Quite a few years ago aridas worked up a really good idea for a TOS era phaser rifle. It was immediately recognizable yet also looked more than just rearranging familiar elements together. To me it looked like it could really have fit seamlessly into the show.
I wish I could find it again. I was sure I had a copy of it.
posted links to it back in March in this post
, but the links show up as "temporarily unavailable."
Unfortunately, for his own reasons, aridas
has recently withdrawn from pretty much all things Trek including shutting down his Federation Reference Series website. Maybe he feels burnt out or it's something else. I have no clear idea as he hasn't communicated his reasons to me or anyone else I know of.