Re: possible reason we never seen the phaser rifle after w.n.m.h.g.b.
Santa Kang wrote:
Roddenberry found out that lasers would not do what he needed them to do in various plots, so he switched to the fictional phasers.
And it's a good thing he chose the name "phasers." Scientific consultant Harvey Lynn, who was called in to advise Gene Roddenberry early in the preproduction stage of "The Cage," suggested calling the weapons ACE guns (Amplified Coherent Energy), BEE guns (Beam of Electromagnetic Energy) or CLEB guns (Coherent Light Energy Beam). Can you imagine Kirk ordering, "Landing party will arm themselves with CLEBs on stun setting"?
“All the universe or nothingness. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?”