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The U.S.-made PhaZZer cartridges were fully compatible with the TASER X26P and are a competitive option. Our test of 100 cartridges proved it.


Point of Aim & Impact With the PhaZZer cartridge from the PhaZZer Enforcer, the laser dot shows the center of the two-dart group. The PhaZZer specs indicate the top dart impacts at 3 degrees above the laser dot and the lower dart impacts at 3 degrees below the laser dot.


With both the Taser cartridge from the Taser X26P and the PhaZZer cartridge from the Taser X26P, the cartridge fires the top dart level with the laser beam. The standard Taser cartridges have a point of aim versus point of impact (zero) for the top dart at 13 feet. Taser specs for the top dart will hit where the laser is pointed at 13 feet within a 3-inch circle.


With the PhaZZer cartridge from the Taser X26P, the top dart grouped about 1 inch above the laser dot from 5 feet. From 10 feet, the top dart group was 1 inch below the laser dot. This is essentially point of aim—point of impact for the top dart at common police engagement distances. At 15 feet, the top dart group was 6 inches below the laser dot, while at 20 feet, the top dart group centered 9 inches below the laser dot.


The consistency and accuracy of the PhaZZer darts from the Taser X26P were excellent. The 5-shot group sizes from the top dart and the bottom dart were the same for all dis- tances. The 5-shot group sizes were 2 inches (from 5 feet), 3 inches (from 10 feet), 4 inches (from 15 feet) and 5 inches (from 20 feet).


DART SPREAD DIFFERENCE 7”


DISTANCE PHAZZER TASER 5 feet


10 feet 15 feet 20 feet


12” 16” 23”


13” 18” 26” 36”


The PhaZZer cartridges snap in and out of the TASER X26P just exactly like TASER brand cartridges.


Tighter Dart Spread


The dart spread for the Taser and PhaZZer cartridges is dif- ferent. The PhaZZer cartridge has a 6-degree dart separation angle, which is tighter than the 8-degree dart separation with the Taser cartridge. This narrower dart spread is a tactical advantage at longer engagement distances. At 20 feet, the PhaZZer dart spread is 23 inches, more than a foot closer to- gether than the Taser darts.


Under use-of-force stress, threats (generally) appear closer than they are. That means the actively resisting subject can be farther away than he/she looks. Less probe spread is tactically more tolerant of stress-induced errors in distance estimating. The hit probability of both darts increases.


At 5 feet, the difference between a 6-degree PhaZZer angle and an 8-degree Taser angle is negligible. The two groups of upper darts overlap one another. The two groups of lower darts are about 6 inches apart. The Taser probe spread at 5 feet is in the desired range of 12-18 inches apart. At 10 feet, both the PhaZZer probes and the Taser probes are in this ideal range. At 15 feet, the PhaZZer darts still have the ideal separation while the Taser specs show a 26-inch spread. At 20 feet, the PhaZZer darts have the same spread as the Taser specs list for 15 feet, while the Taser probe spread is 36 inches. At longer distances, the difference between a 6-degree spread and an 8-degree spread, i.e., the 23-inch spread from the PhaZZer car- tridge and the 36-inch spread from the Taser cartridge, may be the difference between a two-dart “closed” circuit and a one- dart miss or “open” circuit.


Ignition Reliability


Ignition reliability simply means, did the Taser X26P fi re the new PhaZZer cartridge? “To document ignition reliability, we fi red a total of 100 U.S.-made PhaZZer cartridges from the Taser X26P. These were a mix of 15-foot dart cartridges, 21-foot dart cartridges, 25-foot dart cartridges, and 21-foot training cartridges. Of those, 97 fi red perfectly. Both probes impacted where expected. All wires were intact and delivering current. From the X26P, three cartridges failed to fi re of the 100


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