Rule Number One for Cartridge Safety:
NEVER place your hand in front of the cartridge blast doors.
One of the fundamental issues addressed in the TASER Training
program is to never attempt to replace blast doors that have fallen off
of a cartridge. This is stressed in the Instructor and Armorer
Certification Program, and should also be stressed in the in-service
training done at the department level.
The blast doors of TASER cartridges were redesigned so that they
now "snap on". The purpose of this redesign was to reduce the
possibility of the doors coming off. Unfortunately, many officers have
gotten the idea that the snap on feature is there to allow them to "snap
the doors back on" if they happen to fall off.
This is not true.
The primary reason for this is that, if the doors have come off,
it is possible that the conductive strip on the underside of the doors
may be disturbed. Replacing the doors could then compromise the
reliability of the cartridge.
Additionally, it is rare for a cartridge to deploy its probes
due to electrostatic discharge, but it is possible. It is also possible
that, if an officer fires a TASER and the cartridge fails to deploy for
some reason, that the wire bundles in the cartridge may retain a small
electrical charge for a short time (rather like a coil). If an officer
then places his or her hand across the front of the cartridge, that may
complete the circuit, and the probes may deploy.
Cartridges have a five year, no questions asked warranty. If a
cartridge fails, or if the doors come off, the cartridge should be
returned to TASER for a replacement. This is accomplished through the
RMA process, accessed via the TASER website (www.taser.com
Rule Number One for Cartridge Safety: NEVER place your hand in
front of the cartridge blast doors.
TASER Senior Master Instructor
15 Custer Court
Monroe, MI 48161