Unlike stun guns, Tasers fire out two probes that have barbs on the
end of two copper wires. Those barbs stick to the skin and clothes and
the copper wires allow the electricity to flow to the probes.
The Taser looks much more like a gun, at least the M-18 pictured left
does. The C2 shown below is much more high tech and sleek in its
The both work the same for the most part, except the C2 Taser when
fired spits out little tiny papers with the serial number of your
Taser so it can be tracked by police.
The voltage for the Taser, all current models, is 50,000 volts. The
amps, like with a stun gun, are low. If not it would kill whomever you
used it on.
Taser is designed to be fired up to 20 feet which is nice. It is much
better to take action before he gets close enough to lay hands on you.
After being fired you can manually deliver the shock or use it as
designed. Which is to turn the fire switch on and throw down the Taser
which allows you to run for help.
The Taser will continue to deliver an extremely painful shock to the
attacker for a full 30 seconds, which will be the longest 30 seconds
of his life.
If you use your Taser in defense of yourself and lose it, just get a
police report and Taser will replace it with a new one for free. This
is a great policy. It is meant to encourage you to use it properly by
deploying it and then throwing it down and running away for help. Now
you don't need to worry about losing it.
Here is a video of me being zapped with a Taser for only 5 seconds.
The downside to
the Taser is that if your attacker is up close it is less effective.
You need to get a good "spread" on the probes and if they are in closer
than 6 feet it won't be as effective. It can be used without the
cartridge for up close defense.