Being able to protect yourself isn’t just convenient, but also cool...am I right?
Take the case for stun guns and tasers, which are prime examples of good safety equipment. Having one on your person automatically makes you feel both protected and powerful, correct?. However, keep in mind that stun guns aren’t just for show--they can incapacitate when used properly; lethal when mishandled. This article will discuss the benefits of stun guns and tasers and how you can use them to better protect yourself.
- Benefits of a stun gun or taser
- Basics of stun gun and Taser safety
- Where should you aim your stun gun/taser to incapacitate?
- Differences between a stun gun and a taser
- How to carry a stun gun and/or taser
How to use a stun gun or Taser (TIPS)
Learning how to use a stun gun or a taser the right way is essential if you want to be able to use it safely and effectively to protect yourself and your family. Regardless of your weapon of choice, you need to make sure that you know how to use this powerful self-defense weapon before you start carrying it with you.
If you don't, a multitude of problems could arise. You could accidentally stun yourself, or a family member--or even worse, a criminal could seize it from you. If you want to avoid these scenarios, then you need to learn to use your stun gun or taser. While these weapons are less lethal than a firearm, they are still weapons and can inflict pain, injury, and even death on anyone if you don’t know how to use them.
Benefits of a stun gun or Taser
Tasers and stun guns are both considered electroshock weapons, in that they primarily deliver electric jolts through the body. They are referred to as less lethal because while it is unlikely to happen anything that introduces a high voltage current to the human body could potentially cause cardiac problems. Despite the potential for serious injury or death, a stun gun or taser is still a much safer weapon to use than a firearm or knife. It gives people the ability to instantly disable an attacker with a very low risk of causing that person serious injury or death.
Moreover, if you live in problematic areas where violent crime is rampant, then you should definitely consider getting a stun gun or a Taser. This will help minimize the chances of you getting hurt by a criminal.
Ideally, your goal is to incapacitate your attacker: to stop them without hurting them or killing them. It means you don't have to deal with the psychological issues of having accidentally killed someone, and any potential legal problems that may come up if you were forced to shoot someone.
Basics of stun guns and Taser safety
The first thing you need to know about learning how to use a stun gun or taser is that you need to treat these devices with respect. You wouldn't leave a handgun lying around where a child could find it, would you? Another important safety tip is to never pull out your stun gun or taser and aim it at anyone unless you are planning to use it. Using a stun gun or Taser to scare someone is a huge mistake. You should only pull out your weapon when you feel threatened or vulnerable; anything else could lead to a huge mistake.
Where to aim a stun gun/Taser to incapacitate
Between 2001 and 2008 there were more than 300 deaths that resulted from someone being shocked with a Taser or stun gun. Most of these deaths were likely accidental, thanks to negligent use and self-defense. That’s why you should avoid aiming these weapons at someone's chest with them. When you introduce 50,000 volts of electricity to the chest area of someone you are always going to run the risk of cardiac issues.
Instead, aim your stun gun or taser at an arm, leg, groin, neck, or armpit if possible. In life-or-death situations, you may not have this option, and you shouldn't hesitate to strike someone anywhere you can. But as much as possible, if you still have some semblance of control and you feel confident that you can hit someone in a less lethal area, then you should consider the aforementioned tips.
If you are worried that you could be overwhelmed by an attacker, then you should target anywhere that you can in order to incapacitate them.
Differences between a stun gun and a taser
The primary difference between a stun gun and a taser involves the range that they can be used for.
A stun gun has two metal prongs which you have to press into the body of your attacker. The prongs will deliver an electrical charge through their clothing, so you don't necessarily have to aim for bare skin. Meanwhile, a Taser is a weapon that can be used from several feet away. The biggest advantage here is that you can strike a would-be attacker from a safe distance before they are close enough to grab or strike you.
Ultimately, however, whether you get a stun gun or a taser is going to depend on your personal preference and which weapon you feel most confident in using.
Basic guidelines on how to use a stun gun or a taser
- If you are going to carry a taser or stun gun, make sure that it is easily accessible. If you find yourself being attacked by someone, you won't have time to stop and search through a purse or backpack looking for a weapon. In fact, if you ever find yourself in a situation with a high risk of violence it's a good idea to have your stun gun or taser in your hand ready to use.
- Also, make sure to get only the best and certified safe stun guns for you to use. Needless to say, fake, subpar stun guns will only end up with you getting hurt.
- Practice using your stun gun or taser. Having a stun gun or taser is a great starting point, but that's all it is. You need to practice pulling it out and using it until it becomes fluid and natural for you.