What is a stun gunEverything you need to know about stun gun laws, how a stun gun works, & where to find the best stun gun.

A stun gun could be just the advantage you need to survive a dangerous situation.

Now, I wouldn’t go trying a stun gun on an approaching zombie (more on why later), but this self-defense weapon could protect you against animals and human enemies.

When it comes to survival, there’s no macho business about it – if you or your family are threatened, you don’t have to “play by the rules.”

Meaning, you should use a stun gun even if your attacker has no weapon!

In this Stun Gun 101 article, I’ll cover a variety of fundamentals:

  • What is a Stun Gun?
  • How does a Stun Gun Work?
  • How to Use a Stun Gun
  • The Best Stun Gun for Self-Defense
  • Stun Guns Laws by State
  • Is it legal to carry a stun gun?
  • Stun Gun vs Taser

What is a Stun Gun?

A stun gun is a non-lethal weapon designed to temporarily disable a person.

Unless used for extended periods of time, a stun gun will not cause any long-term damage to the attacker’s body.

When you hear “stun gun,” you might think of a Taser, but stun guns vary in size, purpose, and use – they don’t all operate the same as Tasers.

How Does a Stun Gun Work?

Stun guns disrupt the body’s system by generating a high-voltage, low-current electrical charge.

The high-voltage allows the stun gun to penetrate thick clothing and skin, while the low-current prevents long-term damage to the body.

When the electrical charge enters the body, the charge disrupts brain signals. The brain then loses muscle control, partially paralyzing the attacker.

The pulse frequency of the current overtaxes the body’s muscles, wasting the attacker’s energy reserves and leaving him/her weak.

What does this all mean?

A stun gun simply uses electricity to incapacitate a person.

Because zombies no longer have a normal functioning brain and nervous system, it would be unwise to test a stun gun against the undead.

How to Use a Stun Gun

Most stun guns come with a safety switch, so turn the safety off before trying to activate.

Press the trigger to start the electrical charge – an electrical current will shoot across the metal probes.

While holding the trigger, strongly push the probes against an attacker. Hold the stun gun against the attacker for 3-5 seconds before breaking contact.

If the attacker is large or resilient, you may need to the hold stun gun against them longer.

Best Targets to Aim for:

  • Neck
  • Torso
  • Underarm
  • Upper Shoulder
  • Groin
  • Upper Hip

You can use a stun gun on any part of the body, but these targets are nerve centers and will cause more muscle disruption.

Touching the attacker while using the stun gun won’t electrocute you, so don’t hesitate to use the stun gun if your attacker has a hold of you!

You never know when your life may be threatened, so keep your stun gun easily accessible in case of an emergency.

The Best Stun Gun for Self-Defense

The best stun gun for self-defense


Hands down, the VIPERTEK VTS-989 is the best stun for self-defense.

This heavy duty stun guns packs 230 million volts of electric shock, causing serious pain and involuntary muscle contraction.

Although this model isn’t as compact and as other guns, it makes up for its lackluster appearance by delivering shocking results. (see what I did there?)

The VIPERTEK VTS-989 includes a powerful LED flashlight — this feature can be used to blind an opponent while you defend yourself.

The non-slip rubber coating will help you avoid dropping the weapon, while the shock plates will prevent any assailant from snatching your stun gun from you.

All these features together make the VIPERTEK VTS-989 undoubtedly the best stun gun for self-defense!

Stun Gun Laws by State

Is it legal to carry a stun gun?

Yes…and No.

Unfortunately, (and fortunately) there are several laws regarding stun guns.

Stun gun laws vary by state, so before you order one online, make sure you understand your state’s individual licenses and regulations.

States where it is definitely illegal:

You cannot own or use a stun gun in the following states:

  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island

Even in the other states, there may be restrictions on a county by county level.

For example, stun guns are legal in Maryland, but are illegal in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Baltimore County.

This means you must check each city or county, whether you live there or want to visit there, while carrying a Taser or stun gun – even if it is secured in the trunk of your car.

Carrying and Concealing?

Legalities get even trickier and more confusing when you consider whether you can openly carry a stun gun or carry a concealed one.

Some states, cities, and counties will require that the gun is concealed whereas others will not.

Rare cases will also prevent you from storing a stun gun in your car.

Regardless, you should keep the stun gun out of plain sight to avoid panic and suspicion.

This is both for in the car and on the person.

To see individual stun gun laws by state, check out this complete guide to stun gun laws in the United States.

Stun Gun vs Taser

stun gun vs taser - the difference between a stun gun and taser

What’s the difference between a stun gun and a Taser?

Good question!

Stun guns are primarily a close-range self-defense option. You must press the electric probes into your attacker to incapacitate him/her.

Tasers can be used for both close-range medium-range defense. Upon pulling the trigger, the Taser fires two metal probes into your attacker, electrocuting them like a stun gun.

Most Taser weapons can also be used as a direct contact stun gun as well.

Taser are much more expensive than stun guns, but they give you the ability to shock your attacker from up to 15 feet away.

Many Tasers can fire only once before needing to be reloaded, but newer models can shoot up to three times before reloading.

In the end, the main difference between a stun gun and a Taser is the distance from which you can disable your target.


Regardless if you have a Taser or stun gun, you need to be prepared to use it.

Make sure you practice the process before you need to use a stun gun in an emergency.

You’re not “weak” or “helpless” for using a stun gun on an assailant – you’re smart. There’s no shame in that.

Be physically, mentally, and technologically prepared for danger at all times!

Survival of the fittest.

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