Sean Brewer, A cop since '82, a 2nd Amendment advocate much longer.
Answered Dec 29, 2016
Contrary to what Hollywood wants you to believe, neither a stun gun, nor a Taser, has the ability to render you unconscious. A Taser operates on the principle of electrical muscular incapacitation, which is a fancy way of saying your muscles lock up. Part of the process for being able to carry a Taser on duty, is getting shot by it, so you know, first hand, what the effects are. It is intensely unpleasant. Once the Taser is turned off, or completes its cycle, there are, quite literally, no effects. You go from “HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!” to “Hey! I’m all better!” in the blink of an eye.
A stun gun, on the other hand, is designed for pain compliance. While they typically don’t hurt any more, or less, than a Taser, they lack the muscle lock up properties, and the effects can linger for a few seconds after the device is shut off.
Bill Stein, AF SF Augmentee, third generation Law Enforcement
Answered Dec 27
Most commercial pepper sprays have as their active ingredient oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is the oil from hot peppers. That’s why it is called “pepper spray.” The oil is suspended in an inert fluid along with a propellant in the can. It sprays out in a stream and can usually reach 10 to 15 feet from the sprayer.
For most people, it’s very painful, and the effects are relatively long lasting, as the oil is difficult to remove from skin without solvents.
Jeremy Pollack September 13, 2016 A non-lethal, legal weapon is always a highly preferred choice for self-protection. Even if you’re legally allowed to carry a lethal defense weapon, like a gun or a knife, you don’t want to have to use it. So, carrying pepper spray, a stun gun, or a Taser are the best options for self-defense. But to legally carry and use the latter two, you better know when and how to use a stun gun properly. The following are some tips on how and when to use a stun gun, the difference between stun guns and Tasers, and how Tasers for civilians differ from those carried by law enforcement.
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