Stun guns work by applying a low-amperage electric charge to the muscles of the attacker. This disables him for a short period of time, giving you the opportunity to escape or call for help.
However, it’s important to understand how stun guns work before putting them to use in a real life situation. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when using your stun gun:
1. Don’t Give Away Your Weapon
In the case of a home intruder, a stun gun or TASER(r) may be able to immobilize your attacker until you can call the police. This can give you time to escape the house or find help.
Whether you choose a stun gun, a flashlight, or another form of defensive weapon, you need to know how to use it properly. You need to understand how to aim, what areas you should hit on the attacker, and how long you should hold the device against them.
The best places to aim are the neck, shoulder, underarm, groin, and belly because these are the areas that will have the most impact on an attacker. Aiming for bare skin or a thin cloth will also increase your chances of success. Then, push the trigger, place the probes against the attacker’s body, and hold it against them for three to five seconds. This should do the trick. If it doesn’t, try again.
2. Don’t Let Them Touch You
The stun gun may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of a self-defense weapon, but it can have a big impact. These devices are small enough to fit in your pocket and many models include a belt clip or holster so you can use them at your waist. They are also a great way to surprise an attacker. The right model can be a life saver.
A stun gun is a high tech weapon that uses electrostatic discharge to shock an attacker. They work by sending a beam of electricity through the electrodes that is delivered to the attacker’s body, which in turn causes a jolt or a bang depending on how long you hold it. One to two seconds of the right sort of contact will send a shiver down an attacker’s spine, but 3 seconds is required to leave the perpetrator dazed and confused. The most important part of all is that the device does not kill, even if the power output is on the high side for a stun gun.
3. Don’t Let Them Touch You Too Long
Stun guns work by sending a powerful current through the electrodes of the gun and then through the attacker. They will startle the person you are aiming for and repel them, but it isn’t safe to let them touch you too long or too soon. One to two seconds of contact is enough to repel and startle, but three seconds can cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state that will leave you in a passive and confused condition for several minutes.
It’s important to target a part of the body that can’t be easily pulled away like a shoulder or upper hip. You will also need to be close enough to the attacker for the gun to work, so make sure you are positioned right next to them.
4. Don’t Let Them Touch You Too Soon
When it comes to using a stun gun, you want to target a spot that will give you the most bang for your buck. That means targeting a larger mass and an area that isn’t going to move as readily, such as a shoulder or upper hip. The best stun guns are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, and most come with a belt with holster or clip for easy access. The battery should be replaced soon after use to keep it working effectively. There are many reasons to carry a stun gun, but one of the most important is that you should be prepared for a violent encounter in any scenario.