Beam weapons bug me cause their range is too short to make me care. I get that particle beams and plasma throwers will have short range and be hard to aim which makes them uninteresting as military weapons. But... pistol size rail guns that can produce rifle type muzzle energies demonstrate that the battery/capacitor tech is on par to produce multiple Kilowatts per second so... why no Laser rifles?
Mea Culpa: My mode of speech can make others feel uninvited to argue or participate. This is the EXACT opposite of what I intend when I post.