About Stun Guns
Stun guns are a non-lethal self-defense device that delivers an electric shock upon contact with an attacker. They are compact, versatile, and regarded as one of the most effective tools to temporarily immobilize an aggressor giving you time to escape a dangerous situation and threat.
Stun Gun Origins
Stun guns as self-defense weapons were conceptualized from other electroshock tools such as those used livestock like to herd cattle. The first proper stun gun as a self-defense weapon was created by Jack Cover in 1974 who coined the piece Taser, which stands for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle. Since it's creation, stun guns have evolved to become more compact, efficient and stylish, all while maintaining its original core competency of being a highly-effective non-lethal self-defense tool.
How Stun Guns Are Manufactured
As electric devices, stun guns undergo meticulous manufacturing processes and quality assurance checks. They comprise the housing, circuit boards, and capacitor which generate and store the electrical charge, the electrodes which are conductive materials used to transfer the charge, trigger mechanisms which activate the electrodes, and rechargeable cells as the power source to provide energy to the device. Along with other electronic circuity, and plastic and metal fittings, they are assembled together and rigorously tested to ensure proper functioning and safety.
Stun Gun Power
The power of a stun gun is generally measured in voltage, ranging from potencies of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of volts. While other factors such as duration of shock and type of electrodes affect the power of a stun gun, the voltage alone is the main indicator of its immobilizing capabilities.
Stun Guns Electric Shock Delivery
All stun guns utilize the same functionality of incapacitating an aggressor by delivering an electric shock. However, there are two ways in which a stun gun can deliver the electric shock.
Traditional stun guns utilize prongs at one end of the device to deliver the electric shock. The prongs fixed to the device and require direct contact with the aggressor. In other words, you must come into contact with the aggressor and cannot maintain your distance.
A modern way of delivering the electric shock of a stun gun is through shooting electrodes at the aggressor which then transfer the electric shock. The electrodes are connected to the stun gun via conductive wires and allow the user to maintain a safer distance from the target.
Regardless of which delivery method your stun gun utilizes, both carry the same electrical potency and are highly effective at incapacitating an aggressor.
Stun Gun Self-Defense Uses
There are a few main uses of stun guns such as personal defense, protection against animals, and law enforcement. Stun guns are generally heralded as one of the best non-lethal self defense products a person can own due to their effectiveness at incapacitating an attacker, while not taking their life. Due to their small size and light body, they are practical and convenient for even very busy city-dwellers to carry everyday.
Stun guns can also be used as self defense and protection against animals whether they are domestic or wild. They are an effective tool to incapacitate an out of control and potentially dangerous animal.
If you need proof that stun guns are effective, look no further than police departments and law enforcement across the world that use stun guns and Tasers as an initial line of defense against stubborn criminals. Police officers typically use stun guns with higher voltages, but their widespread use shows how credible and effective they are.
Here is a compilation video of police officers having to use stun guns against assailants so you can see how powerful they are:
Stun Gun Pros
As one of the most effective and popular self-defense products on the market, stun guns have many advantages for personal defense such as:
- They are designed to be non-lethal and very rarely cause permanent harm or injury.
- They are very potent and effective, and can convincingly take down larger and stronger assailants.
- They are easy for the average person to use and handle, and don't require much training.
- They are fast acting and typically incapacitate an aggressor upon contact.
- They are legal in many areas for personal self-defense.
- They come in various forms and appearances, and they can be discreet and inconspicuous.
Stun Gun Cons
While stun guns don't have too many cons, as with any product and self-defense keychain, they do have a few potential drawbacks such as:
- They are dependent on electrical power and batteries, while other self-defense keychains like Kubatons or knives don't require any external electrical power.
- Their efficacy may vary since it's difficult to understand how their voltage translates into stopping power.
- They are ineffective against multiple attackers.
- Most stun guns have connected prongs and require contact with the aggressor.
How to Use a Stun Gun
Stun guns are very easy to use.