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.

It's time for a vocabulary lesson. Hopefully those words don't prompt flashbacks to high school. Don't worry, though— we're not here to test you on those complicated SAT words. Instead, we want this word-list to be a simple resource you can reference as you follow #TrainingTuesday in the coming weeks.

These terms will be especially helpful next week when we explore the features of the TASER Pulse, so study up with the Quizlet® games provided below!

Words to Know:

Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW): Any device that uses electricity to affect a subject

TASER: An acronym for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. TASER is a trademark of Axon Enterprise, Inc. for conducted electrical weapons, registered in the United States and other countries. When used to describe a TASER product, it should always be used as an adjective, usually with the term “conducted electrical weapon (CEW).”

Stun Gun: Generic name for a contact-only conducted electrical weapon. Causes pain in order to deter attacks and cannot cause neuro-muscular incapacitation.

Probes: The projectile from a TASER cartridge. 

AFIDS: Anti-Felon Identification Tags. AFIDS are sprayed from a cartridge as the probes deploy. They contain the specific serial number for the cartridge, allowing law enforcement to identify the buyer of said cartridge. Also fondly called “TASER confetti”. 

NMI: Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation. An electrical effect on the motor nervous system and skeletal muscles causing physical incapacitation. 

Safety Switch: A lever on the TASER Pulse that is moved up (ARMED) or down (SAFE) to arm the CEW or render it unable to deploy, respectively. 

Safety Cover: A safety fixture of the TASER Bolt and C2 CEWs that is moved open (ARMED) or closed (SAFE) to arm the CEW or render it unable to deploy, respectively.

Battery: The power source located within the handle of the TASER Pulse. The TASER Bolt battery is called a lithium power magazine, and is inserted into the end of the device. Designed to last for 1-2 years inside the device, or for 50 device cycles. 

Power LED: A light on the rear face of the TASER Pulse and on the trigger button of the TASER Bolt that shows the status of the device battery. Green indicates a healthy battery. Yellow and red indicate need for battery replacement.

Mechanical Sights: Alignment markers that sit on the top of the TASER Pulse that assist in aiming the device. 

Trigger: A depressible button that fires probes from a TASER cartridge. Located within the trigger guard of a TASER Pulse, and as a button on the top of a TASER Bolt. Your finger should remain off of the trigger until ready to fire. 

Blast Doors: Front cover of a TASER cartridge, behind which sit two probes, insulated copper wire, AFIDS, and a compressed nitrogen capsule. Blast doors provide protection to the cartridge before use. An unexpended cartridge missing its blast doors is less reliable and thus is unsuited for self-defense.

Exposure: Being exposed to the effects of a TASER CEW.

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