Taser Pulse Is A Compact Electroshock Weapon For US Civilians, Because America

Taser Pulse Is a Compact Electroshock Weapon For Consumers

Taser, the company that's sold electroshock weapons to some 18,000 law enforcement organisations all over the world for years, has made its smallest weapon ever. And it's not for cops -- it's for regular people like you and me. If you were American. Meet the Pulse, the Taser designed for purses, and back pockets. The new $US400 ($578) weapon is impressively tiny, but according to Taser's press materials, it has the same knockdown power as the conventional Tasers used by law-enforcement. The weapon shoots electrodes up to 4.5m and lights up the target for 30 seconds, allowing enough time for the shooter to run away. Taser Pulse runs on a non-rechargeable 6 V lithium battery pack that provides energy for approximately 50 30-second discharges -- that's a lot of bodies left on the ground.

Images from the new Taser Pulse marketing effort are somehow revealing. For one, it looks like the device wants to trade on the self-defence fears of white people. You're helpless to defend yourself in a parking garage. The following image is titled, I shit you not, "TASER Pulse shadows.jpg".

Taser Pulse Is a Compact Electroshock Weapon For Consumers

One of the Pulse's key selling points, is its compact, "intuitive concealed carry design". It measures 13cm long, 12cm tall, and a slice over 3cm wide. It weights just 227g. It's also easy to hide the weapon (for a sneak attack I'm guessing?). But, like, what's going on in "Taser Pulse Concealed.jpg"?

Taser Pulse Is a Compact Electroshock Weapon For Consumers

Taser has been around since 1993, and it touts its electroshock weapons as a less lethal option for law-enforcement. The company claims 160,000 people have been saved from death or serious injury by its device. Of course, the recipient of a taser blast is never happy, and the company has been the target of many lawsuits over wrongful deaths caused by a Taser. More recently, the company has been the leader in the development and marketing of body cameras for police officers.

In general, Taser products have been viewed as a law-enforcement tool. With this new Taser for private citizens in the US, it seems Taser's providing Americans with a tool to take the law into their own hands.


Images: Taser



    In all fairness, the idea of a well armed militia with less-than-lethal options is good I guess. American consumers have been able to buy compact dry-stun versions for a very long time.

    Shoot yourself in the backside. Then try to run away.

    It might give americans a false sense of security. The thing has to be in their hand and ready to fire accurately at the attacker before it is too late. Add to that, the struggle to get it out of the handbag and dropping it or pulling it out of the back pocket and dropping it. Realistically, I think the victim would need to have the taser in his or her hand ready to fire. This is an example of a cop drawing his gun upon an attacker to give you an idea why.

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    From an Australian perspective this is a bit nuts, but considering the other option many Americans take is a small .22 to .40 calibre small frame automatic, this could be seen as a step in the right direction.

    As oppose to open carry states where you can walk around with an AR15 strapped to a chest sling to make you feel safe while everyone avoids you like the plague. Yeehah! American Freedom.

    Coming soon to a 7-11 robbery near you !

      That was my thought. There's that stupid image of the hypothetical rapist in the first pic, but the irony is that the Taser is the absolute perfect weapon for the bad guy in that situation!

      Yep.... was also thinking this is going to be used on the other side of the coin as well.

    If it's really for civilian to defend themselves then it should still cost that much, but be only good for one-shot.

    Why the hell are these weapons shaped exactly like bullet shooting handguns? There have been so many cases of people "mistaking" their sidearm for a taser that you think they would have made sure that the weapon who's entire point is to be a substitute for lethal force (even though it is often used as a compliance device) would be made to be distinct enough from a leathal force weapon so that mistake wouldn't be made.

      I've only heard of one case - with a "volunteer" police officer.
      If your concern is a law enforcement officer mistaking a taser for a firearm, these guys carry both. In doing so, they carry in an alternate position (NSW police carry on a chest holster)

      The weight, shape, colour (bright yellow) and preparation is different (Tasers must be turned on before firing, are lighter, and carried in a different holster - whereas a pistol is heavier, can be carried safety-off, with a round in the chamber, and is usually held in a hip or thigh holster on the dominant side.)

      The reason why they are relatively the same shape comes partly with the function - they have to discharge a projectile in a direction, and partly for muscle-memory - it can't behave too dissimilar to their primary training.
      If it was a different shape, there's a risk of discharging it in the wrong direction, or not firing it properly when their muscle memory kicks in.

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