In danger of being attacked, having self defense devices on hand is better than not having anything to protect you at all. Personal protection devices actually decrease your risk of being a victim of any forms of attack. However, you also need to be equipped with the knowledge of using it properly. It will be most effective if you know how it works.
Stun gun is a non-lethal self-defense device that uses electricity to temporarily immobilize an attacker. It works to disrupt the brain’s communication to the muscles of the body. Once the electric current from the gun is dumped into the attacker’s muscles, it causes them to do a great deal of work rapidly by interrupting the neurological impulses that control voluntary muscle movement. It will not however create a lasting damage to your attacker’s body. It only works to incapacitate him for a period of time just enough for you to escape and ask for help.
One of the most important factors that you should consider when buying this device is its voltage. The higher the voltage, the faster is the delivery of the electricity to an attacker’s body. Because of this, immobilization will also be quicker. The higher voltage guns usually look and sound more powerful than those with low voltages. If you test fire a high voltage gun, the electrical current which runs between the prongs create bright and intense lightning bolts. It will also produce loud crackling sounds which more often than not scare off an attacker. Higher voltage means greater effectiveness in a shorter period of time.
How do you test stun gun voltage?
Though powerful, a high voltage gun is still safe to handle. When you actually use it, you can be assured that the electric current will not pass on to you. However, in order to ensure its effectiveness, you need to test fire it so you can be sure that it will work when needed.
When testing the gun, make sure that you exercise all care and precaution. Not a single part of your body should get closer to the contact probes other than the switch and the safety zone plate which is about 1 ½ inches. Contact with the gun beyond that point may result in mild shock. When you press the switch, the gun will form an arc shape between the two electrodes. After test firing, the device needs to be discharged. Do this by touching probes against another piece of metal. If it emits a spark, then it is safe to use. Do not test fire longer than a second or two as this may damage your gun.
To use a stun gun, you need to be prepared and ready at all times. Make sure that you know how to manage it so you can use it to protect yourself effectively. Carry it with you wherever you go and do not be afraid to use it when the need comes.