Stun Gun vs Taser

Stun Guns and Taser™ devices are reported about all the time. So much, that the everyday person uses those words interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. Stun guns and tasers have a very important tactical difference: Effective Range.

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If you need to repel someone, would you want to do it from 0 feet away or from up to 15 feet away? In other words, up close and personal, or from a safer distance?

For most people looking for a personal defense device, how far away you can be is an important consideration. However, there are other differences as well. Keep reading below.

Difference Between Stun Gun and Taser

Type Range Link
1. Stun Guns 0" - Direct contact must be made Check Options
2. Tasers 15 Feet - Shoots probes from a distance Check Options

Difference Between Stun Gun and Taser

Stun Guns are a Direct Contact Weapon

Stun Gun vs Taser

Stun guns are an effective contact weapon but you must physically touch the person with the prongs of the stun gun. It is also best to hold it on them for many seconds.

Stun guns work by rapidly overworking the muscle group and depleting it of blood sugar. In addition to causing shocking, immobilizing pain and extreme exertions of muscle contractions, the result is similar to muscle failure.

We have an information page you can read, How Stun Guns Work, that explains just that - how a stun gun works.

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A Taser Device Easily Floors Someone From a Safe Distance

A Taser device such as the civilian Bolt, allows you to repel the attacker from up to 15 feet away (7-10 feet being optimum target spread.)

That is a BIG difference from a stun gun, which requires direct contact.

Police carry their own version of a Taser device which you hear about if you watch the news. The police version is similar to the PULSE's predecessor, the Advanced Taser. However, the law enforcement version does have a longer range (21 feet compared to the civilian 15 feet).

Taser vs StunGun

We have only given you one main difference between a "taser" and a "stun gun." Effective range. The above link on stun guns will give you detailed information about a stun gun and what it will do to an attacker. To find out more about a Taser and how it works, we have an information page for you to read up on as well - What is the Taser BOLT?

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