FAQs

Q: Why TASERs?

A: TASERs are GREAT self-defense options that won’t cause great bodily injury or death.


 

Q: How do TASERs work?

A: TASERs work by firing two pronged darts, which are propelled by compressed nitrogen.  The prongs are tethered to insulated copper wires, which conduct electricity from the TASER into the attacker’s body.  When both prongs hit, an electrical circuit is completed, and electricity flows through the muscles, causing the attacker to lose voluntary muscle control.


 

Q: Do TASERs cause long-lasting effects?

A: The only lingering effects from a TASER are potential light-headedness for a couple minutes after the discharge, and two small (mosquito-bite size) puncture wounds.


 

Q: Do the darts need to be surgically removed from the body?

A: No, the darts (probes) can be easily removed with a swift, firm pluck.  It is recommended a professional trained to remove the probes do so, and if needed, seek medical help to have the probes removed.


Q: Do the probes need to hit a specific area to be effective?

A: TASERs will work anywhere on the body, and as long as current is flowing through muscles, the attacker will lose control of those muscles.  However, our training will teach you areas of the body to target, and not.


 

Q: Is there a higher risk of injury for someone with a heart condition?

A: TASERs are specifically designed to not affect the heart and only affect skeletal muscles (muscles over which you have conscious control.) The TASER simply mimics the natural signals your brain sends to your skeletal muscles and amplifies them.


 

Q: Is there a higher risk of injury for someone with a Pacemaker?

A: Pacemakers are specifically designed to withstand the energy output of defibrillators, which use far more energy than a TASER.


 

Q: Isn’t high voltage dangerous?

A: High voltage, in and of itself, is not dangerous.  Current is what poses a danger to the human body; TASER is specifically calibrated to deliver currents well below a dangerous level.


 

Q: What is Neuromuscular Incapacitation?

A: Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) is the scientific term for what happens to the body when exposed to a TASER shock.  NMI causes the skeletal (voluntary) muscles to tightly contract.  The effect of NMI is so powerful that regardless of the mental state of a person, there is nothing their brain can do to override the TASER’s effect.


 

Q: Who pays for all the medical studies on TASERs?  Isn’t it TASER?

A: Of the 500 medical studies done on the safety of TASERs, 75% have been conducted by independent entities, with no funding or support from TASER International.


 

Q: After the cartridge is fired, am I completely helpless? What do I do if the darts miss?

A: All TASERs are equipped with back-up stun gun features, to be used after the cartridge has been deployed. This works regardless whether or not the spent cartridge is still in the TASER. Using it as a stun-gun is not the preferred method of using the weapon, but it is capable of doing so.


 

Q: Can I buy cartridges with wires longer than 15 feet?

A: No. Only law enforcement can buy cartridges of other lengths.  15 feet is sufficient to protect yourself and escape a dangerous situation.


 

Q: Are TASER devices rechargeable?

A: Only the TASER Strikelight is rechargeable.  However, the batteries on all other TASER models are user-replaceable, and provide enough energy for many uses.


 

Q: Are the cartridges reusable?

A: Each cartridge can only be fired once, but can deliver multiple electrical cycles.  While the darts can only be projected at a target once, as long as the darts remain in the target, (after the initial 30-second electrical cycle on the Pulse), subsequent electrical cycles can be engaged.


 

Q: Which TASER model is the most powerful?

A: All TASERs use the same current, voltage and wave form.  They are all equally effective at stopping an attacker.


 

Q: Do I need to activate my device?

A: All new TASER devices come pre-activated.  Only older models of the TASER C2 may need to be activated.  This can be determined by examining the LED light located beside the button trigger (this is revealed by sliding back the safety cover.)  If the LED light is GREEN, the device is already activated.  If the light is RED, it needs to be activated.  If this is the case, email team@taser.com with the serial number from your device, and advise it needs to be activated.


 

Q: Are there any special requirements or permits I need to own a TASER?

A: Most states have no special requirements or permits needed for possession.  For more information, see our ownership guide.


 

Q: Can a regular citizen own a TASER?

A: Absolutely!  TASERs are legal to own for civilians in 45 states.


 

Q: Do I need to register my TASER?

A: No.  All devices come pre-registered to the purchaser.  Be sure to keep a copy of your receipt or other proof of purchase.


 

Q: Why should I buy as TASER over a stun-gun?

A: Stun-guns only induce pain, and do not incapacitate muscle or knock down an attacker.  Only a TASER weapon is equipped with neuromuscular incapacitation, which is what immobilizes the attacker.


 

Q: Will a TASER be effective on someone wearing thick clothing?

A: The darts (probes) will penetrate all but the thickest clothing, and the electricity is capable of jumping up to two inches (2”) of combined distances between the probes and skin.


 

Q: Will a TASER work on someone who is high or intoxicated?

A: Because a TASER does not rely on pain compliance to defeat an attacker, the mental state of the person (“high,” angry, determined, etc.) does not matter.  It will be just as effective on someone under the influence as on someone sober.


 

Q: Will a TASER’s knock-down effects work on larger, stronger people?

A: TASERs will work just as well on someone weighing 300 pounds or 150 pounds.  Actually, the more muscle someone has, the more effective the TASER is.  A TASER can take down a full-grown bull.


 

Q: What comes with my TASER Pulse kit?

A: It comes with:

  • 1 TASER Pulse, battery installed
  • 1 Neoprene soft carry sleeve
  • 1 conductive practice target
  • 2 live 15-foot cartridges
  • Quick-start guide
  • Warranty information

 

Q: How much are cartridges?

A: A 2-pack of Pulse/Bolt cartridges is $69.99.


 

Q: How long will the Pulse battery last?

A: The battery will last for 50 30-second firings.


 

Q: Can I buy a different holster?

A: Yes, there are other holster options; please feel free to ask us for help in choosing one.


 

Q: What’s the difference between the TASER Pulse and the TASER Bolt?

A: They both have the same knock-down power and incapacitating effectiveness; they only differ in form.  The TASER Pulse is shaped like a sub-compact pistol, and is designed for concealed-carry.  The Bolt is more sleek,  less threatening, and designed for off-body carry, such as purses, pockets, briefcases, etc.