How Effective is a TASER?

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How Effective is a TASER?

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TASERS are able to incapacitate attackers because they interfere with the signals that cause voluntary muscles to move.  Today we answer just how effective is a taser.

While I am against anyone using a stun gun for self-defense, I am a firm believer in the use of Tasers as effective self-defense tools.Most people I meet think the difference between tasers and stun guns is effective distance, but in my mind it is how the Taser works that makes me recommend its use.
Unlike stun guns, tasers do not rely on pain compliance; instead it uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing “neuromuscular incapacitation”.  Basically the Taser mimics the electrical signals the brain uses to communicate with the voluntary muscles. Imagine how hard it would be to write down words whispered in your ear while a drill instructor yelled into your other ear….

In preparing to be tased, I looked into methods of resisting the pulse and had the plan to pull the barbs out during the 5 second “ride” – when the current started I could think, but it took me one second to remember what I wanted to do, and a couple more seconds to tell my arms to start moving – to realize they were not moving, and the mentally “yell” at them to start the process – but once I regained control of my arm I actually got it to the probe, but by that time the 5 seconds or pulse was over.

I did have minimal body control while being tased, and complete control immediately after, but I was surprised at the mental fog after the taser hit. I had all the same effects as I have had after a fight – my adrenal system definitely responded to the taser.
While I do not think the taser replaces the firearm as the preeminent self-defense tool, I think they have uses, and in a few limited instances may be a better choice than a handgun.

Once thing I can say for sure – if you ever want to get a video of yourself getting tased, do not let anyone else hit the record button for you – you will not want to repeat the event…

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