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EM-33 plasma pistol, Broken Bow

A Starfleet issue EM pistol

The EM pistol, also called the EM-33 Plasma Pistol, was the standard issue EM weapon used by Earth's Starfleet officers and the Earth Cargo Service personnel during the mid-22nd century.

While most Starfleet officers had only received training in the use of EM weapons, by 2151, the EM-33 fell out of use aboard Starfleet vessels in favor of the phase-pistol. (ENT: "Broken Bow") One of the disadvantages of the EM-33 was the need to compensate for particle drift, making the transition to the next generation, point-and-shoot phased pulse weapons difficult for some Starfleet personnel. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

The weapon also remained in use aboard Earth Cargo Authority vessels like the ECS Fortunate, as it was seen in the hands of Matthew Ryan. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

Background information Edit

According to the script of "Broken Bow", the pistol was a plasma pistol and the ammunition it fired were plasma bullets, [1] as the effect was also identified on screen in ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem". In his joint "Broken Bow" audio commentary with Rick Berman, Brannon Braga stated that the weapon was a pulse gun and that he always thought that they looked better than the Starfleet phase-pistols designed for the series and wished they would have stuck with the pulse guns through the series.

These props were in fact later re-used to represent the MACO phase-pistols and an alien pistol weapon in the second season episode "Canamar". The MACO particle rifle appeared to be a rifle version of this pistol prop based on its appearance, as it incorporated a similar barrel and fired similar energy discharges. The MACO pistols were identified as phase-pistols that fire phase pulses in ENT: "United".

While the EM-33 pistols seen in "Broken Bow" were grey with black highlights, the pistols seen on the Fortunate were black with grey highlights. This type of weapon is referred to merely as a "plasma pistol", firing "plasma bolts", in the script of "Fortunate Son". The studio model of this weapon was designed by Craig Binkley and Jim Martin. [2] According to Binkley, it was roughly based on the Israeli "Desert Eagle" handgun. [3]

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