This plasma pistol has five tributary energy arcs connected to a central cathode, and the cathode functions as a point of focus, or the barrel. The energy is projected forward, probably by electromagnetic propeller built around the cathode. The propelled energy forms a Plasma Pinch; though rather slow, the pinch carries high levels of both thermal and kinetic energy.
Sometime before the Great War, a prototype plasma pistol of what later became the Enclave plasma pistol, was stolen from the federal government by an organization called Quaere Verum. The pistol was later taken by aliens who, most likely unknowingly brought up both the safe that contained the gun and the computer terminal required to remotely unlock the safe.