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Stun Gun FAQ

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Stun Gun FAQ

 

1.   Stun Guns - What are they?

2.   How is a stun baton different from a stun gun?

3.   Are stun guns legal to carry where I live?

4.   What are the effects of a stun gun?

5.   Will a stun gun work on those under the influence?

6.   If the aggressor is touching me will I be zapped?

7.   What does the number of volts mean to me?

8.   What is Phase-Induction and what importance does it have?

9.   Will a stun gun work through clothing?

10. Can a stun gun be fired multiple times?


 

1.  Stun Guns - What are they?

A stun gun is a hand held, electrical self defense device that uses high voltage to stop an attacker.  Touching a person with the prongs on the gun quickly immobilizes the attacker by causing intense pain and loss of muscle control (see "What are the effects of a stun gun?").  However, because the amperage is very low, no serious or permanent injury is inflicted.  They are used by police departments, security agencies, and individuals desiring protection against attack.  They have been proven to be an excellent defensive device as they have incredible stopping power and yet remain non-lethal.  Typically they operate on one or two 9-volt batteries and range from 85,000 volts to 625,000 volts.

 

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2.  How is a stun baton different from a stun gun?

Stun Batons use the same technology as stun guns to immobilize an aggressor.  The electrical discharge that they deliver is non-lethal, however if you strike the attacker with the stun baton it may cause serious injury or death in the same manner a blow with a standard baton might.  The stun batons that protectmefirst.com sell have strips that line the extended end of the shaft that are charged to prevent the attacker from grabbing and forcefully removing the stun baton from your hands.  The extended reach of stun batons make them ideal for police officers and security personnel.  However, due to their size they may be undesirable for some individuals as they do not fit in a pocket or purse.

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3.  Are stun guns legal to carry where I live?

United States customers should view our FAQ page before purchasing a stun guns as they are restricted in some areas.  

Also see Stun Gun Laws

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4.  What are the effects of a stun gun?

The stun gun is designed to key into the nervous system.  It dumps its energy into the muscles at a high pulse frequency that makes the muscles work very rapidly, but not very efficiently.  This rapid work cycle depletes blood sugar by converting it into lactic acid all in just seconds.  The resulting energy loss makes it difficult to move and function.  At the same time, the tiny neurological impulses that travel throughout the body to direct muscle movement are interrupted.  This causes disorientation and loss of balance, leaving the attacker in a passive and confused condition for several minutes.  Still there is no significant effect on the heart and other organs.

As a general rule, a 1/4 second contact will repel and startle the attacker, giving intense pain and muscle contraction.  One to two seconds will cause intense pain, muscle spasms and a dazed mental state, this may drop the attacker to the ground.  Over three seconds will cause intense pain, loss of balance, loss of muscle control, mental confusion and disorientation.  Generally any charge over three seconds will cause the aggressor to fall to the ground.  The aggressor will be unable to recover for several minutes and effects may last for up to fifteen minutes.

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5.   Will a stun gun work on those under the influence?

Yes!  Stun guns do indeed work even on those under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

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6.   If the aggressor is touching me will I be zapped?

No!  Even if the aggressor is physically touching you when you fire the stun gun into them you can not suffer from a charge back!

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7.   What does the number of volts mean to me?

The voltage that a stun gun delivers is not necessarily the most important variable in whether or not a stun gun is effective.  Although higher voltage can translate into a more effective stun gun, equally important is the delivery and the amperage of the charge.  A lower voltage stun gun with a better method of delivery may be more effective then the stun gun with higher voltage.  Every stun device that protectmefirst.com sell is effective.  Where there are important differences you should be aware of, they are noted in the description of the item. 

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8.   What is Phase-Induction and what importance does it have?

Phase-Induction refers to the method in which the charge is delivered by the stun gun.  Only Talon brand stun guns use Phase-Induction.  This method of delivering the charge results in faster take down times and more effective results.  It has been said that a Talon stun gun with Phase-Induction feels like a stun gun that is 100,000 volts more powerful.  Our Talon brand stun guns come with a Lifetime Warranty.

 

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9.   Will a stun gun work through clothing?

Absolutely.  Stun guns are designed to be 100% effective even through typical clothing.

 

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10.  Can a stun gun be fired multiple times?

Yes.  With a new set of batteries a stun gun can be fired many, many times.  This makes a stun gun an excellent choice for defending yourself against multiple assailants.

 

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