A Starfleet issue EM pistol
EM-33 plasma pistol was the standard issue weapon for Earth forces and personal defense during the mid- 22nd century. This semi-automatic sidearm fires a "bolt" of plasma energy at its target.
By the time of
2151 launch of the , the EM-33 was being replaced as the Starfleet standard issue sidearm by the Enterprise phase pistol. However, the EM-33 continued to be used by the non-Starfleet MACO forces and was also still in use aboard Earth Cargo Service freighters, like the ECS . ( Fortunate ENT: " Terra Nova", " Fortunate Son")
Whereas the EM-33 pistols used on the Enterprise were grey, the pistols seen on the ECS Fortunate were black in color.
One of the major disadvantages of the EM-33 pistol was the need to compensate for particle beam drift. (
ENT: " Sleeping Dogs")
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