Nicole Gordon of Cincinnati got a Taser from her boyfriend for Christmas, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. Because a boyfriend worried about her going to and from work in the dark, Gordon joined the more than 160,000 people nationwide carrying a weapon more commonly associated with police. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser International has been selling personal Tasers since 1994, but Gordon’s pink model is new.
The C2 looks a bit like an electric shaver – the police models look like guns – and comes in some unexpected shades. There’s an “electric blue” Taser and a “red hot” Taser. Customers have snapped up thousands of C2s in their first few months on the market. Taser also sells a holster embedded with an MP3 player. Prices range from $300 to $380 for C2. The new model is smaller and slimmer than used by police. Its range is 15 feet, 10 to 20 feet shorter than the distance afforded officers. And its burst lasts 30 seconds, six times as long as the law enforcement Tasers. The longer time means a person can shoot the stun gun, then put it down – while it’s still attached to its target – and get away.