Hand Phasers - Clumsy or Very Smart?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by ZapBrannigan, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah, they don't even look much alike.

  2. mach7

    mach7 Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 2, 2012

    Well I sit corrected!

    And good one! :lol:
  3. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    Thanks, Albertese. Good info. :bolian: Needless to say, I never bought the SKETCHBOOK.
  4. mach7

    mach7 Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 2, 2012
    The sketchbook has lots of great, well sketches.

    Good info in it.
  5. AtoZ

    AtoZ Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 5, 2009
    Speaking of the hand phaser, or phaser #1, it occurs to me that it was all but completely forgotten by season 3. I only recall seeing it for a second in Is There in Truth No Beauty, and even then, in the hands of a guest star. The big 3 didn't use, carry or refer to it at all to my recollection, in S3.

    It was a stock item in S1.
  6. Albertese

    Albertese Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 2003
    Portland, OR
    You're welcome, guys! Before I sound like I'm coming down too hard on FJ for his misrepresented phaser, I should point out that I love his work and consider him one of my personal heroes. Along with Matt Jefferies.

  7. Nero's Shadow

    Nero's Shadow Captain Captain

    Mar 22, 2009
    Into Darkness !!!
    I know the phaser 1 had a trigger on the bottom off DST but its just the rubber button that the phaser 2 use for the sound contact. Going back to the subject perhaps starfleet had good marksman classes when it come to phaser training. Also starfleet only used phaser 1 and 2 as a defensive weapon phaser 1 could be Hidden from view so not appearing aggressive and dangerous when it came to first contact and diplomatic away missions.
  8. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    They didn't generally aim the bigger ones did they? I guess I never paid much attention but it seemed like they always kind of fired them with the gun by their side then actually aiming them.
  9. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 17, 2005
    Walking distance from Starfleet HQ
    Phaser 1 is still an ergonomic mess. :)
  10. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
    Here's the only shot in the series I'm aware of where you can see how the phaser-2 is aimed using the phaser-1 sight. It's from The Man Trap, when Kirk stuns Dr. Crater.


    blssdwlf pointed it out on the board a little while back, over in this thread.
  11. CaptainDave1701

    CaptainDave1701 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 17, 2008
    After all of these years I find that the "trigger threads" are still alive. The firing stud was indeed on the bottom and you held it by the side rails. You would raise the sight with the thumb wheel. On the actual hero props I think you operated the grain of wheat light by rotating the wheel all of the way forward. The sight would raise as you did this then zap.
  12. SchwEnt

    SchwEnt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 5, 2005
    If practicing with the DST Phaser 1 counts, I agree.