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POSTED: 8:01 am EST November 3, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- The makers of Taser stun guns hope people who need personal protection will consider the new consumer-oriented Taser.

Taser said the weapon is ideal for anyone who comes and goes at odd hours. The X-26-C weighs just 7 ounces, is a bit bigger than a cell phone and looks like a pistol.

Like its big brother, used by police departments, the X-26-C fires twin probes on wires, and packs a 50,000-volt shock. The $1,000 price tag includes a holster, a DVD and a certificate for one-on-one training with a certified instructor.

CEO Rick Smith said each X-26 will be registered to the buyer. When fired, it releases confetti-like paper, each piece bearing the weapon's serial number, an effort to deter criminal use.
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