Are you a new owner of a taser and you want to know the best place to taser someone? Maybe you want to make sure you don’t accidentally hurt someone with the taser barbs? Or you want to make sure you get the best effect?
Regardless of which applies to you, I will go into detail for all these questions! I will make sure that you are well-informed on the subject of where to safely tase somebody and still acquire the desired results of incapacitating your target. It’s important to know where to shoot the taser and to practice it to make sure you can aim properly in a stressful situation and not hurt someone in the process. Well, not hurt them more than intended, anyways.
Taser International, the primary supplies of tasers for the law enforcement agency, advises that the best place to aim the probes towards the frontal body of the assailant and near the lower torso. This is because the probes are more effective at causing the assailant to lose balance by engaging the pelvic and lower torso muscles that essentially allow a person to stand. It is important to note that it is advisable to avoid hitting a person in sensitive areas, if possible, such as the head, neck, hands, feet, joints, the groin area, and the spinal column. If you do happen to fire the probes into one of these areas the person will require hospital medical treatment to have the barbs removed. But remember, you only need to avoid these areas if at all possible!
Where To Aim The Taser
The important thing here is to remember that the point of the taser is to be less-lethal and not to permanently injure somebody if it’s possible. Taser International released updated guidelines on where to shoot the taser to be most effective and also induce the least amount of risk.
The guidelines state that you should aim for the front and lower torso. This is going to be the most effective as it will engage the pelvic muscles that are primarily responsible for balance. Your goal with a taser is to put someone on the ground so you can set your taser down and get away safely. If you happen to miss this area, it will still be effective just not to its maximum potential.
Another thing to understand is if you hit the assailant and he or she is too close to you it will actually be very ineffective. This is because the two taser probes don’t have a chance to spread out and if they don’t spread out they affect less of the muscles. Fewer muscles affected equals more muscles the assailant has left to use.
Where NOT To Aim The Taser
If you can, it’s best to avoid aiming at the following areas of a person. These areas include the head, neck, hands, feet, joints, the groin area, and the spinal column. EMS and Police agencies generally document taser barb removal procedures and the procedures indicate that any of these areas being hit require the person hit to have the barbs removed in the emergency room of a hospital.
The key thing here is to avoid these areas, but only if possible. You are the one being attacked and you will not be held liable in the situation that you hit one of these areas while protecting yourself or your loved ones in a situation where self-defense is justified.
What The Taser Is Doing
While knowing where to hit the person with a taser, it’s important to also understand what the taser is doing when you land your shot so you have a fully encompassing understanding of what you’re doing. First, you need to understand how the brain works in relation to the muscles. It’s actually a super intricate relationship, but simply put the brain sends an instruction to the muscles and the muscles execute the instruction.
The way the brain communicates is through the use of little electrical currents. So, essentially, a taser is overloading the person with electrical currents that speak the same language as the brain and the muscles basically can’t “hear” what the brain is saying. So they start doing a bunch of random actions which causes the result of seizing up. Kind of cool, huh?
Here’s a video of what a taser is doing to your body to give you a better idea:
Taser Vs A Stun Gun
The words taser and stun gun tend to get used interchangeably at whim but they are actually quite different. The difference between a taser and a stun gun, in basic terms, is that the taser is a long-distance weapon and the stun-gun is a close-range impact weapon. Because the stun gun doesn’t have probes that stick into the target, you are right to assume there is a different method for where to stun someone with a stun gun.
With a stun gun, it’s basically best to get the attacker in all the places where you should avoid with a taser. The areas you want to hit with a stun gun is the neck, the upper torso, the underarm or the shoulder, groin and upper hip. These are all areas with a ton of nerves and if you hold the stun gun there for 3-5 seconds that will cause the loss of balance and the incapacitation you are looking for.
To Help With The Confusion
When your researching tasers online you get a lot of mix-up between stun gun and tasers, as I already mentioned. Here’s a piece of info that will not only add to your taser knowledge but help you remember that taser is the long-distance ranged device. It’s easy to understand why people mistake a stun gun for a taser.
The word taser is actually an acronym. Yep! It stands for Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle, the name of an old science fiction novel that is actually quite a controversial book by itself. This book, however, was Jack Cover’s favorite book. Cover is the inventor of the modern electronic conducive weapon (ECD) and he took the name of this book and used it as a loose acronym for his invention.
Regardless of the controversy behind the story, knowing about it will help you keep the two separate and add to the constantly proliferating knowledge you are obtaining about your taser and how to use it!
And We’re Done!
At this point you fully understand the best place to hit someone with a taser and also the places you want to avoid! You’ve also learned the difference between a stun gun and a taser and even how to use a stun gun effectively if this is your self-defense weapon of choice.
Finally, you learned that taser is an acronym which helps you identify the difference of a stun gun and a taser when you think of a taser in terms of an electric rifle. That’s it for now!