The Difference is Less Lethal AXON
It may seem difficult to differentiate between TASER products and other types of stun guns due to the misuse of “taser” in the media, so Axon, the manufacturer of TASER products, developed 3 simple rules to make it easy to tell these products apart.
Rule #1: If it wasn’t manufactured by Axon, it isn’t a TASER device.
- “TASER” is a registered trademark, owned by Axon, registered in the US and in many countries. No stun gun, other than the TASER StrikeLight, may bear the TASER brand name.
- Media reports often misrepresent stun guns as “tasers,” so be aware of this as you take in news.
Rule #2: If it causes neuromuscular incapacitation, it is probably a TASER device.
- TASER devices, like the TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt, are designed to “lock-up” bad-guys muscles, a phenomenon called neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI). If a device simply uses electricity to cause pain, it is likely a stun gun.
- Contrary to portrayals in pop culture, stun guns are not able to cause incapacitation the way TASER devices can.
Rule #3: If a projectile is fired from a cartridge, it is probably a TASER device.
- Except for TASER StrikeLight, all TASER devices, both for law enforcement and those available to the public for self-defense, use compressed gas to fire two barbed probes towards a target.
So, now that you know what a TASER device is, we can start to explore how they work. These devices utilize a process called “neuromuscular incapacitation”, or NMI, to immobilize potential threats.
Let’s explore exactly how they work and watch a video demonstration … plus get my other 4 reasons for who might carry this device versus a firearm.