Full record for stunner n.

Definition a gun that fires shot which stuns without causing serious injury
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite C. M. Kornbluth 'Fire-Power'
Comment Edward Bornstein submitted a cite from a 1967 reprint of William Burkett's "Sleeping Planet". Mike Christie confirmed the cite in the original 1964 magazine appearance. Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of C. M. Kornbluth's "Fire-Power"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine version. Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1962 reprint of Andre Norton's 1961 "Catseye". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Dan Simmons' 1989 "Hyperion". Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1981 reprint of Poul Anderson's 1978 "The Avatar". Mike Christie submitted a 1965 cite from Frank Herbert's "The Prophet of Dune". Ethan Merritt submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Andre Norton's "Star Hunter"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1961 first edition.
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Citations for stunner n.

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1961 ‘A. Norton’ Star Hunter 32 Chambriss carried a needler, Starns was unarmed except for a small protection stunner, his tri-dee box slung on his chest by well-worn carrying straps.
1961 A. Norton Catseye (1962) 21 He rested the barrel of the stunner on his knees to take aim against the attacker.
1964 W. R. Burkett Jr. in Analog Sci. Fictioncti/Fact Aug. 69/2 The scope's crosshairs shifted to the nearer robot's right hand. In those steel fingers reposed a silvery, fragile-looking gun—a stunner. And each of the others were similarly armed. So if the Llralans had sent them after him, they had not been able—or had not chosen—to override their inbuilt inability to permanently harm human beings. If spotted and shot at, the worst that could come of it was stun-shock and capture.
1965 F. Herbert in Analog Sci. Fact–Sci. Fiction Jan. 24/2 In the flashing instant Hawat had time to see they were Sardaukar, hard faces set in battle frenzy, that they were unshielded and each carried a knife in one hand, a stunner in the other.
1970 P. Anderson Tau Zero (1973) 70 I'll issue them weapons, stunner type only.
1978 P. Anderson Avatar (1981) 89 Each had a holstered sidearm: slugthrower, not stunner.
1980 D. Brin Sundiver iv.xii. 127 There was a flash and a shooting pain in Jacob's shoulder. Something in his mind spoke as he dove to avoid another stunner bolt.
1983 J. Varley Millennium ii. 19 Shortly after the twonky alarm, one of your girls lost her stunner on the plane.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible iv.84 They had grappled for the stunner with which he'd hoped to take the old dragon down without pain.
1993 D. A. Smith In Cube i. 14 My cheeks still burned from the stunner. A pissmop emerged from the shadows, snuffling toward Ifraim's body, but his urine was mingled with his blood.