Stun Gun -vs- TASER Gun

We get asked all the time, “what’s the difference between a stun gun and a TASER Gun?”.  This should help clarify….

A stun gun is a self defense weapon that utilizes high voltage and relatively high amperage and requires direct contact between the weapon and the subject.  The user has to directly touch the attacker with the weapon.  And, in so doing, causes some level of pain and discomfort, as well as possible mental disorientation.  This allows the user time to get away.

A TASER Gun is a brand, not just a type, of self defense weapon that utilizes relatively low voltage and amperage and allows the user to shoot electrodes up to 15 feet outward towards the subject.  The user is afforded this 15 feet of distance as an increased level of safety.  (note:  several of the PHAZZER brand of weapons, also a brand, function in this same way; they shoot outward)  This technology, while being somewhat lower voltage and amperage, generates a frequency of electricity which mimics that of the human central nervous system/brain.  So, when this current is injected into the body, the body doesn’t know what to do with this extra electricity and goes into “overdrive” thus causing the target’s muscles to freak out.

Here are two videos to further demonstrate the difference:

– By N Sprague

-By SmartStun.com Stun Guns

Does it Make Sense to Get a Stun Gun?

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.Stun Gun  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.

zap stun batonFinally, 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 N Sprague

– By SmartStun.com Stun Guns

JPX Jet Protector Sold Out until August 2013

We have just been notified by the only U.S. distributor who imports the JPX Jet Protector from Switzerland that the JPX Jet Protector, both with and without the laser, are sold out until some time in August 2013.

Sales for these amazing self defense weapons have completely blown past all forecasts for the first half of the year.  People buy one, show it to their friends or family members, and subsequent purchases are immediately made.  People see that there are just no better self defense weapons on the market.

Not only have civilians been buying up the JPX Jet Protector, made by Piexon in Switzerland, but also U.S. Law Enforcement agencies have been placing huge orders for them, too.  Its these combined purchases that have caused this unit to become sold out so quickly.

Just as soon as they’re back in stock in the United States, you’ll see it here.

-By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

What are Stun Guns?

A lot of people use the phrase “Taser Gun” when they’re really meaning “Stun Gun”.  So, what’s the difference?

Stun Guns are handheld, electrical devices designed to deliver a big shock to whomever its being used on.  They require that the holderstun guns actually touches the body/skin of the target with the stun guns electrodes while depressing the button which activates the unit.  A TASER Gun, on the other hand, is also a handheld electrical device designed to deliver a shock to whomever it is being used on.  However, a Taser gun is a brand of these weapons AND, to date, all Taser brand guns actually shoot the electrodes outward towards the attacker.  The use of a TASER gun does NOT require the user to physically touch the target, since the electrodes can shoot out up to 15 feet.

There are several types of stun guns, most being smaller, fit into the hand size units.  Most are between 4-7 inches long and fit easily into most peoples’ hands.  There are also stun batons, which are typically 15-18 inches long and allow the user to have a longer reach.  Stun Batons are well known to be a great defense against attacking dogs, as the user can more easily insert the baton into a couple of fighting dogs than the smaller stun gun.  And, there’s even a stun cane available now, too.  Which provides even greater reach, yet still not as much as a TASER Gun, while providing walking support for a person up to 250 lbs in weight.  And, finally, there are also Flashlight Stun Guns which are real, functioning flashlights that also have a stun gun’s ability to of shocking someone built into the unit.

– By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

 

New TASER GUN On the Way: X2C

Almost sounds like “ecstasy”!  Maybe that’s just what it’ll be.

We don’t have a lot of info, yet, but here’s what we do know:

Taser will be discontinuing the TASER X3 Home Defender.  While people really seemed to like its capabilities, the prefer the X2 that is currently offered only to Law Enforcement and Military personnel.  So, they’re working to get the X2 out to the civilian market and we believe it will be marketed as the X2C, although this is not confirmed.

Stay tuned for more info as we get it.

– By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

Reminder: TASER Flashlight

Just a reminder, here, that TASER will be releasing their very first Flashlight Taser this summer.  It will NOT shoot electrodes out, rather, it will be a direct contact flashlight stun gun.

This is the first weapon from TASER that will not shoot outward.  Of course, all other TASER guns shoot electrodes.  We’ve not been given any more specs at this time.  As soon as we have more info, we’ll most certainly release it here.

– By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

The Enforcer by Phazzer

Many people are familiar with the TASER brand of guns, like the TASER X26 that the police carry or the M26C that is the most popular for civilians.  But, not everyone is aware of a very strong competitor to the TASER line of self defense weapons.  Their name is Phazzer.  And, not only do they offer direct contact stun guns, but they also offer the shooting style of stun guns.   And, most notably, is the Phazzer Enforcer.

Phazzer EnforcerThe Phazzer Enforcer is similar in size to the X26, but is priced much less.  Generally, you’ll find it for around $600, compared to the X26 at $900-1000.  They both work almost identically when it comes to the technical specs.  But, Phazzer also makes their own cartridges.  Now, what makes these cartridges unique is two-fold.  First, the coiling process that Phazzer utilizes when wrapping the wires inside the cartridge is such that it allows for less tangling.  Less tangling means more hitting of your target.  If the wires get tangled, they cannot shoot as straight nor as far.  For this reason, Phazzer is able to claim a higher effectiveness rating of their guns when using their cartridges.

Now, secondly, their cartridges are interchangeable and can be used in TASER guns.  That’s right.  The Phazzer cartridges can be used in the M26C and the X26C.  So, even if you own one of these models, you can gain the greater effectiveness that Phazzer offers.

Oh, and let me know forget to mention that Phazzer offers more than just the electrical dart cartridge.  They also offer pepper powder, pepper ball, paint ball, rubber ball and training cartridges.  Find out why they are so hot on the heals of TASER.

– By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

Which Stun Baton to Get?

Stun Batons are about as popular as most stun guns, overall.  In fact, stun baton sales make up just over 40% of our sales.  But, which one should you get?  The answer is not easy as saying one model is the best and that’s the one you should get.

I can tell you, however, there are 3 or 4 really popular models.  One we sell the most of is the ZAP Stun Baton.  Its size makes it comfortable for virtually everyone to carry.  Its not too big, nor too small.  It has electrodes in more places than just the tip, it even has them underneath the wrap around handle so that if you have to swing at someone, you’re more likely to hit them with the electrified electrodes.  This stun baton has a rechargeable battery built into it and even offers a flashlight to allow for double duty.

The Omega Super Baton is also a very commonly purchased stun baton, as is the Omega Star Warrior.  The Super Baton is one of the longest made, giving the user a little bit more reach, and thus distance between them and the attacker.  The Star Warrior is unique in that it sends electrical sparks up and down the shaft making a visually menacing display that pretty much scares the crap out of anyone face to face with the baton.  Both made by Omega, which is a company that’s been around since the mid-1980’s and is one of the original stun gun makers.  They are both designed in the U.S. and, while manufactured in China, are not cheap chinese toys.

These are just 3 models of stun batons that we carry and are easily some of the best.  If we can help anyone select which model might be the best for their particular use, please contact us through SmartStun.com.  And, by the way, stun batons are the most common use for stun gun protection against attacking dogs.

– By E Harris

– By SmartStun Stun Guns