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Stun guns utilize the power of electricity to disrupt an attacker’s voluntary muscle mobility resulting in temporary paralysis and pain. They are highly effective and for that reason they are standard issue with many police departments and security guard companies across the nation. Stun guns are classified as a less than lethal self-defense weapon because their use does not result in death or permanent injury. They are an excellent choice for people who are adverse to the use of a firearm or knife for self-defense.

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Common Questions About Stun Guns

 

1) How do stun guns work?

A Stun gun employ and high voltage / now amperage electrical current to overload the neural pathways that conduct electrical impulses from the brain to voluntary muscle groups of the body. It causes raped irregular contractions in the muscles that are in close proximity to the electrodes. The muscles experience severe energy depletion and as a result are not able to function normally. The target will experience temporary pain and paralysis. This debilitating effect is directly proportional to the time the stun gun is in contact with the body while discharging. Stun guns do not effect involuntary muscle groups such as the heart do the difference in the in frequency of the electrical impulses that control these areas.

2) On what part of an attacker ‘s body should a stun gun be applied for maximum efficacy?

The optimal area is the neck. However, because the neck is a relatively small target, anyplace in the center mass chest area of the attacker is a good alternative. The stun gun will be least effective against the limbs. However, a stun gun first strike on a limb could easily repel an attacker enough to allow the defender to land a more effective and debilitating secondary strike in the center mass or neck.

At the moment of confrontation the best strategy is to discharge the stun gun against the easiest most accessible target as many times as necessary to stop the aggression and escape to safety.

The electrical current of a stun gun is strong enough to penetrate ½ inch of clothing.

3) How long will the debilitating effect of a stun gun last?

The length of time the debilitating effect of a stun guns lasts is dependent on various factors such as the body weight of the attacker, type of stun gun and the contact area. In general terms, the longer the stun gun is discharged against the attacker’s body, the more debilitating the effect will be. A ½ second discharge will cause a painful shock. A discharge of 1 to 2 seconds will cause severe disorientation for a few minutes. A solid 3 second discharge could cause paralysis for 15 to 30 minutes.

4) Can the stun gun charge pass from the attacker to the defender?

The electrical current emitted by the stun gun will only affect the local muscle group in the vicinity of the electrode contact point. It is not possible for the current to flow from the attacker to the defender regardless of the level of body contact.

5) How much voltage should and amperage should stun gun have?

For effective self-defense, a stun gun should have at least 4 milliamps. 4 – 4.9 milliamps is more than sufficient when combined with at least 1,000,000 of voltage.

6) Can a stun gun shock the defender by accident?

High quality stun guns have safety mechanisms to prevent shocking oneself. An example is the feature of double  action  operation. One switch activates the power and another discharges the unit. With this configuration it is not possible to shock oneself by accident.

7) Can an attacker take the defender’s stun gun and use it against him?

Some stun guns have a safety feature to prevent this this from happening. An example is a stun gun that has a removable pin that is connected the wrist strap worn by the defender. While the pin is in the stun gun it is operational. If the stun gun is dropped or snatched away by the attacker, the pin would disengage and render the stun gun inoperable.

Stun guns without such a feature could be used against the defender if the attacker manages to take it away.  So it is very important to have a clear and well-practiced strategy for using a stun gun to prevent this from happening.

If under attack it is best to use the stun gun quickly, decisively and without hesitation to disable the attacker. Brandishing the stun gun as a warning gives the attacker an opportunity to plan a counter attack strategy that can result in the defender being disarmed.

Any self-defense weapon is only as effective as the person using it.

8) Do stun guns require frequent battery changes?

Most stun guns and powered by long lasting rechargeable nickle-cadmium or lithium batteries that easily be recharged at a standard 120 volt power outlet so battery replacement is not necessary. A ½ hour charge will last for a least 1 month and as long as 3 months.

9) How often should a stun gun be tested?

Stun guns should be tested on a weekly basis to ensure that the device functions properly and maintain familiarity with its operation. Testing should consist of discharging it into the air for 1 second. Discharging it for a longer period of time could cause damage. This limitation does not apply to discharging the device into an attacker because the charge will be absorbed by the body and not be reflected back into the unit.

10) Are Stun Guns Legal?

Stun guns legality is on a State by State basis. In most states they are legal but important that you be aware of the laws of your State and local municipality. You can get a good overview by reading our laws and restrictions page.

Check out our blog post, Stun Guns for Self-Defense, for more information.