At the moment there are still doubts lingering as to how safe stun guns really are as a way to incapacitate an individual safely either as a way to restrain (in policing) or even as self-defence, for which more and more stun guns are now sold.
This mini stun may be small in size but the power of the shock ranging from 350,000 to 950,000 volts – depending on the model – is capable of felling anyone off their feet.
A stun gun works by a battery(ies) supplying electricity to a circuit which then charges a capacitator. The basic circuit for a stun gun involves a capacitator to store the charge for a single jolt, a voltage step up circuit to covert the volts powered by the battery to the actual output of the shock (whatever voltage that might be, which in this case is 350,000, 650,000 or 950,000 volts). Click for more details on how stun guns work.
The real advantage of this stun gun form TBO-Tech being so small (about the size of a matchbox) is that it can practically be hidden anywhere on the person, and despite its small size, it does not lack power in terms of the shock it gives.
This particular stun gun uses 3 CR123A Lithium Batteries to power the charge. They also have a rechargable version available.
It should only be carried as way to protect yourself as a last resort and, from that perspective, it is ideal for women who go out at night on their own or have to walk through dangerous neighbourhoods.
Stun guns have restricted use. Principally, they were designed to replace the hand gun in some police operations because it was likely to result in fewer deaths of suspects during these operations, but at the same time be enough of a threat to apprehend a suspect.
Stun guns are weapons in themselves. And despite being advertised as not likely to do any lasting physical harm other than to incapacitate an attacker long enough get away, they are not allowed to be used in all countries. You will need to check the laws governing the rules of use of stun guns in you own country.
According to Dr. William P Bozeman, a profeesor of medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, the possibility of fatality involving a stun gun is 1 in 870. I am not sure what he has based this study on and the sample size that was used and how accurate it is, but, if true, then thats not really good news.
If you have a stun gun or intend to buy one, please be extremely responsible with it and do not use it under any circumstance unless you come under a serious physical attack.
STUN GUN RESTRICTIONS:
Known countries where stun guns are restricted:
INDIA (POLICE USE ONLY)
Known states in the US where stun guns are restricted:
Known cities in the US where stun guns are restricted:
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD
DENSION / CRAWFORD COUNTY, IA (*According to Sheriff Tom Hogan*)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA