Originally Posted by horatio
The key word is melee. Why did people use swords long after guns have been invented? Precisely, because a gun might not be the best choice of weapon if you oppose an enemy in a short distance.
Lets see. With a phaser gun I can stun my opponent, I can kill him, I can disintegrate him. I can also use the phaser as a welder. I can set it on overload and make the whole dilling rig go boom. You know, just in case the douchebag redshirt with the explosives gets himself killed... Mmmmhhh...Nah, I go with the foldable Katana. I can chop off limbs with it.