universe?

Especially in the Republic era when the use of the lightsaber was more common, why didn't anybody use chemical propellants (real life modern guns)? A modern-day assault rifle has at least 10 times the ...
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Why do snipers use blaster fire instead of bullets?

I wish to extend on this question in a more specific context: sniping. A professional sniper, whether as an assassin or in battlefield conditions, has several priorities: Strive for a 1 shot 1 kill ...
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Would a lightsaber melt or vaporize a bullet?

Related: Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster? Assuming that a lightsaber is a magnetically-contained tube of plasma (although theories are abound as to ...
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Are blaster bolts affected by gravity?

In Star Wars: Battlefront (2015) blaster bolts are affected by gravity, like bullets shot by weapons in Battlefield games. Is this right? Are blaster bolts affected by gravity in the same way that ...
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Can slugthrowers penetrate stormtrooper armour?

Many Star Wars fans claim no (including on this site, I see the claim often backed by no citation), as does one journal entry for Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger (at least according to ...
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What do energy weapons in the Star Wars universe actually fire, and why are they better than projectile weapons? [duplicate]

In the films it's obvious that whatever the blasters and turbolasers are firing, they aren't lasers. The bolts travel way slower than the speed of light. So slow in fact that people with ...
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Is there any indication that stormtrooper armor protected the wearer from harm? [duplicate]

In the Star Wars movies stormtroopers tend to die from a single hit no matter from what weapon or on what location. A single blaster hit anywhere on their armor is all that is needed to take them out. ...