Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. Stun-gun maker TASER International's (Nasdaq: TASR) stock still sits far below pre-recession highs, but many investors expect better times ahead.

In our Motley Fool CAPS community, about 93% of the 1,164 investors rating the company are bullish, so there's no shortage of reasons TASER will thrive, three of which I've highlighted below.

But here at The Motley Fool, we're all for looking at both the good and bad sides of an investment. Once you're done with this article, you can read the case against the stock, weigh in with your own comments below, or rate TASER yourself in CAPS.

1. Stimulating sales
While demand for firearms remained strong for Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR) in its recent quarter, TASER has seen its domestic business turning a corner, thanks in part to the positive effects of stimulus spending. Other companies are also finally seeing stimulus benefits -- Honeywell's (NYSE: HON) building solutions unit expects to deliver about $100 million in stimulus-related orders over the next 24 months, and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded $140 million in stimulus-funded contracts, too. TASER is looking for stimulus spending to help boost sales this coming year as well.                 

2. New products
While Smith & Wesson (Nasdaq: SWHC) has branched out with its acquisition of security provider Universal Safety Response and Flir Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) will expand in the marine market with its acquisition of Raymarine, some CAPS members like that TASER's getting into the act with new, diversified product offerings. It had its first domestic sale of its Axon video capturing system, and other products, such as the Protector platform, show promise.

3. Growing customer base
In addition to the growth potential of TASER, CAPS members like the recurring revenue that comes from sales of replacement cartridges. Just as Olin (NYSE: OLN) has seen steady Winchester ammunition sales to military and law-enforcement agencies, TASER has been growing its customer base at home and abroad, a trend that expands the base for more cartridge sales.

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