I thought this was relevant to strategies and tactics because it deals with preparing yourself for self-defense. I was thinking about volunteering to have myself shot with an air taser sometime. As some of you may know, I posted a video of me being pepper sprayed on THR. I believe that if you want to carry something for self-defense, you should try it out on yourself before you carry it so that you'll understand how it works from firsthand experience. You'll know what its strengths and limitations are. This only applies to devices that aren't normally supposed to leave "permanent" damage, so I'd never do it with firearms or a baton because that would just be stupid. I've heard that there was a study that found that air tasers don't usually cause "permanent" damage (although it causes temporary damage), unless one lands on something that wouldn't be good for them or they get shot in the eyes. I know a cop who volunteered to get shot with an air taser in the academy; he said it hurt like extreme heck. My question is: is this a wise idea if you're thinking of perhaps carrying one in the future when you get more money? If you do it, what's the best setup? Stand on top of a large air filled mattress? If I do it, I don't want to tape the probes to me, I want to actually be shot so that I'd know whether I could rely on this device or not. I'd want to be shot in the front side, not the back side, so that I'd have the closest thing to what it'd be like in real life. Would some sort of eye protection be good? I'd want to experience it first before actually spending all of that money. I realize it's $25 per shot with an air taser. Are there places to find people where you could have it done to you? Do some self-defense places demonstrate an air taser on someone as part of the course? Thanks for any advice any of you may have By the way: I'm not doing this to be tuff or anything. I truly want to know what it's like before I trust my safety with it. Note: If you're going to bash me saying I'm trying to be tuff, please don't post on this thread.