How Do Stun Guns Work?
A stun gun is an electrical self-defense device that uses high voltage to stop an attacker. Touching a person with the prongs of the device quickly immobilizes the attacker. However, because the amperage is very low, no serious or permanent injury is inflicted.
The stun gun is designed to key into the nervous system. It dumps its energy into the muscles at a high pulse frequency that makes the muscles work very rapidly, but not efficiently.
This rapid work cycle depletes blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid all in just seconds.
The resulting energy loss makes it difficult to move and function. At the same time, the tiny neurological impulses that travel throughout the body to direct muscle movement are interrupted.
This causes disorientation and loss of balance and leaves the attacker in a passive and confused condition for several minutes.
Although there is no significant effect on the perpetrator's heart and other organs, you have the time you need to get away and get help.
They are a direct contact weapon - not to be confused with a TASER™ Device.
As a general rule, a one-half second contact will repel and startle the attacker, giving some pain and muscle contraction. If he lets go, take off and get out of there.
One to two seconds can cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. Over three seconds can cause loss of balance and muscle control, mental confusion and disorientation. Realize that 3 seconds is quite a long time when in a physical struggle.
You will not be affected even if you are holding your attacker with another hand or he is holding you! The extreme shock does not pass between people.
You will not get shocked if your attacker is touching you. Even if you or the attacker are wet or standing in water, you will not get shocked. The effect is localized only to where contact is made.
Get Over Your Fear of Stun Guns
Many people feel a specific emotion when they see a stun gun and that emotion is usually fear. It's mainly from the electricity. People have this innate fear of electricity even if they've never had any experience with it.
And that is completely understood because electricity can kill you. So, first things first...the electricity from one of these cannot kill you. It will hurt real bad, but it is not lethal. Even the ones that claim to be millions volts won't kill you. It's the amperage, not voltage that can kill you and stun guns use less than 5 milliamps.
If you had a fear of these devices before reading this then you shouldn't any longer. Also, if you're looking to purchase one for defensive purposes, I would keep that little tip to myself. You can let others fear your personal protector.
Your next decision in owning one is which model to purchase. There are many different sizes, styles, colors and voltages available. The answer is: whichever one fits you the best. You may want a smaller one because you have small hands. You may want a larger one such as a stun baton because you work security at a night club. A cell phone or lipstick is perfect if you want to conceal the device. Any voltage is enough to bring someone down when used in the right areas.
Ok, your fear of stun guns is gone and you've chosen the perfect model for you or your loved one. How are you going to defend yourself if you are attacked?
Three Step Lesson on How to Use a Stun Gun
Lesson One: have the weapon out and in your hand in any situation where you could be an easy target. I'm not saying to walk around Wal-Mart with a stun gun in your hand while you shop, but criminals look for easy targets or opportunities. If you're walking through the mall parking lot, a parking garage or alone in general you're a pretty easy target. If you're walking in these same areas with a weapon in your hand, the criminal is going to find someone else. Nobody wants a huge scene when they're trying to rob, attack or rape you.
Lesson Two: if you are attacked, pick a large muscle group to stun. The chest, the stomach, obviously the groin, the thighs and the back are ideal places to stun an attacker. These large muscle groups will bring down an attacker very quickly. Now, you don't have all day to make a decision, so if the face or neck is the closest body part you can reach, well, then it's just not his lucky day. Also, the longer you hold it on someone, the longer and more effective the stunning will be. One to two seconds will get their attention. Three to five seconds will get their attention, most likely drop them to the ground and leave them confused.
Lesson Three: take quick but detailed mental notes of the attacker and then RUN! Go get help immediately. If you've stunned the guy long enough to drop him to the ground, chances are it'll take some time for him to run off. And even if he does, you should have some details to give to the police. Oh and be sure to even call the police. Some people figure that if the guy runs off, it's too late. It's not. The guy with a few screws loose that just attacked you will do it again. And if you don't report it, then we can't warn others. And the next person may not be as prepared as you.
I hope this article was helpful to you and be sure to pass it on to others. The more people we can empower, then maybe the safer our world will become.
STUNGUN EFFECT & USE: A stungun is a legal (check state & local laws) EID, Electronic Immobilization Device that emits high voltage shock. By merely applying the unit to an attacker they are immobilized for up to several minutes with no permanent damage.
Stun guns do not rely on high amperage for results. They are designed to key into the nervous system, interrupting tiny neurological impulses that travel through the whole body as well as instantly burning blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid similar to that of extremely vigorous exercise.
Attackers neuromuscular system is overwhelmed and controlled by the EID, disorientation and loss of balance occur and direct voluntary muscle movement is lost. Should you make contact with the body of the attacker, no current will pass through your system.