Full record for laser rifle n.

Definition a weapon similar in size to a rifle that fires a laser
OED requirements antedating 1966
Earliest cite Poul Anderson, Door to Anywhere
Comment Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's "The Tar-Aiym Krang". Douglas Winston submitted a 1980 cite from Barry B. Longyear's "Manifest Destiny".Douglas Winston submitted a 1969 cite from Harry Harrison's "Captive Universe". Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 cite for "laserifle" from Poul Anderson's "Door to Anywhere".Douglas Winston submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising". Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from Alastair Reynolds' "Chasm City". Jeff Prucher submitted a 2000 cite from Iain M. Banks' 2000 "Look to Windward".
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Citations for laser rifle n.

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1966 P. Anderson in Galaxy Mag. Dec. iv. 23/1 The Iranian reached back into the locker and got a pair of laserifles.
1969 H. Harrison Captive Universe 134 Chimal pried the laser rifle from his fingers and went out, moving at the fastest speed the eskoskeleton would permit.
1972 A. D. Foster Tar-Aiym Krang xix. 216 I have a fully operational six millimeter laser rifle here, and plenty of charges, but I don't see anything worth fighting over.
1980 B. B. Longyear Manifest Destiny 178 Mordo raised his laser rifle and leveled at Merit's chest.
1983 D. Brin Startide Rising xlii. 221 K'tha-Jon's laser rifle could kill at long range, while the welder/torch on Akki's harness was, like all sidearm-tools, of use only up close.
1987 J.B. Stine Spaceballs xvii. 90 Two uniformed guards patrolled the wall at Prison Ball Twenty-eight, laser rifles on their shoulders.
1997 W. Shatner Avenger i. 6 He looked up expecting to stare into the glowing barrel of a laser rifle.
2001 A. Reynolds Chasm City xx. 307 Swearing, I opened the door on my side, jogged round to the back of the vehicle and unracked a laser-rifle for myself.
2003 I. M. Banks Look To Windward x. 196 There they had taught him fencing, trained him with a crossbow and with projectile weapons and early laser rifles.