The TASER C2 does not shut off when the trigger button is released. It cycles for 30 seconds. -- a long time to ride any TASER -- and allows an effective escape for the intended victim. I have no intention of enjoying thirty seconds of TASER induced control.
As long as there is battery power, the C2 can deliver the drive stun. The lithium power magazine will last approximately 50 30-second cycles before it needs to be replaced. The drive s tun feature is intimidating, even with the deployed cartridge and wires expelled. It is a miniature lightning storm between the electrodes, and the sound alone is an attention-getter. The purpose is for the user to respond if there is no behavioral change when the probes are deployed. Only a fool would deliberately advance into this storm.
The TASER C2 is not perfect. No protective device will ever be. It is, however, an appropriate tool for a number of situations. It affords a greater standoff distance than most devices and works when the shortcomings of tools like OC are exposed.
If you can't carry a gun, carry the TASER C2.
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.