a gun that produces a very narrow beam of energy; (also) a gun that fires small slivers of metal
The game was up? No, by God! and I rammed home the final plunger, and the bee-wing took off flapping up into the thin air and forward with such speed that in a matter of seconds Cammint was a dot of light in the darkness, and the city of Jador was sprawled in fantastic shadows below. I went blind, without lights, never knowing when some similar craft might blunder out of the encircling darkness full tilt into me. I set my course for the Royal Palace, and had my forward needle guns set for any who dared offer me hindrance.
The SP 331 was much like his own yacht in its general characteristics and he had never had any misgivings about his ability to handle her. Her armament was so inadequate as never to have given him a qualm. It consisted simply of a 10 mm. needle gun, fit only to detonate a stray mine.
He had a needle gun in his hand, and six or seven black-clad policemen just behind him.
He had hidden a small anaesthetic needle-gun under his coverall in case of need.
As soon as I opened the screen, the beam of a needle gun seared the plastic door frame beside my head.
I shoved against him so that the needle gun was clamped between his body and mine. ‘If you pull the trigger now, your gun will backfire,’ I said quietly. ‘The gases can’t escape from the muzzle.’
After removing a small needle gun from her pocket, he left a box of headache tablets in easy reach, locked her inside, and went back to the controls.
And I knew the needle gun was about to fire.
Transceiver and taper in one hand, a ladylike needle gun at her waist, were all she needed.
He saw a German looking down at him, sighting along his weapon. Jerry snapped up his needle-gun and shot him full of steel.
He strapped on his tool belt, with the needlegun holstered to one side.
Also a nice assortment of blades, grenades, and a needle-gun that fits in a shoulder holster.
Anthropologists there had to be handy with dueling-swords and needle-guns as well as getting used to being looked down on as monkeys from the wilds.
Ross Rocklynne, "The Empress of Mars"
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