Stun guns are small handheld weapons that use high-voltage electric current to stun an attacker. They can be hidden easily, and many are designed to look like everyday objects such as pens or cell phones.
A stun gun works by using metal prongs to deliver an electrical shock on contact with the target. The shock disrupts the body’s nerve impulses and causes pain, muscle contraction, and mental confusion.
They work on the body’s electrical system
Stun guns use high voltage electricity with minimal amperage that travels through clothing and skin to confuse the attacker’s nerve signals. This can disable an attacker for several minutes and provides a window of time to escape from the situation.
People think that electricity is harmful because they have been shocked by lightning or sticking their finger in an outlet, but smaller amounts of electricity won’t hurt you and are essential to the body’s nervous system. All nerve cells fire electric signals to the brain, and the body’s core muscles are electrically driven.
The stun gun consists of a battery, a circuit with multiple transformers that boost the voltage but reduce the amperage, and an oscillator that generates a pulse pattern of electricity. This pulse is sent to a capacitor, which builds up a charge and then releases it through electrodes to the attacker’s body. This causes pain and muscle spasms, which are effective in debilitating your attacker.
They are less-lethal than TASERs(r)
Stun guns use high-voltage electricity with minimal amperage to disrupt the body’s electrical system and create a painful, yet harmless, shock. They do not cause permanent damage and can incapacitate a suspect from a distance. This can be especially useful for capturing or detaining a dangerous assailant who does not respond to other forms of self-defense such as pepper spray.
Stun gun technology has made them smaller without sacrificing voltage. Most models are less than a handgun and run on ordinary 9-volt batteries. The batteries power a circuit that boosts the voltage and reduces the amperage. The circuit then sends the current to electrodes, which are the “business end” of the stun gun.
The effectiveness of a stun gun depends on the voltage times current over time. It also needs to have a high enough charge weight, measured in micro-coulombs (uC), to create pain and induce muscle spasms.
They are a self-defense weapon
Stun guns are a popular self defense weapon that can be effective in disarming or incapacitating an attacker. These devices are battery-powered and emit a electric shock on contact, which can cause intense pain and disrupt muscle function without permanently injuring the target. They are available in several models and sizes and can be carried with ease. Some stun guns have features that are designed to collect an attacker’s DNA on contact, making them a valuable tool for law enforcement.
Although these weapons are legal in most states, they may be restricted in certain places, including government buildings, schools, and prisons. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the laws of your state and local jurisdiction before purchasing a stun gun. Additionally, you should know that stun guns require monthly charging. This can be done by plugging the stun gun into a power outlet or using a cord that plugs into a USB port.
They are easy to use
Stun guns generate a low-amperage electrical charge that disrupts the body’s communication system. To use one, you hold it against an assailant for three to five seconds. The most effective places to hit are the neck, shoulder, underarm, groin, and the abdomen between the hips and rib cage. You can also target a specific muscle group for maximum effect.
Stun weapons deliver a painful shock when their electrified prongs come into contact with a person’s skin. They can incapacitate an attacker for a short time, which can give you enough time to escape or run away from the situation.
People often misunderstand the way stun guns and Tasers work. They don’t cause long term damage and even the ones that claim to produce millions of volts cannot kill you because they have very low amperage. They just hurt and confuse the attacker by interfering with their nerves that send instructions to move muscles. They are also useless on an assailant with a high pain tolerance or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.