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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Steam Rifle  
  A gun that propels projectiles with steam.  

The heat chamber of his rifle flared as it built up pressure. His hands had been doing the right things automatically, as though they were more eager to kill than he was. It only took a few seconds for the steam to form - seconds that seemed very long, right now - but after that the rifle was good for service limited only by the aim of the marksman and the quantity of ammunition.
Technovelgy from Omnivore, by Piers Anthony.
Published by Ballantine in 1968
Additional resources -

The idea of a steam cannon dates back to Leonardo da Vinci at least (and possibly as far back as Archimedes); take a look at this web page at MIT regarding a very successful steam cannon.

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