Frequently Asked Questions


  • Can a regular citizen own a TASER?

    Yes. TASER devices are legal to own in 45 US states and Puerto Rico and are not classified as a firearm by the ATF. See specific state regulations here.

  • Are there any special requirements needed to buy a TASER?

    You must be over the age of 18 to own a TASER in most states. See our chart of requirements:

  • Do I need to register my device after purchase?

    No, all new TASER weapons come pre-registered.

  • Which TASER weapon is the most powerful?

    All TASER weapons deliver the same knock-down power.

  • Can TASER weapons really incapacitate an attacker?

    Yes. TASER® devices utilize neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) technology. TASER® devices use a powerful 50,000 volt electrical signal to completely override the central nervous system and directly control all muscles. This NMI effect causes an uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue, allowing the TASER® device to physically debilitate a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus. TASER® devices are specifically designed to stop even the most elite, aggressive, and focused combatants. Rather than simply interfering with communication between the brain and muscles, TASER® NMI systems directly tell the muscles what to do, resulting in muscle spasms, until the target is in the fetal position on the ground. The TASER® device provides for maximum safety for both the user and the assailant by bringing dangerous situations quickly under control before force escalates to lethal levels. There have been hundreds of reports that TASER® devices disabled attackers and probably saved the owner’s life.

  • How does a TASER weapon work?

    Upon firing, compressed nitrogen projects two probes 15 feet at a speed of 180 feet per second. An electrical signal transmits through the region where the probes make contact with the body or clothing. The result is an instant loss of the attacker’s neuromuscular control and any ability to perform coordinated actions. It uses an automatic timing mechanism to apply the electric charge. This cycle ensures that the nervous system of the target does not recover instantly to allow him to remove the probes. If you are a law enforcement official, this gives you a chance to place the target under custody. If you are a citizen, simply pull the gun back, run, then call the police. It is highly unlikely the assailant will be able to walk, much less run after you.

  • How can TASER weapons be so effective yet less-lethal?

    The TASER® device does not depend upon impact, pain or body penetration to achieve its effect. Its pulsating electrical output interferes with communication between the brain and the muscular system, resulting in loss of control. However, the TASER® device is non-destructive to nerves, muscles and other body elements. It simply affects them in their natural mode. More importantly, no court of law has ever ruled that a death has ever been directly attributed to the TASER® device.

  • Are TASER Weapons Safe?

    Yes, TASER weapons have undergone 500 studies with 78% of those studies were done independent of TASER funding or support. All of those studies have concluded TASER weapons are safe to use.

  • Do TASER weapons affect the heart or pacemakers?

    The TASER’s output is well below the level established as “safe” by the federal government in approving such devices as the electrified cattle fence. In a medical study of electronic stun guns, Dr. Robert Stratbucker of the University of Nebraska Medical Center confirmed that the T-Wave does not interrupt the heartbeat or damage a pacemaker. Any modern pacemaker is designed to withstand electrical defibrillator pulses that are hundreds of times stronger than the TASER® device’s output. The TASER® device current of 0.3 joules is well below the 10-50 joule threshold above which cardiac ventricular fibrillation can occur.

  • Isn't high voltage lethal?

    High voltage, in itself, is not dangerous. One can receive a 25,000-volt shock of static electricity from a doorknob on a dry day without harm. The physiological effect of electrical shock is determined by the current, its duration, and the power source that produces the shock. The typical household current of 110 volts is dangerous because it can pump many amperes of current throughout the body indefinitely. By contrast, the TASER® device’s power supply consists of batteries that are capable of supplying electrical power for a few minutes, but will not kill the assailant (see “HOW CAN THE TASER® DEVICE BE SO EFFECTIVE YET NON-INJURIOUS?” above).

  • Will a TASER weapon cause electrocution?

    No. The output is metered by the electronics and the electrical energy in each pulse is always the same, regardless of the target condition. The electrical output will not be transferred from one person to another even if they touch. TASER®, Inc.’s president has been stunned by a TASER® while standing in water to emphasize this point.

  • What are the after effects?

    A person hit with a TASER® device will feel dazed for several minutes. The pulsating electrical output causes involuntary muscle contractions and a resulting sense of vertigo. It can momentarily stun or render an attacker unconscious, yet the TASER’s low electrical amperage and short duration of pulsating current, ensures a non-lethal charge. Moreover, it does not cause permanent damage or long-term aftereffects to muscles, nerves or other body functions. A January 1987 Annals of Emergency Medicine study reported TASER® technology leaves no long term injuries compared with 50% long term injuries for gunshot injuries.

  • Must the probes penetrate the body to be effective?

    No. The electrical current will “jump” up to two inches as long as both probes are attached to clothing or skin.

  • What if the probes miss?

    The TASER® device can be used in a drive-stun mode. The user is thus provided with a final backup if the probes miss the target. Should the user miss or engage a second attacker, he can touch the unit directly to the target and it will work like a powerful dive-stun device.

  • Does temperature impact a TASER?

    No. The TASER® device utilizes compressed nitrogen (an inert gas). The TASER® device compressed air capsules have successfully held their charges at temperatures of minus 20º F and up to 160º F. Moreover, altitude will not adversely affect the firing of a TASER® device. In addition, the temperature will not affect the T-Wave. However, as with any product containing polycarbonates and other thermoplastics, the TASER® device and Cartridges should never be left in direct sunlight.

TASER | Pulse

  • What kind of cartridges does the Pulse Take?

    The Pulse, Bolt and C2 use the same cartridge and it only comes in 15-foot range. They are $69.99 for a 2-pack.

  • Does the Pulse come with a practice cartridge?

    Yes, the Pulse comes with 2 live cartridges, one for testing and the other for self-defense.

  • Does the Pulse come with a target?

    Absolutely! The Pulse comes with a conductive target that will light up when hit. We recommend placing the target on a board or thick foam core while practicing.

  • How is the Pulse different from the Bolt/C2, X26, and the X2?

    All TASER Self-Defense weapons carry the same knock-down punch that is standard for law enforcement agencies around the world. The Pulse and Bolt differ from the X26 and X2 because instead of having a 10-second cycle on first trigger pull, the Pulse and Bolt cycle for 30-seconds when fired. This gives you a window of opportunity to make a safe escape.


    The only difference between the Pulse and Bolt is the overall design. Designed for on-the-body conceal carry, the Pulse is a sub-compact gun shape that is intuitive to use. The Bolt, while it can be carried on the body, it was designed for off-the-body carry in purses, briefcases, and glove boxes.