Stun Guns: Non-Lethal Self-Protection

Posted by   Steve Thibeault
06/03/2015
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All too often, when faced with the threats of the world at large, we are purely vulnerable and exposed to the dangers. If we aren’t big enough or strong enough or haven’t the skills to fend off an attacker, then what?

Are we to always be at the risk of our weaknesses? This is where modern technological advances give us a civilized response to those who are not willing to behave in a civilized manner.

Non Lethal Self Protection

Stun guns are compact and portable; easily accessible and easy to use effectively with a little practice. You don’t want to wait until you are facing your attacker to figure out the best application of the device.

The term "stun gun" is a bit of a misnomer resulting from the earliest incarnation of the device. Due to its early use of gunpowder as a propellant, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms classified them as firearms in 1976.

Today’s stun guns are considered electrical self-defense devices that use a high voltage charge to incapacitate an attacker. You still want to check with authorities in your state to make sure they are allowed by law.

Non Lethal Stun Gun

The Stun Gun by Any Other Name: Self-Defense

Developed by the NASA researcher, Jack Cover, stun gun technology actually got its start back in 1969. Through different classifications and patent adaptations, the widely used design from 1983 became the source of duplication resulting in the modern, compact handheld devices available today.

How Does the High Voltage Stop A Person?

The zap from a stun gun delivers a high-pulse frequency designed to upset the nervous system. Getting "stunned" by one of these devices is akin to a physical workout; only at such a rapid pace that the muscles lose energy very quickly.

A rapid depletion of blood sugar coupled with an instant conversion to lactic acid causes the person to experience difficulty in moving or functioning.

This is partly due to the interruption to the neurons in the brain that send the signals for voluntary movement and balance.

The purpose is to incapacitate the attacker long enough to be able to run to safety and get help.

The Best Way to Use a Stun Gun

Key to the successful application of the stun gun’s voltage is in making proper contact between the prongs that emit the charge and the attacker’s body, preferably upper shoulder, just below the rib cage or just above the hip.

The use of this temporary high-voltage, low-current electroshock effectively overrides the body’s muscle-triggering capabilities. In many instances, the mere crackling sound and ominous blue sparks are enough to send an attacker in the opposite direction.

Stun Guns are Not the Same Thing as the Taser

Unlike a taser, a stun gun requires the defender to hold the device against an attacker’s body for the duration of the charge delivery.

As a general measure of effectiveness, three to five seconds of contact is what is needed to effect mental confusion and disorientation along with a loss of balance and voluntary muscle control.

Less than that amount of time leaves the attacker in a dazed mental state and experiencing muscle spasms. At the least, contact of one-half second delivers painful muscle contraction startling the attacker.

If the contact is broken at this point, your plan is to get away as fast as you can. Longer contact increases your opportunity to break free and get to safety.

There is no need to be concerned about the transfer of voltage to yourself, even if you are in physical contact with the attacker. The localized effect is restricted.

It does not matter if you are wet or standing in water, either. If not for our own safety, we all know someone or have a niece or a friend whom we worry about in a variety of scenarios, such as:

  • Moving about the campus of higher learning
  • Taking the grocery cart to the car alone at night
  • Taking a walk in the city where you live
  • When a date won’t take no for an answer

It is likely you can think of more examples of how we are left vulnerable to attackers. One of the most convenient, inexpensive and effective ways to gain the necessary distance from an attacker to safely escape injury or worse, is by having a stun gun at the ready.

Stun guns provide an electrical self-defense device that you can carry with you whenever and wherever you need it. They come in a variety of styles and sizes with or without such extras as a flashlight, an alarm or the ability to be recharged. Browse TBOTECH for the choices you look for in our variety of top-rated brands.

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