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# 4
12-30-2012, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sollvax View Post
Miniguns shoot Tiny charges (and lots of them)

its like the difference between an M16a2 and an elephant gun

one is "spray and pray" and the other is a bullet capable of killing elephants

a Rapid fire weapon needs to be weaker because of kinetic response (the gun kicks) when firing bullets

phaser pistols are more potent than phaser rifles because the beam loses power over distance (as do all beams)

take a torch outside in the dark
shine it at a wall 5 feet away
now shine it at a wall 50 feet away

And no one uses a Rifle in starfleet unless war has been declared
At a 1 km range (that's a 100 football fields and almost another), yeah, a beam rifle would loose power, and would never hit its target. But 10-15 meters isn't really a distance for any phaser, and would lose very little power and not even be worth measuring. A powerful enough laser would also be able to hit at that range without losing a whole lot of power. But take a standard laser pointer. At 10 meters, it would loose power. Ok, miniguns, yeah I see your point there. Now that I think about it, a minigun on STO is different from your typical pulse cannon (or a Type IV Rifle).
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