Full record for needle-beam n.

Definition a weapon producing a very narrow beam of energy; the beam produced by such a weapon
OED requirements antedating 1936
Earliest cite John W. Campbell jr., 'Brain Stealers of Mars'
Comment Christopher Davis submitted a cite from a reprint of George O. Smith's "Identity"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1945 first magazine appearance.
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Mark Champion's "The Unforeseen".
Mike Christie submitted a 1943 cite from C. L. Moore's "Judgment Night".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1977 (or later) reprint of A.E. van Vogt's 1972 "Ersatz Eternal".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Larry Niven's 1970 "Ringworld".
Mike Christie located and Robert Woodward submitted a 1995 cite from Alan Dean Foster's "Mid-Flynx".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Beyond This Horizon"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1942 first magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1936 cite for "needle beam" from John W. Campbell's "Brain Stealers of Mars"

Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a Project Gutenberg etext of "Brigands of the Moon", by Ray Cummings. We would like to verify this in the original publication (Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930)

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Citations for needle-beam n.

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1936 J. W. Campbell, Jr. Brain Stealers of Mars in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 27/1 Then he went around with an opened ion-gun with a needle beam and poked everything visible with it.
1942 ‘A. MacDonald’ Beyond This Horizon in Astounding Sci. Fiction Apr. 12/1 In fact, he had not noticed that his friend was wearing anything new in the way of weapons—had he arrived unarmed, Monroe-Alpha would have noticed it, naturally, but he was not particularly observant about such matters, and could easily have spent two hours with a man and never notice whether he was wearing a Stokes coagulator or a common needlebeam.
1943 C. L. Moore Judgment Night in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 137/2 Sighing, Juille fired at him around the edge of the screen, her needle beam making the air shriek as it passed.
1943 C. L. Moore Judgment Night in Astounding Sci. Fiction Aug. 47/1 She saw the silver mail burned away across his chest where that fierce needle beam should have bored through flesh and bone.
1945 G. O. Smith in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 156/1 With two needle beams trained on his back, he was helpless.
1946 M. Champion in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 40/1 Randall was‥in possession of a secret or new needle beam gun.
1958 R. Cummings Brigands of Moon 71 Miko was bending over him. Miko with a heat-cylinder no longer than a finger. Its needle-beam played upon Snap's naked chest. I could see the gruesome little trail of smoke rising; and as Snap twisted and jerked, there on his flesh was the red and blistered trail of the violet-hot ray.
1970 L. Niven Ringworld (1984) 232 Louis clawed the flashlight-laser from his belt, used its green needle beam to free Speaker from his balloons.
1979 A. E. van Vogt Ersatz Eternal in Lost: Fifty Suns 83 Silently, Malkins produced a needle-beam projector. Grayson took it, pointed it at his own right temple, and pressed the curved firing pin—as Malkins grabbed at him frantically but too late. The thin, white beam seemed to penetrate Grayson's heed. It burned a round, black, smoldering hole in the woodwork beyond.
1995 A. D. Foster Mid-Flinx 33 Both men drew compact needlers. ‘They're set to stun, and I don't think she's faster than a needle beam.’