Full record for zap gun n.

Definition A ray gun
OED requirements antedating 1954
Earliest cite P.W Cutler, 'Reconnaissance'
Comment In the OED as a subsidiary sense for Zap: earliest cite is from Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1969)

The title of Philip K. Dick's 1967 novel "The Zap Gun" is an antedating.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1954 cite from "Reconnaissance" by P.W Cutler

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2012 N.Y. Times (National ed.) 25 May c6/2 They break out the neuralyzers and the zap guns in their continuing mission to deal with the extraterrestrials hidden in our midst.