Stun Gun Vs Taser – How Do These Self Defense Devices Compare?

Stun guns are close proximity self defense devices that use high-voltage electricity to stop an attacker by momentarily disabling muscle control. To use, disarm the safety and simply pull the trigger and touch the aggressor with the metal prongs.

TASER devices are electroshock weapons that use electrical current to disrupt muscle control, stopping an attacker dead in their tracks. Tasers can be used both close and far range. Upon firing, the device shoots two metal probe darts a distance of 15 feet to reach an attacker before he reaches you. It can also be used as a direct contact stun gun, allowing for close proximity self defense.

The pros and cons of owning and using each self defense device depend on which features are most important to you, and are most effective for the situation in which you could be using it.


  • Far range capability offers a safe 15 foot zone of protection with 50,000 volts of power being delivered through two probes that can penetrate up to 2″ of clothing.
  • Simplified aim in models with built-in laser sighting. Just line up the red dot and shoot.
  • The device will shock your attacker for 30 seconds allowing you to drop the device and easily get to safety.
  • Features a direct contact back-up capability built into them in case of a misfire, missed target, or if the attacker is too close.


  • Both electrode barbs must hit their target for the device to be effective, typically both do.
  • To own one, you are required to pass felony background check for registration and activation of the unit.
  • Ranging from $350 and up, the price is more expensive, and tasers require the purchase of replacement firing cartridges and may also require power magazine replacement (depending on the model).


  • Units come in all shapes, sizes, and voltage! Voltage varying from 100,000 volts to 4.5 million volts.
  • For close range self defense, nothing brings an attacker down more quickly and efficiently.
  • If you touch the person while stunning them, the electrical current will not pass back to you.
  • Avoid an attacker by firing a warning shot in the air; the electrical crackling can deter an attack before it happens.
  • More cost effective than taser devices, stun guns cost less, do not require replacement firing cartridges, they are powered by batteries or they recharge.
  • No felony background check required for ownership.


  • No far range capabilities, they are meant for close range self defense. To drop an attacker to the ground, you must touch the person with the unit.
  • Stun batons allow for extended reach if you are interested in direct contact stun gun devices with an extended range.
  • Voltage matters! When using a low voltage unit (under 500,000 volts), you may have to hold the device to the attacker longer than 3-5 seconds, especially if the person is large, so opt for more power when it comes to voltage.

Source by Kristin Dunathan

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