When the trigger safety cover is opened, the LED illuminator and laser-aiming device switch on. The LED illuminator is not particularly bright, but bright enough to identify and confirm a target in total darkness. The laser is a confidence builder. First, one of the probes more or less follows the line of the laser. The other falls away at a subtle angle (approximately 8 degrees), allowing ideal separation of the probes. This improves the effect of the device. The laser is optional on the TASER C2; do not purchase one without it.
TASER International recommends targeting large muscle groups in their manual. I didn’t have any problem orienting and quickly aiming the device. Some evidence suggests that the laser and illuminator can help de escalate an incident before it is consummated. This is in keeping with the purpose of the device, which is defense and protection.
The C2 cartridge resembles its law-enforcement cousin. It is propelled by nitrogen and has the trademark blast doors. It is smaller and lighter. It also releases tiny confetti like particles when fired, which get on everything. This is the Anti-Felon ID System (AFID) tagging, which is unique to each fired cartridge. Its purpose is to aid in identifying the suspect later.
The TASER C2manual of arms differs from the law enforcement version. The civilian user is not supposed to recover the unit once it is deployed. It was not designed to be manually controlled. This means that once fired, the NMI pulse continues for 30 seconds. At that point the user is supposed to lay the TASER C2on the ground and escape. TASER International will replace the unit after a police report has been filed.
The AFID tagging is also effective in reducing unauthorized (illegal) use of the TASER C2. The other important safeguard is the fact that one must complete an online background check before the device can be activated. Using the CheckLok feature, a user completes the application on a secure website. Users can also telephone a toll-free number for activation.
My TASER C2 proved to be remarkably simple. For a defensive tool, this is an important feature. The lithium power magazine is inserted into the rear of the device. Although it has a sticker saying, “this side up”, I recommend making it more asymmetrical so that it could only be inserted one-way.
Once activated, the TASER C2has an LED underneath the trigger safety cover which gives the green light indicating the device is armed. With the safety cover over the trigger button, one slips a cartridge into the front of the TASER C2, being careful not to let any portion of the body in the front of the cartridge. The device should be pointed in a safe direction.
TASER International mentions the resistance one will encounter when slipping the loaded cartridge into the front of the device. This is an area which I recommend that TASER International improves. I had to muscle the cartridge into the device while holding it by the side, according to the instructions. I found later that the fired cartridge is quite easy to remove. I would have preferred they shaved the dimensions just a little to make it easier to insert, especially since one cannot pound it in with the palm, which would be a safety violation.
One trick that seems to work is to ease the cartridge into the device by pushing it on a rigid flat surface. Use both thumbs, not the thumb and forefinger to remove a live cartridge.
The TASER C2did exactly what they said it would. It has an extremely high hit probability within its recommended distance. A moving target is quite doable. For the uninitiated, it is effective through clothing a very large percentage of the time. Fifteen feet is a greater standoff distance than most other less than lethal devices. The laser-aiming device is daylight friendly and worked just fine in guiding the probe.
As most experts know, The TASER wave is not simply a pain compliance phenomenon. It shuts everything down. This makes this kind of product much better than a stun device or a chemical irritant. Bad guys can sometimes fight through pain or something sprayed in their eyes. The only thing bad guys can fight through that a TASER C2can deliver is an ineffective or incomplete deployment. That’s where the drive stun feature comes into play.