Have you decided to take self protection serious? Good For You! The choices of self defense though can be overwhelming for sure! Should you get a Stun Gun or a Taser – what’s the difference? What’s best for you? Have no fear – this is the Ultimate Guide in explaining what a stun gun is, the best stun gun of 2018, and help in finding what is best for you.
Hang on tight – by the end of this article you’ll be ready to defend yourself! 🙂
Best stun guns in 2018
We’ve researched, tested, and researched some more to make sure we make the most accurate recommendations for each person’s need. Below you’ll find the best stun guns, stun flashlights, and stun batons for each category. Enjoy!
It is small enough to carry in a purse or a car, it has a wrist strap that also acts as a safety switch (when it is pulled out the unit turns off), and has plenty of voltage and amperage to act as a safe all around stun gun.
Best Tactical Stun Flashlight
With an extremely bright flashlight, aluminum aircraft metal body, powerful battery, and massive amperage and voltage – this is as perfect of a stun flashlight as 2018 has to offer. Perfect for your car, house, or to keep with you while walking.
Best Stun Gun for Women
This is the perfect concealable stun gun. It easily fits in a purse disguised as a tube of lipstick. BUT! Don’t let it’s size fool you – it packs a huge punch and has a flashlight. It’s rechargeable to boot!
Best Stun Gun for Dog Attacks and Walking
With a super bright flashlight, military grade metal, and it being a long baton – this is the perfect stun baton for when you are walking your dog. If you are wanting protection of wild dogs – this is the stun baton for you!
What is A Stun Gun
A stun gun does not fire any sort of projectile or bullets. Stun guns use an extremely strong battery to create an electric shock that when it touches another person shoots electricity to temporarily disable them. Now the nervous system is definitely a serious thing – but not to worry – there is no permanent damage.
A stun gun provides just enough of an electrical shock to give you the precious time you need to get away!
How to Use a Stun Gun
Stun guns are great for 2 purposes! One as a deterrent to prevent any bad guys to begin with and secondly if you do have to actually use it to disable the bad guy for enough time for you to get away.
As a deterrent it’s super easy to use – all you have to do is “dry fire” it. Or, push the stun button and it will create an extremely loud and intimidating sound like a lightening bolt. More often then not this is enough of a warning sign to make a bad guy, wild dog, or any other attacker walk away and not bother you. The best part? You can “dry fire” it multiple times in case the first warning blast doesn’t do the trick.
What happens if you actually need to use it on someone? It’s as easy as making contact with their skin. Areas like their arm, leg, stomach, and especially their neck are great places to shock them. Once you’ve made contact the electrical charge that streams through their nervous system from the stun gun defense weapon is enough to incapacitate them for up to a minute. This is plenty of time for you to safely get away and call for help!
How the Best Stun Guns Work
Low current level is what makes a stun gun safe to use. For all its power, high voltage in a stun gun is still safe
to handle. A good example is to think of a stun gun like a water gun. If low current is like water, then voltage would be like wate
r under pressure. Water squirted from a regular water gun is no problem. When water is directed from a high pressure water hose, like the fire department uses, it’s enough to break up an angry mob – but it’s still just water. Higher voltage equals greater effectiveness in a shorter time.
The Truth about the Power of Stun Guns & the Voltage Myth
Is voltage King? Nope!
The market is filled with stun guns that feature claims to have millions of voltage. Be aware though, that is extremely difficult (almost impossible) to find equipment that can test and verify such high numbers. We do not manufacture stun guns, so we have no control over what THEY claim. However, with our years of experience (since 2003), we know that you can easily compare each stun gun’s power by test firing it; a stronger better stun gun will produce a louder sound and a more intense current in between the metal probe when test firing it. That’s why we provide product demonstration videos so you can judge it yourself.
Also – more important then voltage is actually the amperage the stun gun produces. In 2018 the Best Stun Guns listed below have a great balance of voltage and amperage so that they will keep you safe without any harm to you when using it, yet being most effective against the bad guy.
How We Rate and Review the Best Stun Guns
The truth is, you really don’t know the quality of the unit until you hold it in your hand and test fire it. And that’s where we come in to help!
At BestStunGun, we want to help you find the stun gun that suits your needs, so we will give you the honest truth regarding each stun gun’s level of voltage, power, and most importantly – whether it is right for you!
We test every single model to verify and ensure its quality before adding it to our product selection and introducing it to you.
High quality Vs Low Quality Stun Guns
One way to distinguish the quality of a stun gun is its rechargeable battery (most newer model stun gun have built-in rechargeable batteries). Good and reliable stun guns use a high quality Ni-MH battery verses others that simply use AA or even AAA batteries. We do not sell any models that do not have reliable batteries or power sources that won’t provide proper protection for you!
Are Stun Guns Legal?
Stun guns are not considered firearms or “guns”. They are legal in most states; however currently HI, MA, MI, NY, RI and all U.S. Virgin Islands have chosen to not let you protect yourself. We do have a full guide with an explanation of stun gun laws and whether or not they are legal in your state.
The Best stun guns literally “stun” the target with a high level of electronic stimulation and cause a lot of pain while disabling them. The result of a good and strong stun gun is that they will stun the target but they also cause physical incapacitation. No matter which stun gun you prefer, it is definitely better than being empty handed when an attacker is standing in front of you.
Additional Stun Gun Information
Surprisingly, New York is one state that does not permit the public to purchase stun guns for protection. Here we learn the laws in place.
New York is one of the seven states where stun guns are illegal. However, and perhaps surprisingly, the ownership of a handgun is permitted in the state as long as the person buying the weapon has a permit to do so.
Under Sections 15a and 15c of the New York Penal Code 265 Law the use of an electronic dart gun and an electronic stun gun are restricted for public use. For clarification this is any device that has been designed as a weapon with the purpose of stunning, knocking out, causing mental disorientation or paralyzing a person by passing a high electrical shock to a person. An electric dart projects darts that are attached to the main device with wires. Once these darts have penetrated the skin they deliver volts that will temporarily disable a person.
Anyone who is caught in possession of a stun gun or an electric dart gun in New York can be convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
The reason why stun guns are illegal in New York is because of the supposed risk associated with them. Lawmakers have outlawed them because they believe that they can cause heart attacks and because they are alleged to ignite flammable liquids.
But then we have to ask ourselves why is it okay for firearms to be legal, but stun guns and electric dart guns are not?
Surely such a device that has been designed to deliver maximum protection to a person is a safer option to consider compared to a firearm?
Hopefully in the not too distant future we will see stun guns and electric dart guns becoming legal in the state, providing additional safety to those who need it who don’t want to rely upon a lethal firearm.
Update: Stun Guns Are Now Legal In New Jersey
While most states allow the use of stun guns for a person’s safety there are a handful of states that do not permit them.
The short answer to finding out whether or not stun guns are legal in New Jersey is that they are not. New Jersey is one of the states that has restricted the use of this self defense device for public use.
Under the New Jersey Statutes – Title 2C of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice – Chapter 39-1, it states that “Weapon” means anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury. The term includes, but is not limited to…and (4) stun guns; and any weapon or other device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas or any other substance intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air.”
“Stun gun” means any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.”
As possession of a stun gun is prohibited in New Jersey anyone who knowingly has one of these in the possession is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree.
Here are a few easy-to-apply self defense tips. Get familiar with them. They could make the difference between life and death. My martial art master Grandmaster Dong) often tells me that the best way to survive a life and death situation is to mentally prepare for it. Imagine yourself in that situation and ask yourself “what would I do?” So while you are reading the following tips, try to picture yourself in that situation and think about how you would apply the knowledge.
- Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
- Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you….chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
- If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
- Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
- A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
a) Be aware: look around you; look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
b) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
c) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
- ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
- If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
- As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
- Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before l ast, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her “Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.”
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby —- This information should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America’s Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
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Share this with all the people you care about. It may save their life.
Here’s a final tip. Ask yourself what you would do in the above scenarios if you were empty handed. Then ask yourself “If I were in this scenario, I wish I had a.” Whatever that is, please have a good understanding how to use it. Believe me, you won’t have time to dig out that instruction manual or figure out how to turn the safety switch off.
By the way, using a TASER is a lot easier than people think.
Crime happens whether you are ready or not. So when it happens, you better be ready. Do not wait; your safety is priceless! Protect yourself with a stun gun now!