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Taser's smallest weapon ever is for civilians, not cops

The Pulse will be available later this year for $399.

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Although Taser is mostly known for supplying weapons to law enforcement officers, the company also focuses on people who are interested in self-defense products. With this in mind, Taser's introduced the Pulse, a small and lightweight weapon designed for the personal protection of every-day civilians. Pulse, which Taser says is its smallest weapon ever, can be easily carried around in a handbag or concealed on someone's back, measuring a mere 5.24 inches long by 4.5 inches tall and weighing roughly half a pound.

Gallery: Taser Pulse press images | 5 Photos

Additionally, the Pulse comes with rechargeable batteries, two live Taser cartridges, laser-assisted targeting and a 15-foot range. Most importantly, Taser says that if you end up using it for self-defense and leave it at the scene, the device will be replaced for free. The $399 Pulse won't be shipping until "late" Q1 of this year, but Taser's expected to start taking pre-orders on its website any moment now.

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