stun gun n.
a weapon that renders a victim unconscious or incapacitated without causing serious injury; cf. earlier stunner n.
Lodner tossed the stun gun on a flange between the stills and the fluxing panels.
Unforeseen in Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 42/1
Sonneman had shot him with a stun-gun. No wonder he felt so miserable!
Lost Ulysses in Astounding Science Fiction May 109/2
Wonder what they would have thought of a stun gun.
Star Rangers v. 69
The stun-gun made a burping noise. Electric charges sped out of it, scattering. The gun would carry nearly a hundred yards at widest dispersion of its fire. Within the cone-shaped space it affected, any flesh unshielded by metal would receive a sharp and painful but totally uninjurious electric shock.
Lord of the Uffts in Worlds of Tomorrow Feb. 62/1
He glanced over some of the orders and began estimating what he'd need: a laser cannon, two vibrators, a molecular imploder (if he could get his hands on one somewhere on Northpoint). There'd be the standard hand weapons: the stungun, the screecher, and an old-fashioned laser pistol.
Soul Eater i. 8
There was a slap of hands on stungun gutts.
Four humans, three men and a woman, walked toward her, small stunguns in their hands.
King's Test .ix. 179
A guard tried to nail a Loshak with a stun gun pellet.
I.D.I.D. May 132
M. Champion 'The Unforeseen'
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses".
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Mark Champion's "The Unforeseen".
Earliest cite in the OED: 1971.
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