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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
As one of the most effective and popular self-defense products on the market, stun guns have many advantages for personal defense such as:
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:
Stun guns are very easy to use. Since they are electric devices, their typical method of use is simply pressing a button or activating a switch, and making contact with the aggressor.
However, there are additional steps and preparation that should be performed before using a stun gun. You should always ensure that your stun gun has fresh batteries or is fully charged. You should also practice activating the stun gun and testing it in the air so you are not startled or intimidated by the crackling sound and electric current that is exhibited. Lastly, many stun guns have a safety switch that needs to be turned off before use.
When using the stun gun on an aggressor, you should aim for large muscle groups like the torso, thigh or neck. Making direct contact with these larger muscles will have a greater chance of immobilizing the aggressor.
Popular stun gun products sold at SDK Store are:
Recently, stun guns have evolved from their traditional bulky black-only devices into accessories that seamlessly blend functionality with style. Stylish stun guns empower women to make a strong statement about their personal safety without compromising on aesthetics. As more self-defense product manufacturers prioritize fashion alongside function, we should continue to see new styles, designs, patterns, and trends emerge.
The future of stun guns is as limitless as technology itself. As tech evolves to become stronger yet smaller, we could start to see minimalist small rings that have stun-gun incapacitating power. The sky is honestly the limit and manufacturers will continue to follow technology and push the limits on what is possible since personal safety is such an important part of a person's life, and there is no such thing as too convenient.