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Old February 5 2009, 05:22 PM   #22
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Re: So, Pulse weapons.

Starship Polaris wrote: View Post
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Federation ships commonly will have blue beams, Romulan ships red beams.
Futuroms should have green
Why?

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It would certainly make more sense for the handheld phasers since they were always trained on a single spot anyway. I always thought it would be cool to see the beams used to their full potential sweeping after their targets.
Which also points up the dramatic flaw in using steady-beam hand-held weapons like that: the shooter should never miss the target, any more than you can miss with a flashlight. Yeah, the beam's very narrow but you can see exactly where it's going and simply follow as you would when pointing your finger at something.
I can remember at least one instance where hand-held phasers where used like this. In "Arsenal of Freedom" the away team outsmartet a couple drone generations with that ability.
I'm also pretty sure starfleet officers are trained not to shoot continuing sweeping shots, to avoid devastating the surroundings.
"Arsenal of Freedom" was just safe uninhabited jungle and therefore save for sweeping.
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