A lasgun was a continuous-wave laser projector weapon that is perhaps the most widely used hand weapon in the Imperium. It commonly took the form of a pistol or rifle. Its firing pattern was typically a constant, narrow beam, but the nozzle could sometimes be adjusted to alter the width and spread of the beam. Its power source was a cell cartridge that could be replaced when depleted.
Size and form could vary from small, handheld lasguns to long field-models and large and armored heavy duty models.The Cutteray was essentially a Short-range version of a lasgun used mostly as a cutting tool and surgeon’s scalpel.
Military lasguns are often ornate in their design, with detailed scrollwork embedded into their handles, and were the preferred weapon for armies. However, when shields were being employed, lasguns were generally not used because contact reaction between a lasgun beam and a shield created a nuclear explosion that often killed everyone within a large radius.