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 Can A Stun Gun Put A Man Down?

Any tool you use to defend yourself can be effective, some better than others. A Stun Gun is a great non-lethal alternative for self defense, that can be carried easier and used easier than many of the lethal counterparts. Many people cannot carry a “real” gun, for a variety of reasons, so they turn to other means to help protect themselves. A good Stun Gun can fill that need. Here, you will see just how effective Stun Guns are for self defense.

 

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How Does a Stun Gun Work?

How effective are stun guns for self defense? Well, a Stun Gun is made to disrupt the central nervous system, and deplete the energy that is needed to control the muscle group. In essence, the electricity that is poured into the attackers muscle, tells the muscle to work quicker than it is used to. It then quickly is depleted of blood sugar and cannot produce enough energy to function properly. The stun interrupts the nerve impulse that controls voluntary muscle movement. When this happens, and depending on how long or where the attacker has been stunned, he will lose balance, may be disoriented and lose balance. The longer it is held against the attacker, the more effect it will have. Higher amps and volts will also decide how effective the Stun Gun will be, A Stun Gun will have no significant effect on the heart or other organs

Where Is The Most Effective Place to Stun an Attacker?

Well, let’s go for the obvious choice first. Try and hit them in the Chest, Groin, Neck or Face. Even in the kidney area would be a good place to go for, but sometimes it isn’t always easy to aim for these spots first. A Stun Gun will zap through a ½ inches of clothing, so you don’t have to look for bare skin. I would suggest that if an attacker wraps his arm around you, zap it! They will react by pulling away. If you can, get them again. Don’t waste unnecessary time trying to reach the best spot, just hit them with your Stun Gun, as long as you can, and get away. The few seconds you gain when your attacker jumps back, would also enable you time to grab your Pepper Spray, a different more lethal weapon, or run. The idea is to get away by any means possible.

How Long Do The Effects of a Stun Gun Last?

The aftereffects from being stunned by a Stun Gun will vary, depending on where it made contact, how long the contact lasted, body weight, and the type of Stun Gun used. Generally speaking, a 1/2 second blast will cause an attacker to repel back and startle them, giving a little pain, much like sticking your finger in a socket. It hurts a bit, and you know you don’t want to do it again! A 1 to 2 second jolt will cause the muscles to spasm and they can become dazed. A good 3 second zap will cause loss of muscle control and balance, plus disorientation, usually causing the shocked person to fall, perhaps for as long as 15 minutes.

The idea here is to startle the attacker and get away. Hold the Stun Gun in position for as long as you can, preferably until they fall to the ground, then run to the safest location. If you have Pepper Spray in your pocket or purse, now would be a good time to give your assailant a quick spray, to make sure he stays down. Jump in you car or run and call your local law enforcement to handle things from there. It is most helpful to have a Pepper Spray with identifying ink, to aid in finding your perpetrator.

Won’t I Also Get Shocked if The Assailant is Touching Me?

No. The electric current will only work on the muscle group that you have made contact with on your attacker and does not pass through their body to others, Even if you are both standing in a pool of water, it will not have any effect on you, only the area you have touched with the Stun Gun. Stun Guns work on a Direct Current (DC), much like a car battery, as opposed to the Alternating Current (AC) that is used in your home, which has a continuous current and can be transferred or kill you.

Do I Need a Stun Gun With a Lot of Volts?

It is not necessary to purchase a Stun Gunwith the most volts. Yes, they certainly can be helpful, it is the amps that creates the most effective Stun Gun devices. Let me explain this easier. I am not an electrician, but basically the volts are what delivers the amps when making contact to the assailant.

It is like water in a pipe. The voltage is the pressure of the water, while the amperage is the amount of water in the pipe. So you have a tank filled with water that is pressurized and connected with a hose. When you turn on the hose, you can increase the water flow by increasing the water pressure (volts). You can measure the flow of the electricity or current, which is called an ampere. The faster the current, the higher the amps. Higher voltage does penetrate thick clothing easier, since the volts are what sends the amps through, but in most cases a good 1,000,000 volt, or more, Stun Gun is best, but you don’t have to get carried away.

How Much Amperage Do Stun Guns Have?

Most Stun Guns carry around 4 milliamps nowadays. That is certainly enough amperage to effectively stun a victim, without killing them. It takes 1 amp to kill a person, so Stun Guns stay well below that standard. A Stun Gun over 5 milliamp will burn itself out, since it will overload its capacity and ruin the device. Hence, the highest amperage you will find in a Stun Gun will be 4.9 milliamps.

You can find cheap versions of stunning devices that produce less than 4 milliamps, but they will certainly not be as effective and you will only be left disappointed. You want to make sure that the device is of good quality and has sufficient amperage and volts to put your assailant at his feet. That is not the time to find out you have purchased an ineffective self defense tool.

Won’t I Stun Myself by Accident if it is in My Pocket, or Taken From Me?

Most Stun Gunshave some sort of safety feature to prevent accidentally stunning yourself or having the button engaged, while lying in your purse or pocket. Many have an actual on/off switch, that you would have to turn on and place in your hand, ready to use. Others have two buttons on them, one for the light, one for the stun feature. They are virtually impossible to engage, unless you actually push the button forward and then hit the stun button.

Another good feature of some Stun Guns would be a disable pin. The pin plugs into the device and usually has a lanyard, which can be wrapped around your wrist. If an attacker happens to grab the device out of your hands, the pin will easily pull out and render the Stun Gun useless, so it cannot be used back on you, until the pin has been returned to its position in the unit.

Do I Often Do I Have to Change The Batteries in a Stun Gun?

Never! That is what is so nice about the Stun Guns made today. Most are powered by rechargeable nickle-cadium, or lithium batteries. Many even have the charging prongs attached, so you simply have to open them and plug right into your wall. Just charge your unit up for about a half hour and it will hold the charge for up to 3 months. I would recommend charging them up about once a month, so you always have a good light and always have a good zapper ready to work effectively.

Will Testing The Stun Gun Ruin It?

It is recommended to test your Stun Gun routinely to not only make sure it is still working properly, but to ensure you familiarize yourself with the buttons and how it works. Only zap it in the air for 1 second bursts, or you can damage the unit. This does not apply to using it on an attacker, because it will be grounded when making contact with and attacker.

Are Stun Guns Legal?

Stun Guns are a legal form of defense in most states, though some have restrictions. Check with your local and state laws to ensure you carry your device legally. Also check in the surrounding states you may travel in, to ensure you may legally carry a Stun Gun device.

So the bottom line is to pick a Stun Gun that you like. Do you need a large car sized one that charges with a cigarette lighter. Are you looking for a good pocket size one, or something more covert, like a Lipstick Stun Gun. Whichever one you choose, make sure you keep it charged and keep it handy. You never want to be caught in a situation and find it is not charged or buried in the bottom of your glove compartment. I hope now, you can see how effective stun guns are for self defense.

I hope this guide has been of some help. Now please continue shopping!