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TASER stun guns save lives every day, providing devices for use in law enforcement, corrections, private security and personal defense market. TASERs use a patented neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) technology. It delivers a powerful signal that completely overrides the assailant's central nervous system and directly controls their skeletal muscles. Pull the trigger and it will shoot two small probes up to 15 feet to the assailant. A 15 foot range provides a great distance from you to the assailant. This can significantly reduce the chance of inquiry by avoiding a close confrontation.

TASER guns are by far the most effective, safest non-lethal defense products available in the market.

TASER: A Brief History

In 1969 NASA research scientist Jack Cover began developing what was to become the industry standard in non-lethal weapons. The original gun-like device was essentially completed by 1974 and was named after Cover's fictional childhood hero, Tom Swift: Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle, soon shortened to the acronym TASER.

TASER International CEO Rick Smith wanted to create a device that could be used in place of guns because of the death of two high school friends. They had died at the hands of a "guy with a legally licensed gun who lost his temper." Smith and his brother, Tim, began the search for what they called "safer use of force option[s] for citizens and law enforcement" and wound up working with inventor Cover to develop a "non-firearm electronic control device."

The next hurdle was the propellant. Since the original weapon used gunpowder as its propellant, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms classified it as firearms (guns). Guns are subject to a host of regulations and restrictions not required of stun guns or modern TASER devices.

In 1994, after the Smith brothers and Cover developed a non-gunpowder propellant method, they unveiled the Air TASER Model 34000 which boasted an anti-felon identification (AFID) system to discourage its use by criminals. When fired, the Air Cartridge showered the area with tiny pieces of paper bearing the serial number of the weapon.

In 1999, after solving the propellant problem and being declassified as guns, the manufacturer developed a device, shaped rather like a handgun, called the M-18 Series. This groundbreaking piece of equipment used a "patented neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) technology." Shortly thereafter, the burgeoning company debuted a new weapon called the X26C boasting "Shaped Pulse Technology."

Whereas the barbs on earlier models had to penetrate the skin to be effective, this breakthrough increases effectiveness when there are barriers, like thick clothing. The newer "shaped pulse" stun gun devices are capable of disabling a subject clothed in Level III body armor (like a vest).

Standard TASERs fire two electrodes which are dart-like. They are at the business end of a wire connected to the gun-like device which contains a compressed gas cartridge and battery. The single shot cartridges come in a variety of distance options but, for private citizens, the maximum is 15 feet.

All models have a "Drive Stun" option. Instead of firing barbs, the officer can hold the weapon against a suspect's body and activate the stun gun function. It is designed to cause pain as a compliance method and may be used without a cartridge in place or even after a cartridge has been released, making the Drive Stun option extremely useful.