Everything looks better with a model . . . . Including Ray Guns!
I put together this Q31 Wide beam WaveSplitter using a highly modified, reshaped toy dart pistol in addition to various found plastic pieces - Filled it full of Sculpy poly clay and little metal hex nuts for weight, then finished it with silver buffing compound and painted in some details.
Then, in Photoshop, I digitally put an image of it into this stock art model's hand, added the futuristic background, and zzzaapp!
It's a tradition, I guess... Well, I AM inclined to go with a leggy female, rather than a guy... I'm weak that way.