... Han shot first!
Like many iconic props, the DL-44 has been studied in mind boggling detail for many years. The original was based on an actual "Broom Handle" Mauser C96, with later iterations being based on a replica of the same gun. Now neither WW2 antiques nor super rare replicas are within my price range but what I can afford is one of these:
This super cheap toy might not look like much now, but I'm hoping with a little bit of work I can make it look like the real deal.