We Know: How to Buy a Stun Gun

Why buy a stun gun?

Most people choose to own a stun gun for personal protection, particularly when it's not legal for them to carry a concealed firearm or they're uncomfortable using a gun. Many law enforcement agencies use stun guns and rely on them as an alternative to shooting someone. A stun gun can disable an attacker without seriously hurting them, as opposed to the affects of being shot with a bullet from a standard gun. In some states and cities, the possession of a stun gun is prohibited or restricted, so check the law prior to purchasing a stun gun.

How many volts are enough to disable an attacker?

This depends on several factors, including the thickness of the attacker's clothing, whether they're under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or are experiencing a psychotic episode. In general, a minimum of 180,000 volts is recommended, but to increase your chances of success and to take an attacker down more quickly, more volts are better.

Most stun guns are powered by 9-volt batteries, and depending on the voltage they generate, will require from one to three batteries each. A few models use rechargeable batteries.

Stun Gun Models

Depending on your need and preference, there are a variety of stun gun models to choose from, including:

  1. Safety Technology's Stun Master: 625,000 volts. Weighs one pound and is 2" wide and 7 3/4" inches long. Uses three batteries. Sells for around $76.
  2. Sabre Stun Gun: 200,000 volts. 6" high. Uses two batteries. Sells for around $50.
  3. Sabre Stun Gun: 500,000 volts. 6" high. Uses two batteries. Sells for around $73.
  4. Black Cobra Mini Stun Gun (Delta Model): 800,000 volts. Weighs 4.5 ounces and is 4" x 2.5" x 1". Uses one battery. Sells for around $50.
  5. Safety Products Unlimited Cell Phone Stun Gun (Model MTD-125): Stun gun that's disguised as a cell phone. (The cell phone doesn't actually work.) 180,000 volts. Weighs 5.3 ounces without the battery and is 6" x 2" x 1". Uses one battery. Sells for around $55.
  6. Defense Devices Flashlight Stun Gun: Stun gun disguised as a flashlight. Actually works as a flashlight, too. 600,000 volts. Weighs 18.5 ounces and is 14.25" long. Rechargeable battery. Sells for around $50.

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