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

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

 

Barracuda BC37 Stun Gun

Before we get into what makes the Barracuda BC37 Stun Gun, the best stun gun, in my opinion, let’s first talk about what a stunbarracuda bc37 gun is supposed to do.  There are many people out there with the wrong idea as to what any stun gun is supposed to accomplish.

Is a stun gun supposed to make anyone touched with it instantly drop to the ground and flop around like a fish?  No.  But, sadly, this is what many people think.  A stun gun works initially on people’s fear of being shocked.  Just like a dog collar, being shocked is not a fun thing and is quite repulsive.  Being shocked, at any level, even a 9v battery to the tongue, is not generally considered a fun experience.  So, people knowingly want to stay away from being shocked.  Its known to be a “negative burst of energy”.  So, that first level of deterrent comes in from someone simply having a stun gun in their hand and test firing it.  That’s the first level of what a stun gun does.  It visually deters a would be attacker.

The second level of what a stun gun does comes into play by its technical specs.  There are really two specs to look at.  The first is voltage. The second is amperage.  The voltage of a stun gun determines how thick of clothing or fur the stun gun can penetrate.  Less voltage means less penetration.  The amperage of a stun gun determines how quickly someone is affected by the stun.  Higher amperage means quicker affect.  1-2 milliamps is generally something that, again, while no one WANTS to feel this, can be taken by the human body for several seconds before causing someone to fully back off.  3 milliamps is what most stun guns work with and will cause some disorientation, and yes, possibly even physical incapacitation, possibly causing someone to fall to the ground.  4-4.5 milliamps is generally so much that very few bodies can withstand it for more than a second or two at best.  Many people become somewhat confused and disoriented with this level of amperage going through their body.  I’ve even seen a youtube video where some guy puts in a football bite protector to take this much amperage.  Kinda funny to watch as his point is that stun guns aren’t effective.  Yet, he has to suit up like that even sort of stumbles a second after taking the hit.  But, that’s for another article.

Anyway, now that we know what a stun gun is designed to do, what makes the Barracuda BC37 the best stun gun?  Well, as a visual deterrent, the sound and spark made by this thing is the most horrific sounding and looking spark you’ll see on any stun gun.  Dogs freak out and leave the room.  People jump when you test fire it.  It gets your attention.  The voltage is 3.7 million volts which is usually enough to penetrate up to, say a leather bomber.  And, the amperage is 4.5 milliamps which is the highest of any stun gun on the market and is just under that 5 milliamp mark we noted earlier as being lethal.

Add to the technical specs the fact that the battery is rechargeable and is a Nickel Metal Hydride battery, which, without going into all the technical support for this, is simply the best quality of battery to use and few stun gun makers use them due to their expense.  Also, the Barracuda BC37 is the only stun gun to use a double battery system for added life and extra power.  The A/C Charger is also built in so the owner doesn’t have to keep up with a separate charger allowing the owner to keep the unit sufficiently charged quite easily.  And, finally, but no less significant than the rest of these points, is that the unit comes with a safety disable pin, which when used, if an attacker tries to take away the unit from the owner, the pin pulls out and the stun gun simply cannot work and, thus, cannot be used on its owner.

Decide for yourself:  Is the Barracuda BC37 the best stun gun?

Barracuda BC37

Want one of the best stun guns on the market?  Most people do.  While we have more infobarracuda bc37 on our website (smartstun.com), I’ll give you some info here about what makes the Barracuda BC37 the best stun gun available.

First, its high voltage.  While most retailers and manufacturers are pushing voltage as the key to what makes a superior stun gun, and voltage is important, its not the only thing.  But, voltage is important because its the “push” behind the stun.  Voltage determines how thick of clothing the “stun” can penetrate.  This unit generates 3.7 million volts which is generally strong enough to penetrate most leather bomber jackets.

But, as important, if not more so, is amperage.  And, the Barracuda BC37 delivers an impressive 4.5 milliamps of current.  Current is the “stun”.  Current is what voltage delivers to muscles.  Current is what penetrates into muscles and causes them to spasm and give out.  This is what causes a person to fall to the ground, unable to function.  Most stun guns deliver about 3 milliamps of current, but the Barracuda delivers about 50% more.  This means your attacker will fall to the ground substantially quicker if you’re using a Barracuda than if you’re using an average stun gun.  (note:  5 milliamps is considered lethal/deadly.  So, no stun gun delivers 5 milliamps or more.)

This unit also has a built in, rechargeable Ni-MH battery.  And, the charger is actually built into the stun gun, so you don’t have to keep up with a separate charger.  Add to this the disable pin which is designed to make the stun gun useless if someone rips the unit from your hand, and I think you’ll quickly see why the Barracuda BC37 is considered by many to  be THE Best Stun Gun.