TASER Pulse Review: Best Less-Lethal Option?

TASER…turning people into Wookie-sounding bags of jello since 1993.

For a long time only available to law enforcement…the TASER Pulse is geared towards us normal civilian folks.

TASER Pulse Dual Wield

I’ve been on-and-off carrying one for three years. Find out what I think and whether the Pulse meets your less-lethal needs. Actual videos of me shooting it too!

And TASER is also giving Pew Pew Tactical readers 15% off with code PEWPEW.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Table of Contents


About the TASER Pulse

I won’t dive too much into it…but TASER devices work by firing two dart electrodes that deliver electricity, which causes “neuromuscular incapacitation.”

Taser Pulse Demo
TASER Pulse Demo

I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of it in action. This is the Pulse hooked up with clips and only for a few seconds (a full shot is 30 seconds which gives you time to run away).

TASER has traditionally only gone after the law enforcement market…but the Pulse is now available to almost anyone with no licensing in most states.

It’s shaped like a subcompact handgun, has a 15-foot range, a safety lever that activates a light and laser combo, and also a contact stun capability.

Now let’s dive deeper…

Features & Specs

  • 15′ foot range
  • Contact stuns for close encounter
  • Ambidextrous safety lever with light/laser activation
  • Immobilize attackers for up to 30 seconds
  • Weighs 8 ounces
  • Batteries last about 2 years
  • Has an integrated flashlight and laser underneath the main cartridge
  • Taser Pulse+ also integrates with a platform that connects to your phone and can phone a 911 dispatcher

What You Get

For around $399 you get:

  • Pulse unit with battery
  • Two cartridges
  • Neoprene cover
  • Conductive test target
Taser Pulse Unboxing
TASER Pulse Unboxing

TASER sent me this new unit for testing & photos, but the old one I bought myself when it was full price :-(.

But we’ve got a sweet deal for you…15% off with code PEWPEW from TASER direct.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Replacement cartridges are roughly $45 for two. And batteries (that last around 2 years) are around $29.



Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Who Is It For?

  • Someone wanting to protect themselves with a less-lethal projectile weapon (and with contact stun capability)
  • Someone living in a state where it’s hard to get a concealed carry permit

Fit & Feel

It’s pretty light (8 oz) but feels quality for being completely polymer. For comparison…a Glock 19 is 29 oz loaded.

The grip is also decent…I can get a full grip without a hanging pinkie. I’m a large SKD glove (Best ShootingGloves).

Taser Pulse Grip, Me
TASER Pulse Grip, Me

And here is my wife’s grip (she’s a small SKD).

Taser Pulse Grip, Wife
TASER Pulse Grip, Wife

As for size…here’s the Glock 19 again.

Taser Pulse vs Glock 19 Grip
TASER Pulse vs Glock 19 Grip

And for the side profile.

Taser Pulse vs Glock 19, Side
TASER Pulse vs Glock 19, Side

Sights are meh but low-profile and properly aligned with the laser at the 15-foot mark. My guess is if you’re using it, you’re probably only using the laser.

Taser Pulse Sights
TASER Pulse Sights

The lever to power the unit is a flip-up that activates the laser/light and also a power indicator. Green for good and orange for time to change the battery.

Taser Pulse Lever & Power Indicator
TASER Pulse Lever & Power Indicator

Batteries are in the grip and easily accessed when it’s time to change them.

Taser Pulse Battery Pack
TASER Pulse Battery Pack

I’ve been testing it during the 2 years with a decent amount of contact stuns, and I’m still in the green.

How Does It Shoot?

Insert a cartridge (it doesn’t matter orientation), make sure the battery is good, flip the lever up, and shoot.

Taser Pulse Cartridges
TASER Pulse Cartridges

I put the conductive test target on some cardboard and loaded up one of my 2-year-old cartridges.

Taser Pulse Testing Target
TASER Pulse Testing Target

Here it is in action at 15 paces…

Once the two darts make contact, you’ll drive a 30-second charge of electricity into your target. That gives you time to get out of there.

Check out the surges of electricity running across the target…and the difference in pulse patterns. The dart spread is also good for most adult torsos.

And something really cool…there’s a Safe Escape Product Replacement Guarantee. If there’s a police report that deems your use lawful self-defense…TASER will send you a new one!

What if you miss…or you somehow need to incapacitate another target?

Taser Pulse Contact Stun
TASER Pulse Contact Stun

You can either load up another cartridge (which probably isn’t going to happen), or you can take out the used cartridge and use the Pulse in contact stun mode.

Pretty nifty!

And check out the impact on thick cardboard…

Taser Pulse Electrodes
TASER Pulse Electrodes

And the barbed electrodes…that’s gotta sting! Now I know why they use alligator clips when testing them on law enforcement.

Taser Pulse Electrode Barbs
TASER Pulse Electrode Barbs

And how what about the trigger?

It’s comparable to a single-action trigger with no slack and a clean break…with the tactile feel of pressing down on the R or L button on a console controller. I measured it at an ultra-light 1 lb 10 oz.

Low Light Use

Chances are, most bad things happen at night. I really like the integrated flashlight and laser underneath the main cartridge.

Taser Pulse Light & Laser
TASER Pulse Light & Laser

Hopefully, a laser on someone’s chest already defuses the situation. Besides the yellow outline on the front of the Pulse…it really looks like a subcompact gun.

The light is decent…it’ll help you positively ID your target at around the 15-foot mark. But it’s not exactly a great torch (5 Best Tactical Lights).

Taser Pulse Laser Light, 15 Ft
TASER Pulse Laser Light, 15 Ft

Laser is very visible at night and adequate during the day at 15 feet.

Taser Pulse Laser Light, 15 Ft Part 2
TASER Pulse Laser Light, 15 Ft Part 2

And here’s the pattern indoors at around 8 feet…note that it’s rectangular in shape, but once you’re out to 15 feet, you won’t notice.

Taser Pulse Laser Light, 8 Ft Indoors
TASER Pulse Laser Light, 8 Ft Indoors

Holster Options

The thing it comes with is really only meant as a cover. It’s soft and hard to take on and off.

Taser Pulse Slip Cover
TASER Pulse Slip Cover

Other holster options have gotten a lot better. For OWB (outside the waistband), I would look at the Blade-Tech.



Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Or, more likely, you’ll go for an IWB (inside the waistband). In that case, look at TASER’s own option.



Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It’s pretty comfortable for walks and car rides.

Taser Pulse CCW, Appendix
TASER Pulse CCW, Appendix

Conceals well, covers the trigger, doesn’t inadvertently activate the power lever, and is easy to draw.

Lastly, there’s even a leather paddle option.

Leather Pulse Holster
Leather Pulse Holster

Pros & Cons

The Good Stuff

  • Decent price of $399 (especially with the Pew Pew Tactical discount)
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 15 feet of shooting distance
  • Ambidextrous safety lever with light/laser activation
  • Contact stun capability
  • Some holster options now
  • Replacement guarantee
  • No restrictions in most states (always double-check)
Taser Regulations
TASER Regulations

Could Be Better

  • One-shot cartridges that cost $25 each
  • Batteries last about 2 years
  • Need both prongs to hit target
  • Might be ineffective against thick clothing

The last one is addressed by TASER, where they say, “The darts will penetrate all but the thickest clothing and the electricity will also jump up to two inches of combined distances between the probes and the skin.”

By the Numbers

Reliability: 4.5/5

3+ years and at least 20 usages of the contact stun to show my friends…my battery is still going strong. I haven’t shot dozens of cartridges, but the one I did was fine. However, it does look like a handful of reviews on Amazon had less than reliable batteries.

Accuracy: 5/5

Within 15 feet, if you keep the Pulse upright and on target with the laser…it will do its job.

Ergonomics: 5/5

Nice subcompact size and grip that fits me fine and was rated as excellent by my wife.

Looks: 5/5

Looks like a subcompact gun…for better or for worse.

Customization: 2/5

I guess you can choose a holster? But customization isn’t really the name of the game for a TASER device.

Bang for the Buck: 3.5/5

Decently priced for what you get at $399 but is closer to $339 with code PEWPEW.

Cartridges are $45 for two, and remember to change batteries every 2 years at $29 a pop.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing



Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a less-lethal option that doesn’t require you to get up close and personal like pepper spray or stun guns…try out the TASER Pulse.

Or if you’re in a CCW unfriendly state but you still want protection previously only available to law enforcement.

Taser Pulse, What You Get
TASER Pulse, What You Get

It’s decently priced now, is light, ergonomic, and is pretty easy to hit the target. Plus, the contact stun is a plus if you miss.

Extra cartridges and keeping the battery fed are a little annoying, but not enough to deter my personal use.

I’m going to continue to carry mine, and the second one is going into my wife’s purse. Remember to use the code PEWPEW for 15% off direct from TASER.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

What’s your opinion of the Pulse…or did you go with some other sort of less-lethal option? Check out our other options with Best Stun Guns and also Best Pepper Spray.

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