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Supposing your spaceship was long and narrow, what type of weapon would be most practical on a spaceship made of the materials we make spaceships out of today with scaled hull thickness to equal the relative size of a large aircraft carrier (so if the thickness of a space shuttle hull is 1 unit at its current size, the hull thickness would scale with its increasing size proportionally to x units)? At first, given the long corridors that would occur in a long and narrow spaceship, I assumed that some sort of gun or ranged weapon would be most effective. However, reconsidering it I think there may be a danger of breaching the hull with kinetic weaponry and creating a lot of heat with laser based weaponry (given that heat dispersion is a major concern for spacecraft as well). Are range based weapons best, or is something like a knife just more practical as a means of avoiding damaging critical ship components or putting holes in the hull by mistake. Defending from mutineers and enemy boarding action is the primary goal.