|TASER® devices can disable an attacker from up to 15 feet away. They are the best non-lethal device available. Here you'll find questions frequently asked by those interested in purchasing a TASER® device for protection.|
CAN REGULAR CITIZENS PURCHASE A TASER® DEVICE ONLINE?
Yes. TASER® devices are not considered as firearms by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Orders must be delivered to one of the 48 states in which TASER® devices are legal. TASER® devices are restricted from citizen use only in Rhode Island and Hawaii.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO BUY A TASER® DEVICE?
Yes. You must be 18 years of age to purchase a TASER® device or any other weapon sold on this website. If you have committed a felony, you should consult with your parole officer or local law enforcement agency before purchasing a TASER® device. We will not ship TASER® devices outside the United States. All states where TASER® devices are legal require the carrier of any weapon to also carry a driver license, or other valid form of ID.
AFTER RECEIPT, DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY TASER® device WITH THE MANUFACTURER OR ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY?
CAN TASER® DEVICES REALLY INCAPACITATE AN ASSAILANT?
Yes. TASER® devices utilize "electro-muscular disruption (EMD)" technology. TASER® devices use a powerful 50,000 volt electrical signal to completely override the central nervous system and directly control all muscles. This EMD effect causes an uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue, allowing the TASER® device to physically debilitate a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus. TASER® devices are specifically designed to stop even the most elite, aggressive, and focused combatants. Rather than simply interfering with communication between the brain and muscles, TASER® EMD systems directly tell the muscles what to do, resulting in muscle spasms, until the target is in the fetal position on the ground. The TASER® device provides for maximum safety for both the user and the assailant by bringing dangerous situations quickly under control before force escalates to lethal levels. There have been hundreds of reports that TASER® devices disabled attackers and probably saved the owner's life.
WHICH TASER® DEVICE IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE?
All models are effective in disabling an assailant until the user can either get to safety or subdue and handcuff the assailant. The TASER® X2 Defender and TASER® X1 discharge the strongest shock, as their wattage output is substantially higher than the TASER® Pulse, however, the TASER® Pulse shock cycle is 30 seconds, verses the professional models' shock cycle of 5 seconds. Even though the TASER® Pulse shock cycle is longer, many professionals who took a hit from both the TASER® Pulse, as well as one or both of the other two models stated it took longer to recover after taking a 5 second hit from the professional models. That being said, we have sold TASER® devices since January of 2004 and have never been told that after firing on an assailant, the assailant immediately jumped to their feet and chased the victim, whether the victim fired the citizen model or one of the professional models. It normally takes a few minutes to recover after being hit by any TASER® model we sell.
HOW DOES A TASER® DEVICE WORK?
Upon firing, compressed nitrogen projects two probes 15 feet at a speed of 180 feet per second. An electrical signal transmits through the region where the probes make contact with the body or clothing. The result is an instant loss of the attacker’s neuromuscular control and any ability to perform coordinated actions. It uses an automatic timing mechanism to apply the electric charge. This cycle ensures that the nervous system of the target does not recover instantly to allow him to remove the probes. If you are a law enforcement official, this gives you a chance to place the target under custody. If you are a citizen, simply pull the gun back, run, then call the police. It is highly unlikely the assailant will be able to walk, much less run after you.
HOW CAN THE TASER® DEVICE BE SO EFFECTIVE YET NON-INJURIOUS?
The TASER® device does not depend upon impact, pain or body penetration to achieve its effect. Its pulsating electrical output interferes with communication between the brain and the muscular system, resulting in loss of control. However, the TASER® device is non-destructive to nerves, muscles and other body elements. It simply affects them in their natural mode. More importantly, no court of law has ever ruled that a death has ever been directly attributed to the TASER® device.
WHAT HAS TESTING REVEALED REGARDING THE TASER® DEVICE?
Anesthesiologist and specialist in medical electronics, Dr. Frank Summers, MD of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Orange, California, directed tests of volunteers at St. Joseph’s in 1971 and 1974, after the invention of the first TASER® device. Dr. Summers stated, "We conducted this [volunteer test] in the operating rooms at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We had an assembly of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists. We had a real [TASER]. We tested extensively and made movies. The tests were impressive. We monitored all parameters of physiology, including electrocardiographs. The tests did not produce any lethal effects and we found that the background work that had been done did indeed pan out in practice."
DOES THE TASER® DEVICE AFFECT THE HEART OR A CARDIAC PACEMAKER?
The TASER’s output is well below the level established as "safe" by the federal government in approving such devices as the electrified cattle fence. In a medical study of electronic stun guns, Dr. Robert Stratbucker of the University of Nebraska Medical Center confirmed that the T-Wave does not interrupt the heartbeat or damage a pacemaker. Any modern pacemaker is designed to withstand electrical defibrillator pulses that are hundreds of times stronger than the TASER® device's output. The TASER® device current of 0.3 joules is well below the 10-50 joule threshold above which cardiac ventricular fibrillation can occur.
ISN’T HIGH VOLTAGE LETHAL?
High voltage, in itself, is not dangerous. One can receive a 25,000-volt shock of static electricity from a doorknob on a dry day without harm. The physiological effect of electrical shock is determined by the current, its duration, and the power source that produces the shock. The typical household current of 110 volts is dangerous because it can pump many amperes of current throughout the body indefinitely. By contrast, the TASER® device's power supply consists of batteries that are capable of supplying electrical power for a few minutes, but will not kill the assailant (see "HOW CAN THE TASER® DEVICE BE SO EFFECTIVE YET NON-INJURIOUS?" above).
WILL THE TASER® DEVICE CAUSE ELECTROCUTION?
No. The output is metered by the electronics and the electrical energy in each pulse is always the same, regardless of the target condition. The electrical output will not be transferred from one person to another even if they touch. TASER, Inc.’s president has been stunned by a TASER® while standing in water to emphasize this point.
WHAT ARE THE AFTER EFFECTS?
A person hit with a TASER® device will feel dazed for several minutes. The pulsating electrical output causes involuntary muscle contractions and a resulting sense of vertigo. It can momentarily stun or render an attacker unconscious, yet the TASER’s low electrical amperage and short duration of pulsating current, ensures a non-lethal charge. Moreover, it does not cause permanent damage or long-term aftereffects to muscles, nerves or other body functions. A January 1987 Annals of Emergency Medicine study reported TASER® technology leaves no long term injuries compared with 50% long term injuries for gunshot injuries.
MUST THE PROBES PENETRATE THE BODY TO BE EFFECTIVE?
No. The electrical current will "jump" up to two inches as long as both probes are attached to clothing or skin. At most, only the 3/8-inch needlepoint/hook will penetrate the skin. They have less energy than a spring propelled BB.
WHAT IF THE PROBES MISS?
The TASER® device can be used in a touch-stun mode. The user is thus provided with a final backup if the probes miss the target. Should the user miss or engage a second attacker, he can touch the unit directly to the target and it will work like a powerful touch-stun device.
WHAT IS THE BEST-SHOT AT MAXIMUM RANGE?
Even though TASER® devices will disable an assailant fired at any range up to 15 feed, they are most effective if the spread of the probes are at least 6 inches. To ensure that the spread is six inches or more, the TASER® device should be fired at a target from three to five feet away.
DOES TEMPERATURE HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE TASER® DEVICE?
No. The TASER® device utilizes compressed nitrogen (an inert gas). The TASER® device compressed air capsules have successfully held their charges at temperatures of minus 20º F and up to 160º F. Moreover, altitude will not adversely affect the firing of a TASER® device. In addition, the temperature will not affect the T-Wave. However, as with any product containing polycarbonates and other thermoplastics, the TASER® device and Cartridges should never be left in direct sunlight.
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