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Self-Defense – Why Tasers Are So Effective

Back in 1969, a NASA researcher by the name of Jack Cover started working on the development of an electronic weapon that would later be named after his childhood hero, Thomas A. Swift. Thus, the product name, taser an acronym for Thomas A. Swift Electronic Rifle. The concept was to fire two dart-like probes from the main unit to disable an assailant. The probes had wires attached to them that conducted low voltage and high amperage up to as much as 35 feet away for some law enforcement models.

Tasers primarily function by creating neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI). The devices interrupt the ability of the brain to control the muscles in the body.

“This creates an immediate and unavoidable incapacitation that is not based on pain and cannot be overcome. Once the electricity stops flowing, the subject immediately regains control of his or her body. Most subjects after being tasered once will comply so as to avoid being tasered a second time.”

Tasers allow police officers to perform their duties from a safe distance. The apprehension of criminals is almost always, by definition, a dangerous proposition; but being able to subdue an assailant from a distance not only reduces the risk of injury to a police officer, but greatly reduces the probability of having to use deadly force to gain control of the situation.

As a self-defense weapon, the taser is considered an electronic control device ECD that uses neural muscular incapacitation (NMI) to disable an assailant with near 100% reliability.

The probes are attached to wires that are inside a replaceable cartridge that contains compressed gas that is used to deploy the probes. The probes are attached to insulated conductive wires that transmit electrical pulses along the wires and into the body. The force of the shock is such that it will penetrate 1 inch of clothing or even a bulletproof vest. In the civilian versions of the taser the probes can travel up to 15 feet.

The top reason why a taser is the best nonlethal alternative is: a near 100% takedown rate.

The civilian versions of the taser do exactly the same things as law enforcement models do with less options and a shorter range of only 15 feet.

They are the premier nonlethal weapon of choice; witness the 17,000 plus law enforcement agencies in the country that use them.

“This NMI effect causes an uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue, allowing the TASER C2 to physically debilitate a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus.”

The TASER® PULSE+ SUBCOMPACT was designed with women in mind. It is lighter and easier to carry than other models.

The TASER® X26P is the civilian version of a police model taser.

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