Comprehensive Guide To Stun Guns
Much has been written about stun devices but, as far as we know, it is not all in one place. In today’s blog post we’re doing a comprehensive guide to stun devices to cover everything from what they are to some unusual models of them.
WHAT ARE STUN GUNS?
Stun guns other than Taser guns which we will cover separately are handheld nonlethal self-defense weapons that are highly effective. They have a successful track record in stopping assailants. They are battery powered (most are rechargeable) tools that deliver an electric shock to an assailant through two or more probes on the end of the device. This electric shock when applied to an assailant can disable him for as much as 5 to 10 minutes.
Once activated, the stun device creates electrical arcs that flash between the probes on the end. The flashing arcs make an intimidating noise. So between the sight and sounds of the arcs, some assailants are scared away.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Once a stun gun is activated and applied to an assailant, electrical current goes from the prongs through any garments the attacker may be wearing into his body causing the body to lose all blood sugars that are needed for energy. The pulse current causes the musculature structure to work superfast similar to running a long-distance race. The pulse current also interrupts the tiny neurological stimulus that controls muscle movement resulting in disorientation and loss of balance.
HOW TO USE STUN GUNS
Here are some tips on how to use a stun gun properly and safely.
You probably already did this before you got a stun gun, but make sure they are legal where you live. They are not legal everywhere. Read and understand the instructions that came with the stun gun.
The very first thing they should tell you is to charge your stun gun. This usually requires as much as eight hours to develop a charge for your device.
Learn the safety features of your device. Every stun gun has an on-off switch or button. Some have an additional safety feature that prevents accidental discharge. Practice turning it on and off so you get used to it.
The very first time that you activate the stun device you will see flashing arcs on the end and hear a loud noise that those flashing arcs make. If you are not used to it, this can scare you. So practice firing it so those sounds become second nature.
Know the optimum points on an assailant’s body where the stun gun should be applied. They are upper hips, upper shoulders and below the rib cage on both sides of the body-so six optimum points of attack.
Before you use your stun device make sure the batteries are fully charged.
A stun gun is considered a weapon and misuse of it can be grounds for criminal prosecution.
ARE THEY LEGAL?
Stun devices are not legal in all states. So check online or check with your local law enforcement officials to make sure they are legal in your area.
SALES ARE PROHIBITED TO Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Annapolis, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
TYPES OF STUN GUNS
There are several types of stun devices available in the marketplace. They all provide excellent personal protection and personal safety. Your choice of what type you want is completely personal.
DISGUISED STUN DEVICES–The vast majority of stun guns are disguised as cell phones, flashlights, batons and even a new one that is disguised as a Perfume Dispenser or lipstick dispenser. A disguised stun gun gives you the added advantage of surprise in an attack. An assailant will never expect you to defend yourself with a cell phone or a flashlight.
CELL PHONE STUN GUNS–By far the most popular type of disguised stun gun are the ones that look like cell phones are smartphones. They don’t work as phones but are powerful self-defense products.
FLASHLIGHT STUNNERS–Flashlight stun guns are the next most popular-probably because they are some of the most powerful and serve a dual purpose of the self-defense product in an emergency and a way to provide light in darkened areas or in power outages. Some flashlight stun guns have beveled edges so can be used as an emergency glass breaking tool or as a striking device for additional self-defense.
MINI STUN GUNS–These are extremely popular models with women especially because they are so small. Some of them even have keychain attachments so it can be with you at all times. This is a valuable feature for women who are attacked nine times more often than men. The smallest ones that we could find are: one that weighs only 3 ounces and measures 3.5″ tall x 1.25″ wide x .75″ deep and one that weighs 2 ounces and measures 4″ tall x 1.20″ wide x .60″ deep. We have 46 different tiny stun devices for you to choose from plus many more models.
BATON STUN GUNS–Batons are another type of stun device that is mostly used by guards and other security personnel. Because they are longer they hold more batteries and are thus more powerful generally speaking. Some of these types of devices have beveled edges that can be used to break windows in an emergency or assist as a striking device. Most of them are not primarily striking devices, however.
- SHOOTING STUN GUNS–The only objection that most women have against stun guns is they physically have to be applied to an assailant. A shooting stun gun overcomes that objection by firing an electrified probe as much as 15 feet away-kind of long-range self-defense. Other than the Taser, these require no background checks.
- UNUSUAL TYPES OF STUN DEVICES–Zap brand is a manufacturer of several unusual types of stun devices including an electrified Walking Cane which senior citizens love, and a stun device that looks like brass knuckles worn on your hand.
- TASERS–And finally, the most effective of all stun devices is the Taser Gun. They are used by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States and in at least 11 foreign countries. They have an astonishing near 100% takedown rate record. Law enforcement has come to rely on tasers as a last resort nonlethal self-defense alternative because it is so effective. You must be able to pass a background check to have the product activated.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, under D.C. code 7–2502.15, tasers are legal to own and carry in Washington DC if you are over the age of 18.
Being tased has been compared to feeling like every inch of your body is in unimaginable pain with some people describing it as the most painful experience in their entire lives. This experience can leave an individual dazed and confused even after the initial 15-30 seconds of shock from the taser.
You can get a Taser from many stores online. The Home Security Superstore, for example, is a company who sells tasers. They have been selling tasers for nearly 20 years and offer taser prices lower than what is available from most stores even competing with Amazon.