Blog follower 'Critical Mass' has been investigating the question: Do the taser cartridges contain any explosive charge or anything similar?
Taser International makes much of the fact that the taser darts "...are propelled by compressed nitrogen gas..."
The question raised is: What mechanism opens the little gas canister?
I'd always assumed that a clever designer would have found a way to arrange a very simple hollow-tipped puncturing mechanism, operated by the force of the trigger pull. But 'Critical Mass' was convinced that the canister was opened with a small explosive charge, like a detonating cap.
If it is a detonating explosive cap, then Taser International appears to have a policy of not highlighting it.
Well, there's a warning that the cartridges are sensitive to static shock.
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What would be potentially sensitive to static electricity except a small percusive cap?
I'm still open minded on the mechanism used, but I want to make sure that this question is raised publically.
If anyone has a clear and definitive answer, please send it in. Blog e-mail address is in the right column.
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