It would be Gratuitously cool if there was a graphical snippet of what a particular weapon looks like in the weapon description pane.
I will go all out and reveal to all with only a bit of shame that it has sometimes taken me a long time to figure out what weapon is shooting during battles. For example, way back when I started playing, it took quite awhile for me to see that the hard-hitting cruiser laser was represented by those little dashes that looked much less significant than the big, colorful, solid-line beam weapons. quite awhile.
Another example is missiles–they come in various flavors and it took quite awhile to get to the point where I could watch a battle and say “You get used to it…I, I don’t even see the code. All I see is…blond, brunette, red-head…”
Yes, I know one can click on the weapon mount to see what it is–but that’s during the actual battle.
Even more Gratuitous if the graphical snipped were animated in the weapon info pane. Bwahahahahaha.