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

– By SmartStun Stun Guns

Is a Stun Gun Effective?

There are a lot of comments out there as to whether a stun gun is effective.  And, as most people do, I have an opinion.

effective stun gunFirst, I think we have to identify what  stun gun is designed to do, because many people think they’re supposed to instantly cause someone to fall down and have them quiver on the ground uncontrollably.  And, while this might actually happen, its not what a real stun gun is designed to do.

A stun gun is designed to at first, look menacing as hell to hopefully prevent someone from coming forward towards the victim.  And, unfortunately, there are many crappy quality stun guns out there that don’t put off enough of a spark to make anyone really care that you have it in your hands.  Second, these weapons, if used, are designed after several seconds of contact, not instantly (note I said after several seconds), to repel an attacker.  They may or may not fall to the ground.  But, if the weapon has enough amperage, it will cause whomever is receiving the jolt to back off.  And, this is what a stun gun is designed to do.  And, third, once again, if its used for several seconds on an attacker and it has enough amperage, the attacker will most likely be disoriented enough to not be able to move forward.  Potentially, they may fall to the ground.  But, at least they’re “stunned” enough to give the victim time to get away.

And, this is what a stun gun is designed to do.  But, notice also, that I said that the weapons need to have enough amperage.  So, what is enough amperage?  Well, 5 milliamps is considered lethal (deadly).  Most cheap chinese stun guns generate a whole 1 milliamp or so.  This is negligible when it comes to stopping someone.  Most average to good units will deliver about 3 milliamps and this is effective if they are applied for 4-5 seconds to the average human.  The highest amperage stun gun is the Barracuda BC37 and BC10 which deliver 4.5 milliamps (just under that 5 milliamp mark) and they will deliver the “stun” when applied for 2-3 seconds onto the average human.

So, again, its important to know what a stun gun is designed to do and what makes an effective stun gun.  Just like anything else in life, when you buy a cheap piece of crap, you get crappy results.  But, when you buy good quality, you get good results.