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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

Flame Projector  
  Handheld device shoots flame.  

A flame projector spat fire and a frog man was a glowing torch in the blackness. For a brief instant only was the scene lighted, but in that instant Ridge Coler glimpsed a gold-crowned head ó flung back; eyes staring. And the slim body of Rita Simonds bent double in the clutching arms of a squat drylander.


(Flame Pistol from 'Water-Bound World' by Harl Vincent)

A second stabbing flame lighted the gloom. Ridge drove a hard fist into a drylanderís face. He felt the crunching of bones under his knuckles. Swiftly exploring fingers located the fellow's flame projector. Once more Ridge was armed. But he had not reached Rita.

Technovelgy from Water-Bound World, by Harl Vincent.
Published by Amazing Stories Quarterly in 1932
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Also called a flame pistol:

Leaving his ugly cronies in charge of the passengers, he waved them forward with the stubby nose of his flame pistol...

He urged them forward, bringing up the rear with the white flame that lurked in his weapon ready to leap forth if they turned on him.

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