While walking the floor at SHOT Show 2012, I heard the familiar stuttering click of an Electronic Control Device (ECD). Thinking somebody nearby was playing with a Taser, I looked around and saw a gentleman holding this. It is a PhaZZer. Yes, I spelled it correctly. They pronounce it, “Fay’-zer,” as in not endorsed, sponsored by, or affiliated with CBS Studios or the Star Trek franchise.
PhaZZer Electronics, Inc. manufactures and distributes what they call Conductive Energy Weapons (CEW). PhaZZer states they have, “established a CEW Training Facility in Fort Myers, Florida, with the goal of ensuring our end user operators are thoroughly trained according to standard suggested usage.” The PhaZZer Enforcer is made to compete in the law enforcement market against the Taser International X-26. It fires cartridges compatible to the Taser X-26, M-26, and 34,000 models.
PhaZZER makes cartridges that shoot standard electrical darts and also pepper powder, pepperballs, paintballs, and rubber balls. Darts wires are either 15′ or 21′. It boasts a 160 lumen white light, red laser sight, and a short length of picatinny rail on top.
For you Taser instructors: 60,000 volts, current 2.omA’s, 15-18 pulses per second, pulse duration 120 microseconds, five second activation cycle.
Started to get interesting and then I held it and dry fired it.
I am going to state my opinion that this thing is a safety question mark. It is made in Taiwan (no, I’m not biased against Asians, I’m half Filipino). Many things about the PhaZZer Enforcer seem reverse-engineered from Taser’s essential designs. It also just felt very…cheap. Like the blue/black plastic M-16 I had as a kid in the 70′s.
I firmly believe that competition in the marketplace promotes excellence and is a cornerstone of capitalism. But, I suggest someone else go out and get shocked with that thing. Not me, and I’ve had more than my share of “exposures,” having been a Certified Instructor for both Taser International and the now-defunct Tasertron.
To sum it up, Enforcer is an unfortunate trade name for a product that can potentially be involved in a wrongful death lawsuit.