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ADVANCED TASER M-Series On-line Owner's Manual


The ADVANCED TASER¨ is a conducted energy weapon that utilizes compressed nitrogen to shoot two small probes up to 15 or 21 feet (21 foot cartridges sold to law enforcement and aviation security agencies only). These probes are connected to the weapon by high-voltage insulated wire. When the probes make contact with the target, the ADVANCED TASER transmits powerful electrical pulses along the wires and into the body of the target through up to two inches of clothing.

The ADVANCED TASER is the third generation of TASER¨ technology conducted energy weapons. Conducted energy weapons use electrical energy to effect the signaling mechanisms used by the human body to communicate. This electrical output simply "jams" the communication system of the body. The ADVANCED TASER sends a series of electrical signals called TASER¨ Waves or T-WavesTM quite similar to those used by the brain to communicate with the body. Much like radio jamming, the T-Waves overpower the normal electrical signals within the body's nerve fibers. The human target instantly loses control of his body and cannot perform coordinated action, falling to the ground.



There are two categories of conducted energy weapons: Stun weapons and Electro-Muscular Disruption Weapons.


The original, first generation TASER was introduced in 1974. This system used a 7 Watt TASER-wave discharge to stun the target. Stun technology weapons operate in a 7-14 Watt range and interfere with the communication signals within the sensory nervous system of the target, Hence, they create a stun effect by overwhelming the nervous system with electrical interference. The brain, over-stimulated by the electrical energy, is stunned and the target is usually immobilized. These 7 Watt systems have an effectiveness rating of approximately 86%. TASER International introduced the second generation of TASER technology with a 7 Watt output in 1995: the AIR TASER 34000 series. The 2nd generation 34000 series improved on the 1st generation 21 by reducing the size and weight by over 50%, adding battery level indicators, and adding an automatic discharge timer. For more information on the 34000 series, contact your TASER International dealer.


In 1999, TASER International introduced the 3rd generation of TASER technology with the ADVANCED TASER. Unlike the earlier 7-Watt stun systems, the ADVANCED TASER operates at over 14 Watts with a newly developed TASER-wave output. These higher-powered systems not only stun the target; they directly control the muscles, causing an uncontrollable contraction. Hence, conducted energy weapons with power output greater than 14 watts are designated as Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) weapons due to the fact that they directly control the skeletal muscles. This EMD effect causes an uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue, allowing the M-Series to physically debilitate a target regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus.

Prior to the launch of the M-Series, over 60 elite volunteers from SWAT teams, military Special Forces, and police agencies were hit with the ADVANCED TASER M-26 (26-Watt system) with a 100% incapacitation rate. Each individual was immobilized in less than 1/2 second. Since its development, the ADVANCED TASER® has sustained a 94% incapacitation rate with no long term injuries. Over 4,000 volunteers have undergone the effects as well. The ADVANCED 21 are the first less-lethal weapons that can stop these focused, goal oriented individuals. All 3 generations of TASER technology operate at approximately 50,000 volts. However, the output power measured in watts is significantly different. The voltage may seem high, however, the ADVANCED TASER's output is well below a potentially dangerous level. Studies have shown there are no long-term effects from being shot by TASER technology. A study performed at the University of Southern California Medical Center concluded that in addition to its non-lethality, the TASER leaves 0% long-term injuries. (This test was conducted on the 7 Watt stun systems).

Field studies of TASER¨ technology have shown these less-lethal weapons can significantly reduce injuries to both suspects and officers. A leading field study of 7-Watt TASER Technology at the Los Angeles Police Department found TASER technology had the lowest rate of injuries to both officers and suspects compared to all other force options studied. More information on this data available at Studies on over 4,000 human test volunteers and over 2,000 actual perpetrators of the ADVANCED TASER supported that the injury rate remains at 0% long term effects even at the full 26 Watt output.



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