The laser pistol is the standard energy-based sidearm of Colonial Warriors.
Pistol discharges may be either destructive in nature, resulting in the termination of its target (TOS: "Saga of a Star World", "Murder on the Rising Star"), or stunning of biological targets (TOS: "Experiment in Terra").
In the separate continuity
The laser pistol act in much the same way as their canonical counterparts throughout the comics, novels, and other tie-in materials.
- At the beginning of the series, the laser volley emitted from the pistol is invisible to the eye, with the exception of the accompanying flash from the muzzle. Later during the series run, particularly in "Take the Celestra" and "The Man with Nine Lives," the laser blasts become red bolts due to the fact that Universal Hartland became the SFX factory for the Original Series.