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Catalog Number 2015.029.006
Description Zap Gun Award Presented to Paul M. Cook, 1968. Zap Gun (A) and mount (B) are two pieces which can be separated. The gun (A) is the original, first zap gun ever made. The barrel of the gun is brass shaped like an oblong sphere that is tapered at the ends. When trigger is pulled, nose of the barrel opens up to release heat. In the middle of the barrel is a embossed ring around the widest part. The back end has a small circular cutout which exposes a transparent glass piece (light?). Glass piece has cylinder base with a protrusion out the top. The black, plastic handle conforms to the bottom of the barrel from end to end. The end of the barrel that opens attaches to handle with a J-shaped metal piece. Handle has hash marks pressed into plastic. Very base of the handle has a black rubber tube attached. The bottom of the tube has a gray, four-pronged outlet for connecting a power source. The gun attaches to the award base (B) by sliding into a black, metal plate. The plate is attached diagonally to a black, metal mount which is screwed into the base. The base is a transparent, acrylic square. Glued to the front, center of the base is a square, brass metal plate. Inscribed on the plate "TO / PAUL M. COOK / for sticking to his guns / THE FIRST ZAP GUN / produced in summer, 1965 and presented by / Heating and Devices Department / June 1968".
Object Name Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Zap Gun Award Presented to Paul M. Cook, 1968
Date 1968
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "TO / PAUL M. COOK / for sticking to his guns / THE FIRST ZAP GUN / produced in summer, 1965 and presented by / Heating and Devices Department / June 1968" (inscribed on brass metal plate); "MS3106A14s-2S(C) (etched into metal cuff of four-pronged outlet); 14S-2 / BENDIX" (embossed onto plastic bottom of four-pronged outlet).
Provenance First ever Raychem Infrared IR-1034 Solder Sleeve Het Gun Thermofit Zap Gun turned into a trophy and presented to Paul Cook by Raychem's Heating and Devices Department in June 1968.
Dimensions H-12 W-11.5 D-11.5 inches
Dimension Details with gun on base
Search Terms Awards
Cook, Paul M.
Gun
Guns
Heater
Raychem
Subjects Awards
Guns
Heat
People Cook, Paul M.