OK, this page is for those who take self defense seriously
so let's get on this bird and ride. Poppajohns' first
rules of personal security are:
Always carry personal protection, be aware and have
To most people personal defense is just that personal.
Should you personally decide to carry a stun gun, then
this page is for you.
The traditional stun
gun has two portruding electrodes (positive and
negative) the stun gun sets up an electrical
circuit so that current will pass between the electrodes
when the stun gun is activated, real basic.
The early models are typically larger, powered by
nine volt alkaline batteries and have longer portruding
electrodes such as the Stun
Monster 625,000 volt Stun Gun. Some of us (including
Poppajohn) prefer these. Most of what we may term police
stun guns are these exact same items. The later models
use three volt lithium camera batteries such as the
Stun Master Hot
Shot. This allows them to be constructed on a smaller
frame like the Runts.
This helps make them a lot more handy and easier to
carry. Along with that they typically use smaller electrodes
that lay flat across the front of the stun gun, there
is no hard evidence that this makes them any less effective
than the larger more portruding electrodes, it does
however contribute to their being easier to carry. While
the preceeding is true, De Old Effo still likes the
protruding electrodes best cuz he thinks they make a
better contact on the mook than the flat type.
Power from the batteries is passed through a coil
(some use more than 1) where the voltage is increased
to pretty much any level desired. The higher the voltage
the easier it is for the charge to bridge the gap between
electrodes and the more impressive the spark and electrical
noise when testing the unit (scary) be that as it may
the actual amperage ALL stun guns produce is somewhere
between five and eleven milliamps of electrical
energy, which quite simply isn't very much, having said
that I still think that in love, war, hot rodding and
self defense bigger is pretty much always better. De
Old Effo feels the need to point out that test firing
any stun gun he has ever seen for more than one
second will void the warranty and probably cause
damage to the unit . Civilian stun guns use high voltage
(we carry a 1.2
million volt stun gun and even 3
million or over 4
million volt stun guns) at low wattage (7 to 14
watts) and miniscule amperage (around five to eleven
miliamps) to temporarily disable an attacker for anywhere
from a few seconds to several minutes relatively harmlessly.
The units do tend to produce two small burn marks where
the current enters and leaves the body. some of the
most intimidating stun devices are the Stun
Batons and the Telescopic
Stun Baton this guy extends ftom 13 inches to 21.5
inches instantly while showing major sparking up and
down the shaft. It's even kinda scary for the person
weapons work by interfering with the communication signals
within the nervous system of the target. Conventional
stun systems primarily effect the sensory nervous system.
Something like static on the communication lines between
the brain and the body and in so doing they interfere
with the human command and control systems. The overall
effect is the muscles work spasmodically contracting
and relaxing at a very high rate.
So thats how stun guns use high voltage and low amperage
to temporarily disrupt human nervous systems and in
so doing disable an attacker for several minutes. The
stun gun does not rely on pain for results, though some
do report feeling pain(don't tase me bro don't tase
me). The energy stored in the gun is dumped into the
attackers muscles causing them to do a great deal
of work rapidly. This rapid work cycle pretty much instantly
depletes the attackers blood sugar by converting
it to lactic acid. Which means, he is unable to produce
energy for his muscles and his body is unable to function
properly. The stun gun also interrupts the tiny neurological
impulses that control and direct voluntary muscle movement
. When the attackers neuromuscular system is overwhelmed
and controlled by the stun gun he loses his balance,
you should then be prepared to catch your assailant
and help him to the ground lest he be injured in the
fall. The current is confined to the circuit set
up between the two electrodes which means should the
attacker be touching you it means nothing because the
current will NOT pass to your body nor anything else
that is not between those two electrodes! Normally a
shock of 3 to 5 seconds is enough to place most any
mook in the fetal position however, a small percentage
of people with very high tolerance for electrical stimulation
can fight through the effect, TASER®
the new self defense TASER®
C2™ use a higher wattage and a phased electrical
charge to overcome this. They also give you a much larger
comfort zone in that you can overpower your attacker
at a distance albeit for more money. A pepper
spray gun will also provide this, even more distance
actually and for less, way less.
stun guns are built to resemble something other than
a stun gun such as a cell
phone or flashlight
or some other unique design which is a really great
idea and gives you a tactical advantage because since
it looks harmless your would be attacker stays relaxed.
Thats the real idea behind a cell
phone stun gun, flashlight
stun gun or what ever, to make it easier to surprise
an attacker. Remember however the basic purpose of a
stun gun, and all other non-lethal self defense products,
is to give you time to escape. Use the stun gun, then
head for safety. If you follow De Old Effo's preferences
you hose him down with Wildfire
before you go. But then, Don't stand around checking
out the slobbering mook on the ground even though it's
fun, clear the area.
Most women find that their hand will not fit most
stun guns real well that's why Z-Force
shapes their stun guns to better fit smaller hands.
Poppajohn has plenty of opportunities for you to buy
stun guns, so we don't sell them on this page. We won't
try to tell you what the best stun gun is either, that's
for you to decide just like whether you also wanna carry
spray or mace
to give yourself a choice of non lethal weapons. De
Old Effo naturally recommends carrying everything possible
and using em all when necessary.
Here's a brief history of the stun gun.
After the first batteries were created in the late 1800's an inventor, John Burton from Wichita, Kansas applied for and received a patent for his "Electric Prod Pole", or an electric cattle prod. Burton's purpose for creating this was to assist driving cattle without damaging their hides.
The model was very simple but effective. It used a battery, a coil of wound wire, and two prongs, one positive and the other negative. The coil stepped up the voltage enough so that the current could penetrate an animal's hide and cause a localized shock. Within a couple of decades another patent was given for a very similar battery powered design that used a new method to hold the end-cap on and added an on/off switch.
In 1950 the electric cattle prod was used by most cowboys to move cattle up the chutes. I'm sure it wasn't long before one cowboy zapped another and a seed for another use was planted.
In 1933 a Cuban inventor named Cirilo Diaz developed a "Stun Glove" that he thought would help the police cope with unruly suspects and demonstrators.
But, it didn't catch on. In the early 1960s police used cattle prods to help control riots and civil rights protesters.
Then comes Jack Cover who invented the
Taser. Educated as a nuclear
physicist, Cover invested most of his career earning
a living in aerospace and defense industries. He started
to build the Taser in the 1960s because of a rash of
airplane hijackings. Sky marshals began carrying pistols
on commercial airliners to deter hijackers, but Cover
saw the possible danger. If a bullet missed the hijacker
and pierced the fuselage instead, the plane could crash.
He thought he could come up with a non-lethal way to stop hijackers.
In an interview with the Orange County Register in 1991 Cover said that he got the idea for the Taser after hearing about a man who was briefly immobilized by a fallen power line. He began experimenting in his garage and in the late 1960s developed a device that looked something like a flashlight but fired darts that transmitted an electrical charge. The darts had a range up to 15 feet.
He got the name for the device from one of his favorite childhood books, "Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle." In the book, the Tom Swift invents a rifle that shoots out bolts of electricity. The story obviously continued to inspire Cover's creativity years later, when he thought of the name TASER as an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle." Cover added the middle initial "A" so the name would make more sense.
Since the 1960s the idea of a non-lethal, hand held personal protection device has inspired many styles such as lipstick stun guns, stun batons, flashlight stun guns, cell phone stun guns and other disguised stun gun devices.
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