What are stun guns and are they worth it?

Stun guns
A prepper's guide to stun guns and Tasers

What are stun guns and are they worth it?
Stun guns, also known as Tasers, immobilize an attacker by
infliction of an electrical charge. Preppers who don't feel
comfortable with firearms for defense often turn to alternative
means, including use of stun guns, Tasers, pepper spray or

Lightweight and easy to conceal and carry, Taser Pulse, pictured
right, is ideal for defense when you can't carry a regular firearm.

Stun Guns and Tasers

What's the difference between stun guns, Tasers, pepper
spray and Mace?
The difference between a stun gun (Taser) and pepper spray
(Mace) is that a stun gun or Taser diffuses an attacker with a
debilitating electrical charge; while Mace or pepper spray is a
defense mechanism that relies on a very painful blast of
chemicals (such as tear gas) to the eyes and nose of an attacker.
The aerosolized irritants in Mace or pepper spray temporarily blind
and incapacitate and can last 30 minutes. The
Taser Pulse, right,
temporarily overrides an attacker’s central nervous system,
limiting muscular control for 30 seconds.

  • Taser: Aside from the fact that Taser is a brand name of
    stun guns there is an important tactical difference between a
    stun gun and a Taser, namely the effective range! That's an
    important distinction. Unlike stun guns, Tasers will provide
    you with a safe distance from your attacker: around 7-10
    feet. In other words, you don't need to provide direct
    contact. With a 15-foot safety range the Taser Pulse gives
    you ample space to make a safe escape.

  • Stun gun. The price range of stun guns vary, which has much
    to do with their effective amp range. Rest assured that your
    would-be attacker gets a debilitating amp of electricity and
    you won't feel anything. In case you're wondering, you won't
    get hurt by touching your attacker and you won't be
    electrocuted either by standing in water. Stun guns are made
    with low amps: you are not electrocuting him or her. A stun
    gun can help you in two ways:
  1. Direct contact defense: For a stun gun to be most
    effective, you'll need to touch your attacker with the
    stun gun prongs for as many seconds as you can
    muster. The longer you can manage to touch him or her,
    the more you will hurt your opponent. From a tactical
    perspective, you may store stun guns in a small place
    where you might hide as a defense strategy.
  2. Intimidation: You may not ever need to use your stun
    gun. If your aim is to intimidate, then choose a stun
    gun. You can bet that the crackling sound of the stun
    gun will keep most people at bay!

  • Pepper spray. A gas that causes tears, temporary blindness
    and breathing problems, along with panic and pain. The gas
    is capsaicin, derived from the fruit of plants in the same
    family as chili, hence the name. Pepper spray has in rare
    cases caused death. Some states may allow sale only
    through licensed firearms dealers as a criminal background
    check may be necessary, where those who have been
    convicted of a felony and minors would not be eligible to
    purchase. In other states, pepper spray regulations include
    the concentration of active ingredient, which may be no more
    than 10%. Halt Dog Repellent, right, is a pepper spray.

  • Mace. It's important to note that Mace, a brand name, is the
    strongest form of pepper spray used by law enforcement
    personnel with a highly effective stream pattern and range.
    With regards to effectiveness, the damaging effects of Mace
    can last 30 minutes or upwards of 2 hours. Smith & Wesson
    is the original manufacturer.

Are stun guns legal?
As of this writing, stun guns are legal in California, though it
does surprise many Californians. Laws change. Check with local
ordinances before you buy a stun gun as there may be restrictions
in your state. Also, restrictions may apply if the stun gun is
lethal. For example, in California, while it is currently legal for
citizens to own and operate a stun gun, when it comes to the
lethal variety it is not.

  • States that have been known to have stun gun regulations,
    include: District of Columbia, Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii,
    Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode
    Island and Wisconsin.

  • Cities that have been known to have stun gun regulations
    include: Annapolis and Baltimore in Maryland; Chicago,
    Illinois, and Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

  • Counties that have been know to have stun gun regulations
    include: Crawford Count, Iowa, Howard County, Maryland.

Is pepper spray legal?
As of this writing, Pepper spray is considered legal in all 50
states; however, in many states it may not contain tear gas. If
pepper spray should ever become illegal in your locale, then you
should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray,
which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't
carry these items in your person, but they are good alternate
items to own. In an SHTF survival situation, law becomes invalid:
it's do or die. If that doesn't bode well with you, try Halt Dog
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Have a wife who doesn't like your guns? Have daughters heading
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Having the added security of a non-lethal weapon in her arsenal
will help you feel she's more prepared for close range assaults.
Consider also pepper spray!

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