STUN GUNS – vs – TASERS | Understand the Difference
The major difference between these two non-lethal self-defense weapons is proximity to your target. A stun gun requires that the target is touched. A taser is a dual-function weapon: 1) it allows the target to be ‘tased’ up to 15 feet away, 2) it also has a stun gun feature that requires the target to be touched. “Taser” is a brand of electronic weapons. “Stun Guns” is a generic name and they are sold under many different brand names.
As we further explain the differences, here are few points of reference that may help you put the power of these 2 devices in context:
- Static electricity from a carpet generates about 40,000 volts of electricity
- Household electrical outlets are generally 15 amps and 120 volts. It’s the amps that’ll electrocute you.
Both stun guns and taser guns are extremely effective self defense weapons. Most people do not really know much about either which leads to many myths surrounding their overall effectiveness and use.
|DESCRIPTION||An electrical self-defense device that uses high voltage to stop an attacker. Touching a person with the prongs on the stun gun quickly generates PAIN, shock, muscular contraction, spasms, confusion, disorientation, loss of balance, and immobilization for 5-15 minutes AFTER the shock ends depending on voltage and the attacker’s pain tolerance.||Electrical self defense devices that fire two wired probes 15 feet & allow direct contact stunning. When the wired probes contact the target’s body or clothing, they transmit a 30-second electrical signal that short-circuits the sensory and motor functions of the nervous system. The effects end when 30-second shock ends.|
|COST||$20 – $100||$399 – $999|
|CONSIDER||You must TOUCH your attacker with the stun gun. The ‘shock’ will go thru clothes and will NOT ‘bounce back’ to you. While we would prefer not to have the attacker that close to us, the reality is that we usually won’t know we are being attacked until he/she is that close to us.||In many jurisdictions, the intended victim must be in imminent danger to legally DEFEND him/herself. That “danger zone” is 21 feet. The Taser shoots 15 feet. So you have to be QUICK because most people can cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds.|