TASER® weapon is a brand of electroshock weapon sold by Axon, formerly known as TASER International, Inc.
Contrary to all common definitions, the manufacturer prefers that the word be used only as
an adjective rather than a noun or verb as in
"TASER stun gun" or
and also wishes it to appear only in all capital letters.
The shooting stun gun fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by
conductors, to deliver electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles.
Someone struck by a TASER may experience pain and over-stimulation of
sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary long muscle contractions.
The force applied is therefore proportional to the strength of the person receiving the shock rather
than the strength of the police officer. TASER darts can incapacitate, not just cause pain compliance,
and are thus preferred by some law enforcement over non-TASER stun guns and other electronic control
weapons, which, like a TASER when used solely in "Drive Stun" mode, can only do the latter.
First introduced as non-lethal weapons for police to use to subdue fleeing, belligerent,
or potentially dangerous people, who would have otherwise been subjected to more lethal weapons such as
firearms, a 2009 Police Executive Research Forum study said that officer injuries drop by 76% when a
TASER is used. Axon has stated that police surveys show that the device has saved 75,000 lives through
The electroshock weapon uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles.
Its manufacturer calls the effects "neuromuscular incapacitation" and the device's mechanism
"Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology". Someone struck by a TASER experiences stimulation of
sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions. TASER devices do
not rely only on pain compliance, and are thus preferred by some law
enforcement over other electronic control weapons. The original law enforcement
models, the M26™ and X26™ have been supplemented with the X26P™ and X2™. All come with various features
including a laser sight. Axon also markets two smaller civilian models, the Pulse™ and Bolt™
(formerly the C2™). Both are small enough for pocket or purse. The Bolt™ has a non-weapon-like appearance.
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