Welcome to the future of technology, where everything is just as disposable as it used to be, and things as basic as laser cannons are designed to expire within a thousand shots. Nothing lasts, especially when that thing is a manufactured product!
Every non-ammo weapon now has a finite durability - once it's out of shots, you can't use it anymore. Energy weapons generally have more durability than matter weapons, and particularly rare weapons have exceptionally high durability. Faster weapons have a durability bonus while dual weapons have a durability penalty.
Weapon durability values are estimated to last at least halfway through the weapon's average lifetime usage. Your starter weapon should last you through most of Eridani. That's about it. Save up your weapons, avoid wasting your lasers on Outlaw asteroid mines, and you should be fine.
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