Full record for flame pistol n.

Definition a pistol that shoots flames
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite Harl Vincent, "Invisible Ships"
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1935 cite from Stanley G. Weinbaum's "The Lotus Eaters"
. Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Thomas D. Gardner's "The Last Woman".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from Murray Leinster's "Skit-Tree Planet".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Frank M. Robinson's "Untitled Story".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite from William Callahan's "The Machine that Thought".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Ross Rocklynne's "The Bottled Men".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Ross Rocklynne's "The Empress of Mars"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1939 original appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1931 cite from "Invisible Ships", by Harl Vincent [pseudonym of H. V. Schoepflin]
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Citations for flame pistol n.

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1931 ‘H. Vincent’ Invisible Ships in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 257/1 Masters bounded into the circle of light by the manhole connection, sending streamer after blinding streamer into the darkness from his flame pistol. By its light they saw that he was battling a dozen of the ugly creatures that were the highest form of life on the planet Mars.
1932 T. D. Gardner Last Woman in Wonder Stories Apr. 1242/2 ‘Have you any weapons?’ The Last Woman asked the explorer. ‘Only an automatic and a flame pistol.’
1939 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Empress of Mars in Fantastic Adventures May 35/2 I was baffled, trying to fathom his purpose. But nothing loath, expecting anything from death to outright freedom, I moved toward the door, still under the compulsion of his flame pistol.
1939 ‘W. Callahan’ Machine That Thought in Sci. Fiction Mar. 73/1 Several of them carried flame pistols, the muzzles of which, threateningly directed, glinted in the starlight.
1946 ‘R. Rocklynne’ Bottled Men in Astounding Sci. Fiction June 84/1 Gull came to his feet with vigor. He took up his flame pistol, adjusted the valves. A long smoky flame leaped out. Gull adjusted the valves again and it settled down to an inch-thick sword of flaming, violet-blue energy. Gull directed this against the dome of the natural bottle, held it there.
1947 ‘M. Leinster’ Skit-Tree Planet in Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr. 46/1 He reached the metal wall. He pulled out his flame-pistol and tapped at it. The wall was solid. He backed off five paces and sent a flame-pistol beam at it. The flame splashed from the metal in a coruscating shower. But nothing happened. Absolutely nothing. When he turned off the pistol the metal was unmarred. It was not even red-hot.
1951 F. M. Robinson Untitled Story in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 76/2 Lehman had a flame pistol in his hand and Hayssen promptly dropped to the ground. A beam of purple light flared through the air, cutting through the spot where he had been.