Anti-TASER Clothing Experiments


It appears to be possible to defeat TASER electronic control devices (those stun guns shooter things) with a simple modification to your undergarments.  Lining the inside of a T-shirt with an electrically conductive fabric allows you to "short out" the electrical shock from the two metal contact probes, or it will at least load down the high-voltage generator in the TASER device, resulting in an electrical shock that is not as intense as the standard 50,000 volts or so.

The good news is that this electrically conductive fabric is readily available.  For this experiment, we'll be using the "High Performance Silver Mesh Fabric" from Less EMF, Inc., Catalog #A1222.  This fabric is perfect for experimenting and is very easy to work with.  The bad news is that this fabric is fairly expensive.  Around $15 a linear foot (54" wide).  You'll probably need several layers of this material for this method to work "in real life."  Also, the silver coating on the nylon fabric will wear off over a period of time and continuous use.

Construction is quite simple.  Get an old, tight-fitting T-shirt (you'll want it to be snug against your body) and some 3M Super77, or similar, spray adhesive.  Lay out the T-shirt and roughly fit the conductive fabric to match the contour of the shirt.  Remove the conductive fabric and apply a good coat of the spray adhesive.  Let the adhesive sit for a minute, or until it gets "tacky."  Gently place the conductive fabric back onto the T-shirt, cautiously avoiding any tears or creases.  Press the fabric down into the adhesive using an old rolling pin.  You may wish to apply another coat of the spray adhesive or add additional layers of the conductive fabric.  The finished shirt will have a "stiff" feel to it, though.

If using multiple pieces of conductive fabric, they must all have a continous electrical connection!  This is a major requirement for this method to work.  For example, if lining a pair of pants to protect your legs, there should be a wire (or another piece of fabric) connecting to the fabric on the torso area.  The copper/metallic tape used for making stained glass windows can be useful for these applications.

Conductive Fabric Specifications

Less EMF, Inc. - High Performance Silver Mesh Fabric
          Base Fabric : Knit Nylon
            Substrate : Nylon
               Weight : 40 g/m^2
          Temp. Range : -30° to 90° C
        Metal Coating : Silver
         Metal Purity : > 99%
Electrical Resistance : < 0.5 ohms/cm^2

Wash in warm water, mild soap.  No bleach.  Air dry.  Do not apply heat.  Do not iron.

Helpful TASER Information

Here are some helpful little tidbits directly from a TASER manual:

Construction Notes & Pictures

Overview of what's needed.  An old T-shirt, some electrically conductive fabric, a good pair of scissors, some masking tape, and some spray adhesive.

Lay out the T-shirt on a surface which will not get ruined by the overspray from the spray adhesive.  Stretch it out so there are no creases and secure it with some masking tape.

Before applying the spray adhesive, cut the conductive fabric so it fits the contours of the shirt.  Remove the fabric and apply a good coating of the adhesive.  Carefully reapply the conductive fabric, avoiding any creases.  Press it down using a rolling pin.

(The upper corner was cut wrong on this example.)

Conductivity test.  With the probes about one foot apart, the meter is reading "2.1 Ohms."

Stun Gun Zap Test

Testing using a Cheetah Stun SAG-106 stun gun.

Output voltage is listed as 650 kV, which is very unlikely.

The conductive fabric appeared to short out the stun gun.

Alternate view of the shorted output.

Burn marks left on the conductive fabric after the stun gun testing.  These spots were no longer electrically conductive, so this appears to be an "one time use" application.


A potential anti-TASER clothing countermeasure could envolve coating the metal probe with a non-conductive enamel, leaving just the tip exposed.  This would prevent the electrical shock from being shorted out by external clothing.  This would require the probe's tips to enter into the skin for the TASER to be effective.


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