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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

Electro-Automatic Pistol  
  Circular, pocket-sized weapon.  

Her quick fingers closed over a circular disk of metal, the size of an old-fashioned watch. At one point of the circumference was a small projection, the size and shape of a pencil stub. It was a weapon, ladylike but deadly - an electro-automatic pistol, originally given to her grandmother by her notorious grandfather...

...the disc... housed a revolving magazine of fifty charges. The short barrel projected from between her knuckles... her thumb lay on the trigger switch at the side...

From The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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