A plasma arc, also sometimes called a plasma rifle, was a largish hand-held weapon that not only killed animals (as nerve disruptors could), but also destroyed property. Larger versions of these included ship-mounted plasma weapons that were made much less effective by the Betan development of a plasma mirror, which reflected the plasma beam back to the sender.
A plasma arc could be set to low power at need.
- A buggered plasma-arc cartridge could make a decent-sized crater when it exploded.
- A plasma arc had more than three times the range of a stunner.