Should I buy a stun gun or a taser? What are the differences?

When it comes to your personal security, you need to make sure you are prepared to protect yourself from attackers who wish to harm you. It does not matter if you’re a man or a woman; it’s smart to have a plan in place if someone decides to hurt you. For this reason, it is recommended to investigate different means of protection. Every person is different and tends to have a different preference for what kind of defense weapon they want to use.

For those who don’t want to carry a gun but want a little more protection than pepper spray can offer, they might consider purchasing a stun gun or taser.

Although similar in many ways, a stun gun and a taser are not the same thing. A stun gun is a weapon that allows you to disable your attacker by giving them a short non-lethal high voltage electrical shock. When you use a stun gun on someone, you’re basically giving them a charge of electricity that won’t do permanent damage, but will allow you to get away for a few minutes. The charge confuses the attacker’s nervous system and makes movement and thinking quite difficult for a short period of time.

Most stun guns can be held in your hand and are powered by a 9-volt battery. The good thing is that the charge is strong enough to go through heavy clothing, but there is no transfer for you if the attacker touches you while throwing a charge. The only downside to a stun gun is that you have to be in range of your attacker to launch the charge.

A Taser uses much of the same technology as a standard stun gun. The attacker is stunned with the same charge and reacts in the same way as with a stun gun. The main difference is that, unlike a stun gun, you don’t have to be right next to the attacker to apply the charge. The charging electrodes for the stun guns are inside the unit itself. With the taser, they are connected by wires. This is so that when you pull the trigger on the taser, it propels itself towards the attacker like a gun. With the help of small spikes, the cables latch onto the attacker and deliver the shock in the same manner as a stun gun.

The advantage of a taser is that you don’t have to be right next to the attacker, you can be up to 15 feet away to shoot them. Another advantage the Taser has over the stun gun is that the Taser also works as a contact stun gun if you don’t want to deploy the ‘darts’.

Before purchasing any type of gun, you should research the laws in your state, city, or county. Stun guns and Tasers are restricted in certain areas. Either weapon is a great form of protection depending on your preferences. The main difference between the two weapons is that the stun gun is for close contact stunning. The taser is for close contact stunning or the attacker can be shot within 15 feet with ‘darts’ attached to the end of the 15 foot cord.

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