If you have proper aim this allows you to stop the attacker before he or she is within reach of you. Tasers can also be used at close range.
Stun Gun vs Taser
Stun Gun Pros
They come in a range of sizes and colors.
Use causes attacker to immediately stop, losing temporary muscle control
The sound when fired in the air is enough to deter many attackers from even trying
Many are rechargeable so you don't need to buy batteries
More affordable than most tasers or other self-defense weapons
Can purchase without a felony background check
When in contact with the attacker you cannot be shocked as well, which is a common problem with the use of pepper spray
Stun Gun Cons
They can only be used in close range, which means you need to be close enough to touch the attacker
Taser will work on target from 15 feet away
There are two probes that can work on someone through 2 inches of clothing
Some models have laser sighting
Will shock attacker for 30 seconds
Certain models include a backup stun gun option if you miss with the probes or if the attacker gets too close
Need to buy replacement cartridges once the taser has been fired
In order for the taser to work both of the probes need to hit the target
More expensive than stun guns
How to Choose
Your first step when choosing stun gun vs taser is to check your state laws. Some states require a federal background check before purchasing a taser.
And, some states have laws regarding the carrying and use of nonlethal weapons.
What to Look for When Buying a Taser
Laser Sight - The obvious advantage of a laser sight is the ability to hit your target easier. A secondary advantage to the sight is that some attackers give up and take off if they see the red laser dot on them.
Style - If you are uncomfortable with a weapon shaped like a gun there are other models and styles on the market.
Duration - While tasers will shock up to 30 seconds, there are shorter options on the market.
What to Look for When Buying a Stun Gun
High voltage - Stun guns with 800,000 volts or more will show a bright "lightning" like bolt between the prongs when triggered in the air. The higher the voltage the faster the stun gun will work to temporarily disable an attacker.
Which style works the best for you. Try holding several different kinds to see what is comfortable for you to use. There are stun batons that can be used for people that aren't comfortable with an attacker getting close enough for a stun gun.
Additional Features - There are stun guns that come with a variety of features including: flashlights, alarm, disable pin so attacker cannot use the weapon on you if they get it out of your hands, and rechargeable batteries.
If you are looking for additional information in the stun gun vs taser debate, check out our reviews on some of the top non-lethal weapons on the market.
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.
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