Ronald Held wrote:
Here is more evidence that the Kelvin was not designed in the Prime Universe. this image came from a Julien's catalogue. the weapon looks nothing like the Cage lasers. Unless someone think it is a transition form between the Phase pistols of ST:Enterprise and the lasers of Pike and crew?
Why assume there's only one model of phaser in use at any one time? You can't say that about the military of today.
STII, III, V and VI all had different phaser designs. The STII ones showed up again on the Enterprise-C in "Yesterday's Enterprise", and the STIII ones cropped up in TNG. I remember old Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise saying that several companies provided various weapon models to Starfleet.