Tasers have become one of the most effective and popular tools in fighting crime in the country. Police and law enforcement agencies are using them with greater frequency. They are a great alternative to deadly force in the "continuum of force."
Civilians are using them for self-defense for the simple reason they are so effective-nearly 100% stopping power.
Here's How Tasers Work.
The taser is a powerful conducted energy weapon that is non-lethal yet can incapacitate an assailant from 15 feet away.
Tasers use Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) "which is the key technology to disable even the most aggressive subjects, NMI temporarily overrides the command and control systems of the body to impair muscular control and Shaped Pulse™ Technology - A sophisticated pulse wave that utilizes a high voltage leading edge to penetrate barriers such as clothing around the body followed by a lower voltage stimulation pulse to cause Neuro Muscular Incapacitation"
Tasers sends an 18-26 watt electrical signal that completely overrides the central nervous system which controls muscle function. The energy pulses work so well they can't be overcome.
The NMI power surge instantly disrupts the nervous system causing the assailant to fall to the ground in uncontrollable contractions and spasms with no long lasting effects. The effect physically incapacitates a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus. A taser can stop anyone regardless of training.
The C2 taser in police studies has a higher instant incapacitation rate than a 9mm hand gun. It shoots out two darts attached to 15 feet of wire. 50,000 volts travel over the insulated wires for an unbelievable near 100 % takedown record.
Taser Int'l requires background checks on all models prior to use. Some states and cities have restrictions on their use. Consult your local police or sheriff's department for restrictions.
Tasers have grown in popularity because they save lives and are such an effective nonlethal self-defense weapon. It hasn't fallen on deaf ears to the public that more and more police agencies are using tasers. If it is good enough for them why shouldn't you have one?
The most popular civilian models are M 26 C shown here
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C2 Taser model that was designed for women.