A Closer Look
The Taser C2 is sleek, lightweight, and easy to carry. With battery and cartridge, the C2 comes in at 6 inches long, 2.1 inches high, and 1.25 inches wide. For reference, this is about the same dimensions as a Glock 19 , but less than half the height. The Taser C2 fits comfortably in the included holster on your hip, and don’t worry, it looks nothing like a firearm.
|The Taser C2 with the included Outside the Waistband Holster||Full size Springfield XD with an Inside the Waistband Holster|
|Taser C2 Platinum Package||Taser C2 inside the included holster|
Loading the battery into the housing is fairly easy, simply snapping into place. We would recommend that you push the front of the Taser on a table if you need assistance loading the cartridge, as it reduces the risk of you accidentally shooting your hand (however funny it may be looking back).
The battery snaps into place similarly to the cartridges, having two tabs on the side that hold the battery into place. Before your unit will work, you must first contact Taser, and follow their activation process. You will be charged $9.95 and be required to pass a background check during this activation process. It is not hard to do and Taser makes it extremely painless. The background check usually takes about the same amount of time that your browser will to load the page saying you passed, given you are not a convicted felon that shouldn’t have the Taser in the first place. If you do find yourself lost during activation, you can call Taser International at any time and speak to a live person that will help you complete the process.
Why Carry a Taser?
The Taser C2 is designed solely for SELF DEFENSE. Although it is not designed to take the place of a firearm, it is designed to be a less lethal alternative. There are many times when the use of a firearm is excessive, or simply not allowed by your states laws. If you are attacked, the Taser leaves your attacker completely incapacitated for the full 30 seconds that the pulse lasts. In the event that you have to secure a child and the 30 second time frame is not long enough, you can repeat the 30 second pulse while you get away. In the event that you do need to use the Taser in an attack, drop the Taser and run. Don’t worry about your Taser C2, as Taser will replace the C2 with your proof of a police report stating that you lost it in the attack. Currently, 43 states allow the possession of a Taser C2 by a civilian.
The Taser is much easier to conceal than a firearm, and for those of us that have small children, you may feel safer having one around your little ones. Also, the C2 may be a good alternative for those that are anti-gun, but still want to protect themselves and their family.
How Effective is the Taser?
Taser makes arguments that Pepper Spray is only effective if sprayed in the face, and firearms are only effective in the torso and head areas. Although I completely agree that pepper spray is only effective in the face of an attacker, I am willing to bet that an attacker would stop in his tracks if shot in the kneecap. The Taser C2 on the other hand is effective on the entire body, actually spreading to other parts of the body as the pulse continues.
From personal experience, I can say that the Taser discharge is the absolute worst feeling in the world. It affects your whole body, regardless of where the probes make contact. You simply lose control of your muscles and your ability to move them. The best part about the Taser is the utter shock you are in after the discharge is finished. This shock isn’t caused by pain that follows the discharge, but rather the lack thereof. You feel that you just went through some form of torture and should be hurt in some way, but you’re not. This may be a good thing for law enforcement, but in the citizen attack scenario, this gives the attacker the ability to either run away before the police can get there or continue the attack after the discharge is finished.