Evolution of Taser Gun
Acronyms can be a great thing. Otherwise when buying a Taser Gun you’d have to go into your local licensed firearm dealer and ask to purchase a Thomas A. Swift’s Electric .38 special ammo Rifle. Or when you’re leaving the house and making sure you have everything, you’d have to think “did I remember my Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle?”
Sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what Taser Gun stands for. NASA researcher Jack Cover first initiated development in the late 60’s and named the device after his favorite literary character, Tom Swift. His early model required gunpowder to fire which caused it to be considered a firearm.
Around twenty years later, brothers Rick and Tim Smith experienced the shooting death of two friends. This led them to research an alternate means of self-defense, one that was safe for citizens and non-lethal, but would give individuals a fighting chance when confronted with violence. They worked closely with Jack Cover to develop a Taser Gun that was electrically-powered to avoid being classified as a firearm, and by the mid-1990’s they had achieved their goal with the release of the Air Taser Gun Model 34000. A feature of significant importance was the “anti-felon identification system,” which was the expulsion of numerous small pieces of paper with the Taser Gun’s serial number on it. This was intended to prevent criminals from using the device, as a background and criminal check was required to purchase a Taser Gun.
Taser Guns have progressed impressively in a little over a decade. They are now available in various shapes, colors, and with multiple options including a laser sight, LED light, and varying durations of stun. Taser Guns are also able to be used in direct contact with the target if such a situation is deemed more practical than using it from a distance. It should be noted that this method of use does not incapacitate the target in the same way that happens when firing the Taser Gun’s wired electrodes; instead it causes the target pain and is often used as a method of coercion.