Thursday, April 22, 2010

Taser X-26 Test Drive

Thanks to Phoenix Police Department for hosting a course for us to test drive the X-26.

The tiny model used by many police departments is, indeed, a handy size, and my first impression was that it is just a little on the smallish size.

However, the total lack of any kind of recoil whatsoever negates your initial desire for a larger grip. After you shoot one once or twice, you'll realize you don't need to have a death grip on the Taser.  If you are used to shooting handguns, you'll first be a bit disconcerted by the tiny grip size, but then be surprised at the absence of recoil.

The safety flips up and off very smoothly, but the trigger pull is stiff.  There is no smooth take-up on the trigger.  You'll have to give it a very, very firm pull to pop the propellent for the barbs. 

When the propellent is triggered there is a significant pop as heard in an enclosed space, but the sound is probably not loud enough to distract you during an actual confrontation when you are experiencing an adrenaline dump.

Thanks again Phoenix P.D.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Odd Taser Events in Florida for 2008

The Associated Press in Tampa has added a couple of odd Taser stories to their list of weird stories for the year:

"In another strange animal story, if Plop Plop the emu could talk, it probably would have shouted, "Don't Tase me, bro!" That's exactly what Bay County deputies did to trap the large, escaped bird. A Hernando County deputy used a Taser on a 450-pound wild boar that was rooting up shrubbery.
It seemed to be the year for odd Taser news. A Pinellas County deputy was suspended after he tried to wake up an inmate by crackling his stun gun, a Hillsborough County deputy was charged with using a Taser on his wife and Tallahassee police Tasered a 40-year-old man walking his dog in the nude."

Friday, March 30, 2007

Paso Robles Teen Shot with Taser After Suspected of Shoplifting

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Reported by: Stacy Daniel
A Paso Robles teenager is shot with a taser after police said he was caught stealing booze from a local store.
Here are the facts first.
Wednesday, March 28 around 5p.m., police responded to a shoplifting call at Von's in Atascadero.
When the suspect was confronted he made a threatening gesture toward the officer.
He was shot with a taser but still managed to break free.
The teen was finally taken into custody with help from a customer.
It took the use of a taser, help from a Good Samaritan and an off duty police officer to get the 17-year-old suspect into custody.
Cops call a taser the most valuable tool they have to safely subdue a suspect.
Shooting out 50,000 volts of electricity, tasers are routinely used in officer training to teach cops how to bring a suspect into custody safely.
Officers said the use of this non-lethal weapon is what helped them capture a teen suspected of shoplifting from a local grocery store.
"The last thing we want to do is have a shooting go down over the theft of alcohol or that type of stuff in a crowded store," said Atascadero Police Lieutenant Jim Mulhall.
Cops said when the teen was confronted he made a threatening move, toward the officer.
She hit him a taser and the suspect dropped to the ground.
"As he hit the ground one of the barbs from the taser pulled loose and he was able to jump up and run away," said Mulhall.
An off duty police officer heard the commotion and jumped into action, along with a Good Samaritan.
"As the suspect ran out, he was running down the street and a citizen actually caught the suspect in a body hit and the person went down and the officer and the off duty officer were able to take the individual into custody," said Mulhall.
The arrest netted a bigger catch than the cops had suspected.
"It turns out he has a no bail felony warrant out of Paso Robles. He was an escapee from a group home and had been on the run for three or four months before being captured last night," said Mulhall.
The off duty officer and two witnesses received minor injuries when the suspect attempted to get away.
Two 15-year-old boys, who are friends of the suspect, were also taken into custody.
The suspect is charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.
The two 15-year-olds are charged with two felonies and conspiracy to commit a felony and burglary.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Charges New Zealand Police Tased Wrong Man

Police in west Auckland are defending their use of a taser gun to control a man after claims they targeted the wrong man.

The taser was used after a fight broke out near the Henderson shops on Thursday.

One witness who recorded the incident on his camera phone has been reported as saying the man was trying to break up a fight.

But another witness says the man hit with the taser had lashed out at police.

Police says the man was warned three times before the taser was used. They say he is facing a range of charges, including assault.

Source: Radio New Zealand

Reedsburg Police To Use Taser Guns

The small Reedsburg, Wis., Police Department has purchased five Taser guns for its 18 officers.

The community is located in Sauk County, about an hour northwest of Madison.

Officers spent Thursday completing training. Officials said the Taser guns will be used only in situations where a person is actively violent or threatening violence toward an officer or another citizen.

"When you're incapacitated by a Taser (gun) you're unable to fight through that, and (it'll) hopefully cut down on injuries to an officer trying to handcuff the subject so they don't have to fight them," said Scott Peterson, patrol officer with the Reedsburg Police Department.
Each Taser gun costs $1,300 and has a camera on the end of it to record what's happening each time it is in use.


Officer Resigns Over Taser Gun Incident; Suspect's Case Dismissed

Officer Edward Long of the Sheffield Village (Ohio) Police Department has resigned after he used a Taser on a drunken 32-year old woman in a police booking room prompting the chief to cite him for excessive force.

A video with a very good view of the incident is posted here.

It looks like both a male and female officer are having difficulting controlling a mouthy, drunk Kristina Fretter and Officer Long tases her from a doorway in the booking room. The suspect goes completely stiff and falls back, hitting her head on a chair.

Fretter, agreed to drop her case against Sheffield Village in exchange for having the case against her dismissed.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Taser to Deliver New Civilian Model in June

The new C2 Taser model is rumored to be available in June.

Although Taser International announced that the new civilian model would be available in April, suppliers have told me that they have been told that the units aren't shipping until this summer.