Compression phaser rifles are one of the most powerful personnel-carried weapons in the Starfleet arsenal and are an alternative to the type 3 phaser rifle. These powerful weapons are assigned to starships that could possibly see intense close-quarters or surface combat.
The USS Voyager was equipped with compression phaser rifles as a standard part of its weapons inventory. They were first used by an away team which transported to the Caretaker's array in 2371. (VOY: "Caretaker")
- "The 37's"
- "The Chute"
- "Distant Origin"
- "Worst Case Scenario"
- "Scorpion, Part II"
- "Concerning Flight"
- "Message in a Bottle"
- "Dark Frontier"
- "Think Tank"
- "Equinox, Part II"
- "Unimatrix Zero"
- "Flesh and Blood"
- "Friendship One"
In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, the rifle was classified as type-3a. According to the book, the weapon features a durable twin power cell and a split emitter resonator for tuning and focusing the phaser beam. While the other new phaser rifle seen in Star Trek: First Contact and the third and fourth season Star Trek: Voyager are identified in the text as the type-3b assault rifle, an image of that weapon on page 88 presumably mistakenly identifies it as the type-3a compression phaser rifle. Both rifle types are identified in Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p.356) as compression versions of the phaser rifle.
According to DS9: "Field of Fire", normal phaser weaponry was useless inside a dampening field. In the episode VOY: "Night", Captain Janeway utilized a compression phaser rifle inside the USS Voyager, while the ship was trapped and defenseless in the Night Alien dampening field. So at least in this regard the rifle appeared to be more advanced.
|Tools: phaser bore • phaser drill|
|Weapons: Automatic bridge defense system • Bajoran phaser • Bajoran phaser rifle • compression phaser rifle • Ferengi phaser • Galor-class phaser bank • hand phaser • Kzinti phaser • particle phaser • phaser array • phaser bank • phaser cannon • phaser emitter • phaser pulse • phaser type-1 • phaser type-2 • phaser type-3 • phaser type-4 • phaser type-8 • plasma phaser • Regalian phaser rifle • regenerative phaser|
|Other: phaser adapter • phaser coil • phaser coolant • phaser coupling • phaser range • phaser relay • phaser room • phaser sweep|