These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Also, reading the original pre-WW2 stories after the 1950s Tom Swift Jr. ones, I was somewhat surprised to see the raygun-powered Improbable Aiming Skills and A-Team Firing of the later stories averted as both sides regularly racked up an impressive body count with rather nonchalantly employed machine guns and artillery.