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In the Wookiepedia article on blaster technology, lasers - in the context of true electromagnetic beams - are mentioned to be archaic, suggesting they existed in Star Wars military history. The Wookiepedia article on lasers, however, are in the context of being interchangeable terminology with blasters, and so do not refer to true lasers.

What records of true laser weaponry are there?

Legends answer preferred, since the article that contains the references are from Legends.

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  • For legends, even the very first timeline book, Into the Void, had SW style laser weapons. Maybe the comics go back further? – Hatandboots Feb 14 '16 at 18:36
  • FYI, "laser" in Star Wars is generally used to refer to small-ship-class blaster weaponry. A handheld weapon is called a blaster, a Starfighter or freighter-mounted cannon is called a laser, and a capital-ship mounted battery is called a turbolaser. You are correct that true lasers (as well as particle beams) are mentioned as archaic weapons, but I don't know from what period they date. – user45623 Feb 15 '16 at 18:36
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There was a large laser in the first movie.

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    I may have been confused by the part of its name that contained "laser". – Organic Marble Feb 14 '16 at 17:17
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    But the original question specifically mentioned that "laser" in Star Wars is used to refer to things other than coherent light beams: "The Wookiepedia article on lasers, however, are in the context of being interchangeable terminology with blasters, and so do not refer to true lasers." See also the "turbolaser", which fired blasts that clearly move slower than light and had been established in Legends canon to be something different from a true laser (also not the question says 'Legends answer preferred'). – Hypnosifl Feb 14 '16 at 17:22
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    Too bad they didn't call it a petunia. Then this needless confusion between two different weapons that emit beans of light and are called the same thing, could have been avoided. – Organic Marble Feb 14 '16 at 17:27
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    Obviously, when The Force guided the development of the English language on Earth and Galactic Basic in the Star Wars galaxy, it didn't make them identical but made sure to keep them similar enough so that conversations in the Star Wars galaxy would be easily comprehensible to the average English-speaking Earth moviegoer, who is likely to know what a petunia is but probably wouldn't know much about lasers other than that they are deadly, brightly-colored beams that go "pew pew". – Hypnosifl Feb 14 '16 at 18:11
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    So parsecs are parsecs but lasers are not lasers. The force is strong with this one. – Organic Marble Feb 14 '16 at 23:28

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