= needle gun n.; (also) a person who who operates such a weapon
‘Needlers, fire at will!’ barked Kinnison, and even that feeble resistance was ended. Keen-eyed needle-ray men, working at spy-ray visiplates, bored hole after hole into the captive, seeking out and destroying the control-panels of the remaining beams and screens.
A couple of policemen in green uniforms, with ultrasonic paralyzers dangling by thongs from their left wrists and holstered sigma-ray needlers like the one on the desk inside the dome, were kidding with some girls in vivid orange and scarlet and green smocks.
This chance acquaintance develops into a love affair, and a year later, out of jealousy, she rays you half a dozen times with a needler.
I came back with one of his needle-rays and burned the contents of the safe to a black char. I stirred up the ashes with the nose of the needler and then left it in the safe after wiping it clean on my handkerchief.
Chambriss carried a needler, Starns was unarmed except for a small protection stunner, his tri-dee box slung on his chest by well-worn carrying straps. [Ibid. 33] Hume went forward, jerked the needler dart from a tree trunk. ‘But don’t shoot again—not unless you are sure of what you are aiming at!’
In a buttoned-down pocket, I found a 2 mm needler, smaller and lighter than the standard Navy model I normally carried.
He picked up a sigma-ray needler from the desk in front of him and holstered it.
Fulford’s eyes went back to the sheet of paper, reading it slowly, and while he did, his hand went to the needler stuck in his waistband; an old custom, going back to the days before the Lay Brothers of St. Wilson could afford holsters for their stolen weapons, was this habit of carrying a pistol in the waistband of his trousers.
Another locker…disgorged a long, ugly, ornately decorated 8.5mm Weatherby Magnum semiautomatic rifle…and a snub-nosed 4mm Colt Special needler.
He checked his weapon. The needler only had a few shots left.
‘Go away,’ said Della, showing him the needler attached to her belt.
Both men drew compact needlers. ‘They're set to stun, and I don’t think she’s faster than a needle beam.’
The needler in his palm would shoot only one at a time…. The drug took a second or more to disable…. If he got the one who held Evan, Merrick would have ample time to shoot him…and then take Evan anyway.
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