I thought it only appropriate to kick off our new stun gun blog with a talk about what makes the best stun gun. So many manufacturers and retailers are claiming their stun gun to be the best, but are they really? I mean, what makes one be the best?
For starters, let’s identify the fact that a stun gun has to be one that the owner will carry. I mean, I’ve heard far too many stories where someone couldn’t find their weapon quickly enough in their purse or their car. If any weapon is so clumsy or cumbersome that no one really wants to carry it, what good can it possibly be?
The next thing I think is important in determining which stun gun might be the best is what it looks like. I don’t think I’ve seen any website touting what a particular model looks like. But, think about it. Okay, first, you’re going to be carrying the thing, right? So, now we need something that any would be attacker will see and determine they really shouldn’t mess with you. To me, prevention of an attack is what makes ANY weapon effective. But, since we can’t all be walking around with tire irons in our hand, I think it best to find a good quality stun gun that has a pretty menacing appearance.
And, yes, finally, technical specs are important, too. What good is carrying a unit that has a good bark, but can’t really bite if you need it? Many makers are touting only voltage as what sets their stun gun apart from the rest. Well, let me tell you, there’s more than that. Amperage is what takes down a body quickly or slowly, depending on how much of it there is. So, you want the highest amperage stun gun you can find. Most extremely high voltage units, like 7, 8 or 10 million volt units, only deliver 1 to 2 milliamps of current. And, most stun guns available today generate approximately 3 milliamps of current. But, the stun guns with the highest amperage, something that helps make them be the best, deliver about 4.5 milliamps. More amperage means a quicker drop to the ground.
(note: 5 milliamps is considered lethal, so there is no stun gun higher than this amount. I have seen claims of a model that delivers 11 milliamps. But, what I suspect here is that someone, a while back, had poor math in calculating what the unit generated and other websites copied the original one.)