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Cannon, Hide and Q

A cannon recreated by Q

For the word spelled with only one "N", please see canon.

A cannon was a primitive projectile weapon that fires cannon balls or other projectiles. The term cannon has also been applied to some types of mounted directed energy weapons with a fixed or limited firing arc. (TOS: "Arena"; ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Projectile cannons

Gorn Kirk cannon

James T. Kirk uses a makeshift cannon

Cannons were in use in the American Civil War, as witnessed in the Time stream. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II") Cannons were also part of the history of the mirror universe Earth, where they were used as artillery and on sailing ships. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

In 2267, James T. Kirk managed to defeat a Gorn by creating a primitive makeshift cannon. He made gunpowder out of potassium nitrate, sulphur and coal, and used a bamboo stick as the cannon and a diamond as the projectile. (TOS: "Arena") In 2293, the president of the Federation had a model of a cannon on his desk. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2364, a Q recreation of a Napoleonic marshal's camp included a cannon. (TNG: "Hide and Q")

Some aspects of the 2373 Q Civil War were represented by cannons when it was perceived by Humans. (VOY: "The Q and the Grey") During 2376, cannons were in use on Kelemane's planet, where the Central Protectorate was attacked by a neighbor state using cannons, destroying several buildings, and starting a short war. The Central Protectorate's Tactical Air Command responded. A new treaty was signed after a few weeks. (VOY: "Blink of an Eye")

During the Dominion War, the Remans were used by the Romulan Empire essentially as "cannon fodder" against the Jem'Hadar. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Directed energy cannons

Phase cannon firing (close up)-ShockwaveII

A 22nd century phase cannon

Klingon Bird-of-Prey, disruptor cannon

A 23rd century disruptor cannon

USS Defiant, First Contact

24th century phaser cannons

The term cannon has also been applied to several types of directed energy weapons. These have ranged from smaller vehicle-mounted turrets (Star Trek Nemesis) to starship-mounted weaponry. (ENT: "Broken Bow") A common feature in these directed energy cannons is that their emitter needs to be physically aimed at the target (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) where as directed energy weapon banks and arrays usually have a more omnidirectional firing arc and the direction of fire can be programmed without moving the actual weapon. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", et al.)

List of directed energy cannons

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