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A Taser, with cartridge removed, making an electric arc between its two electrodes
A computer-generated image (CGI) of a man holding an electric shock baton

An electroshock weapon is an incapacitant weapon used for incapacitating a person by administering electric shock aimed at disrupting superficial muscle functions and/or causing pain without significantly hurting the subject.

Multiple types of these devices exist differing by the mode of use. Stun guns, batons (or prods), and belts administer an electric shock by direct contact, whereas Tasers (conducted electrical weapons, CEW) fire projectiles that administer the shock through thin flexible wires. Long-range electroshock projectiles, which can be fired from ordinary shotguns and do not need the wires, have been developed as well.


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A Taser, with cartridge removed, making an electric arc between its two electrodes
A computer-generated image (CGI) of a man holding an electric shock baton

An electroshock weapon is an incapacitant weapon used for incapacitating a person by administering electric shock aimed at disrupting superficial muscle functions and/or causing pain without significantly hurting the subject.

Multiple types of these devices exist differing by the mode of use. Stun guns, batons (or prods), and belts administer an electric shock by direct contact, whereas Tasers (conducted electrical weapons, CEW) fire projectiles that administer the shock through thin flexible wires. Long-range electroshock projectiles, which can be fired from ordinary shotguns and do not need the wires, have been developed as well.


Electroshock weapon sections
Intro   History   Principle operation  Commercially-available varieties  Prototype designs  Controversies  See also  References   External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: History
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