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Can phasers be replicated?

Yes, absolutely you can. In the episode TNG: Samaritan Snare, the Pakled take Geordi's phaser from him and replicate several more. Quoting from the screenplay REGINOD: (re: the phaser) We can make ...
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How to aim with a phaser?

Phasers are not meant for anticipated combat. They are personal defense devices for away missions. As such, they don't need to be super accurate. There are two raised bumps on the phaser just past ...
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In ST:TOS when is the first time we see the Starship Enterprise use her phasers?

In episode 10 of the first season, "The Corbomite Maneuver", Enterprise destroys a warning buoy after it begins emitting dangerous levels of radiation.
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What was the phaser setting when Sisko took the wall down to find the Bajoran hidden city of B'hala?

It was a reasonably high setting. The reason it evaporated the wall is because it was set to 'wide beam' which evidently disperses the wall's material instead of cutting it or exploding it. You can ...
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Why don’t phasers scan the DNA of the person using them?

I think this is probably going to end up being opinion-based, since it's really a technological question about technology that doesn't exist, but I can offer a little perspective as a computer ...
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What happens to people when they are hit by a phaser beam?

There was a "Writer's Technical Manual" given to the writers for Star Trek: The Next Generation, written by the show's technical consultants Rick Sternbach and Mike Okuda, which was later expanded ...
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How to aim with a phaser?

Within the TV series, we see that the Type-2 ("dustbuster") phaser is basically a line-of-sight device. You wave it in the direction that you intent to shoot, press the button and the phaser beam ...
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Have we ever directly witnessed a phaser safety override in any Star Trek series besides TOS?

Yes, we see it done (or attempted) a bunch of times in each of the various series. I've selected an example from each: Enterprise In Ent: United, Tucker sets a phase pistol to overload inside a wall ...
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Would a Phaser Overheat?

Yes. That's why they have phaser coolant: to stop overheat from happening. In the TOS episode Balance of Terror, there's a leak in the phaser coolant with disastrous consequences. Slightly less ...
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What is the SFX process for phaser beam accuracy?

At least regarding the Original Series, you can find some details here on how they did the effects, and how much the results varied: A comparatively simple special effect to accomplish during ...
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What was the phaser setting when Sisko took the wall down to find the Bajoran hidden city of B'hala?

TL;DR : The Type II phaser has 16 settings, the highest of which will vaporize most materials. The Type II phaser carried by Starfleet personnel during the Dominion War era has a total of 16 settings,...
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Does transporting (beaming out) leave your troops vulnerable to enemy attacks?

Yes, but it depends. To understand the "it depends" we have to discuss how the transporter works. According to the Starfleet Technical Manual, during beam up the subject is put into an "annular ...
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What was the minimum power setting of the Enterprise-D's phasers?

I know in the original series Kirk ordered Scotty to set the ships phasers on a strong stun setting towards the end of "A Piece of the Action" episode. Which knocked out the gangsters in the ...
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How to aim with a phaser?

Wherever the beam goes Concerning specifically the "hand vacuum" style which was popular around Picard's time, and not the more pistol or rifle stock variants, we should remember that phasers have ...
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Phaser Controls

It's not really made that clear. It seems that those who've been trained on phaser operations have been told how to access the additional features. The TNG Technical Manual has some additional info ...
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What was the minimum power setting of the Enterprise-D's phasers?

In the TOS episode "A Piece of the Action" the main phasers of Kirk's Enterprise fire on stun setting and knock out people in several square blocks of city on the planet Iota below the ship. ...
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Do Hand Phasers And/Or Disruptors Have An Auto-Target Feature?

In a word, yes. On 'away missions' the Type 1 and Type 2 (handheld) phaser are merely a point 'n' shoot device. When they're tied into the ship's sensors, however (and typically when they're on board ...
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Why is overloading a hand phaser so dangerous?

An overloaded phaser isn't enough to blow up a starship. In the TOS episode "That Which Survives" Kirk's phaser overloaded on Losira's planet and he just lobbed it away like a grenade and hugged the ...
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How do Starfleet phasers become useful again after being rendered useless by Borg shielding?

Fairly certain any answer is going to be speculative, that being said. The best in universe explanation I can think of is every time they encounter the Borg someone says a line like "program phasers ...
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Why did Star Trek Discovery's phasers fire in short bursts, but switch back to beams?

I found a video that goes over this in detail The point he makes in the video is that, regardless of era or universe, we see phasers emit in both pulses and streams. ...
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Why are personal weapons in Voyager larger than in other series?

Hand-held phasers are personal weapons that, like those on our times, can come in different sizes with different features and usages. Phaser rifles are not featured only in Voyager, but in other ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

There is a difference in the power settings available in different models of phasers. The STUN settings (of various levels) are supposed to disable the target without causing any serious damage. The ...
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In-universe rules for extent of handheld phaser disintegration

The details of how this works are obviously not very clear. However, there is at least one instance where the disintegration effect was very clearly limited to the object that it struck. Observe ...
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Can phasers be replicated?

Most probably yes The Memory Alpha page on replicators explains that replicator technology uses: transporter technology to dematerialize quantities of matter and then rematerialize that matter in ...
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ST: Why do people shooting phaser rifles miss?

No technology can completely remove human error from the equation. There are cameras today that have image stabilization and multiple focus points that will track a moving object across the frame. ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

Since we don't really know how a phaser works, even in-universe, one can only guess. Possibilities include, but are not limited to: molecular/particle cohesion is greater in some beings than others; ...
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Are all Type-2 Phasers used in TNG left-handed?

as you can see the phaser is designed for use with the Starfleet uniform which has the com badge on the left so when they were in a firefight they can access the combadge without having to strain or ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

Ok, so a phaser uses the rapid nadion effect, but that's relatively unimportant right now. There are 16 settings on a phaser, according to the Star Trek Next Generation Technical Manual. Settings 1-3 ...
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Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?

Perhaps the power level of the rifle is a bit higher than might be needed for shielded or tough targets. Thus Spock ordered one in the pilot episode. He expected a super-tough target. Another ...
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