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EM-33 plasma pistol, Broken Bow

A Starfleet issue EM pistol

The 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 Enterprise, the EM-33 was being replaced as the Starfleet standard issue sidearm by the 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")

External Links

EM pistol at Phasers.net


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