In "Heart of Glory," two captive Klingons form a disruptor beam out of pieces taken from their armour and clothing.

Do all Klingons have this system? Only members of the military? Or is this something special the renegades cooked up?

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    I assumed the reason was because they needed to get the bits through the transporter without raising an alarm.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 23:32
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    Well wow.. To capture a Klingon, make him naked too.
    – user931
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 18:01
  • @SS-3: After seeing how easily Kirk could bring in a Viridium patch to Rura Penthe, the Klingons say the same about Starfleet people. Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 11:40

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Most Klingons would rather be armed than eat. You can't get into Stovokor wielding a bowl of Gagh. I would consider this a possibility for most species in the Alpha Quadrant who are using Federation-level technology. Building modular holdout weapons does not seem to be a stretch for Klingons, covert agent Romulans, or Federation-space mercenaries such as the Breen.

It would also make sense since Klingons are always wearing armor and their honor sashes, which could under the right circumstances, double as bandoliers and ammunition harnesses. It certainly seems plausible given the nature of Klingons and their desire to have a weapon available.

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  • The technology of most advanced Alpha Quadrant races appears to have a modular nature.
  • We see such modularity on any number of Star Trek series shows where one group of parts is able to be substituted with only a little effort and very few tools on the part of the engineering crew to serve a completely different purpose.
  • This makes sense in a society where standardization has become a norm rather than an exception.
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    +1 for the first sentence. Still do all Klingons have this set up?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 22:14
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    I suspect Klingons who are armed for public missions will carry the standard array of weapons and maybe a hold-out weapon or two. Klingons who are doing work requiring them to keep their gear even after cursory scans would probably have a "man with the golden gun" special. Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 22:19
  • I'm sure there is a scene in a movie where they pull this sort of move again. So you think its standard kit?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Jun 30, 2012 at 22:24
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    Klingon warriors are always armed for any kind of mission.
    – BBlake
    Commented Jul 1, 2012 at 13:31
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    Seeing as this just popped up on the homepage, I feel the need to comment: of all people, Gowron really doesn't need that blade; his crazy-eyes are weapon enough Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 16:33

I would imagine that this is something that these two renegades cooked up. If all Klingons, or even just all members of the military, regularly carried the equipment to build a disruptor, you can be pretty sure that people would know about it. Every Klingon ever captured would be stripped naked and be given a thorough cavity search.

Because that didn't happen, it is safe to assume that building a disruptor out of scraps of armor and uniform is a rare enough occurrence.

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    Fair answer but I have to ask... WHO in their right mind would try to give a Klingon a cavity search?
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 21:03
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    You just know Riker would jump at the chance.
    – Shane
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 16:32

The Enterprise and Voyager crews have also fashioned phasers out of random raw materials laying around when the situation (and/or plot) requires it, it's just them doing what they need to survive. As for being able to use armor for such a purpose, Memory Alpha doesn't have anything to say about that. It's possible, but I suspect from the nature of Klingons they'd be more likely to have hidden melee weapon pieces than disruptor parts in their armor.


Even Spock (in Patterns of Force) used the crystals from his and Kirk's subcutaneous transponders to create a crude laser beam to cut the bars from their holding cell. So Klingons with disruptor parts hidden as apart of their uniforms should not be a big surprise.


Not all Klingons use this, but ANY Klingon who can use a weapon in their culture has hidden weapons, in fact, in the STRIKE ZONE novel, Worf tells JLP the number of hidden weapons he has stacked in his Federation uniform (much more of a challenge than in Klingon uniforms) and he gains honor points with the klingon ambassador for that. This conversation came out due to the need to have all delegations, Klingon and Kreel alike, go into the talks without weapons. If I remember right, it's actually a competition of honor to see who can hide more weapons. :)

Just remember: there are civilian Klingons who can't use weapons, so not all klingons are special opps :) I think this answers the question


As far as stripping a warrior and not having any weapons are concerned, it is not true as a warrior is a weapon by his very nature.

Giving him a blade or energy weapon is merely an extension of that weaponry and not diminishing it by any means. Training and experience are what hone his abilities and makes him a more efficient weapon.

The Mok'barra is a prime example of this as it teaches non-armed combat techniques much like the arts of Karate, Jujitsu and the like. Being skilled in combat, armed and non-armed is what makes one a warrior.

Anyone can become skilled in these techniques and therefore it's not a strictly military action, but a dedication of the individual to regiment, training and experience that makes them a living weapon.

As for someone using pieces from their normal duty dress and piecing together a weapon, that is strictly a matter of planning for every contingency and any warrior worth his house is going to do that.

Having them there simply means they have had experiences where this was necessary for them to succeed in their mission. That it passed the transporter scanners is not amazing as it was broken down into it's base components and the computer didn't recognize it as a weapon because of this.

Once more it's a matter of the mind of a being versus the memory of a computer. The computer knows what a weapon is, basically once its assembled, but its parts can be used for so many things that it doesn't consider it as that until it's assembled.

A disruptor's power sources can easily be used for communications devices as well since they are simple batteries. just as most of the other parts are used for everyday other devices.

  • Your answer might be better received if you edit it to concentrate on answering the question (Do all Klingons carry the parts to make a disruptor) and less on other matters (the importance of unarmed combat).
    – Blackwood
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 15:06

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