Tusken (Sand Person) Raider Rifle
As seen in Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Episode IV - A New Hope.

Fearsome desert savages inhabiting the rocky Jundland Wastes, Tusken Raiders are the foremost reason Tatooine colonists do not wander far from their isolated communities. Extremely territorial and xenophobic, Tusken Raiders will attack with very little provocation. These nomads have attacked Jawa scouting parties on occasion. They have even gathered numbers large enough to attack the outskirts of smaller towns like Anchorhead.

Covered from head-to-foot in tattered rags and robes, Tusken Raiders brandish a deadly bladed club known as a Gaderffii Stick and also carry projectile rifles. The male of the species tend to be the aggressors. Females can be distinguished by their elaborate jeweled masks with eyeslits and torso-covering sand-shrouds. Tusken children wear unisex cowls and simple cloaks.

For transportation, Sand People have domesticated the hardy Bantha, a longhaired spiral-horned quadruped. These nomads purposely travel in single file, to conceal their numbers.

There are various styles of rifles used by the Tusken Raiders. I based mine off of some reference photos that I have. Not 100% exact but it will work for what I am using this Tusken Raider rifle for.


I started off by making a template and tracing it onto a piece of 2" X 12" wood.



I then cut it out and started to shape and sand the stock of the rifle.


After I had the basic shape that I wanted I started with the detail pieces for the stock of the rifle.


After the two stock details I routed out the top for the piece of pipe that will be the barrel of the rifle to fit into.


I then sanded and cleaned up the rifle a little and riveted in the two stock details.


I then did a quick check and stained the entire rifle stock. More weathering a detailing will come later.


Attaching the barrel of the rifle to the wood using some liquid nails and a fastener.


I then started to make my scope for the rifle. I could not find exact parts so I made my own based on the shape of one of the reference photos I am using.


I then drilled my holes and attached the lower rod that goes under the barrel of the rifle.


Again I could not find the proper connectors so I am using aluminum bent to form.


This is what my Tusken Raider rifle looks like so far.


I had primed the scope black and drilled my holes at an angle on my stock for the scope to be placed.


I have now painted my scope with engine paint. I wanted that rustic used metal look.
The scope is now attached to the rifle.



Next I took a piece of aluminum and bent it to the shape of a hand guard. I drilled my holes and
then painted it. After it was dry I screwed it into my rifle stock. Now it is time to detail this thing!


I added my detail pieces I took some black, brown and the engine paint and dirited up the rifle a bit.

My version of the Tusken Raider Rifle is complete!