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cartridges. Of the three that did not fi re, two of them fi red from a PhaZZer Enforcer. One cartridge would not fi re. When combined with the 45 cartridges fi red in the Indial- antic, Fla. Police test, and the 30 cartridges used in testing conducted by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, the dud rate is 0.6 percent for the U.S.-made PhaZZer cartridge. This is slightly better than the 0.9 percent dud rate for Taser brand cartridges based on a published NCJRS/NIJ test. The one U.S.-made PhaZZer cartridge that would not fi re resulted in an internal design change at PhaZZer Electronics, who has an ignition rate goal of 100 percent. A continuous improvement program company, this design change repre- sents the sixth signifi cant modifi cation. The ignition rate of the Gen 5 U.S.-made PhaZZer cartridges stands now at 99.4 percent. Watch the pages of LAW and ORDER and Tactical Response for an ignition reliability test on the Gen 6 U.S.- made cartridges.


The PhaZZer cartridges fit both the TASER X26P and also the TASER Digital Power Magazine spare cartridge holder.


In the event of a dud or squib load, do exactly what you would do on most handguns. Keep the device armed at the subject, and put the device on “Safe.” Then with the fingers clear of the blast doors, remove the cartridge and replace it with a new one. Do not try to reuse a “dud” cartridge. Just like Taser’s dud return policy, no- tify PhaZZer Electronics and provide them with the se- rial number. PhaZZer cartridges have a one-year, free replacement warranty.


All PhaZZer cartridges have a date code in permanent ink on the label at the bottom of the cartridges. The serial number allows the cartridge to be assigned to, tracked by, individual offi cers. Like the Taser cartridges, the PhaZZer cartridges have a fi ve-year functional (shelf) life. The reason for an expiration after fi ve years has to do with the tiny com- pressed nitrogen cartridges. Over time, all compressed ni- trogen cartridges may leak to an unacceptable low pressure level. Cartridges older than fi ve years should be taken out of service and used for training.


Conduct Electricity


Ignition reliability is only part of the process. The purpose of the dart impacts is to conduct electricity. That means full wire deployment, with no broken wires at the dart or any- where in the full length of wire. It also means deployment and wire insulation quality where the wires do not short out with one another.


We tested at 5, 10, 15 and 20 feet. Like the TASER, the top PhaZZer dart hits the laser dot. However, the PhaZZer darts have less spread. At longer deployment ranges, less spread means both darts are more likely to hit the target.


We tested conductive reliability two ways. First, half of the U.S.-made PhaZZer dart cartridges were fi red into plywood. This kept the electrical circuit open. We got lots of arcing when 50,000 volts was being exerted to complete the circuit. However, the arcing was back at the device, not between the propelled wires from the PhaZZer cartridge. That is how the Taser car- tridges work, and it is how the new PhaZZer cartridges work. The second half of the dart cartridges were fi red into a thin sheet of aluminum. This completed the electrical circuit. We wanted silence, not arcing, and that is what we got each time: silence is success. During every dart deployment from the PhaZZer cartridges, the wires remained connected to both the darts and the cartridge. There were no broken or pulled- free wires.


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