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Why wouldn't this Taser work for home defense?(22 posts)

Why wouldn't this Taser work for home defense?ColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 9:23 AM
Sure it's short range, but for home defense you aren't gonna shoot someone from far away anyway. Why wouldn't something like this work instead of a gun? If you made a mistake and shot your 16 year old sneaking in from a party he'd still be alive the next day so you can chew his a$$ out about it.

http://www.selfprotectionstore.com/m-18l-advanced-taser_52__54___217.htm
looks pretty goodDougSloan
Sep 29, 2003 10:21 AM
I didn't realize than came in something other than single shot. I'd be worried about missing, and then not having another round. Looks like it's worth further investigation.

15 feet is pretty close range, but then in the heat of the moment in low light, someone might not be accurate much beyond that with a pistol, anyway. Of course, a shotgun would do the trick.

Doug
I'd say a shotgun beats a handgun for home defenseColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 10:34 AM
Especially an illegal sawed off shotgun. You just point in the general direction of the perp and blast away. You probably won't miss and the sound of a pump chambering a shotgun shell is one that is likely to stop any sane attacker in their tracks.
I'd say a shotgun beats a handgun for home defenseMR_GRUMPY
Sep 29, 2003 10:40 AM
16 or 20 gauge with birdshot, prevents fatalities, and a nasty mess to clean up.
...but birdshot won't prevent the felon from suing after...The Walrus
Sep 29, 2003 11:16 AM
...he recovers, and you can bet he will. Use 00 buckshot and stop worrying about the mess.
If he's in your house, don't worry about that.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 29, 2003 11:36 AM
Just say that fear overcame you when he said that he was going to beat everyone to death.
In Colorado they have the "Make my day" lawColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 12:48 PM
pretty much gives you the right to blow someone away if they enter your property without your consent.
I wonder how much damage a blast of 20 gauge birdshotMR_GRUMPY
Sep 29, 2003 1:11 PM
would do, from a sawed off, at 25 feet, if you aimed low.
This is true, I had the pleasure of invoking it once,TJeanloz
Sep 30, 2003 5:30 AM
We caught a burgler in our house in College, and pretty much beat the crap out of him until the cops came. The "make my day" law shielded us from any criminal or civil liability.
Maybe so, but...Matno
Sep 29, 2003 3:51 PM
birdshot does NOT "prevent fatalities". At the ranges likely to be fired at an intruder, just about any shotgun load can be lethal. A 20 gauge shotgun is still pretty darn powerful, especially at less than 10 feet. Shooting an intruder (who could be armed) in the legs is crazy. Shooting him in the torso or the head with any shotgun (even a .410) would likely be lethal. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Might Work53T
Sep 29, 2003 11:08 AM
Anything is better than nothing. Perps might wear extra clothing layers if they knew we all had these things. I can't see the advantage over a revolver, or a pump shotgun however.
Advantage is if you accidently shoot your family memberzman994
Sep 29, 2003 11:34 AM
they won't die.
or if your kid finds it he won't kill somone (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 12:49 PM
I think you would still need to get up close and personalLive Steam
Sep 29, 2003 2:28 PM
after hitting an intruder with this. How long is someone incapacitated after being knocked down with one of these? How many shots is is good for before it needs recharging? Can you rip another round off if you miss? This looks like a one shot deal. Better not miss.
It looks like multi-shot53T
Sep 30, 2003 7:21 AM
Multi-shot is a big improvement over previous versions. Although most perps are just a little drunk, I wonder how it works on really drugged-up guys?
says it "takes over" muscle controlColnagoFE
Sep 30, 2003 8:02 AM
If that is correct I think that you could disable a person on PCP with it even when a 9MM shell might not even stop them. They also sell lesser models that just "disrupt" the muscles.
Caution53T
Sep 30, 2003 8:58 AM
That is obviously the marketing department speaking. These things just deliver electrical current, they don't take over control of anything.

BTW, all people repond to the loss of blood pressure caused by a chest shot from a 9mm.
Taser first, then shotgun/9mm/.44 mag/etc while he's down (nm)The Walrus
Sep 30, 2003 10:29 AM
I suppose you'd have to test it.....OUCH! (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 30, 2003 11:01 AM
Like grabbing the electric fence that keeps your horses inKristin
Sep 30, 2003 11:03 AM
or putting on the collar and walking thru the invisible fence, just to "see" how/if it workds. ...or like licking ones elbow. (Which I did not do, by the way. I tried that years ago and know it doesn't work.)
Back in Iowa the joke was to get someone to pee on the fence-nmColnagoFE
Sep 30, 2003 11:54 AM
looks like a project for "Myth Busters"DougSloan
Oct 1, 2003 6:44 AM
http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/mythbusters.html