What are Kydex holsters?

Posted by Anthony Carli on 4/10/18 11:00 AM


Kydex holsters are a great option for those seeking a sturdier way to discreetly carry a TASER Pulse in their daily life. Today, we learn about the Blade-Tech Kydex holster options for the TASER Pulse conducted electrical weapon (CEW).

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How active people can help stay safe carrying TASER devices

Posted by Anthony Carli on 4/3/18 11:00 AM
Safety should always be a priority for those who exercise outdoors, which is why Triathlete named safety as a top trend for 2018. Today we explore how to safely carry your TASER device while getting in some exercise.

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When it comes to exercising safely outdoors, a handful of common tips may pervade: be more visible, run with a friend, bring ID, consider ditching headphones. These are all important items to consider, but what we often miss in discussing personal safety is considering the added protection from harm by carrying a less lethal weapon. A Runner's World survey of women found that 3% have been physically assaulted while 30% have been verbally harassed. To be clear, the risk of being a victim of violent crime is relatively low in the United States, but it is still important to be ready to fight back if needed. A big part of properly using a TASER device is knowing how to carry it when the device is not in use.

Why a holster is important

TASER devices are self-defense tools, and it is extremely important to handle the device as such. That means keeping the trigger covered and pointing the device in a safe direction at all times. That includes when carrying it on your person, in a coat, or in a bag!

TASER holsters minimize the risk of an accidental discharge by securing the trigger mechanism.

TASER Bolt holster for active people: Ambidextrous Tactical Holster

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This lightweight yet durable holstering option, custom crafted for the TASER Bolt and C2, is the perfect choice for active lifestyles. It can be clipped to clothing, a belt, purse strap, backpack, or just about anywhere else. Keep your Bolt secured yet easily accessible with this Tactical Holster.

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How TASER devices can cause incapacitation

Posted by Anthony Carli on 3/20/18 11:00 AM

TASER devices utilize a process called “neuro muscular incapacitation”, or NMI, to immobilize potential threats. Today, we explore how TASER devices harness electricity to override the nervous system.

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Americans believe violent crime is on the rise. What do the statistics tell us?

Posted by Anthony Carli on 3/15/18 9:00 AM
Is there more crime in the US than there was a year ago? It can be difficult to address the question without allowing outside sources to influence your answer.

Recently, The Brennan Center for Justice found that the overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and murder rate all dropped in 2017. According to their analysis, the nation's 5 largest cities reduced their murder rate by an average of 10.8%, while the top 30 cities averaged a 5.6% reduction. The FBI's preliminary analysis of crime in 2017 tells a similar story, noting that from January-June violent crime decreased by about 1%, and property crime dropped by about 3%.

These statistics fit into a larger trend: Violent crime in the United States has been steadily dropping since the early 1990s. Of note, the numbers began creeping up between 2014 and 2016, but that three year climb appears to have been stymied in 2017. Nonetheless, it is evident that the United States has made progress in cutting the once-soaring crime rate of the 90s.

But despite evidence that the country is becoming safer, many Americans believe that their community is at greater risk of crime and violence.

Gallup has been monitoring the public's perception on the nation's crime rate since 1989. In 2017, 68% of respondents to a national survey indicated a belief that crime had risen. 40% of respondents believed that their own community was more dangerous than the previous year. Furthermore, a 2016 Pew research study found that 57% of respondents believed that crime had gotten worse in the United States.

What is observed above is known as the “fear of crime” paradox; despite the relatively low risk of victimization, Americans feel the opposite. But what fuels this contradiction of logic?

Pew suggests that the limited availability of crime data may be an influencing factor. Government agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are the most cited sources for crime statistics. However, the analysis and publication of their findings come far after the calendar year being studied had concluded. For instance, the 2015 FBI and BJS crime reports were released in November of 2016. By the time FBI and BJS issued their reports, actual and perceived crime may have changed for many American communities, impacting the opinion of the public at large and perhaps contributing to the disparity between statistical and perceived risk of victimization.

The influence of media consumption cannot be understated as well. In newsrooms across the country, crime is an important beat to cover. The adage “If it bleeds, it leads” still rings true in local news coverage. But beyond tragic headlines, long-form programs that take a deep dive in a particularly gruesome crime, alongside pervasive fictional crime dramas, appear to make a significant impact on a viewer's perception of crime in the United States.

A 2003 study in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture by Kenneth Dowler from California State University Bakersfield found that, “Respondents who report that they are regular viewers of crime shows are more likely to be fearful of crime. This is true even when we control for age, gender, race, income, education, marital status, perceived police effectiveness and perceived neighborhood problems.”

Interestingly, though, Dowler's analysis downplays the impact of local news coverage, instead explaining that television shows related to crime are mostly responsible for shifting perception of crime. Dowler notes, “...hours of television and newspaper as the primary source of crime news are not significantly related to fear of crime.” Though it seems counterintuitive, it appears that the fiction pieces produced by Hollywood may shape our perception of safety more severely than the media's coverage of true crime.

Further, Pew suggests that coverage of elections may stoke the fear of crime paradox. In 2016, crime was a major rhetorical theme of candidates' campaigns, which may have played an important role in increasing fear of victimization. Hillary Clinton's infamous “super predator” remarks were resurfaced, and then-candidate Donald Trump frequently tied immigration to crime.

But perhaps most telling, Pew notes that, “...the best context for understanding the conflict between voters’ perceptions of crime and the data is that voters are usually more likely to say crime is up than down, regardless of what official statistics show.” Pew adds, “Since 1989, Gallup has asked respondents whether they think there is more or less crime in the U.S., compared with the year before. In 21 of the 22 years Gallup asked this question, a larger share of respondents said there was more crime.”

So, it seems that Americans have always feared crime, and who can blame us? Crime is often unexpected and devastating, both emotionally and physically. Break-ins, for instance, rob people of more than just material goods, they shake the belief that their homes are safe spaces for their family. Street harassment steals the endorphin rush of a person who is simply trying to unwind from a hectic day; according to research by Runner's World, 43% of female runners reported that sexual harassment occurs nearly every time they lace up and hit the streets. Fear is often used as a weapon to exploit others and force an imbalance of power. What, then, can Americans do to bring back the confidence needed to relinquish fear?

Here are three easy-to-implement suggestions:
  • Understand your risk, and maintain good security habits: Do some research on your community. A simple Internet search can bring a ton of insight on your risk of encountering crime. In addition, lock your front door, maintain awareness in public and set up an alarm system. These commonsense practices are too often ignored. They are simple to implement and do not require upkeep, but they are essential to ensuring you feel safe at home and on the town.
  • Explore self-defense classes in your area: Learning what you can do with your own body is incredibly empowering. Though it is unlikely that you'll encounter a situation necessitating hand-to-hand skills, self-defense and martial arts classes help you find the power hidden within you. If you're competitive and want a sporting aspect, check out your local boxing, mixed-martial arts or Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms.
  • Invest in a self-defense tool that fits your lifestyle: Ideally, you'll purchase something that puts a healthy distance between you and a threat. Explore items like the TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt. Carrying a self-defense tool can bring the confidence to address and deescalate a threatening situation.
There's no panacea to crime. It takes policymakers, law enforcement agencies, social services and communities working in concert with one another. But that doesn't mean that efforts aren't making a difference today, and it certainly doesn't mean your fear is misplaced. Hopefully, though, the statistical trends, alongside the suggestions above, will help ensure you can approach life with confidence and not let fear hold you back from accomplishing your goals.

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The importance of practicing with your TASER device

Posted by Anthony Carli on 3/6/18 11:00 AM

In August, we conducted a survey of 479 randomly selected TASER Self-Defense customers and found that 25% of TASER product owners have never practiced firing their device. Over 40% have only practiced dry-firing their device. Most staggeringly, 22% of users said they were not confident in their ability to use their device. We consider that to be 22% too many!

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(Survey of randomly selected customers conducted via email in August 2017, n= 479)

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What's the Difference Between TASER Devices and Stun Guns?

Posted by Anthony Carli on 2/27/18 11:00 AM

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Anatomy of a TASER Pulse

Posted by Anthony Carli on 2/13/18 12:00 AM

Before surgeons are given a license to wield a scalpel, they undergo years of education and training to understand where vital structures in the human body are located. Though the TASER Pulse is far less complex, there is still a benefit to understanding where important features are located, both inside and outside of the device, to help you build confidence in your ability to use it for self-defense. 

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TASER Terms and Vocabulary

Posted by Anthony Carli on 2/6/18 12:00 AM

Providing you a useful list of lingo that we use when discussing TASER devices.

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Welcome to Training Tuesday!

Posted by Anthony Carli on 1/30/18 12:00 AM

We're coming at you every Tuesday with tips and best-practices to help you gain confidence with your TASER device. So, from now on, Tuesday is training day, people!

Simple, everyday activities can seem insurmountable as pressure builds. We've all dropped game-winning passes, fumbled a line in an important presentation, or struggled to lock the front door when running late. Because a stressed-out brain can be a forgetful one, it is so important that TASER device owners, like you, take time to re-familiarize themselves with their device. That way, in a real-world situation, you're ready to protect yourself through instinct, not thought. This is why we launched The Lightning Club back in November 2017, and why we are starting our #TrainingTuesday series. 

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When was the last time you checked the battery in your TASER device?

Posted by Jennifer Chan on 1/16/18 3:43 PM

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In order to function properly, TASER devices need their batteries replaced every couple of years--depending on use. While batteries are designed to last about 2 years in a device, you should test the battery at least once a month. Both TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt have a built-in, color coded battery indicator. On the Pulse, this is located just below the rear sight. The TASER Bolt's indicator is found with the trigger button towards the front of the device. The color code is listed below:

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