Questions and Answers

HOW DOES AN AIR TASER® Weapon WORK? Upon firing, compressed nitrogen projects two AIR TASER® probes 21 feet at a speed of 135 feet per second. An electrical signal transmits throughout 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 action. AIR TASER® Weapon uses an automatic timing mechanism to apply the electric charge. The AIR TASER® Weapon releases an electric current in a pre-set time sequence (an initial seven seconds followed by several 1.8 second breaks for a total time of about 30 seconds in each cycle). This cycle ensures that the nervous system of the target does not recover instantly to allow him to remove the probes. The follow-on bursts disrupt the process of re-equilibration of the nervous system. While the target is disabled, the user can place the device on the ground and escape.

HOW CAN THE AIR TASER® Weapon BE SO EFFECTIVE YET NON-INJURIOUS? The AIR TASER® Weapon does not depend upon impact 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 AIR TASER® Weapon is non-destructive to nerves, muscles and other body elements. It simply affects them in their natural mode. More importantly, no deaths have ever been directly attributed to the TASER(R) .

WHAT HAS TESTING REVEALED REGARDING THE AIR TASER? Anesthesiologist and specialist in medical electronics, Dr. Frank Summers, MD of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Orange, California, directed tests of volunteers at St. Joseph’s in 1971 and 1974. Dr. Summers stated, "...We undertook this [volunteer test] in the operating rooms at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We had an assembly of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists... we had a real [TASER]. We tested extensively and made movies. The tests were impressive. We monitored all parameters of physiology, including electrocardiographs. The tests did not produce any lethal effects and we found that the background work that had been done did indeed pan out in practice."

DOES THE TASER® Weapon AFFECT THE HEART OR A CARDIAC PACEMAKER? The AIR 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 the Model XR 5000 electronic stun gun, 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 AIR TASER’s output. The AIR TASER® Weapon 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 AIR TASER power supply consists of an alkaline 9-Volt battery that is capable of supplying less than three watts of electrical power for a few minutes.

WILL THE 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. AIR TASER, Inc.’s president has been stunned by an AIR TASER® Weapon while standing in water to emphasize this point.

WHAT ARE THE AFTEREFFECTS? A person hit with an AIR TASER® Weapon 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 AIR TASER’s low electrical amperage and short duration of pulsating current, ensures a less-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 gun shot 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. At most, only the 3/8-inch needlepoint will penetrate the skin. They have less energy than a spring propelled BB.

WHAT IF THE PROBES MISS? The AIR TASER® Weapon can be used in a touch-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 touch-stun device.

CAN THE AIR TASER® Weapon CAUSE FIRE? Yes. The AIR TASER® Weapon will not ignite standard solids or even black gunpowder. However, the spark from an AIR TASER® Weapon can ignite some flammable liquids, vapors, or sensitive explosives. The AIR TASER® Weapon should not be used anywhere that cigarettes are forbidden for fire safety reasons. The AIR TASER® Weapon should never be used on anyone who has been sprayed with an alcohol based chemical spray – including some alcohol based pepper sprays -- which could ignite.

WHAT ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF EYE INJURY FROM THE AIR TASER? The AIR TASER® Weapon should always be aimed at the attacker’s chest or back, since both probes need to hit some part of the body to be effective. The torso provides the largest surface area to hit. The AIR TASER® Weapon should never be aimed toward an attacker’s face. This is a serious self-defense device and should be treated as such. Moreover, putting any sharp object into an eye is potentially dangerous.

HOW WILL THE AIR TASER® Weapon PREVENT CRIMINAL USE? AIR TASER, Inc.’s corporate mission is to ensure technology can play a positive role in our society. To that end, an Anti-Felon Identification (AFID) system is used so criminal use of the AIR TASER® Weapon can be traced from evidence dispersed by the device itself to provide the exact identification of the Air Cartridge purchaser. No other self-protection device in the world -- guns, chemical and pepper sprays, touch-stun devices or batons -- can be traced from evidence at the scene of the crime directly to the registration of the user.

WILL THE PROBES STICK TO BULLETPROOF VESTS? Yes. Bulletproof vests are made specifically to stop only bullets and gun shot projectiles -- not knives or sharp devices such as syringe needles. Should the probes attach to clothing in front of the soft body armor, the T-Wave can penetrate with near full-effect. Although most bulletproof vests are made to stop bullets, the vests are porous and will not stop the flow of electrons. A bulletproof jacket with metal shock plates can cause the probes to bounce off the target. However, some companies have reported that there is soft body armor that has filled the porous material with rubber and/or plastics, which may prevent the T-Wave from penetrating the body armor.

WHAT IS THE BEST-SHOT AT MAXIMUM RANGE? As long as the spread of the probes is at least six inches, the AIR TASER® Weapon will be extremely effective. To ensure that the spread is greater than six inches, the AIR TASER® Weapon should be fired at a target several feet away. The optimum shot is from seven to ten feet away form the target to achieve maximum effect. At seven to ten feet away - the spread of the probes will be approximately 16 inches, ensuring that the target receives the most efficient T-Wave flow.

DOES TEMPERATURE HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE AIR TASER? No. The AIR TASER® Weapon utilizes compressed nitrogen (an inert gas). The AIR TASER® Weapon compressed air capsules have successfully held their charges at temperatures of minus 20 F and up to 160 F. Moreover, altitude will not adversely effect the firing of an AIR TASER. In addition, the temperature will not effect the T-Wave. However, as with any product containing polycarbonates and other thermoplastics, the AIR TASER® Weapon and Air Cartridges should never be left in direct sunlight.


  • AIR TASER® Weapon is less-lethal
  • AIR TASER® Weapon can’t kill or maim innocent bystanders with stray bullets.
  • AIR TASER® Weapon is a defensive device, and can’t penetrate walls or doors.
  • AIR TASER® Weapon is far more effective than other less-lethal self-defense devices, such as pepper sprays.
  • AIR TASER® Weapon is designed to prevent criminal use and has proven successful to date.
  • AIR TASER® Weapon is much safer than a gun to keep around children.

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