Full record for stun-gun n.

Definition a gun that fires shot which stuns without causing serious injury
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite M. Champion 'The Unforeseen'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses". Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Mark Champion's "The Unforeseen".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1971.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for stun-gun n.

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1946 M. Champion Unforeseen in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 42/1 Lodner tossed the stun gun on a flange between the stills and the fluxing panels.
1949 W. L. Bade Lost Ulysses in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 109/2 Sonneman had shot him with a stun-gun. No wonder he felt so miserable!
1953 A. Norton Star Rangers v.69 Wonder what they would have thought of a stun gun.
1981 M. Resnick Soul Eater i. 8 He glanced over some of the orders and began estimating what he'd need: a laser cannon, two vibrators, a molecular imploder (if he could get his hands on one somewhere on Northpoint). There'd be the standard hand weapons: the stungun, the screecher, and an old-fashioned laser pistol.
1990 R. L. Forward Rocheworld 52 There was a slap of hands on stungun gutts.
1991 M. Weiss King's Test ii.ix. 179 Four humans, three men and a woman, walked toward her, small stunguns in their hands.