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This is the type of weapon that would be really cool if didn't look so much like the Super Soaker CPS4100. According to the Star Trek weapons gallery fansite Phasers.net, the phaser rifle is "bulky," "considered extremely powerful,' and "only issued in unusual circumstances." In case you're wondering, "unusual circumstances" means that it was only used in one episode, likely because the studio allowed the show to increase its special effects budget from $50 to $53 afterward.

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