Stun Guns

Many people having differing views on the effectiveness of stun guns.  And, its very understandable when you look at the market as a whole.  Here’s what I mean….

Some stun guns are good.  Some stun guns are cheap and crappy.  And, some stun guns are exceptional.  Its because of this diversity in quality of products that people have had differing experiences after purchasing these self defense weapons.

For instance, you find an 8 million volt stun gun online for $30-50.  Well, technically speaking, the only way to generate this much voltage is to reduce the amount of amperage that the weapon puts out.  And, amperage is actually what stops someone.  Amperage is what they feel.  Voltage is important, yes, as its what delivers the amperage, the SHOCK!  But, high voltage by itself won’t stop anyone.   A battery can only generate so much electricity.  And, when voltage is pushed  up, the only thing that can happen is that amperage has to be reduced.

So, what you want here is a nice blend of high voltage and high amperage.  So, when looking at stun guns in the 3-4 million volt range, you will find a sufficiently high amperage can still be generated.  The average, good quality stun gun generates about 3 milliamps of amperage and this is enough to make your attacker back off.  And, there’s even one stun gun brand that delivers this level of voltage, but has found a way of increasing the amperage to 4.5 milliamps by redesigning the built in battery they use.  This model is the Barracuda BC37.  It generates 3.7 million volts and delivers 4.5 milliamps.  When you consider that 5 milliamps is considered lethal, you’ll soon realize that 4.5 is right below that threshold and will most certainly deliver the most stopping power.

– By E Harris

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JPX Jet Protector Price Increase

JPX Jet ProtectorThis just down from the manufacturer:  The price for the JPX Jet Protector with Laser is going to increase on May 1.  The current price of $299 will become $319.  This is the minimum price any retailer can sell it for online.  So, if you’re looking into getting a JPX Pepper Gun, don’t delay.

At SmartStun.com, we’ll be holding the price steady at 299, until May 1 AND it Ships for FREE!  Check them out and place your order today!

– By E Harris

Does a Stun Gun Work?

In order to answer this question, we must first define what a stun gun is supposed to do.  So many people think that a stun gun is supposed to instantly drop someone to the ground and leave them unable to get up with just an instant of contact.  This is simply not the case.  Anything that acted this quickly, would most certainly kill.

So, what is a stun gun supposed to do?  Well, first, a stun gun is designed to instill fear into someone who sees you have one.  Preventing an attack is much better than winning an attack.  And, think of this:  Do you like to be shocked?  Do you even like the little bursts of static electricity shocks that happen throughout the course of a day?  Do you like the shock of a 9v battery on your tongue?  I can’t say that I’ve ever met anyone who LIKES the feeling.  And, knowing that a good quality stun gun generates SUBSTANTIALLY more electricity than static electricity or that of a 9v battery, most people, upon seeing a stun gun being test fired into the air will not want to come into contact with it.  So, if that alone scares off an attacker, the stun gun has worked.

Secondly, a stun gun is designed to cause severe discomfort, mental instability, and yes, possibly, causing a person to be physically disabled to the point of falling to the ground, when actually applied to the person.  But, does all this happen with just an instant of contact?  No.  The amount of amperage determines how long a stun gun has to be applied to cause these effects.  Most good quality stun guns generate about 3 milliamps of electrical current.  (notice we’re talking amperage here and not voltage….voltage is an entirely different subject and does not determine how effective a stun gun is).  And, 3 milliamps of current will generally take between 3-5 seconds of direct contact to cause these effects to occur.  The highest stun gun out there, the Barracuda BC37, generates 4.5 milliamps of electrical current, while 5 milliamps is considered lethal, or deadly.  So, 4.5 milliamps is right below the threshold of what will kill someone.  And, at this level of electrical current, generally 1-3 seconds of direct contact is required to cause these effects.

Now, will all that said, there are many, many, many cheap stun guns on the market that will not really do anything more than that 9v battery on the tongue kind of thing.  So, you do have to make sure you’re dealing with a high quality stun gun to begin with.  And, even at that, just as some people can take a bullet and still move forward, there are some people who can take a shock and still move forward.  So, there is virtually no self defense weapon that works on 100% of the people, 100% of the time.

And, so, if you have a high quality stun gun that can prevent an attack and/or that can cause most people enough severe pain and mental instability, then, yes, you have a stun gun that works.  If you have a cheap stun gun, then, no, it probably won’t work.

– By E Harris

Have you been busted by a Nanny Cam?

Some people know what a Nanny Cam is and some people don’t.  If you’re in the latter group, you might just want to be careful if you’re up to things you shouldn’t be.

You see, a Nanny Cam is a an everyday looking object; something like an alarm clock, boombox, even a watch or car key remote.Nanny Cam  However, its not JUST an everyday object.  Inside is a camera and a recording device (DVR), and some even have microphones built in.  So, what? you say.

Well, if someone suspects you’re up to something, let’s say, cheating on your spouse, hitting the kids  you’re supposed to be babysitting or stealing office supplies, the owner of the place may have installed a Nanny Cam.  And, the next time you go into the office supply closet or have a clandestine encounter with you know who, they may just be able to get the video surveillance they need to bust you.

These handy cameras with DVR’s can be used for other good, too.  We use one in our house to spy on our dogs when we’re not home.  Most times, there’s nothing really to see.  But, every once in a while, we get some funny stuff worth sharing.

– By E Harris

Why Carry a Stun Gun?

First, Why Not?  I mean, if you’re not in a locale where stun guns are restricted, why wouldn’t you carry a stun gun, or at least some form of self defense weapon?  With the poor economic conditions getting worse all around the country, crime is spreading at a rapid rate.  I was sitting behind our retail store last week getting a little sunshine between customers when a guy approached me and I could tell he was up to no good.  Fortunately, I was near our door and I did some quick talking to get away from him and safely inside.  But, I had no weapon on me.  If he had pulled a knife or even just demanded that I give him my wallet, I might have had to just to keep things smooth.

So, why not carry a stun gun?  I mean, let’s say its dark, you’re coming out of the mall or the grocery store or Wal-Mart and someone comes up and demands your purse or wallet.  What are you going to do?  If you had a stun gun in a holster on your belt or perhaps, in your purse, simply setting off a quick test fire may be all that’s needed to set the mugger running off.  While he may not be caught by the police, at least your safe.  I can assure you that you have a much better chance of being safe with a good quality stun gun in your hand than you do if you have nothing.  And, let’s be real, its not quite comfortable to walk around everywhere with a handgun on your hip.  So, in many cases, a stun gun is a much more suitable alternative.

– By E Harris

 

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Best Stun Gun Manufacturer

Oftentimes, we get asked “Who makes the best stun gun?”.  And, of course, this can only truly be answered by defining what makes a stun gun the best one.  I mean, are we talking technical specs?  Are we talking overall quality?  Are we talking about how long it’ll last?  All these things can define which is the best.

So, let’s just look at overall quality, today.  And, in doing so, that’ brings two manufacturers to mind.  The first is Over the Counter Intelligence, the maker of the Barracuda Stun Guns.  The second is Omega, the maker of the Omega Stun Guns.

Over the Counter Intelligence set out early on the build not only the stun gun with the best technical specs, but also the line of weapons that will last for years.  So, not only do their stun guns generate the highest amperage, which is what actually does the “stopping” when applied to a person, but they also have the best battery design.  This helps them to last decades, not just years.

And, Omega is one of the first two manufacturers to ever develop stun guns and stun batons.  They began back in the 1980’s.  And, while their designs haven’t necessarily changed much since then, they haven’t needed to.  You see, the Omega line of stun guns, while somewhat lower in voltage and amperage than most models today, remain effective due to the frequency of the amperage they generate.  I won’t get into the technical “know how” of how it works, as it would take much more than a blog post to explain it.  But, their stun guns sell just as well today as they did 3 decades ago.  Again, if they have this kind of staying power in the marketplace, they have to be considered among the best.

– By E Harris

 

Flashlight Stun Gun from ZAP

The ZAP Brand of self defense products has been around for a while and is manufactured by PS Products.  This company is unique in the industry as they design and have their own products manufactured, rather than taking on some of the cheap chinese products and putting their name on them.  PS Products holds patents on the design of their weapons, as many of their stun guns and such are unique to them.

zap flashlight stun gun

For instance, the new ZAP Enforcer Professional Grade Flashlight Stun Gun is one that can only be gotten from ZAP.  There is not another unit like it out there that is sold under another brand.  This unit is 2 million volt, heavy duty flashlight with display on it that lets the user know how much charge is left on the battery.

The ZAPL, 1 million volt flashlight stun gun and the the ZAPLTE, 1 Million volt Extreme Flashlight Stun Gun are also 2 unique models that cannot be gotten under any other brands.

All 3 of these units are of the highest quality, and while they are all manufactured in China, they are only done so according to the specs of PS Products.  Whereas many stun guns are designed and made in China, then marketed to US companies who then put their name on them. So, if you see anything from ZAP or PS Products, you can rest assured you’re getting the best in self defense.

– By E Harris

 

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Coming Soon: Flashlight Stun Gun from TASER

You read that right!  Due out sometime this summer, 2013, TASER will be releasing their first Flashlight Stun Gun.  No specs have been released yet, and they’ve not even determined the price at which it will be sold.  But, its coming.

About the only information we know at this time is that it will be a direct contact stun gun.  It will not shoot electrodes out like all other TASER gun models do.  So, this is the first departure away from the true TASER technology.  Its going to be interesting to see if they go with a higher voltage and amperage stun gun than what they currently put out or if they’re going to keep the specs low and integrate in their neuro-muscular incapacitation (NMI) technology.

Stay tuned and know that you can get it just as soon as its available through SmartStun!

– By E Harris

 

If you’re Wanting a JPX Jet Protector, Get Ready Now

JPX Jet ProtectorAs of this week, the JPX Jet Protector is having a limitation put on it due to supply troubles.  The Orange Jpx Jet Protector with Laser is being reserved for only Law Enforcement agencies in the United States.  It seems that Piexon is having a very difficult time keeping up with all the demand and they’re not able to supply all the jet protectors that are being ordered.

According to Piexon in Switzerland, European Citizens are fearing a complete collapse of their land’s economic system.  Cyprus was just the beginning, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are very near the same thing happening.  Essentially a full scale collapse of the Euro is in the works.  When this begins happening, riots to a scale not seen in our lifetime will ensue.  Not only are law enforcement agencies in Europe preparing, but civilians are also getting the pepper guns, too, even though they’re not legal in Europe for civilians.  Go figure.  Keep the weapons away from the citizens.  Sounds like another country I know quite well.

Anyway, because the US Law Enforcement agencies are expecting similar riots here in the US after the Euro falls and the US Dollar becomes toast, which is was our government is planning for, the JPX Jet Protector is in limited supply.  And, the US Distributor has said  that they are reserving the orange model with laser for law enforcement agencies only.  The Black model with laser is still available to US Citizens and the model without laser is still available in both colors.

Further, since Piexon is focusing on producing live ammunition, they are having trouble supplying training cartridges.  As such, the training cartridges are currently on back order in the US.

So, if you’re thinking of getting one of these awesome units, don’t delay.  They may not be available when you’re planning to buy one.

– By E Harris

Barracuda BC37 – The Best Stun Gun

I get asked quite frequently which stun gun I think is the best.  And, while I first have to find out exactly what type of stun gun someone is wanting, how they’re going to use it, etc so I can help them get the “most appropriate” stun gun for them, when it comes to a general, overall answer of which I think is the best stun gun, its the Barracuda BC37.

Why?  Simple.

The Barracuda BC37 mixes the following attributes like not other model:  It is the highest amperage stun gun at 4.5 milliamps;  It is a verybarracuda bc37 high voltage, not the highest, but still very high at 3.7 million volts;  it has the best battery system, not only utilizing a Ni-MH hydride (which is the best type), but also a dual type of configuration giving it the longest life; has a built in charger, so no one has to keep up with a separate charger; has a disable pin so its rendered useless if someone rips the stun gun from someone’s hand; and, its overall quality and durability is unsurpassed by other brands and models.

So, is this stun gun the “most appropriate” for everyone?  Not necessarily.  If someone wants a weapon to protect against a dog attacking their dog, then something like a stun baton or stun cane is “more appropriate”.  But, if someone simply wants a hand held stun gun for general purpose, then the BC37 is by far the best!

– By E Harris