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How to Use an Axon TASER Device for Self Defense

Aug 6, 2019 11:26:30 PM

When you understand how to use self-defense weapons effectively, you take another important step towards understanding and mastering self-defense. That’s exciting!

So, as you’re exploring the benefits of a new self-defense weapon, it’s important to understand what you can realistically expect from it in terms of protection.

The Axon TASER device is one of the most common non-lethal self-defense tools, and it’s always a smart choice to have on hand. Here we’ll learn the practical ways to use it for self-defense, so this weapon becomes a true ally, and not another unexplored tool that you don’t feel confident enough to use in a real emergency.

The Difference Between an Axon TASER Device and a Stun Gun

Axon TASER devices are often confused with stun guns, even though they’re not technically the same thing. A stun gun is the same in that it releases high voltage, low amperage electrical shocks to your attacker. However, with a stun gun, you have to actually touch your attacker for them to be impacted, whereas with an Axon TASER device, you can deliver an electric shock from 15 or 20 feet away, depending on the model.

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Different Types of Axon TASER Weapons

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While Axon TASER devices ward off attackers from a distance, some models also give you the ability to deliver electric shocks by touching your opponent. This feature combines the power of an Axon TASER weapon and a stun gun in one. When you’re shopping for either of these self-defense weapons, it’s important to seek out high amperage. High voltage, while heavily advertised, does not actually increase the electric shock that your attacker receives. The higher the amperage, the more effective your weapon will be in immobilizing your attacker.

Since an Axon TASER weapon shoots two metal probe darts at your opponent, some models offer laser sighting. All you have to do is line up this red dot with your target and shoot. Keep in mind, when you shoot, each metal probe will deliver an electric shock above and below the red dot, not where the red dot is aimed, so be careful.

How To Use Your Weapon Effectively

It’s important to know that an Axon TASER device can operate in two modes. The first mode is called the probe mode, which is the most common application. In probe mode, you can shoot from 15 or 20 feet away, and the electric current will completely immobilize your attacker, while also inflicting incredible pain. In this mode, as soon as your weapon is deactivated, the attacker no longer experiences pain and has complete control over their movements.

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Know the Best Place to Deliver an Electric Shock

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It’s best to aim for the front and lower torso, since this will make it very difficult for your opponent to stand up, and your goal is to get them on the ground, so you have time to get away. You should not go for the neck, face, hands, feet, groin, or spinal area, because it could cause permanent damage. Axon TASER weapons are non-lethal, and if you can, you want to avoid getting to safety without seriously injuring anyone.

How to Use Your Weapon Safely

Just like a firearm, the trigger for your Axon TASER weapon should be protected and you should never point it in the wrong direction. When you add this self-defense weapon to your toolbox, you’ll also want to get a holster for it. Many holsters are designed to keep your weapon from firing while you’re carrying it. They’re lightweight, slim, and can be clipped to just about anything you’re carrying or wearing, so you can still enjoy your planned activities with ease.

Make Sure Your Weapon is Charged

Axon TASER weapons require an electrical charge. Some models are equipped with rechargeable batteries, and others are powered by disposable batteries which need to be periodically replaced to ensure it will work. After you order your weapon make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly and keep it charged so you’re never vulnerable when you need it. Most Axon TASER devices will stay charged for 1-2 months.

Practice Practice Practice

You’ll want to practice using your Axon Taser device, so you’ll be confident using it in a real-life situation. First, get familiar with the features and thoroughly read through the owner's manual, including the warnings. While your device is unloaded, practice and get comfortable with arming and disarming it. It’s also important to practice aiming and pulling the trigger.

Once you get more comfortable, it’s also a good idea to practice firing while your weapon is loaded so you know what to expect. Practice in an open space. Plywood works well to aim and fire at. The more you practice the more confident you’ll feel in actually using this weapon to protect yourself.

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The Advantage of Using an Axon Taser Device for Self Defense

This lightweight, non-lethal tool, if deployed correctly, will give you enough time to get away. Also, you can become proficient in using them rather quickly. However, this self-defense weapon shouldn’t be activated near flammable objects, or high up off the ground, simply because you don’t want your attacker to fall after they’ve been shocked.

For the ultimate protection, carry a firearm in addition to your non-lethal self-defense weapon. If you continue to practice and educate yourself, no matter what weapon you use, you’ll learn to do self-defense like a pro, and live life fearlessly.

About The Author

Born in Arizona, Paisley Saris graduated in 2019 from North Idaho College, and will continue her education at Gonzaga University in the fall. She lives in North Idaho with her Husband and two step kids. She’s a passionate advocate for the 2nd amendment, and on her off days she enjoys the outdoors and spending time at the range.

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