The TASER Bolt: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Anthony Carli on 6/21/18 11:30 AM
You already learned everything you need to know about the TASER Pulse, now its time to learn about the TASER Bolt. The TASER Bolt is simple to use, safe to own, and effective when you need it.

The TASER Pulse and the Bolt devices operate very similarly but differ in their shape. The Bolt's sleek shape is designed for off-body carry, and attracts less attention than the TASER Pulse, which is shaped like a subcompact concealed carry pistol. The TASER Bolt uses the same cartridges as the TASER Pulse, which provide the user with a safety bubble of 15 ft (4.6m).

Designed with ergonomics in mind, the Bolt is made with a safety cover that minimizes the possibility of an inadvertent activation of the trigger button. When the safety cover is closed, the Bolt is in SAFE mode, and when the safety cover is open, an LED illuminates the trigger button to indicate the Bolt is armed. In the rare event of an accidental discharge, the safety cover should be immediately closed to stop the device's cycle.

Product Features:
  • Sleek Shape: The TASER Bolt has a sleek, non-threatening design which allows users to go about their day-to-day activities without attracting any unwanted attention. The TASER Bolt is also made with a sloped handle which allows users with any hand size to utilize the product.
  • Lightweight & Pocket-Sized: Measuring at 6 x 2.10 x 1.25 inches (15.24 x 5.33 x 3.18 cm) and weighing just 5.36 oz (152 g), the TASER Bolt can fit into your purse or backpack, and can easily slip into your waistband for a run. The Bolt can also be carried with the protective soft carry-sleeve included with every purchase.
  • Powerful Protection: With the cartridges in place, the Bolt can deliver 50,000 volts and a 30-second cycle, ensuring a safe escape. The Bolt is also built with a LED Flashlight and targeting laser to help increase the chance of achieving NMI. The Bolt also has a contact stun backup that can be used in close encounters or following a missed shot.
  • Reliable: TASER is the brand trusted by law enforcement agencies around the country, and the TASER Pulse features a replaceable battery designed to last 2 years, or 50 thirty-second cycles.

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The TASER Pulse -Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Anthony Carli on 6/12/18 11:00 AM
Last week we covered how to safely draw, fire, and escape with a TASER Pulse. Today, we will go over everything you need to know about this TASER device.

The TASER Pulse is simple to use and safe to own. With this device you can go about your day-to-day activities with the added protection of carrying a less lethal weapon.

The Pulse is built with your safety in mind. Made with angled mechanical sights, a sloped trigger guard, and shaved safeties, these features ensure that you are protected when drawing, holstering and carrying your device. The Pulse is also built with a high visibility flashlight and targeting laser to assist with rapid and accurate target acquisition. The TASER Pulse utilizes the same cartridges as the TASER Bolt, giving users a safety bubble of 15 ft (4.6 m).

For comparison, the safety distance provided by stun guns is up to an arm's length, and pepper sprays about 8 feet. This can leave a motivated attacker at close range if he/she is able to fight through the effects of these self-defense tools. With a safety distance of 15 ft. and neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI), the TASER Pulse helps to ensure that you are never defenseless.

  • Lightweight: Weighing just 8 ounces, the TASER Pulse is a lightweight but durable product, providing the extra-protection without any added bulk.
  • Pocket-Sized: Measuring at 4.67 in X 5.16 in. (11.8 x 13.1 cm), you can carry your TASER Pulse with a variety of holster options or the soft-carry sleeve included with every purchase. The Pulse can easily fit into your waistband, briefcase or purse.
  • Powerful Protection: The Pulse features a 15-foot reach, contact stun, and delivers a 30-second cycle, ensuring you have the time and means to make a safe escape. The TASER Pulse delivers 50,000 volts and just a few milliamps from the device to the cartridge's probes, helping ensure NMI is achieved.
  • Reliable: TASER is the brand trusted by law enforcement agencies around the country, and the TASER Pulse features a replaceable battery designed to last for 2 years, or 50 thirty-second cycles.

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Putting it together - Drawing, Firing, and Escaping

Posted by Anthony Carli on 6/5/18 2:28 PM

In previous Training Tuesday posts, we've covered the basics of TASER vocabulary, the functions of a TASER device, its components, and how to draw from a holster. Today, we put all those together with a drill lead by our TASER Instructor Sara. In the video below, she shows us a dry-fire drill to help you practice drawing, firing, and setting your device on the ground. And remember, devices left at the scene of a qualifying self-defense event are covered by our Safe Escape Guarantee.

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Announcing The Lightning Club!

Posted by Anthony Carli on 5/29/18 11:00 AM


Here at TASER, we know that not everyone is comfortable with using their device right out of the box. That's why we're excited to announce The Lighting Club, a monthly subscription program that equips you with cartridges while also coaching your practice so you can get comfortable with your device and be confident in self-defense situations. 

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How to change the battery of a TASER Pulse

Posted by Anthony Carli on 5/22/18 10:59 AM

The TASER Pulse device has a substantial battery life and is designed to last for 2 years or 50 full 30-second cycles. However, if you have armed your device and noticed the yellow or red battery indicator light, it is time to purchase a new battery. Once the new battery has arrived, reference the video below for a step-by-step demonstration!

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Spark testing your TASER device

Posted by Anthony Carli on 5/15/18 5:50 PM


Whether you have a TASER Pulse or TASER Bolt, proper maintenance is integral to ensuring that you're ready to protect yourself and loved ones in a real-world situation.

We recommend that TASER device owners perform a simple “spark test” once a month. A spark test occurs when you safely arm your device WITHOUT a cartridge, pull the trigger and allow the device to go through a full 30-second cycle (5 seconds with an X2 or X26P device).

This ensures the TASER device is working properly and helps identify any routine issues that need to be addressed. A spark test will ensure that electricity is adequately arcing across the front of the device and gives vital information on battery performance.

Spark tests also help new TASER device owners learn what a functioning TASER device sounds like and how long they have to make a safe escape—30 seconds might seem like a short amount of time, but the spark test helps put into perspective how much time you actually have.

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FAQ - TASER Bolt and Pulse Cartridges

Posted by Anthony Carli on 5/8/18 11:00 AM

TASER cartridge with afids and logo

This week, we are ending study of cartridges and answering the most common questions about TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt cartridges.

How far can a TASER cartridge shoot?

TASER cartridges, both the professional series and consumer products, can operate within a 15-foot (4.6-meter) radius, giving you a safety buffer between yourself and danger.

What is the shelf-life of a TASER cartridge?

Each TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt cartridge has a 5-year shelf life. The expiration date is printed on each individual cartridge. 

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How to Load a TASER Cartridge into your device

Posted by Anthony Carli on 5/1/18 11:00 AM

Loading a TASER cartridge into a TASER Pulse or TASER Bolt seems simple enough, but proper technique is important to ensure safety to you and bystanders. Check out the steps below and a training video from TASER Instructor Sara Morrell.

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How to draw your TASER device from a holster

Posted by Anthony Carli on 4/24/18 11:00 AM

We've covered the importance of safely carrying your device in a holster or a bag in the last few weeks, but how should you draw your TASER device from the holster should you need it? TASER Instructor Sara Morrell shows us in today's #TrainingTuesday post.

In the video below, TASER Instructor Sara Morrell demonstrates how to safely draw a TASER Pulse from a holster, keeping the device pointed in a safe direction at all times. While this video uses a TASER Pulse and a Blade-Tech outside the waistband (OWB) holster, the principles remain the same for any other holster products. This demonstration is the recommended approach, but may not be practical for all situations and may need to be modified in the heat of the moment. We emphasize practice so that when you are under the stress of a real-world situation, there is a higher likelihood that you will be able to remove the device from its holster properly and comfortably. 

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Carrying a TASER device without a holster

Posted by Anthony Carli on 4/17/18 11:00 AM

As we've learned from previous #TrainingTuesday posts, there are many advantages to carrying a TASER device in a holster, fixed to your waistband. However, this is not always feasible. Today, we explore other options for carrying your TASER device.

Why would I skip the holster?

Carrying a TASER device on your person, in a holster, is a preferred method of carrying given the easy access and safety that holsters provide. However, there are situations that may make it difficult. Perhaps you are on a hike, out on the town, walking to your car—it might not make sense to strap a TASER device to your hip. It might make more sense to pack your device in a purse, running belt, or backpack. In addition, carrying in a bag also allows easy transport of additional cartridges should you need them.

Keep the muzzle and trigger secure

It is extremely important to be sure that the trigger and muzzle of the device are covered and secure in order to minimize the risk of accidental discharge while carrying in a bag. For this reason, it is recommended that the device is kept in an easily accessible Sticky Holster or the protective soft cover that comes with the device. Each of these can help stop probes from traveling in an unsafe manner if an accidental discharge occurred. A Sticky Holster also allows for a quick draw of the device from your bag or running belt, whereas the protective soft cover can be a bit more cumbersome to manipulate in a hurry.

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