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Stun Gun and Taser FAQ's

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Are stun guns and Tasers  legal?

In the vast majority of states, yes. However they are restricted in certain jurisdictions. We can not ship to those areas. For more information, please see our Stun Gun Laws page.

Why do I need a stun gun or Taser?

Whether you carry a firearm or not, the answer here is simple. You need a stun gun because you need OPTIONS ! Look at the belt of any law enforcement officer. Sure, he has a firearm, but you’re also likely to see a Taser or stun gun, as well as pepper spray and a steel baton too. The fact is, there is no one tool that fits EVERY situation!

If I use it on someone else, will I get shocked if they grab me?

No. The current is only applied to the person in contact with the stun head. With a Taser, you will not be shocked as long as you do not come into contact with the probes or wires while electricity is being delivered.

What is the difference in a stun gun and a Taser?

While a stun gun must be in contact with an assailant to deliver an electrical charge, a Taser actually fires needle like probes from up to 23 feet away. The probes lodge in an assailants body several inches apart, and electrical current travels directly from one probe to the other. This travel has a quick effect on any muscle groups along and near its’ path. The operator has the option to fire additional charges to gain compliance as needed. Tasers can be used as a stun gun by removing the cartridge once the probes have been fired.

NOTE: New cartridges manufactured by Phazzer Electronics also provide the option of firing rubber balls and pepper balls instead of electric probes. 

How do stun guns and Tasers work?

Stun guns dump a lot of electricity (high voltage) into the assailant in a very short period of time. This causes the major muscle groups to spasm and then release, effectively robbing the assailant of his strength and causing a degree of disorientation. Within one second, an assailant will generally experience a great deal of pain. A couple of seconds of contact from a high voltage stun gun likely will be sufficient to put an attacker on the ground. This gives you time to get away. Because the probes of a stun gun are mounted on the “stun head”, you must make contact for the stun gun to work. But don’t forget, that with a bright spark and a loud crackle, it’s also a VERY effective deterrent to people and most animals.

Tasers fire needle like probes that will strike an assailant several inches apart. Because the probes are spread apart, electricity will travel from one probe to the other across a larger area of the body.Thus, more major muscle groups are instantly affected. Tasers use a technology called Neuro Muscular Incapacitation which effects both the nervous system (motor skills) and the muscles, rendering an attacker incapable of further aggression for several seconds. In most cases, he or she will drop instantly to the ground.  

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What difference does voltage make?

Simply put, the higher the voltage, the faster the current acts on the body. Think of a garden hose. How fast will it get you wet? Now think of a five inch pipe with the same water pressure. How much faster will it get you wet?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many manufacturers today label their stun guns with very high “voltage” numbers. Remember that voltages this high can be very difficult and expensive to measure. Therefore, the industry standard has begun to label products in comparison with competitor’s products. Unfortunately, some manufacturers have begun exaggerating their claims in a bid to "out advertise" competitors. Suffice it to say that most stun guns on the market today will do the job.

Can a stun guns or TASERS kill someone?

Neither stun guns or Tasers are designed to be lethal. Because of confusion often encountered in the use of the term “stun gun” and the term “Taser”, the data is not absolutely clear in many reporting documents. Cases recently appearing in the media regarding fatalities almost all center on the Taser. The Taser is a very effective tool, however some studies have questioned the lethality of the Taser in cases were multiple shocks were required. These same cases almost always involved secondary factors, such as drugs in the assailant’s system or a preexisting medical condition. Considering the number of documented uses of the TASER, the instances of deaths are statistically miniscule.

Many stun guns look alike. Are they all the same?

The outer case of most stun guns are manufactured by just a few companies, so nearly every manufacturer chooses from the same styles. The real difference is inside stun guns. They differ in the quality of electrical components, the types of batteries used, and the number and size of capacitors. This is why similar appearing stun guns boast different voltages and carry different warranties. Higher grade stun guns almost always have a lifetime warranty.

This information can also be applied to “tasers”, though the product field is far less crowded. When choosing a taser, you would be well advised to stick with a major manufacturer like Taser International or Phazzer electronics.

Do stun guns work on everyone?

Ultimately, the physiology is the same, regardless of intoxication or “high pain thresholds.” An assailant’s muscles will ultimately release. The differences are generally in that first second of contact, or the “pain stage”. The amount of pain felt may vary depending on the person and other factors.

Will stun guns go through clothing?

Yes. Stun guns and tasers both will generally deliver their charge through an inch and a half or more of clothing.

Can I use a stun gun to stop a vicious dog?

The physiology is the same with animals. Ironically, most animals seem to be afraid of the noise and spark, so stun guns make a great deterrent. Since it is impossible to foresee every situation, extreme caution is advised when in “bite range” of a vicious animal.

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DISCLAIMER: The answers given here are the opinion of the author based on available research and information provided by product manufacturers, general science, and other studies. No warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of data used, suitability, nor the opinions given. While we believe this information to be accurate, Patriot Safety Solutions disclaims all liability for use or non-use of the information provided.

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