ray pistol n.
a handheld ray gun n.
This was accomplished by means of an ancient weapon—the obsolete ray-pistol, you know—and this same weapon later enabled me to get control of the entire vessel.
War of the Planets in Amazing Stories Jan. 885/2
He fondly patted the ray pistol where it lay hidden in his pocket.
Microcosmic Buccaneers in Amazing Stories Nov. 691/2
He drew his ray pistol, and adjusted it carefully… The trigger gave him control over power.
Black Star Passes in Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall 501/2
Damn it, he was hauling out one of those vicious ray pistols he'd been dodging. Wonder if he'd hit him before the prince could ray him?
50th Century Revolt in Wonder Stories Apr. 1219/2
Jeff rocked back on his heels, stunned as effectively as if someone had batted him over the head with the butt of a ray pistol.
Masters of Chance in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 81/2
He pulled the lethal toy, the small ray pistol which never left him.
Bighead in New Worlds Winter 67
1962 Spacemen Oct. 38 (caption)
Scott (Carleton Young) and his ray pistol mean sure disintegration for Buck Rogers if Buster loses this fight.
Harl Vincent, "War of the Planets", in Amazing
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Arthur G. Stangland's "50th Century Revolt".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from John W. Campbell, Jr.'s "The Black Star Passes".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter in Planet Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from J. Harvey Haggard's "Derelicts of Uranus".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from a Robert W. Lowndes editorial, "It's More Than Just Trying"
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