Obscure Object of Desire: William Shatner’s Star Trek Pilot Laser Rifle

Tibby's' rifle (courtesy juliensauctions.com)

No wonder Dr. Dehner only has eyes for Captain Kirk’s laser rifle; that thing’s worth a fortune. When the prop from the second pilot (never seen in the series) goes under the figurative hammer next month, Julien’s Auctions reckons it’ll fetch between $40k and $60k. That said, there are doubts about the legality of the sale in California—given that the rifle has an adjustable stock (a military feature) and the laser doesn’t conform to U.S. FDA/CDRH’s regulation 21 CFR 1040.10. Click here to read the deets on the futuristic firearm.

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  1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    I happened to watch this episode recently on Hulu. Towards the end when the ex-friend Kirk was fighting made a grave for Kirk, there was an error on the gravestone. Instead of James T. Kirk it read James R. Kirk. (I think it was an “R”, it definitely wasn’t a “T”.) That’s why Kirk was mad, his name was misspelled.

    1. avatar Ben says:

      I recently watched that one too, but I didn’t notice the error. Rumor had it that the villain from that episode, Gary Mitchell, was going to be the villain in the new Trek film. I don’t think that is actually the case though.

    2. avatar pat says:

      One of my favorite episodes. That has to be the best prop in the history of the Star Trek franchise. I bet it will go for close to 100k.

  2. avatar Mark says:

    If George Zimmerman had a phaser set on stun, he’d be a free man today but I really have to wonder what’s wrong with someone who would pay $40-60K for a fake, imaginary rifle…

    1. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

      They make 22,417 gun control laws 85% of which do nothing to the bad guys in a fake, imaginary attempt to reduce violence committed by the bad guys by persecuting the law abiding and you seriously make that statement or hasn’t my caffeine dosage this morning kicked in my sarcasm det
      ecto-meter?

    2. avatar ChuckN says:

      There’s nothing wrong with people, it’s just a fake, imaginary PHASER that’s dripping with awesomeness!!

    3. avatar Randy Drescher says:

      Free, when he had stunned a living breathing liberal god? I don’t think so. He violated travon (I never saw that baggie before) martins rights by following him, then he questioned his magnificence. When will the predudice end, I demand a plan, Randy

  3. avatar Arete13 says:

    I thought we were working on not saying the word “deets”… :/

  4. avatar Schizuki says:

    Generic blonde? That’s Sally Kellerman!

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Text amended.

    2. avatar William says:

      You’re RIGHT. I stumbled over the name, but never forgot the face.

    3. avatar Tommy Knocker says:

      When I was younger (much younger) I had a major crush on Sally. Although possibly the worst actress in history, I found her to be quite seductive. Hell I would run away with her even now ! It would have to be maybe fast walking away with her….

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Shower scene from “MASH”. She didn’t have to be a good actress.

  5. avatar Alex says:

    I am a redshirt in the Star Trek episode of life.

  6. avatar LSUTigersFan says:

    She’s wondering if it has a vibrate function.

  7. avatar Stacy says:

    Argh, “laser rifle” .. are you using lands and grooves to spin the photons for better accuracy?

    1. avatar My Name Is Bob says:

      Well, photons spin, so sure- Rifle! Lol

  8. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Note that unlike most other phasers that appear in the many iterations of Star Trek, this one has sights. Typically, Star Fleet personnel shoot from the hip or use a duelist stance.

    1. avatar Mark says:

      Roddenberry did reportedly promote Star Trek as “Wagon Train to the stars”…

      1. avatar pat says:

        Yup, ‘Cowboys in Space’ was kind of the idea.

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    Does it have a milspec rail? Forward grip? Flip-up sights? Optics?

    No? Sheesh, ya don’t get much for your 40-60 tons of quadrotriticale.

    1. avatar NeonCat says:

      Starfleet never even issued bayonets!

    2. avatar pat says:

      Maybe not, but it could probably carve a hole in a mountain, and get you a date with a hot, green chick.

  10. avatar 1911A1 says:

    I bid 600 Quatoos!

  11. avatar 1911A1 says:

    I mean Quatloos. Must. Learn. To. Proofread. Before. Hitting. Post Comment.

  12. avatar Kahless1984 says:

    DO WANT.

  13. avatar Dave S says:

    thats a lot of grain!

  14. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

    Wouldn’t it have to be a functioning firearm for any of Kali’s laws to apply….or am I missing a joke here?

    1. avatar Chris McLain says:

      Yeah you are missing the joke.

  15. avatar Jordanvraptor says:

    And people said bullpups were a fad…

  16. avatar SGC says:

    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!

    That is all…

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