Taser Air cartridge

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    jchoi54
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm an avid collector of weird airguns, specifically self contained air cartridge air rifles and pistols. 

    Having said that, I've been wondering what it was that Taser (Axon) uses in their taser cartridges. Descriptions found online indicates it's compressed air but of a powder type??

    What the heck is that? 

    Further research implies it's a chemical powder that reacts with the electric charge that leads to a chemical reaction where the powder turns into a high pressure o2 based gas within milliseconds. 

    Having said all of this, then imagine a .38 special or .45 acp sized cartridge with this same o2 powder capsule being ignited by a well built replica that uses some sort of electric shock (spark plug?) as opposed to a firing pin to send .32 or .40 sized slugs down range. It may even appear more like UTM's pistol cartridge (bottle necked 9mm cartridge) or Airmunition's air cartridge (now defunct). 

    I would imagine the power would be insufficient to cycle the action so than the pistol can use the mechanism that is found in the Erma Erp 74 4mm M20 pistol. 

    What are your thoughts?

    Mod3 Edit: Ignition + Firearm. Discussion inappropriate to regular forum sections.

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    Well if aint air. I bet you can find more info on police forums/firearm/self defense forums. 

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    jchoi54
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    Thanks you're right that it's not air, however it is also apparently not considered to be gun powder which is how Taser (now AXON) was able to get around ATF rules since the tasers technically do not use "gunpowder" but "airpowder."

    I've posted this in firearm/self defense forums but they seem even less interested in the topic. 

    Anyway thanks for replying. 

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    d3vnull
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    I found this from TASER International (search for nitrogen in the document):

    https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/media/publications/taser_intl_certification_plan_full.pdf

    That led me to search google for axon taser "nitrogen" which led to this:

    https://my.axon.com/s/article/Smart-Cartridge-Spec-Sheet

    And led to this manual (plus a lot more links):

    http://file:///tmp/mozilla_devnull0/x26-user-manual.pdf

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    jchoi54
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    THanks for using your google fu skills to find these links. The my.axon was really helpful.

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