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Questions tagged [phaser]

Phaser refers to a type of weapon deployed by Starfleet in the Star Trek Franchise.

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How do Starfleet phasers become useful again after being rendered useless by Borg shielding?

The Borg have shielding and adapt to energy weapons, rendering them useless after a couple of shots. Why can phasers be used at various times immediately well, then again at a later date/episode/...
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Why are personal weapons in Voyager larger than in other series?

Personal weapons in all other Star Trek series can kill or stun at various settings but are the size of cell phones or small pistols. Why are the ones on Voyager larger?
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Do Hand Phasers And/Or Disruptors Have An Auto-Target Feature?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, we see type 2 hand phasers used as the primary firearm used by most Starfleet officers, citizens of the federation, and basically anybody who could lay their hands (...
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Does transporting (beaming out) leave your troops vulnerable to enemy attacks?

When beaming up out of a dangerous situation, I can only recall a few situations in Star Trek when characters were subject to enemy fire during transport. In Star Trek VI, Kirk and Bones beam up after ...
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In-universe rules for extent of handheld phaser disintegration

Being shot by a phaser set to disintegrate/vaporize is rather a tidy death: since when hit in the clothed chest, the shirt, pants, shoes, and entire lifeform within ...
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Why is overloading a hand phaser so dangerous?

I can't help but wonder why, in Star Trek, the overloading of a hand phaser is enough to blow up a starship. Remember when Kirk barely ejected one from the Enterprise (what was that episode?) and when ...
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Can phasers be replicated?

Assuming that I have access to a replicator without any security restrictions, could I replicate a phaser with the replicator? Would it be replicated charged, or would I have to charge it?
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In ST:TOS when is the first time we see the Starship Enterprise use her phasers?

I've looked at Memory Alpha, Weapons in Star Trek amongst others but there does seem to be an answer. Looking at the List of TOS episodes I'm suspecting Balance of Terror. Does anyone know when the ...
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Would a Phaser Overheat?

Would a phaser have problems with overheating? This issue hasn't been raised during any altercations in the show that I know of - the operator keeps firing the weapon without a worry. General ...
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What is the SFX process for phaser beam accuracy?

Inspired by this question about hand-held phaser grips and the lovely picture posted by Tritium21, I noticed that there seems to be a very deliberate direction to the line of fire of O'Brien's ...
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Why don’t phasers scan the DNA of the person using them?

Why don't phasers have a safety that scans the user? We see multiple times people's weapons being used against themselves, and Picard was nearly vaporized by his. So, why can't the phaser DNA scan (...
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Have we ever directly witnessed a phaser safety override in any Star Trek series besides TOS?

There was a recent question about using photon grenades on the Borg, and that lead me to wonder: In the original Star Trek, the phaser could be set to a feedback loop which would cause it to self-...
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What was the phaser setting when Sisko took the wall down to find the Bajoran hidden city of B'hala?

DS9 "Rapture" 19:30 min mark: KASIDY: Ben, it's a wall of stone. SISKO: But what's behind the wall? (Sisko fires his phaser and the stone dissolves to reveal that they are looking ...
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Phaser Controls

In star trek, how does the crew change different attributes with only two buttons. In the films and series, they change: intensity, width, frequency setting, security clerance (authorisation to fire),...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

It appears that a phaser vaporizes organic matter on maximum setting. Remember that in this episode several lower settings barely phase Yuta but the maximum setting completely vaporizes her with no ...
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How to aim with a phaser?

Look at this phaser design: Why this design? Okay, it is very compact, but aiming precisely with such a thing should be almost impossible. Is there a reference where this design explained or ...
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ST: Why do people shooting phaser rifles miss?

In an answer to this question (Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?), one author quote from Major Kira: It's Federation standard issue. A little less powerful, but with more options; ...
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Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?

I recently started watching the original Star Trek series, and was surprised at the amount at which phase rifles are used. I saw one used in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", but have yet ...
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Are all Type-2 Phasers used in TNG left-handed?

I got a model Type-2 phaser (The TNG one, not the DS9/VOY one). As you can see with this image, holding the phaser in my left hand has my fingers and palm resting on the grip. Holding the phaser ...
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What happens to Odo when he is hit by a phaser?

At the end of Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 23 - Crossover (which takes place in the Mirror Universe) Prime Universe Dr. Bashir is fleeing from Mirror Universe Odo and Bashir shoots him with a ...
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How does a phaser change from Stun to Kill?

In 'Too Short a Season' Picard mentions that he has heard phasers set on stun before. How are phasers set to stun different to those on a kill, or 'cut' setting? Is it simply a difference in ...
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What happens to people when they are hit by a phaser beam?

In Star Trek TOS, whenever a human is struck by a phaser beam set to kill, they glow and disappear. They never leave any residue or indication they were ever there. When they are hit by a phaser set ...
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Can phasers fire through glass?

I was driving home from work when at a stop light I imagined someone coming up to my car with a gun with the intent of trying to get me to unlock the door so they could steal the car. I went on to ...