A type-1 phaser was the smallest, most basic weapon carried by Starfleet and other Federation personnel. Type 1 phasers were typically carried when it would be inappropriate to carry a larger weapon, such as on diplomatic missions, or "undercover" work.
The type 1 had eight adjustable settings, ranging from stun to heat through disruption to disintegration. The 23rd century type 1 in use in the 2260s incorporated a small flip-up sight. Several versions of the type 2 phaser incorporated a type 1 phaser into their design.
A 23rd century type 1 phaser did not possess sufficient power to harm a silicon-based lifeform such as a Horta.
I will be designing a second and better version of the Type 1 Phaser. This version will be smaller and easier to carry around when on undercover missions. This version will also be easier to use, which allows the character to draw the weapon much faster. I will turn this ordinary and simple weapon, into something that seems ordinary but that has tremendous potential and power.
In order for this weapon to be easy to carry and quick to draw, it has to be designed for a specific body part that is always exposed. My first idea was a Ring Phaser. This ring will always be on the character’s fingers for quick access in cases of emergency. This will not look like a ordinary ring, but it will look more like a weapon than a ring.
The original idea was to use some sort of metal or steel. However, this weapon would much lighter if it is made of carbon fiber. The material for this weapon is still under consideration.