Throughout the years, stun guns have evolved into one of the most popular non-lethal weapons to subdue potentially dangerous people. In fact, over 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies around the world already deploy stun guns as part of their service gear.
However, even civilians already carry these modern devices for their personal protection. A stun gun is known for being a more attacker-friendly option but still has the ability to deliver powerful shocks to a person’s body. This incapacitates them from moving at all—thus, making it a reliable method of self-defense.
There are numerous types of stun guns such as mini stun guns, flashlight stun guns, or even taser stun guns. Despite the name, stun guns don’t look like guns at all. Unlike tasers who can shock an attacker from up to 15 feet away, stun guns are only effective at short distances. In order to disable attackers, stun guns must have direct physical contact with them.
If you want to learn more about how they work? Continue reading below!
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How Do Stun Guns Work
A stun gun is designed to disrupt an attacker’s nervous system. On direct contact, it immediately immobilizes them using high-voltage energy.
People’s muscles work rapidly, but inefficiently, as the energy, sometimes reaching hundreds of thousands of volts, is directly discharged into them. This rapid and ineffective work cycle depletes a person’s blood sugar, which results in energy loss.
Now, even simple movements would become extremely difficult. At the same time, voluntary muscle control is interrupted by the tiny electrical pulses caused by the stun gun. This causes loss of balance and disorientation to your attacker, leaving that person disoriented and immobile for a few minutes. You could use this moment to escape or call for help.
Despite the mechanism behind stun guns, they do not cause long-term damage to the attacker. It has no significant effect on the attacker’s heart or other organs.
How To Use Stun Guns
Before figuring out how to use a stun gun, you must first figure out if it’s legal to own one in your area. Of course, you can’t make use of what you don’t have.
Who Can Buy A Stun Gun
The primary requirement for using a stun gun is owning it. However, not everyone is able to acquire one as stun gun laws vary by state, and some outlaw them altogether. Owning a stun gun is legal in all of the United States, except in the following states:
- Rhode Island
Despite allowing ownership and use of stun guns, some states still have stricter restrictions in place. For example, in Wisconsin, you must have a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) license in order to own and use one.
Just remember to check the local regulations for stun guns in your area. Assuming you live in a place where stun guns are legal, there are still a few basic restrictions you must consider that stun guns:
- Should only be used for self-defense
- Must not be in possession of a felony record
- Should only be possessed by those at least 18 years of age
Putting Stun Guns To Proper Use
Stun guns are easy-to-use devices meant to be deployed in situations that require lightning-quick response. The first step before using your stun gun is to familiarize yourself with how it’s made and how it works. Get to know your stun gun’s weight, grip, feel, and its other features.
Now that you have a good sense of what it feels like to hold a stun gun, let’s quickly go over how to actually use it.
Step 1: Turn off the safety, if you feel threatened.
Step 2: Push the trigger and firmly press the probes against the attacker. Ideally, you want your stun gun to have direct physical contact with the attacker’s sensitive areas—the groin, torso, or underarm are great spots.
Step 3: Don’t hit yourself with it. Also, always check if your stun gun still has enough charge in it.
Where To Buy Stun Guns
Generally speaking, stun guns are less regulated than handguns. So, you’ll be able to buy it virtually almost anywhere.
There is a wide array of stun guns that are available online. Mini stun guns, disguised stun guns, and even Taser stun guns are also available on Amazon.
You can also head over to Walmart or any other retail stores closest to your area. Select shopping centers such as DICK’s Sporting Goods also sell stun guns. You may also check out gun shops as some already market them.
Different stun guns have different prices depending on their type and features. However, average prices may range from $10 to $25. Expensive variants like Taser stun guns cost at least $400. Regardless of the price, quality reigns supreme when selecting which stun gun to purchase.
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