blast rifle n.
a long shoulder weapon that fires a destructive beam of energy; cf. blaster n.
He responded to the awful peril with a grim competence. Seizing the handle of his blast rifle he swung it swiftly about.
Exiles of the Stratosphere in Astounding Stories July 44/1
Extrone carried the only weapon, slung easily over his shoulder, a powerful blast rifle, capable of piercing medium armor in sustained fire.
Hunt the Hunter in Galaxy Science Fiction 13/2
There was light enough to show that it was not a blast-rifle—in fact, that it was no weapon of any kind modern men would ordinarily know.
Med Service in Astounding Science Fiction 86/2
Retief backed to the shrine, unlimbered the blast rifle, swung it to cover the throng which halted, facing him.
Retief, War Criminal in Worlds of If Apr. 66/2
Luke wondered what had happened to the suit’s original owner. He suspected that the blast rifle slung around the Trandoshan’s neck might have had something to do with it.
Research HistoryDouglas Winston has a number of cites from various sources.
Jesse Sheidlower assembled the entry.
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