NOTE: The TASER M18 and M18L were officially discontinued in early 2009. Due to popular demand, TASER International re-introduced the M18L the same year as the M26C. The only difference in the TASER M18L & TASER M26C packages is that the M18L came with 2 battery trays and 8 AA batteries, while the M26C comes with only 1 battery tray and no batteries. In addition, the retail price was reduced from $599 on the M18L, to $499 on the M26C.
The TASER M26 uses a replaceable cartridge unit which employs compressed nitrogen to fire two barbed probes at 160 feet per second. These probes, while remaining connected to the M26 by insulated conductive wires, hit the target and complete a circuit. An electrical impulse is then transmitted from the M26 through the wires and into the target, resulting in the immediate loss of neuromuscular control. This electrical stimulation effectively prohibits the body's ability to perform coordinated action for the duration of the impulse. The TASER M26 may also be used as a contact stun weapon, with or without the cartridge installed.
TASER technology has been available for over a decade to citizens concerned with self-defense. Unlike conventional weapons, TASER devices are effective with a hit anywhere on the body, making them easier to use, and more reliable under stress, than any other use-of-force option. To be effective for self-defense, bullets must strike the head, or other vital organs, and the risk of lethal consequences is greater. Similarly, chemical or pepper sprays must hit an assailant in the face - a much less reliable alternative in fast moving confrontations, and in a windy environment, sprays can be blown back onto the user. TASER devices have been field proven - up to 95% effective in actual police use, and is the only device that can truly incapacitate people under the influence of PCP and other dangerous drugs.
TASER devices are not risk free, and may cause injuries, primarily from falls or physical exertion. Use of TASER devices should not be undertaken lightly. Detailed product warnings are available.
TASER devices are not considered firearms by the US government. They can be legally carried (concealed or open) without permit in 43 states. States prohibiting citizen use are DC, HI, MA, MI, NJ, NY, RI, WI, & certain cities and counties. CT and IL legal with restrictions. Check local laws before purchasing or carrying any electronic control device.
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If a TASER personal protection device is used in self-defense, it can be deployed, and left behind attached to the attacker, causing incapacitation. This is to enable you get to safety. Send Taser International a copy of the police report documenting the incident, and your unit will be replaced free of charge.
A. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI)
The key to disable even the most aggressive subjects, NMI temporarily overrides the command and control systems of the body to impair muscular control. The human nervous system communicates with simple electrical impulses. The command center (brain and spinal cord) processes information and makes decisions. The peripheral nervous system includes the sensory and motor nerves. The sensory nerves carry information from the body to the brain (temperature, touch, etc.). The motor nerves carry commands from the brain to the muscles to control movement. TASER technology uses similar electrical impulses to cause stimulation of the sensory and motor nerves. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) occurs when a device is able to cause involuntary stimulation of both the sensory nerves and the motor nerves. It is not dependent on pain and is effective on subjects with a high level of pain tolerance. Previous generations of stun guns could primarily affect the sensory nerves only, resulting in pain compliance. A subject with a very high tolerance to pain (e.g., a drug abuser, or a trained, focused fighter) might be able to fight through the pain of a traditional stun gun.
D. Air Cartridge - AFID System
A replaceable module that allows for the engagement of targets up to 15 feet away, the air cartridge integrates a nitrogen propulsion system, high voltage insulated TASER wire, bi-metal probes, and the AFID (Anti-Felon ID) system. The AFID system was designed to deter misuse through enhanced accountability. Every time a TASER cartridge is deployed, at least 24 small confetti-like tags are ejected. Each tag is printed with a serial number, allowing law enforcement to determine which cartridge was fired. This system was originally developed to prevent misuse of TASER devices by private citizen users and was introduced with the AIR TASER 34000 in 1994. With over 12 years in the field, AFID has proven very effective in deterring misuse of TASER devices. In law enforcement applications, it provides another layer of accountabiity in documenting which officers deployed a TASER cartridge in any given incident.
M26C vs. M26 (Law Enforcement Model)
The TASER M26C is simply the TASER M26 packaged with 15' cartridges. It is TASER International's policy to offer air cartridges with a 15-foot range to civilians, while law enforcement agencies have access to cartridges with ranges up to 35'. One trigger pull of any "M" series TASER initiates a 5-second cycle, which can be interrupted at any point by placing the safey lever in the "safe" position. Per second, the M26 TASER device delivers 15-20 electrical pulses per second (depending on batteries used), with 26 watts of power at the main capacitor. The older TASER M18/M18L delivers less power than the M26, with 12-15pps at 18 watts.
Power Output Comparison
The following electrical characteristics ARE NOT product specifications, and are only provided to illustrate NOMINAL electrical values associated with each device's electrical specifications.
ADVANCED TASER M26/M26C (Law Enforcement & Civilian) - 26 watts; 0.50 joules per pulse; and 3.6mA average current
ADVANCED TASER M18/M18L (Civilian) - 18 watts; 0.50 joules per pulse; and 2.7mA average current
TASER X26 (Law Enforcement) - 5 watts; 0.07 joules per pulse; and 2.1 mA average current
TASER X26C (Civilian) - 5 watts; 0.07 joules per pulse; and 2.1 mA average current
TASER C2 (Civilian)- 5 watts; 0.07 joules per pulse; and 2.1 mA average current
Note: the TASER X26 and C2 systems disperse lower current. The advancements made in technology since the ADVANCED TASER M18/M26 debuted in 1999 have improved substantially. Each new generation TASER device has increased the efficiency of using smaller sources of battery power. For example, the ADVANCED TASER M26-M26C requires eight double AA batteries, while the TASER X26, X26C, and C2 only require two lithium 123 batteries.