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Stun guns
A prepper's guide to stun guns and Tasers

Stun guns, also known as Tasers, immobilize an attacker by infliction of an electrical
charge. Preppers who don't feel comfortable in protecting themselves with
firearms, often turn to alternative means, including use of stun guns, Tasers,
pepper spray or Mace.

What's the difference between stun guns, Tasers, pepper
spray and Mace?
The difference between a stun gun (Taser) and pepper spray (Mace) is that a stun
gun or Taser diffuses an attacker with a debilitating electrical charge; while Mace or
pepper spray is a defense mechanism that relies on a very painful blast of
chemicals (such as tear gas) to the eyes and nose of an attacker. The aerosolized
irritants in Mace or pepper spray temporarily blind and incapacitate.

  • Stun gun. The price range of stun guns vary, which has much to do with their
    effective amp range. Rest assured that your would-be attacker gets a
    debilitating amp of electricity and you won't feel anything. In case you're
    wondering, you won't get hurt by touching your attacker and you won't be
    electrocuted either by standing in water. Stun guns are made with low
    amps: you are not electrocuting him or her. A stun gun can help you in two
  1. Direct contact defense: For a stun gun to be most effective, you'll need
    to touch your attacker with the stun gun prongs for as many seconds
    as you can muster. The longer you can manage to touch him or her,
    the more you will hurt your opponent. From a tactical perspective, you
    may store stun guns in a small place where you might hide as a
    defense strategy.
  2. Intimidation: You may not ever need to use your stun gun. If your aim
    is to intimidate, then choose a stun gun. You can bet that the crackling
    sound of the stun gun will keep most people at bay!

  • Taser: Aside from the fact that Taser is a brand name of stun guns there is
    an important tactical difference between a stun gun and a Taser, namely the
    effective range! That's an important distinction. Unlike stun guns, Tasers will
    provide you with a safe distance from your attacker: around 7-10 feet. In
    other words, you don't need to provide direct contact. Pictured front and
    center at the top of the page, The Taser C2 provides the same technology as
    law enforcement models and offers incredible take down power and
    unparalleled protection in the palm of your hand. The training manual
    includes complete instructions on activation, safety release, how and where
    to aim, and firing your ECD. Put the police-tested and trusted TASER
    technology in your hands with a Taser C2 if available in your state, city or

  • Pepper spray. A gas that causes tears, temporary blindness and breathing
    problems, along with panic and pain. The gas is capsaicin, derived from the
    fruit of plants in the same family as chili, hence the name. Pepper spray has
    in rare cases caused death. Some states may allow sale only through
    licensed firearms dealers as a criminal background check may be necessary,
    where those who have been convicted of a felony and minors would not be
    eligible to purchase. In other states, pepper spray regulations include the
    concentration of active ingredient, which may be no more than 10%.

  • Mace: It's important to note that Mace, a brand name, is the strongest form
    of pepper spray used by law enforcement personnel with a highly effective
    stream pattern and range. With regards to effectiveness, the damaging
    effects of Mace can last 30 minutes or upwards of 2 hours. Smith & Wesson
    is the original manufacturer.

Are stun guns legal?
As of this writing, stun guns are legal in California, though it does surprise many
Californians. Laws change. Check with local ordinances before you buy a stun gun
as there may be restrictions in your state. Also, restrictions may apply if the stun
gun is lethal. For example, in California, while it is currently legal for citizens to own
and operate a stun gun, when it comes to the lethal variety it is not.

  • States that have been known to have stun gun regulations, include: District of
    Columbia, Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey,
    New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

  • Cities that have been known to have stun gun regulations include: Annapolis
    and Baltimore in Maryland; Chicago, Illinois, and Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

  • Counties that have been know to have stun gun regulations include: Crawford
    Count, Iowa, Howard County, Maryland.

Is pepper spray legal?
As of this writing, Pepper spray is considered legal in all 50 states; however, in
many states it may not contain tear gas. If pepper spray should ever become illegal
in your locale, then you should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp
spray, which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't carry these
items in your person, but they are good alternate items to own. In an SHTF survival
situation, law becomes invalid: it's do or die. If that doesn't bode well with you, try
Halt Dog Repellent.

Happy Endings...
Have a wife who doesn't like your guns? Have daughters heading off to college?
Having the added security of a non-lethal weapon in her arsenal will help you feel
she's more prepared for close range assaults. Consider also pepper spray! And
keychains for self defense.

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