The DC-15A Plasma Gun was the weapon of choice for the Republic's clone troopers in the Star Wars film franchise. It was a more larger, powerful gun than it's alternative the DC-15S blaster rifle. This was one of the standard issue weapons for clones. While the use of blasters freed a clone trooper from the need to carry projectile ammunation, the DC-15A weighed a heavy 9.5 pounds and the inherent instability of plasma gas reduced the weapon's accuracy. Even so, the weapon was very powerful and deadly in the hands of specifically-trained clone troopers. It was more powerful than the E-5 blaster rifle. The rifle also sported a telescopic sight, normally stored under the rifle, which could be mounted on top for long range shots. The weapon's tibanna gas cartridge carried enough gas for approximately 500 shots, depending on the power settings on the weapon. It's power-charged magazines (sweet, huh?) ionized the gas within it's ignition chamber. These bolts would be accelerated from the rifle electromagnetically. Because of the hyper-ionization, the blue plasma bolts were fully capable of shredding through droids and vehicles. The DC-15 could interface with the clone troopers' helmets, providing video gunsight. Mounted on a tripod, the maximum effective range of a DC-15 could leave a 0.5 meter hole in any ferroconcrete wall. However, firing at maximum power caused a greater rate power comsumption, reducing the number of shots per power pack from 100 to 10.