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Violet-Gun (Ion Gun)  
  Ultra-violet fury!  

Rod turned again with the violet-gun in his hand. It thrummed to blasting atomic energy, and a pencil beam of ravening ultra-violet fury shot out and a hazy ball of light surrounded it.


(Violet Gun from 'The Brain Stealers of Mars' by John Campbell)

The figure of Ted Penton smoked suddenly, and a hole the size of a golf ball drove abruptly through the center of the head, to the accompaniment of a harsh whine of steam and spurts of oily smoke.

From The Brain Stealers of Mars, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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Compare to the blaster from When the Green Star Waned (1925) by Nictzin Dyalhis, the neutron disruption blaster from The Complete Paratime (1951) by H. Beam Piper and the meteor blasters from First Contact (1945), by Murray Leinster.

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