April 12, 2009

C2 Taser – Most advanced Taser on the Planet?

Posted in Safety tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:07 am by ledefensetech

Is the C2 stun gun the best stun gun for your money?  It the C2 really a non lethal weapon?  How does a C2 stun gun work?  People have plenty of questions about Taser products and today we’re going to look at the C2 Taser stun gun. The C2 is Tasers replacement of the Advanced Air Taser brand.

This is Tasers premier civilian model of their popular stun gun.

This is Tasers premier civilian model of their popular stun gun.

The Advanced Air Taser is the precursor to the C2 Taser.

The Advanced Air Taser is the precursor to the C2 Taser.

One of the main benefits of the C2 vs the Advanced Air Taser is the size.  It’s much more compact and looks less like a weapon than the Advanced Taser. As I’ve said before, non lethal weapons are preferable to lethal weapons for several reasons.  The most important for our purposes here is the fact that people will hesitate less when the stakes are not so high.  Always remember, it can mean your life when you hesitate, so don’t.

The fact that you have to register the device provides two benefits wrapped into one.  On a personal level, you can be sure that people carrying a C2 Taser are not felons.  That’s part of the registration process, a background check that you complete on Taser’s website.  Second are the ID tags that are emitted from the Taser when fired.  This is more a benefit to soiciety.  If you use a Taser to commit a crime or unlawfully, the ID tags will tell the police who you are and they will come looking for you.  An assault with a Taser is just like an assult with any other type of weapon.  Make sure you use it responsibly.

I do like the fact that the C2 has a trigger cover on the top of the device, so you can’t discharge it by accident.  Plus it lights up to let you know it’s armed as a further deterrent against accidental discharge.

The C2 is simple and easy in design.  The cartridge is loaded in the front, while the rear has a housing for the lithium ion batteries that can power over 50 shots according to Taser.  I’d probably not trust it more than 50 times, mostly because you shouldn’t have to use it that much.  If you do it’s more likely to be over a long period of time so the battery may not have an optimum charge when you use it.  Still, like with any tool you trust your life to, it’s probably a good idea to test it every six months or so.

One of the coolest things about the C2 is the ability to get an LED light attaced to it to provide you with a targeting dot.  It costs about $50 extra, but is well worth the cost in my opinion.  This can help you immensly espectially if you’re in a combat situation and you have to be sure you’re going to hit your target.  Even if you do miss, you’re still not defenseless as the C2 can be used as a contact stun gun provided your attacker still wants to close with you.  They’ll probably think twice after you discharge the C2 at them.

So how does a C2 work?  Well basically it interferes with the nervous system of the human body.  The charge is low enough not to mess with cardiac rhythm, so the C2 is a non lethal or less than lethal device, but powerful enough to interfere with the signals running from the brain to the muscles.  In addition the muslces spasm depleting them of glycogen, which is the muscles energy source, leaving your opponent unable to move.  The effects last for about 3o seconds, giving you plenty of time to get away.  The following video shows the features of the C2:

Taser does offer a replacement gaurantee, so if you do use a C2, seet it down and find help.  After you give your statement to the police, get a copy of the report and send it in to Taser.  They will then replace your C2 for free.  Their philosophy is that your life is more important than a device, so rather than try to get it back, do the safe thing and Taser will replace it.

Now I may get in trouble with the pro-gun crowd, but I prefer a Taser product to a gun when I have to take down a burglar or mugger.  With a gun things are chancy, you may hit a vital spot, you might not.  Plus when you flash a gun you’ve just increased the level of violence.  A criminal now knows they may die and will most likely act more desperately  Plus I haven’t seen anyone who can resist a C2 stun gun.  The following video shows what happens to a UFC fighter against a C2:

What do you think a C2 will do to a punk on the street?

Finally there’s the less than lethal factor.  I prefer less than lethat over non-lethal because you can still get hurt falling when you go down from getting hit with one of these.  Those instances, however, fall into the natural consequence category.  If they didn’t try to rob and steal, they wouldn’t get hurt.  More importantly, by not using lethal force you make it harder for any type of prosecution, be it criminal or civil.  That in and of itself is a worthy goal.