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Taser Pulse

TASER Pulse review

TASER International will announce a new self-defense product at the SHOT Show called the Taser Pulse. This new unit is a compact design that is intended for concealed carry and non-law enforcement self-defense.

Unlike the C2 model intended for self-defense, the new Pulse has the shape and general functioning of a compact handgun. There is a grip, trigger and mechanical sights like one would expect in a Glock or Smith & Wesson. However, instead of a deadly force projectile, the Pulse uses a pair of barbs as projectiles.

Like with other Taser models, the barbs are propelled by compressed gas and are connected to the unit by thin wires. When two barbs connect with the body of an assailant, an electrical current pulses through the completed circuit. The electricity is designed to override the brain’s commands in the attacker’s muscles, causing them to seize up and stop the attack.


The Taser Pulse is a subcompact design with reduced profile sights and safety. The unit has a built in laser for aiming. Additionally, there is an integral flashlight for identifying your target.

Like the C2, the Pulse has a 15′ maximum range. This is a fairly close range, and in a dynamic encounter, you might wish you had a little more reach. However, the unit is clearly better than no non-deadly use of force option, and doesn’t suffer the negatives (like overspray) of oleoresin capsicum (OC or pepper) spray.

Also like the C2 model, this Taser unit will deliver a 30 second stun when deployed. So, under ideal circumstances, a person would deploy the Pulse, drop the unit so it will continue to deliver the stunning pulse and then have 30 seconds to run, get in the car, etc. Taser will replace the unit when you use it in a legitimate self-defense shooting.

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No suggested retail price has yet been released, but several sites are listing the units for sale at a price around $370. The model number given is Taser 39061 and/or Taser 5096.

I’ve used the Taser X26 to defend myself and others in the past. The company’s products work well, but are dependent on the user delivering the shot. The Pulse is not a magic talisman against attackers any more than a J-frame in your pocket. It is a tool to help you win a defensive encounter.

If you decide the Pulse is right for you, train with it and understand its limitations.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

2 replies on “Taser Pulse”

You used a taser to defend yourself? Are you law enforcement? I’ve never heard of a civilian defense scenario, and I even phoned Taser about a year ago, and they did not have any stories to share.

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