The Reality of Stun Gun Use

The first reality of stun gun use is, the voltage advertised is not the voltage the stun gun will put out (except with the Air Taser). Stun Gun manufacturer voltage claims are not regulated, consequently we have the outrageous voltage claims on the devices. That’s not to say that they don’t work, or that they don’t put out temporarily disabling voltage. They just don’t put out 200,000, 500,000, or 700,000 volts, etc. Only the Air Taser’s claim of 50,000 volts has been verified as approximately accurate. For the purpose of this article, I will only briefly discuss the effectiveness and use of stun guns, not size and power.

PS Zap Stun Gun

The small PS Zap stun gun package shown above is rated at 350,000 volts......and 650,000 volts......and 950,000 volts according to which voltage model you are looking at. They are all the same size and all use 2 batteries to operate. So what's the real difference? When you move from the one battery model to two, you get considerably more power. In the Stun Guns that claim huge voltage ratings, all other things being equal, the components may be thicker and capable of carrying slightly more voltage. And they are louder and look scarier. Realistically, though, models with claims over 500,000 volts no matter how high the voltage goes are pretty much the same. Stun gun manufacturers only have to make higher voltage claims to charge higher prices. So you may get the 350,000 volt one and pay 1/2 the price of the 950,000 volt one....for the same thing.


Effectiveness of stun guns is determined by what you intend for it to do for you. If you want something scary looking to show someone, it fits the bill. The spark that goes across the electrodes and the resulting crackle is indeed impressive and probably a little intimidating even to an experienced criminal. It could also be effective at repelling an attacker with a short touch and blast. I stuck a Raptor to my chest and pulled the trigger briefly. In just a split second the shock went up my rib cage into my neck and out towards my shoulders. I can’t imagine staying put while somebody held it to me. And that is the real question here. For a stun gun to disable an attacker, they all recommend holding the gun to the body for 3-5 seconds for a disabling blast. The question is, when an attacker comes full bore at you with the intent to harm or kill, are you going to be accurate enough, strong enough to grab him and hold him still for 4 seconds, avoid any weapon he has or beating he is trying to inflict on you? Not likely. Therefore, stun guns are poor choices for women even though many of the advertisements show women using them. They are not much better for men, unless in either case, the person you show it to is scared of it, or they are repelled easily by a quick shock. A large, enraged, drunk, drugged person or someone just plain good enough to block it and take you down anyway will not likely be affected enough to make a stun gun good security.

Stun Guns come in all shapes and sizes today, from the “mini” stun guns to the biggest available such as the Raptor and Stun Master. Here’s the thing to think about. For you to use a stun gun on someone, they must be close enough for you to touch. That means they are close enough to touch you. So, here is my basic advice: Unless you are an experienced fighter or self defense expert (if you were, you probably wouldn’t be here reading this) don’t use a stun gun for protection against human predators. It will likely get you hurt or killed.


The exception to this is using a stun gun as a self defense weapon against dog attacks. A dog intent on attacking will go for an arm, leg or whatever is sticking out where he can sink his teeth into it. Because a dog doesn’t flail with fists and feet, it is fairly dependable what they will do. A person walking or jogging with a stun gun in hand has a good chance of a it being effective against a dog attack, even though it may not keep them initially from being bitten. A dog attached intently to an arm or leg is an easy target for the stun gun, even in a panic filled victim. Just make sure if a dog approaches fast, that you keep your gun hand away from his mouth. The stun gun stuck to the dog’s body and fired will likely shake even a big strong dog loose. Therefore, we recommend a high voltage stun gun to carry outdoors where dog attacks are possible.


Stun guns are legal for carry in many, but not all locations. Most states and cities do not put restrictions on possession (in your home or place of business). Use of a stun gun, if not used in a very precise way, is more likely to be considered “offensive” than defensive by law enforcement. Check local and state law before ordering or carrying one.


STUN GUNS are not good weapons to depend on for defense against humans, though it may be better than nothing, especially in a case where a quick jolt will repel an offender. It is a very good choice for defense against dog attacks.