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Starfleet laser sidearm (2254)

Laser weapons were weapons that utilize lasers, a directed light technology that compressed photon particles into a beam that could have heat and blast effects. While many spacefaring species used lasers in other means, such as in optical data networks, few used them as weapons by the 23rd century, since a variety of exotic subatomic particles could be used to create a more powerful beam, that duplicated lasers in use, but increased the weapon's effectiveness.

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Jonathan Archer played with a plastic laser pistol toy as a child. (ENT: "Daedalus")

The United Federation of Planets has utilized hand-held laser weaponry from 2160s onward. (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")

Starfleet crews used laser weapons in 2254, around the time USS Enterprise visited Talos IV. Landing parties carried laser pistols and large laser cannons were available as heavy artillery. (TOS: "The Cage")

In 2268, Uhura wondered why the Klingons didn't provide the villagers of Neural with more advanced weaponry such as old-style hand lasers. (TOS: "A Private Little War")

By the 24th century, only a few races still used ship-board laser weaponry, including:

In 2365, the class 9 cargo vessel Erstwhile was armed with a 2.3 megawatt laser array with four emitters. (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", production art)

Starfleet Regulations called for a Federation starship to go to yellow alert when targeted by laser weapons from another vessel. In 2365, USS Enterprise-D captain Jean-Luc Picard thought the rule was outdated, since the laser weapons of an Altec vessel were incapable of even penetrating the navigational deflectors. Picard also noted that Altecs could fire until their lasers ran dry and they still wouldn't have caused any damage to the Enterprise. (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

In 2371, as a result of both radiation poisoning and close proximity to an artificial quantum singularity, Chief Miles O'Brien began experiencing jumps through time by approximately five hours. In one of these jumps, he saw himself being killed by what he later thought could have possibly been a high-energy laser. (DS9: "Visionary")

In The Making of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry stated that two days into the filming of the second pilot, they realized that three years later people are going to say "Oh, come on, lasers can't do that," so the term was substituted with phaser.

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