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This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.
Gameplay articles
FalloutWattz 1000 laser pistol
Fallout 2Wattz 1000 laser pistol
Wattz 1000 Magneto-laser pistol
Solar Scorcher
Phazer Icon cut
Fallout 3AEP7 laser pistol
Protectron's Gaze
Smuggler's End
Colonel Autumn's laser pistol
Broken SteelColonel Autumn's laser pistol
Fallout: New VegasAEP7 Laser Pistol
Pew Pew
Missing AEP7 Laser Pistol
Fallout TacticsWattz 1000 laser pistol
Fallout: BoSElectric laser pistol
Home-made electric laser pistol
Powerful laser pistol Icon cut
Van BurenApollo

Laser pistols are high-tech sidearms that emit a concentrated beam of coherent light, with sufficent wattage (several megawatts in fact) to do considerable damage. They can be powered by battery packs, fusion cells or cabled power systems, but most models use a rechargeable internal battery, charged with small energy cells (except for the Solar Scorcher).

Background

Several different models exist, from low power civilian models to extremely powerful military sidearms. Typically, the main difference are the focusing optics. Civilian models use a laser diode[1], while military ones employ a crystal array, which creates a tighter, more destructive beam, although certain modifications (e.g. a magneting field focusing system) can amplify the performance of a civilian model, bringing it to par with a military one. Certain models can also be locked down for transport, requiring an arming sequence to make them operable again.

Apart from pistols, other, more powerful laser weapons exist: laser rifles and Gatling lasers.

Models

Wattz 1000 laser pistol

Fo1 Laser Pistol
Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

A Wattz 1000 Laser Pistol. Civilian model, so the wattage is lower than military or police versions. The reason for this is that it uses a less powerful cell and a laser focusing diode instead of a crystal array. For security, it can be locked down for transport, with a proper arming sequence needed to render it operable again.

Wattz 1000 Magneto-laser pistol

Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Magneto-laser pistol is a Wattz 1000 laser pistol upgraded with a magnetic field targeting system that tightens the laser emission, giving this pistol extra penetrating power.

Solar Scorcher

Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Solar Scorcher is a special laser pistol which uses sunlight as its energy source. In full daylight, the experimental photo-electric cells absorb light and allow the weapon to fire up to six shots, after which it must be reloaded.

This rare weapon was seen in Vault 13, in the armory, before the events of Fallout, thus before 2161. It might have been sent to the vault as an experimental weapon for testing in real-life conditions when the vault was opened.

AEP7 laser pistol

Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

The AEP7 laser pistol was put into service to replace the AEP5 model. With a generous battery size, tight shot grouping at range, resilience to extended use, and fairly decent damage output, it is a very good choice for a sidearm and is used extensively in this role by the Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland.

It was the successor to the AEP5, boasting a redesigned focusing crystal pattern, an improved photonic focusing chamber and a selectable laser focus. In addition, it was lighter and less bulky than its predecessor (although still fairly cumbersome compared to the Wattz 1000) and was perceived as a step toward replacing the N99 with a laser weapon as the standard issue sidearm for military forces.

The AEP7 was produced in large numbers, thanks to newly developed manufacturing technologies in the USA, although logistics and supply issues in pre-War USA caused by its prolonged war with China prevented its wide-scale deployment.

AEP5 laser pistol

Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout 3)

The AEP5 laser pistol was a military model that was notorious for its problems with overheating.

Home-made electric laser pistol

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
HomeMadeLaserPistol

This kind of electric laser weapon appears only in the city of Los and is to be manufactured using technology contained in the Secret Vault. It's equipped by the low ghouls of the cult Church of the Lost.

Electric laser pistol

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

This kind of electric laser weapon appears only in the city of Los and is to be manufactured using technology contained in the Secret Vault. This rare weapon is only found in the Secret Vault and was weaponry part of Secret Vault guards.

Phazer

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 2 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
PhazerImage
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Phazer is a strange powerful laser pistol. Its origin is unknown. It may only be acquired in a special encounter in Fallout 2, which is a shuttle crash around three corpses dressed in a red uniform. It's a reference to the Star Trek weapon.

Powerful electric laser pistol

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

This kind of electric laser weapon appears only in the city of Los and was manufactured using technology contained in the Secret Vault. It should act as a sort of shotgun pistol with a powerful, slow shot.

Apollo

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Apollo
Gameplay article: Van Buren

The Apollo is a primary weapon designed and abandoned by Poseidon Energy that science-oriented characters in Van Buren could complete.

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References

  1. Cctech.msg
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