CBS has unveiled yet another prop from Star Trek: Discovery. Following their earlier reveals of the communicator and phaser pistol, this afternoon comes a phaser rifle. The update also came via Twitter with the note “Lock and load.”
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 18, 2017
A closer look
The new phaser rifle shares some elements with the phaser pistol revealed earlier, notably the nozzle. However, the rest of the design aesthetic seems to have more in common with modern military weapons. Mixed in with the gun metal are some red elements underneath what seems like radiator grills on the side. It also sports a double grip, shoulder stock, scope and even a flashlight on the side.
A new rifle for a new show
Unlike the new designs for the communicator and phaser, which modernized the original props while retaining the basic design, this phaser rifle appears to have a completely new look. This may be because a phaser rifle made only one appearance in The Original Series, in the second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” when Kirk uses one to hunt down Gary Mitchell.
That rifle had a very 1950’s “ray gun” sensibility to it, and stylistically was a bit incongruous with the rest of the show, which may be why it was never seen again. The big copper cylindrical power packs of the TOS model do seem to be echoed in the rounded grills (with what appear to be copper coils underneath) on the sides of the new rifle.
Phaser rifles were something more common seen in the 24th century Star Trek shows and the the double grip style of the new phaser is reminiscent of the The Next Generation’s phaser rifle.
And the scope and flashlight functionality is something seen in the upgraded phaser rifles seen in The Next Generation movies.
There’s also some design similarities to the MACO rifle seen in Enterprise.
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