a weapon that fires a physical projectile, in contrast to an energy weapon n.
Specifically science-fictional use of the older colloquial use (as in quot. 1928), where it referred to any firearm, without explicit or implied comparison to other weapons.
I’ve looked down so many guns since you pulled that old slug thrower I reckon I’ve got back my nerve.]
War Paint in Popular Magazine 26 May 108/2
A hunting marcat screamed in the night. She shivered…. ‘Local carnivore, Freelady. Don’t let it worry you.’ He slapped his slug[-]thrower, obscurely pleased at a chance to show—what? Manliness?
Ghetto in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 108
That thing on his hip was a hand weapon, an explosive-powered slug-thrower if I ever saw one.
Compensation in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 60/2
Alisabeta crouched in the starboard slugthrower turret.
Progress in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 119/1
He had been pulling the trigger of his slugthrower all this time, but now the firing pin clicked at last upon an empty firing chamber.
Warrior in Analog Science Fiction–Science Fact Dec. 71/2
Each had a holstered sidearm: slugthrower, not stunner.
Avatar (1981) 89
From the confident manner with which she held her long-barreled slugthrower, Mirina guessed that some of the medals were for marksmanship.
Ship Errant (1997) 65
The blow struck the joint where the slugthrower was coming up out of its cleaning holster.
Forgotten Causes in Absolute Magnitude Summer 34/2
I get a glimpse of the Afterburner from its last moments—definitely a III, not a IV—crawling down the corridor with its muzzle smoking like an old-fashioned slug-thrower.
End of the War in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 14
Research HistorySuggested by Mike Christie (from reading Poul Anderson 1978). There's yet another Anderson example in "Homo Aquaticus" (Amazing, Sept. 1963).
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