Irving W Lande's "Slingshot" (short story, cold war, free): Description of fighter-plane combat equivalent in near-earth space
Near the end of the story, an idea is thrown around - idea of an air-to-air automatic target-locking missile that sounded as if it was from before there were such missiles. Title apparently refers to that. But no missiles are actually used in the story; only manually operated guns mounted on the sides of spaceships.
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding, November 1955.
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Among the stories edited by John Campbell for Astounding/Analog.
Related: Cold war fiction.