Stun guns are small electrical devices that offer person protection for people who carry them. Most of the time they are non-lethal and are usually carried by women who want to secure their safety while alone or in unpredictable circumstances, such as being at a crowded event. Licenses are usually not required in areas where they are legal nor are there many classes available for stun gun safety. Therefore, each stun gun owner must familiarize themselves with how to properly use a stun gun for maximum personal protection.
To become familiar with a stun gun you must first take notice of its important components. On the device there will be a button that activates the electrical current and two probes that dispenses it. The probes are what will be touching the assailant and will deliver a shock to him and cause him to start having extreme muscle spasms. Knowing where the probes are located will keep the gun owner from accidentally shocking themselves while testing or using the device.
After you’re familiar with the parts, make sure the batter is fully charged. Some stun guns come with a flashlight so the more you use the light and test fire the stun gun, the more often you will need to recharge it. Some of my stun guns will keep a charge for months because I rarely use them. But I won’t allow my stun gun to fully deplete of power before I recharge it, you never know when you might actually need it.
You can test fire the stun gun by pressing the button and immediately releasing it. Do not keep your finger on the button while test firing it or you may damage the device. However, when you’re shocking someone you will need to keep your finger on the button to continually dispense the electricity.
If there ever comes a point where you actually need to use your stun gun, it must be within reach and easy to grab for it to be effective. If someone is attacking you at the grocery store but your stun gun is in the front seat of your car, it’s not going to do you much good. Plan to keep your stun gun either in your pocket, held on your wrist with strap, or in your purse.
Make sure your finger and other body parts are not in contact with the current probes before you discharge a stun gun. The last thing you want to do is make the attackers job that much easier by shocking yourself. Instead, shock your attacker and quickly get away.
If the assailant is holding on to either the gun or you, don’t worry, the current will not pass through you. The only person who will be shocked will be the one with direct contact with the probes.
Keep in mind that all you may actually need to do is test fire the stun gun to scare away your assailant. This is a great option if you are further away from the threat. If you’ve ever heard the sound of a stun gun then you know it can be very intimidating and not something most people would willingly like to experiment with.
Now that you are familiar with the device, be sure to keep it out of reach of your children’s hands. They are fascinated with gadgets and it’s our job to make sure their curiosity isn’t met with an experience that could potentially make them afraid to explore.
Do you own a stun gun? If so, what are some tips you’d like to share?