Star Trek Expanded Universe

A phaser is a type of directed-energy weapon used by many galactic governments, and was most commonly seen in use by Starfleet. Phasers could be hand-held or ship-mounted.

The Hydran Kingdom operated two versions of a shipboard rapid-fire phaser that could fire four times as fast as normal shipboard phasers. While useful for point-defense, it acted more like a pulse phaser in regards to targeting other capital ships. (Star Fleet Battles)

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