Looking at a TASER today, you wouldn’t think that the original one didn’t look anything like a firearm. In fact, you probably wouldn’t think that the TASER was once classified as a Title 2 firearm, the same category that a sawed off shotgun is classified in. But these things are true.
Back in the late 1960’s a NASA scientist, Jack Cover, started work on a weapon that could be used as an alternative to a gun. He wanted to create a weapon that would spare lives rather than take them.
He succeeded, but his original design released in the 1970’s was far different then the design used today. Apparently, it looked more like a flashlight than a gun. And since the darts that it fired were propelled by gun powder, the original TASER wasn’t made easily accessible for citizens.
It was another two decades before the TASER became accessible to people that weren’t in law enforcement. This was made possible when Jack Cover, Rick Smith and his brother, Tom Smith, got together and made an agreement. Out of this agreement and research that followed, the first air propelled TASER was created.
The product design that came out in the early 1990’s, the Air TASER 34000, was much better than any of the previous designs because it enabled everyday people to purchase it. In fact, due to certain legal technicalities, the air propelled model was exclusively sold to non-law enforcement people. Though the design was superior to previous models, the 34000 model had its own flaws.
At a demonstration in Prague, it was discovered that the Air TASER 34000 wasn’t powerful enough. If the person being shocked focused enough, they could push through the pain and still attack the one firing the unit.
Tom and Rick went back to their lab and started working out the kinks, and from the ashes of the 34000 model came the Advanced TASER M26. This model worked just how they wanted it to. When shot by M26 model an individual would lose all voluntary control of their body.
Now, the TASER X26 has surpassed the M26. It is dramatically smaller and lighter, but at the same time it is more powerful. As time goes on, the TASER will only get better and better.