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A type-2 phaser or phaser pistol was a typical hand-held directed-energy weapon used by Starfleet and United Federation of Planets personnel during the 23rd, 24th and 29th centuries. More powerful and generally larger in size than the type-1 phaser, type-2 phasers were kept aboard Starfleet and Federation starships, starbases, space stations and at planetary facilities. The type-2 phaser is a required piece of equipment for most Starfleet away teams, and is the basic sidearm of Starfleet security teams and hazard teams. Often, concerns about diplomacy would be the only reason a landing party or away team would opt to not carry type-2 phasers, as smaller type-1 hand phasers are more easily concealed and give Starfleet personnel a less threatening appearance.


A descendant of electromagnetic weapons, laser weapons and phase weapons of the 22nd century, the type-2 phaser started to supercede the laser pistol as a common Starfleet sidearm in the 23rd century, and was standard issue aboard Starfleet vessels by the 2260s. Utilized primarily in defensive situations, the Phaser Type-2 had several applications, from use as a weapon to use as a cutting tool, explosive device, or energy source. Storing considerable energy, most phasers were distinguished by a roughly pistol or gun-type configuration, firing a focused energy discharge in the form of a beam or steady stream. In the nearly two hundred years since their introduction to Starfleet personnel, several models and makes have been observed. Type-2 Phasers can cause severe to deadly injuries or phaser burns. The Type-2 Phaser, while not as powerful as other particle weapons, has the advantage of not requiring ammunition in order to fire. Instead, its internal energy cells slowly regenerate themselves.


22nd century[]

A Starfleet pistol weapon of the 2160s

A pair of laser pistols, precursors of the type-2 phaser

In the early 2160s, prior to the invention of the phaser weapon, and following the formation of the Federation, phase pistols were discontinued and a new weapon was used by Starfleet.

23rd century[]

One of the earliest incarnations of the type-2 phaser was a Sestra Weapons phaser pistol used in the 23rd century, coming into Starfleet use on reference stardate 2/06. The weapon consisted of a removable type-1 hand phaser mated to a pistol grip with a power pack. This weapon fell out of use after the late 2260s after the evolution of transtator II technology was discovered on reference stardate 2/09.

In the 2270s, the Atalskes Phaser Corporation phaser IV model of type-2 phaser was introduced, again consisting of a (somewhat larger) hand phaser (known as the phaser III) mated to a pistol handle. These weapons were first issued on reference stardate 2/12 and were used well into the 24th century, despite other models being available. These weapons were used aboard many vessels, such as the Enterprise (from 2273 until 2285), Reliant, and the Enterprise-C.

In the 2280s, the phaser IIB was introduced, as part of the Sestra company's phaser B series, returning Starfleet to a shape similar to the 2260s type-2 phaser, with a smaller removable hand phaser, the phaser IB. These sturdy weapons were known to be traded as surplus outside of Starfleet many years after first being introduced, into the latter half of the 24th century.

Pavel Chekov ejects a power pack from his heavy-duty type-2 phaser

By the late 2280s, another heavy-duty pistol variant of the type-2 phaser was introduced, with an adjustable emitter shield on top and a spring-like power pack ejection option.

23rd century (alternate reality)[]

A type 2 phaser in the Kelvin timeline

In the alternate reality created in 2233 by Nero, the alternate 2250s version of the type 2 phaser became silver, albeit with a body reminiscent of the original design, with a rotating barrel for switching between stun and kill settings.

These phasers are only ever depicted firing bolts rather than continuous beams.

24th century[]

Data about to fire on the Scimitar

In the 24th century, Starfleet began to use a variety of type-2 phasers that abandoned the familiar pistol grip, having an extension of the body of the weapon that resembled the grip of a hand phaser, with at least four distinct variations of this design used in the latter half of the century. In the early 2360s decade, the mark VI battle phaser was an example of this arrangement, commonly in use until around the year 2365.

A new type 2 phaser model was introduced in the 2380s, with a return to a pistol grip like earlier models from previous centuries.

By the 29th century, Starfleet utilized pistol-style phasers again.

In the 32nd century a 24th century type 2 phaser was seen in a scrapyard.



In 2366, two homicides were committed by Starfleet Lieutenant Dar Ableen using a type-2 phaser on level 4 (burn setting).


Settings: 1-16 (light stun to heavy disrupt)

Range: 5-100 meters

Length: 25 centimeters

Mass: 0.6 kilograms

Energy: 1,000 charges (good for 10 shots on maximum setting)