Taser may be the most notorious name in the ECD market and that’s because they were the ones to pioneer this less lethal technology back in the 70’s. Taser offers Less Lethal Alternatives to deadly force for those who are in the private security and law enforcement fields, but now with the Taser C2, the ECD is finding a home with the everyday consumer. The Taser C2/Bolt is built smaller than the Taser M26C and is easy to use. The design is sleek and easily concealed in your pocket, handbag, or jacket. This unit is truly meant for the everyday consumer allowing for several customizing style options. This unit has a wide variety of color schemes available to those who wish to accessorize it like a cell phone. Like all Tasers available to civilians this model has a single shot projectile cartridge that fires two electric probes with nitrogen propulsion which is able to reach out and touch an assailant at 15 feet and penetrate up to two inches of cumulative clothing with an energy cycle of 30 seconds instead of 6 for the M26 and 10 for the X26. Once the cartridge has been spent the Taser C2 can act like a traditional touch stun gun or be quickly reloaded with a second cartridge. The device works off of a removable lithium rechargeable battery pack that allows for 50 uses from a full charge. The unit also features a low intensity light for use in low or no light areas and has a protective cover over it’s firing mechanism in order to minimize accidental discharge. While the official strength of this Taser device has not been released to the public, it is thought to be weaker than the M26 and X26 which use the 26 WATT charge and are models used by law enforcement and private security. Some have speculated that it’s charge is around 7-12 WATTs. Some models come with a built-in laser sight for better target acquisition. Taser devices are not legal in all states or cities, so check with your local law enforcement agency to make sure you are carrying within the law.
This unit’s MSRP is $379.99
Although the company refers to its products as CEWs ( Conductive Energy Weapons) Phazzer is one of the newer players in the ECD market. Their staple product is the Phazzer Enforcer which is a very nice looking less lethal weapon. The Phazzer Enforcer is also built on a standard size pistol frame, but offers some very nice additional features that the Taser M26C doesn’t incorporate. The first noticeable difference is the pistol grip with has a checkered back side for slip resistance and grooved finger slots for a firm grip. Like the Taser M26C, the Phazzer Enforcer has a nice built-in laser sight but it also offers a built-in LED flash light for operation in low-light conditions. The unit uses a built-in rechargeable battery so you don’t need to worry about buying additional batteries for this unit. The Phazzer Enforcer fires two electrode probes from a single cartridge at a distance of 15 feet which can penetrate up to two inches of clothing and cycles its amps in five-second intervals allowing the users time to escape a hostile situation while the target remains incapacitated. The Phazzer company was very intuitive in designing it’s products allowing them to take on multiple functions from a single platform, “PhaZZer offers six variations of ammunition cartridges including: Dart Pro 15 foot (4.5 meter); Dart Pro 21 foot (6.4 meter) LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY; PepperBall® 30 foot (9.1 meter); Rubber Bullet 30 foot (9.1 meter); Paint Ball Mark 30 foot (9.1 meter); Multi-Target Pepper Powder 8 foot (2.6 meter); Dart Pro Non-Conductive Wire Training 15 foot (4.5 meter) and Dart Pro Non-Conductive Wire Training 21 foot (6.4 meter) LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY.” – Phazzer Website.
Phazzer has matched the replacement policy of Taser International by offering a free lifetime replacement policy if you ever have to use your device in an actual emergency and submit a police report to the company within a year’s time. On a personal note, I do not own one of these units but have requested that the company send me an evaluation unit to test for my self. Keep checking back to this post for further updates.
As one of my first less lethal personal purchases I bought the Taser M26C. This technology is older and has been used by law enforcement and private security since 1999, thus it is a proven technology but it is also bulkier than some models that came later. Since it is bulkier it is not the best model for the purpose of concealed carry, and it is not legal for concealed carry in all states so check with your local city and state police. It has a very nice built-in laser sight that turns on once the safety has been turned off and the weapon is ready to deploy. This laser sight may be a deterrent enough to stop an attacker, but if not, then the shock and ensuing incapacitation will. Unlike pepper or OC sprays, ECDs like the Taser M26C provide incapacitation by hi-jacking the nervous system of it’s targets, as opposed to severe burning of eyes and throat caused by OC sprays. The weapon works by firing two electronic probes or darts at it’s target using compressed nitrogen, these darts have the capability of penetrating up to two inches of clothing with a 5 second shock cycle per trigger pull. Replacement cartridges are available. The weapon’s deployment range is 15 feet (standard for civilian models of any ECD). But if you are web-savy you might be able to find a site that will sell the 21 foot cartridges to you, (these are typically for law enforcement). Once the cartridge has been fired you can use the weapon as a regular contact stun gun, but this requires you to get up close and personal with your attacker (not recommended). This model takes off the shelf AA batteries which are stored in the pistol grip. In the event that you have to use your Taser in an actual emergency the company offers a free lifetime replacement policy if your device is lost, just send in a copy of the police report to the company. All Tasers use an AFID, a system to deter misuse through enhanced accountability, AFID includes bar-coded serialization of each cartridge and disperses confetti-like ID tags upon activation.
Back in 2004 -2010 a company called Stinger Systems Inc. started the manufacture and marketing of a less lethal weapon platform known as the Stinger S 200. This unit was test released into various law enforcement agencies in the United States as a front run competitor for the leading ECD manufacturer in the world, Taser. The unit promised equal stopping power and take down capabilities to that of Taser, but claimed to have newer internal technology that surpassed that of Taser. In 2010 Stinger Systems Inc found it’s self in legal hot water when Taser won a lawsuit against them for patent infringement and Stinger Systems were banned from selling or producing the Stinger S 200 in the United States. Thus bits and pieces of this less lethal technology was sold off to overseas companies. KOMM LABS in India acquired the design for the Stinger S 200 while other bits of Stinger Systems Inc was transferred to Karbon Arms based in Tampa Florida. Now that we got some of this unit’s dramatic history out of the way, lets talk about the unit it’s self. The Stinger S 200 is based on a pistol platform measuring 7.5″ in length and 1.68″ wide. The unit has a 635 NM integrated laser sight for sharp target acquisition, a recessed dart cartridge with a reach of 22 feet, features a quick eject button for speedy reloads, uses off the shelf CR-2 batteries, and a ambidextrous bolt safety to accommodate both right-handed and left-handed shooters. The Stinger S 200 has two key technologies, the Quantum Flyback Technology and Nervlok. The Quantum Flyback Technology provides, ” the availability of new high-energy switching transistors is permitting the deployment of the best solution yet – Quantum Flyback Technology (QFT™). The S-200’s electrodes deliver high-voltage energy in a precisely controlled series of energy packets or “Quanta.” The electronics delivers these energy quanta from a “Flyback” transformer circuit. Series of quantum pulses are delivered first as ionizing spark energy and then as a more immobilizing, lower-voltage, higher-current energy quanta once on target.” The Nervlok is,”a novel feature of QFT is the ability to more effectively lock-up nerve tissue while delivering less total energy to the body. The muscles become hopelessly overloaded and fatigued very quickly – in a manner that may be safer than ever.” Further technical specifications include a pulse rate of ~22 pulse groups per second, a pulse duration of ~300us to ~400us, a peak arc volt of ~60KV, and a max firing time of 4 seconds per trigger pull. The weapon can also be used in drive stun mode by touching the unit to it’s target.
Here is yet another interesting Less Lethal Alternative called The Dual Defense System which works much like a traditional air-taser with projectile electric darts but this unit retails for about half as much. The Dual Defense System utilizes a single-shot disposable projectile cartridge that shoots out two electric darts that’s can penetrate leather out to a distance of 17 feet while the traditional civilian Taser M26C and X26C has a limit of 15 feet. This unit can also be used as a regular drive stun weapon when the projectile cartridge has been spent. This unit works off of regular 9-V batteries that you can purchase at any grocery or pharmacy close to home. The Dual Defense System is small enough to be easily concealable in your cargo shorts or handbag. I have attached a test document of this unit to this posting as a PDF download. This unit is legal to carry in many states without a permit but you should always consult your local law enforcement agency prior to carry.