Self Defense: Discussing the Differences Between Stun Guns and Tasers

The differences between stun guns and tasers are huge. But at the outset they are both exactly the same. They are electronically charged handheld, nonlethal self-defense products that incapacitate a target for 10 minutes or longer. That is about where the similarities end.

Now to the differences! A regular stun gun uses electricity that comes from the two or more probes on one end of the device to short-circuit the body’s muscular system. They use low-wattage and high-voltage to incapacitate an assailant. The electricity comes from batteries inside the device or from rechargeable technology. The electrical charge causes the body to overwork in a very rapid fashion-some say similar to running a marathon. The body is depleted of all blood sugars are needed for energy so he can’t do anything else except curl up in a fetal position. The effects are not long-lasting and dissipate after about five or 10 minutes.

Stun devices are the second most popular self-defense product worldwide. They are on average about 90% effective and are inexpensive, easy to carry and use. No background check is needed.

“Jack Cover, a researcher, began developing the taser in 1969.” Taser was named for his childhood hero and is an acronym for ‘Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle. “It uses electricity to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing ‘neuromuscular incapacitation.’ Someone struck by a taser experiences stimulation of his or her sensory and motor nerves resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions.”

Tasers are considerably more expensive than stun devices and require a background check before they can be activated. They use a replaceable cartridge to send two probes up to 15 feet away for civilian models. The probes are delivered with such force that they can penetrate an inch of clothing each. The probes are charged with 50,000 volts and high wattage to incapacitate the assailant. The end of the taser can be used as a regular stun device.

In independent studies tasers have been shown to have more stopping power than a 9 mm handgun. They are close to 100% effective as a nonlethal self-defense weapon which is why they are used by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and in 11 foreign countries.

Which of these you should get boils down to how much you want to spend and how much you value your personal safety and personal security.

It should be noted that stun devices and tasers are illegal in several states. Those laws are constantly changing so check with your local police department first before you buy one.

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