Taser XREP Up Close (and pricing!)

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Taser XREP is a 12 gauge less-lethal round that delivers an electric shock to the target it hits. It’s certainty the most complex shotgun bullet ever made and also the most expensive.

I was able to handle, and photograph, a deactivated Taser XREP round. I have never before seen any photos published, other than the official Taser marketing photos, so this is a first.

The cartridge on the right is the unfired round. It can only be fired in a Mossberg X12 shotgun (and regular 12 gauge rounds can’t be fired in the X12) It can be fired from any 12 gauge shotgun although Taser recommend the Mossberg X12 which cannot fire regular legal rounds (preventing tragic accidents). The X12 is a modified version of the pump action Mossberg 500.

The bullet as it looks when it leaves the muzzle is second from the right in the above photo. At the base you can see the fins which help stabilize the bullet. The spikes in front are electrodes.

Once the spikes make contact with the target, the body breaks away and very (very!) sharp needles are deployed. The Taser system requires two points of contact to adequacy shock a human being. The frontal spikes provide one point of contact and the needles provide another.

Taser XREP training round (right)

The XREP is a very complex device and expected it would be expensive, although I had not idea how expensive it would be!

The training round, a plastic projectile weighted the same as the live XREP costs $100 per five rounds! The live version of the XREP costs $800 per 5 rounds! That is $160 per round! I would hate to miss the target at a price that that!

Mossberg / Taser X12 shotgun.
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Alex Alex on Apr 04, 2012

    Any updates on the pricing of these rounds? Surely they must have come down a bit since then. Or maybe not, has anyone noticed the change that Taser made to their Gold and Platinum packages with regards to the additional cartridges?

  • Alex Alex on Jul 14, 2014

    Matt Groom,
    I'm amazed that you side with the cops in your 1st paragraph. That's their friking job!
    They are Civil Servants! What do you think Civil Servant means? If some old lady can't get in her car at the grocery store late at night it's their job to at lest protect her isn't it?
    Or is their friking coffee break more important. People will call police to have someone turn down their music which may be too loud because it's usually some moron or RAPPER pumping it up too loud. Would you walk in to a yard taking your life in your hands to tell them to turn it down? If I knew them and trusted them I might go myself.
    Otherwise the POLICE respond to a domestic disturbance!