The Taser Pulse for Civilians

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The new Taser Pulse. No background check needed--in most places.

The new Taser Pulse. No background check needed–in most places.

A New Focus on Civilian Needs

Taser is a brand that law enforcement has been relying heavily upon for the last 15 years. The civilian market has not been a primary focus of Taser during that time. In the past, Taser has had a limited number of offerings for the citizen seeking a less lethal means of self-protection. The civilian market is now front and center for Taser, with five great offerings available to the general public. This fresh availability of police-proven, less-than-lethal self-defense products has the potential to be a game changer.

A Little History

Taser began its sales in 1994 with its Air Taser Model 34000. They followed this up with the release of the Taser M26 in 1999. The M26 represented the first truly viable alternative to pepper spray and strikes from a baton- it could deploy two probes up to 21 feet, which would lodge just under the skin and allow the electrical current to overpower the voluntary muscles, via attached wires. It also had the capacity to be used as a pain compliance device through means of contact stunning. What I found incredibly compelling about the Taser was that, when used properly, the injuries it caused to both the user and recipient were far less substantial than those inflicted by other means of control.

The wires of the taser deliver a 30 second continuous shock.

The wires of the taser deliver a 30 second continuous shock.

The Taser has not been without controversy, and has been the subject of numerous lawsuits alleging that its proper usage had caused death. A Taser is a conducted electrical weapon (electroshock weapon) and the general consensus is that there are certain potential risks associated with being exposed to such weapons. I have (voluntary) been at the receiving end of various models of the Taser, as I wanted a first-hand experience for my own knowledge. My own personal conclusion is that this product, when used properly, presents less risk to all parties involved than other potential uses of force (strikes, chemicals, open-hand and closed-hand techniques).

The Taser Pulse

The model that I selected for this evaluation is the Taser Pulse. At first sight of Pulse, I am instantly reminded of the current crop of small, single stack 9mm. defensive pistols that have swarmed the marketplace in recent years. It is obvious to me that Taser wanted to create a civilian platform with ergonomics that users would be readily familiar with.

The idea behind the Pulse is simple: deploy correctly, place it on the ground, and get away. Taser has a couple of very interesting features that make this simplicity possible. Once the Pulse has been fired, it will continue to deliver an electrical pulse for 30 seconds, allowing the user time to get away.

The sight picture.

The sight picture.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of all is Taser’s replacement policy: if you deploy your Taser product properly in self-defense and file a police report, Taser will replace your unit for free. This should remove any trepidation from the prospect of leaving behind your $400 Taser to make your escape after deploying.

There are some additional standard features that make this model so appealing, aside from its ergonomic form. The laser, LED lights, and dehorned sights and safety all come together to provide a top-notch standard package. They even include a soft protective cover, which is easily removable for pocket carry. There are already belt holsters on the market for the Taser pulse, which is a great option to have as well.

Specifications

Dimensions
Length:5.25″
Height:4.75″
Width:1.25″
Weight:0.5lbs (227g)
What’s in the Package
TASER Pulse
Replaceable lithium battery
2 live cartridges
Conductive target
Protective soft cover
Quick start guide

The barbs are intense and effective.

The barbs are intense and effective.

Where it Fits in Your Personal Protection Plan

Without going into a lengthy discussion of the use of force, we should all be able to agree that there are situations wherein the use of deadly force may not be appropriate. With that being said, there are also times when your sole means of less-than-lethal force must be more substantial than the use of harsh language. There may also be situations where being armed with an intermediate solution like a Taser could prevent the escalation to a gun fight, giving you the means to avoid physical harm or escape instead. When use of force is not immediately justified, it’s a no-brainer to say that a step between fists and guns could make a world of difference.

In most circumstances, I would not recommend carrying a Taser without also carrying a gun. There are some circumstances where carrying a gun may not be a legal option, but carrying a Taser is legal. In those situations, it’s safe to say that you’re better off with the Taser than nothing. Although not ideal for covering all your bases, the Taser would certainly be a good alternative to a sharp stick or witty remark.

The cartridge.

The cartridge.

The Shocking Results

I’m one of those guys that just has to see something work with his own eyes to believe it. As such, I assembled a team of testers to deploy the Taser Pulse. My friend (and yes, he is still my friend) Morgan agreed to be shocked with the Taser Pulse. In the interest of preserving our friendship, I agreed to turn the device off after five seconds instead of allowing it to run the full 30 seconds. My curiosity was certainly satisfied- this weapon is not a toy. Deployed correctly, the Taser Pulse is most certainly capable of stopping an attacker at the full 15 feet. Please watch the video and listen to the questions that were asked and answered. I think the video clearly demonstrates that the test subject was disoriented even after the pulse was turned off.

Legal considerations

The original Taser civilian weapons required a background check from Taser, but this is no longer the case as far as the company is concerned. Some states and cities still require a background check, or ban the sale altogether.

Background checks requiredBan Sale of Taser Pulse 
FloridaDistrict of Columbia
IdahoHawaii
CaliforniaMassachusetts
NevadaNew Jersey
ConnecticutNew York
MarylandRhode Island
Illinois
Virginia
Minnesota

 

The Taser Pulse is a self-defense weapon, and as such should only be used in a self-defense role. This is not a party game, pet discipline tool, or a general device of stupidity. I refuse to blame an inanimate object for the stupidity and negligence of its human user, nor will I show a lack of emotional maturity by demanding that law-abiding citizens relinquish the ability to defend themselves because of the ignorance or abuse of a few bad actors.

The Bottom Line

I believe that the new line of products offered by Taser to the civilian market have the potential to be valuable tools. These include the Strikelight, Bolt, X26P and X2 (the X26P and X2 are also Law Enforcement products). I applaud the decision by Taser to discontinue their background check requirement for civilian purchases. I think this indicates a real change for Taser in the way they view the public sector. This requirement change, in addition to the full range of products available, removes all doubt in my mind that these tools will be a successful part of the personal defense paradigm. I know countless people who have wanted a less lethal alternative to the handgun, but felt that they never had a viable product to depend on. I can give Taser no endorsement better than this: I plan on spending my hard-earned money to buy a Taser Pulse.

Instructions are important, and easy to follow.

The Specs on the box.

Packaging designed for civilian sales.

Packaging designed for civilian sales.

The trigger.

The trigger.

Green means go.

Green means go.

Light and laser. Both are helpful, but the light is not robust.

Light and laser. Both are helpful, but the light is not robust.

But they're essential in the dark.

But they’re essential in the dark.

The safety.

The safety.

It moves up, instead of down, like John Moses intended.

It moves up, instead of down, like John Moses intended.

 

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Tim McDaniel April 27, 2017, 9:15 am

    Your article is spot on, and I personally want to thank you for putting this information out for all to read. I am the President/CEO, of Protech Personal Defense (PPD) in Tulsa Oklahoma, and I to believe their are many civilians that want an alternative to carrying a gun. As a retired Police Chief, I definitely saw a need for civilians. I believe the confidence in carrying a gun compared to a firearm for many is much higher.
    We offer a 4 hour class on TASER usage and safety for civilians for 499.99 and that includes the TASER PULSE. We are currently offering classes in Oklahoma with the expectation of offering them nation wide. If you know of anybody interested in our specialized training, please have them contact us at 918-606-4497. Our new website will be up and running soon, and folks can go there for scheduling and payment. Thanks again. Tim McDaniel

  • Tim McDaniel April 27, 2017, 9:11 am

    Your article is spot on, and I personally want to thank you for putting this information out for all to read. I am the President/CEO, of Protech Personal Defense (PPD) in Tulsa Oklahoma, and I to believe their are many civilians that want an alternative to carrying a gun. As a retired Police Chief, I definitely saw a need for civilians. I believe the confidence in carrying a gun compared to a firearm for many is much higher.
    We offer a 4 hour class on TASER usage and safety for civilians for 499.99 and that includes the TASER PULSE. We are currently offering classes in Oklahoma with the expectation of offering them nation wide. If you know of anybody interested in our specialized training, please have them contact us at 918-606-4497. Our new website will be up and running soon, and folks can go there for scheduling and payment. Thanks again. Tim McDaniel

  • Savwa Faire January 27, 2017, 3:10 pm

    Great article and video! Thanks for posting. FYI, on the Taser website, it reflects that only 3 states require a background check to purchase a Taser – Maryland, Minnesota and Illinois.

  • JOHN WATTS January 8, 2017, 7:19 pm

    I HEAR THAT THE CARTRIDGES FOR THESE TWO ARE MADE IN CHINA ALONG WITH ALOT OF THE PARTS FOR BOTH,AND THAT CARTRIDGES WILL SOON BE NOT AVAILABLE WHAT WILL ALL THOSE OWNER HAVE A WAY OVER PRICE STUN GUN,I WAS TOLD THAT A FRIEND OF MINE WHO LIVES IN uTAH SAID HE HAD A PULSE,THE SHORT STORY IS HE DROPPED ON A DIRT RD AND DIDNT HEAR IT OR NOTICE RAN IT OVER TWICE AND AFTER LOOKIND AT SOME INTERNAL PARTS WHICH WERE VERY FEW WERE MARKED( MDE IN CNA)MADE IN CHINA AND AFTER LOOKING UP TO POSSIBLY BUY THESE PARTS AND ONLINE SEEING THEM FOR SALE THEY WERE IN FACT CHINESE PARTS I AM AWARE THAT CERTAIN MODELS ARE PUT TOGETHER IN ARIZONA BUT AFTER WHAT MY FRIEND HAS SHOWN ME TASER INTERNATIONAL IS NOT FULLY RESPONSABLE FOR MAKING ALL OF THERE PARTS FOR THERE TASERS BUT DO ASSEMBLE THE PARTS AND DO PUT THEM TOGETHER AND TEST EACH MODEL BY HAND I HAVE SEEN VIDEO OF THAT AND SEEING THE MORE EXSPENSIVE MODELS CARTRIDGES ASSEMBLED LIKE WINDING OF THE WIRES AND THE COMPRESSED NITROGEN INSERTED ASSWELL AS THE DART,PROBES THAT I BELIEVE ARE MADE BY A FISH HOOK CO…BUT NOT THE C2,PULSE MODELS BUT COULD BE DONE THERE BUT I DO KNOW MY FRIEND IS NOT A LIAR AND PARTS OF THE THESE TWO MODELS ARE PARTIALLY CHINESE MADE SORRY BUT THE TRUTH IS WHAT??

  • Lesa Jacobsen December 11, 2016, 1:08 pm

    I don’t understand…I thought the Taser delivered a metal prong to stop the attacker. In the demonstration, there was no
    projectile. Is this what “pulse” means…that there is only electricity delivered to the would-be attacker?

    • Tim McDaniel April 27, 2017, 9:16 am

      They sometimes use alligator clips in training, and I believe in this case they did.

  • John October 7, 2016, 8:17 pm

    So…you zip the guy with your taser, drop it, run back to your car while calling 911, and the file a report. In the meantime, the guy recovers or one of his buddies picks up the taser for later use on an innocent victim. Sounds like a plan….

  • Chief March 14, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Mmm well, I wouldn’t want to have to conceal both . In my experience in the past 26 years of cc carry I have only had to show my gun twice to 1 a potential robber at a drug store and he fled the scene and 2 to a fella who looked like he had a wee little raven 25 stuck in his jogging pants that gleamed off the grocery store parking lot lights that night and he got to see the 1911 in the fobus holster and he ran the other way. I feel like a calm disposition and maturity can help you walk away from things as well as never ever under estimating a soul .Keep road rage under control and do not argue with strangers are rules to live by .
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  • L. G March 14, 2016, 11:49 am

    John Moses didn’t design my 1911’s that way – just the opposite in fact.

  • Ken March 14, 2016, 9:43 am

    I was born in CA but now live in FL. Here we are more respectful of 2A (thankfully). I have a friend that is a retired Air Force nurse who has been trained to save lives, which is ingrained in the fibers of her soul. She truly hates the idea of taking another person’s life, under any circumstances and is fearful of any firearm. However, she is not naive regarding the facts of life with our current society. She has begun looking for a small carry weapon but I’m sure she would close her eyes before firing and who knows what would happen then. This could be the perfect alternative for her with her mind-set. I will be passing this on to her as a viable solution. Thanks for this article and the many others you folks produce. Keep them coming!

  • Karl March 14, 2016, 9:13 am

    How much does it cost? Does Taser sell direct? Are gun shops stocking them? The first answer will also create more discussion as to how many folks will choose to carry non lethal vs. a real firearm. Not sure how many would carry both.

    • Geoff June 12, 2016, 6:21 pm

      Some gun stores are stocking TASER products but in areas like mine where there are few stores, I turn to online resources. Like stores, there are authorized dealers online. I’ve seen the TASER Pulse listed consistently for $399, with replacement cartridges around $50 each. Definitely a step in the right direction for TASER to be producing a civilian focused product at a reasonable price point. Here’s one of the more respectable sources as an authorized dealer for TASERS and stun guns. http://www.departmentofselfdefense.com

  • igotguns March 14, 2016, 8:09 am

    No thanks. Id rather have a semi auto with 10 in the mag (or more but my state says ten’s the limit) then this thing. If they are so great why do police still carry a service weapon? why don’t these politicians body guards arm themselves with only these? Im not gonna go up against an intruder who could be holding a gun, with this thing, no way!

    • PJ January 22, 2017, 5:03 pm

      Well, obvious is not so obvious I guess. The Taser is for the guy that is unarmed and going to try to beat your ass which is a more likely encounter than the armed guy. You could probably articulate shooting a guy who is going to try to beat your ass, but, that said, its a last resort and going to cost you. Even when justified, you’ll be sued and it’ll cost you a lot of money and stress to defend. You use a Taser on that same guy, and you probably avoid all of that. That’s why cops carry both… One for the guy that is going to be physically assaultive that isn’t armed with a gun and the gun for the guy that is armed with a gun or other weapon that it would be impractical to rely soley on the Taser to defend against. Note: almost every Law Enforcement Agency that deploy Tasers has a policy that if a Taser is going to be used against an armed individual (Not a gun), then there must be another officer present with a lethal option (gun) ready in the event the Taser fails.

  • Brad March 14, 2016, 7:53 am

    While there’s nothing at all that’s ever funny about having to deploy a taser in a real world situation, I do find it comical how in training scenarios the recipient always sounds like a Wookie! In all seriousness, this looks like a wonderful tool when used correctly and will make a great addition to any civilian’s use of force platform. I could also see this as a perfect tool for a principal or school administrator to have under a suit coat for districts that won’t allow carry or that do not have a resource officer continually on hand. In essence, it could be an equalizer for a 120 lb school official against a 250 lb senior football linebacker for a fight in the cafeteria.

    • igotguns March 14, 2016, 8:13 am

      but tasers are illegal in a lot of the states…even for someone with a CC permit for a hand gun! Here in the “Peoples Republik of Connectikut” We can own a taser but cannot take it off our property. I can also own a hand gun without a license with those same restrictions… why would I want this?

      • tased November 14, 2016, 6:48 pm

        ya, that’s what happens in an ultra liberal state. You can thank the politicians in your area for those ridiculous laws.

    • Tim McDaniel April 27, 2017, 9:31 am

      As the owner/CEO of Protech Personal Defense here in Oklahoma, we are huge advocates of placing the Taser Pulse in the hands of teachers, while perhaps, certain administrators carry a concealed firearm. We believe that as you said, if a large say football player gets mad and takes the Taser from the teacher, he has to make a choice, but wont be able to kill anyone, and only one will be tased. We believe the Pulse is the best personal protection tool one can carry for literally every type of encounter, except deadlt encounters. We also know that simple hands on assaults are vast compared to deadly firearms assaults.

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