Is Chewbacca's Bowcaster the Most Powerful Handheld Weapon in 'Star Wars'?

A new fan theory uses its power to explain a key moment in 'The Force Awakens.'

Is Chewbacca's Bowcaster the Most Powerful Handheld Weapon in 'Star Wars'?
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Sure, lightsabers are great for close combat and Force users, but as Han Solo once said, "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." Now according to a new fan theory, it seems Han's furry copilot may have known a little more than his partner about firepower. Chewbacca's strange-looking crossbow/blaster hybrid, aptly named the bowcaster, may actually be the toughest handheld weapon in the galaxy based on its performance in The Force Awakens.

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

A small but loud contingent of online Star Wars fans have been complaining that it didn't make sense for Kylo Ren to lose to Finn and Rey in the climactic battle of The Force Awakens. Imgur user SomedayWeMightBeDead argues that it makes TOTAL sense since Kylo had just suffered a direct hit from Chewie's bowcaster, which is shown throughout the movie to be capable of annihilating its targets.

From Someday's colorful description:

"We see time again Chewie dealing heaping truckloads of f--- that guy and his entire lineage with this death-dealing weapon of pure carnage. He hits a Stormtrooper in the breadbasket and sends that poor sod flying twenty feet back into a wall as his armor shatters on the ground."

The theorist goes on to call the bowcaster "the unholy love child of the original f---ing crossbow and a howitzer," and notes that when Han tries it out, he wrecks two Stormtroopers with one super-powered shot.

And then, right after Kylo Ren skewers his dad, what happens? Chewie blasts him in the side with the powerful weapon.

"And, what does he do? Well, he doesn't get thrown through the air like every other f---ing thing that gets hit by this murder machine. In fact, he just kind of takes a knee for a minute. He doesn't get instantly wrecked while careening through the air hoping for the sweet release of death. He gets up, and proceeds to walk it the f--- off."

What that means is that Finn and Rey team up to defeat a weakened Kylo Ren. He may be acting all tough when he slams his fist against the bleeding wound before the fighting begins, but he's definitely not at 100 percent. And as Ren is weakening, Rey is growing stronger, and with her Force powers fully awakening, she's still barely able to get the best of him.

The theory relies on the bowcaster being more powerful than a standard blaster, which seems like a pretty interesting way of explaining Kylo Ren's performance in that final fight. What do you think? Does the idea hold water?

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