Ultimately, the answer to whether you should get a stun gun has to be answered by you. However, there are several things we can point out to help you consider your purchase.
First, you must know what a stun gun is designed to do and how they work. Initially, a stun gun is designed to be a visual deterrent. When face to face with an attacker, you want a stun gun that will make a loud ZAP! into the air letting the person know you’re about to shock the crap out of them. And, quite honestly, there are many levels of stun guns out there, each which deliver varying levels of loudness. The loudest one is easily the Barracuda BC37. However, there are some that are a little less expensive which also deliver a fairly strong ZAP into the air. Your goal at this stage of contact with an attacker is to prevent a full on attack. So, again, a loud and bright spark is what you’re wanting.
Secondarily, a stun gun has to be able to deliver on what it’s supposed to do. So, here, let’s discuss what a stun gun is supposed to do. Many people incorrectly believe that a stun gun, with just a split second of contact with another is person, is supposed to knock the person to the ground for 30-60 seconds, giving the user time to get away. And, while this MAY happen from time to time, every person is different.
A stun gun is designed to shock whomever it is applied to, plain and simple. Do YOU like to be shocked? Not many people do and that’s what a stun gun works with. FEAR. Flat out, people don’t like to be shocked. Not by static electricity. Not by a 9v battery to the tongue. Now, obviously, if you apply only a slight bit of electricity, like static electricity to someone, will that put them on the ground? Probably not. A good quality stun gun, however, should deliver much more than static electricity, and they do. Most stun guns deliver 3 milliamps of current to their target. This level is generally enough, after 3-5 seconds of direct contact, to cause most people to become disoriented and potentially fall to the ground unable to control their muscles. The stun gun that delivers the highest amperage, again, the Barracuda BC37, delivers 4.5 milliamps of current. This level is generally enough to be effective after only 2-3 seconds of contact. Note: 5 milliamps of current is considered lethal, so the BC37 gets as closer to this level of electricity than any other stun gun.
Finally, there are different types and shapes of stun guns. Most stun guns are small and fit snugly into the palm of the user’s hand. A stun baton gives the user a little bit longer reach, and are commonly used to protect against attacking dogs, yet it won’t kill them. Flashlight stun guns offer a flashlight with the added benefit of extra protection in the form of a stun gun built into the unit. A stun cane is even longer than a stun baton, again, further increasing the distance between the user and the attacker. Finally, a TASER Gun (also some units from PHAZZER) have the ability of actually shooting electrodes outward up to 15 feet, thus giving the user even further distance between them and the attacker. This technology is noticeably more expensive, but for those who want the distance, they feel this cost is worth it.
One other note we commonly get asked: If you are shocking someone with a stun gun and they touch you, the user, will you be shocked? The answer is “NO”. The current will not pass through your target and come back into you.
Hopefully, you’ll find this information helpful, but if we can be of further help, please visit us at www.smartstun.com.
- By E Harris
- By SmartStun Stun Guns