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Taser to sell leopard-print gun, combine MP3 player with holster

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Drizzt, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Well-Known Member

    Taser to sell leopard-print gun, combine MP3 player with holster

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Taser International Inc.'s newest weapons for the public will come in leopard print and fit in a holster embedded with an MP3 player, the stun gun maker said Monday.

    Taser wants to make it easy for people to integrate its C2 "personal protector" stun guns into their lives, company spokesman Peter Holran said.

    "If people buy the C2 Taser and leave it in a drawer or under a shelf, it does them no good when they need it," Holran said.

    The Taser C2, which shoots two electrically charged darts with the same shocking power as the police version, was launched last year. It previously came in four colours - silver, black, blue and pink. The company said Monday that it would also make the guns available in leopard print, "fashion" pink, and "red-hot" red.

    "Women want whatever they're carrying - from a lipstick case to their eyeglass case to their Taser - to look nice and be something they won't mind if it falls out of their purse," Holran said.

    The Taser MPH (Music Player Holster) will hold 1 gigabyte of music, enough to allow wearers to listen to a variety of songs while carrying a stun gun on their hip.

    Holran said the company didn't do any extensive marketing to see what their customers wanted. The new products are largely a result of the manufacturer responding to customer suggestions, he said.

  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I'm happy to see any sort of personal responsibility safety product (even those in questionable taste).
  3. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Gah. This reminds me of the Photoshopped Glock/Cell phone.
  4. Heavy Metal Hero

    Heavy Metal Hero Well-Known Member

    Is this the new "high speed - low drag" version?
  5. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    I don't see the downside. Not everybody is a gimlet-eyed, chilled-steel lifetaker like all of us. If this appeals and they carry it as a result, that's good. Your personal taste in weapons decor doesn't matter.
  6. dbarale

    dbarale Well-Known Member

    Whatever helps people taking responsibility for their security is a good thing.
  7. dhoomonyou

    dhoomonyou Well-Known Member

    I see a lot of trouble on the horizon , when these design idiot fashionista's TASE the valet for scratching the car.
  8. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    Do you shoot a clumsy valet for scratching your car?
  9. Pax Jordana

    Pax Jordana Well-Known Member

    You know, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not tasers are lethal/harmful or just incapacitants.

    I personally would like to see tasers become wildly popular, since it'll be easier to make charges stick to a fashionista than an LEO - resulting in a better picture of what effect they actually have.

    Clinical/lab testing/statistics aside, you have to put them in the hands of the people to see the full range of possible outcomes.
  10. dhoomonyou

    dhoomonyou Well-Known Member

    Joe Demko

    Do you shoot a clumsy valet for scratching your car?

    but I dont use a gun as a FASHION accessory either.
  11. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    Why are you sure that you are to be trusted with a weapon but others are not?
  12. Warren

    Warren Well-Known Member

    What Taser needs to do is come out with a O/U or SxS version, just having one chance is not good. Better than no chances, but still one and done?
  13. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    "Don't tase me, babe!"
  14. gym

    gym member

    Stun Gun/MP3 Player Unveiled

    Stun Gun/MP3 Player Unveiled At CES In Las Vegas

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------thought this was a hoot--

    An Arizona-based electronic company has unveiled a new gadget which integrates a Taser stun gun with an mp3 player at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Dubbed as the iTaser, the new gadget features a 1GB player in the stun gun's holster.

    A spokesman for Taser International which sells the hand held stun guns bannering the slogan 'Changing the World and Protecting Lives,' says their invention "allows the user both personal protection and personal music."

    "Personal protection can be both fashionable and functional," said Rick Smith, founder of the company.

    Smith claims the company has designed the gadget especially for women as evidenced by its red, pink and even leopard print designs, all intended to make carrying a stun gun fashionable.

    The new gadget will be on display for the whole duration of the exhibit which is expected to attract more than 140,000 visitors this week.
  15. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    My main problem with the Taser is you have to drop the stupid thing after tasing someone. So nice Mr. Rapist gets a new toy, that he might not have otherwise been able to afford, to try out on the next victim. Just buy a new cartridge and probes and he's set. Now isn't that a great idea?
  16. Pax Jordana

    Pax Jordana Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I never thought of that. They could try to stop it by not honoring order forms without a serial number on 'em.. since you get free replacement from the company if you send in a police report, they could just blacklist any tasers that've been used in a crime. Not that that'd be entirely effective either.
  17. feedthehogs

    feedthehogs Well-Known Member

    A marketing ploy to sell products that should be taken a lot more seriously when dealing with personal protection.

    Darwin devices designed to thin the herd one unsuspecting person at a time.
  18. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    I'll agree to be less scornful of tasers as fashion accessories when no more engraved, plated, scrimshawed or otherwise decorated guns are produced. After all such embellished pieces, any other barbecue guns, all holsters made out of anything but plain kydex or nylon, all knives that are the bit decorative, and any other weapon or weapon accessory that is not completely utilitarian are eliminated from the pool of serious users like us, then I'll sneer at these tasers and the people who carry them.
    The poor "sheeple" don't stand a chance with you guys. They're damned if they don't take any steps toward responsibility for their own safety and they're damned if they do. Apparently the only possible way for them to be right would be to email you personally and ask exactly what you think they should own and do.
  19. mdao

    mdao Well-Known Member

    Taser's primary market is still the LE market where firearms function as an immediate backup for the Taser. Multishot capability is much less of a concern there. There is the new shotgun based Taser projectile they're developing though. A water downed version might make it to the civilian market eventually. It'd make for a decent double barreled derringer style weapon.

    If Mr. Rapist is dumb enough to do that, great. With the background checks and microdots, tracking him down if he does use it during the commission of a crime would be much easier. If he doesn't get the probes, then he really doesn't have anything more than a well built version of a $10 cheapie contact "stun gun".
  20. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    I'm sure probes and gas cartridges turn up on the used market from time to time, though.

    Also, isn't it possible to just stab someone with the probes, then pull the trigger, and have the taser still work? Not using the stun gun contact points, but the actual, already-shot probe. If you've got the drop on someone (i.e., criminal assault rather than self defense), that wouldn't be too difficult.

    That would be even worse than if cartridges are easily available. Who knows what kind of blood-borne (and not necessarily sexually transmittable) diseases the criminal (who was already shot with that set of probes) might have?


    Think that statement through for a second. Try to imagine a scenario, maybe. Do you seriously think that "microdots" will do a thing?

    Let's say this guy's name is Ray Ping. So Ray gets tased by a victim, who doesn't get an especially good look at him, and he's a pretty bland, generic looking guy anyway. He recovers from the tasing after a couple minutes, long before the police show up, and he keeps the taser.

    A month later, Ray buys a new probe and a gas cartridge on e-bay or at a gun show or flea market or something. Like maybe someone bought a 3-pack of probes and cartridges for practice, and decided to sell the other two after doing one test shot. He looks for a new victim, finds one. He shoots her in the back with the taser, rapes her, strangles her with her own panties, etc. He then keeps the taser, because why would he leave it behind?

    So now the police have a dead body with two taser probe holes in her. A microdot and background check will help catch the perp... how?

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