Supporters say it's better than pepper spray and is more efficient to use. However, if you have no idea on how to use a stun gun the right way, it may either fail to protect you or cause unnecessary damage. If you have one of these weapons or are planning to buy one, here are some tips on:
How to Use a Stun Gun Properly
Know your type
There are different types of stun guns with varying levels of stopping power. Know what type yours is. Having sufficient knowledge on what your stun gun can do will go a long way to guide you on how to use it properly.
Read the brochure or user's manual and study it carefully. Know how much its stopping power is. Most stun guns have a minimum of 1,000,000 volts while others can go as high as tens of millions volts.
While you can dismiss these high voltage claims, pay attention to the amperage. You want the highest amperage stun gun available.
If you will be handling your stun gun only in an emergency, you might not have enough confidence to use it. Don't wait for something to happen before handling your stun gun. Familiarize yourself with the shape, form, weight, and function.
Use the safety switch
Every stun gun has its own safety switch. If it's switched on, the gun will not work. This is to prevent the user from accidentally firing it. Switch the safety off if you feel you are in imminent danger so you're ready to use it.
Learn to aim
A stun gun only works if it hits the target. In this case, it has to be any area between the base of the neck and the waist. This area as a whole is the largest part of the body and easily targeted. Practice on your stun gun so your muscles can memorize the movements.
In case the emergency situation makes it difficult for you to get the torso, use the stun gun on parts of the body that you can hit, such as the shoulder, thighs or legs. Don't worry. Even if you come in contact with the person you just hit with a stun gun, you won't be affected.
Fire it properly
A stun gun is supposed to disable your attacker, not kill him. While ensuring the prongs of the stun device make contact with the aggressor, fire the gun and hold the trigger for at least 3 seconds but for as long as you can. The longer you hold, the more effective it will be. Even if the person being stunned has grabbed on to you, you will not feel any effect.
Keep batteries fresh
Your stun gun won't work if the batteries are dead. Periodically check if your stun gun still has sufficient power and replace or recharge the batteries. Don't wait for an emergency to occur before you do. Otherwise, it might be too late.