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Lieutenant
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 30
# 2
01-11-2013, 01:21 AM
Dual Cannons fire more frequently, but each shot does less damage. Dual Heavy Cannons have a longer time gap between shots, but each individual shot does more damage.

The base DPS and firing arc is the same, but the characteristics are different.

Dual Cannons are better at getting procs, generally for your weapon type - e.g. the phaser chance to disable subsystems, or the disruptor damage resistance chance.

Dual Heavy Cannons are better if you're trying to get crit hits, because each individual DHC shot does more damage.

Depending on how good you are at keeping your ship's nose pointed towards your target, you may prefer a distinct gap between your shots, or you may prefer a constant stream.