Re: Whatever happened to Type I phasers
I figure that with the approach of the Dominion War, and the resulting more militant stance of Starfleet they were replaced with the type II as the standard sidearm for more power. The type I would be more for concealed carry, diplomatic security, etc.
"I have no wish to have any association w/ a ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go into harm's way." - John Paul Jones