The laser pistol, or hand laser, was a directed-energy weapon utilized by the United Federation of Planets duting the early 23rd century. Laser pistols used by Starfleet in the 2250s and the 2260s were designed with multiple power settings. They had enough power to blast through rocks, security glass and to disintegrate humanoid-size androids for example. The laser pistol was also capable of being set to overload, resulting in a forced chamber explosion. These weapons were considered "old-style" by the end of the 2260s.