Warning, slightly gross!
Since the video had to be done in a legal manner, the Slow Mo guys had to travel to the Taser headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona so that the experiment could be done in a controlled environment. The video starts off with a couple of clips that show how the taser is expelled from the gun in slow motion. They start off at a 1,000 frames per second, which turns out to be too slow. So, they crank the frames to an astonishing 28,500 frames per second to catch the taser in action. At that kind of frame rate, it is a fascinating watch, especially the multitude of colored confetti that explodes from inside the taser gun. They explain in the video that the confetti explodes for a reason. Every confetti that comes out of the taser gun has a unique serial number. This helps police to confirm that the taser was indeed fired at a crime scene and not somewhere else.
In the second part of the video, a shirtless Dan Hafen is seen held by two men – getting ready to be shot by the taser gun. Moments later, slow motion cameras capture the moment Dan is shot using the Taser X26 – the company’s most popular model.
The amazing footage shows Dan’s muscle contracting as the probes from the taser gun penetrate the skin to deliver a high voltage current. In case of the Taser X26, the voltage peaks at a staggering 50,000 volts. Dan is visibly at pain (who wouldn’t be?) at the impact as the shock travels through his body for close to 5 seconds.
“It feels like it’s never going to end. It’s a long five seconds.” Dan says after getting shot by the taser gun.
“I didn’t really feel the probes. I feel like my muscles have locked up.”