slugthrower n.

a weapon that fires a physical projectile, in contrast to an energy weapon n.


  • 1962 P. Anderson Progress in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan. 119/1 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Alisabeta crouched in the starboard slugthrower turret.

  • 1965 G. R. Dickson Warrior in Analog Science Fictionโ€“Science Fact Dec. 71/2 Gordon R. Dickson bibliography

    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.

  • 1978 P. Anderson Avatar (1981) 89 Poul Anderson bibliography

    Each had a holstered sidearm: slugthrower, not stunner.

  • 1996 J. L. Nye Ship Errant (1997) 65 Jody Lynn Nye bibliography

    From the confident manner with which she held her long-barreled slugthrower, Mirina guessed that some of the medals were for marksmanship.

  • 2001 J. C. Wright Forgotten Causes in Absolute Magnitude Summer 34/2 page image John C. Wright bibliography

    The blow struck the joint where the slugthrower was coming up out of its cleaning holster.

Research requirements

antedating 1962

Earliest cite

Poul Anderson

Research History
Suggested by Mike Christie (from reading Poul Anderson 1978). There's yet another Anderson example in "Homo Aquaticus" (Amazing, Sept. 1963).

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