Compression phaser rifles are among the most powerful personnel-carried weapons in the Starfleet arsenal, and are an alternative to the type-3 phaser rifle. These powerful weapons are assigned to starships that could possibly see intense close-quarters or surface combat.
The USS Voyager was equipped with compression rifles as a standard part of its weapons inventory. They were first used by an away team which transported to the Caretaker's array in 2371. (VOY episode: "Caretaker")
The crew of the USS Enterprise-E used compression rifles numerous times. These included warding off invading Borg, protecting the Baku, and assaulting invading Remans. (TNG movies: Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis)
On more hazardous missions, Starfleet officers carried the compression phaser rifle as a greater source of firepower. The rifle fired pulses of a similar but more powerful type to the phaser in a tight beam. The compression phaser rifle also fired a more deadly and silent sniper shot, which required more energy but could be very effective on infiltration missions. (VOY video game: Elite Force, TNG video game: Elite Force II)
By the year 2410, the compression phaser rifle had been issued to Starfleet forces deployed to the Delta Quadrant as part of the Delta Alliance's operations to counter the Vaadwaur threat. The weapon now fired a 3-shot burst of phaser bolts and had been modified to allow the user to pinpoint an area for orbital energy weapon bombardment from supporting starships.
Settings: 1-18 (light stun to heavy disrupt)
Range: 5-160 meters
Length: 85 centimeters
Mass: 2.2 kilograms
Energy: 3,000 charges (good for 20 shots on maximum setting)
|Federation Starfleet hand-held weapons|
|Directed energy weapons||type-1 phaser/hand phaser||Sestra phaser I • Atalskes phaser III • Sestra phaser IB • mark V personal phaser|
|type-2 phaser/phaser pistol||Sestra phaser II • Atalskes phaser IV • Sestra phaser IIB • mark VI battle phaser • phaser (Kelvin timeline)|
|type-3 phaser/phaser rifle||phaser rifle (23rd century) • mark VII phaser rifle • type III phaser rifle • compression phaser rifle • enhanced compression rifle • phaser rifle (Kelvin timeline)|
|miscellaneous||assault rifle • infinity modulator • isomagnetic disintegrator • laser pistol • laser rifle • neural disruptor • phase pistol • sniper rifle|
|Projectile weapons||compound grenade launcher • photon burst • quantum burst • TR-116 • TR-120|