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Stun Guns - How They Work In Simple Terms
Post by Bryan Buckner
Stun guns work by disrupting the communication system of the human body. They use technology to provide a high voltage, low amperage shock. In basic terms, this means that the shock has a lot of pressure behind it, but not much intensity. When you press the stun gun against an attacker and hold the trigger, the shock goes into the body of the attacker. As a relatively high voltage, the load will pass through heavy clothing and skin. But at around 5 milliamps, the shock is not intense enough to damage the attacker's body unless it is used for long periods. The stun gun shock does discharge plenty of confusing information into the nervous system of the attacker, however. This causes several things happen: The charge goes to work and immediately begins disrupting the electrical signals from the brain of the attacker. This makes it very difficult for the brain to decipher messages. Basically the body's lines of communication go down and the attacker has a very difficult time telling his muscles to move. Equilibrium is effected making balance a problem. Dazed and confused an attacker quickly finds out that the stun gun shock has left them temporarily disabled. Most stun guns utilize a pulse frequency technology that mimics the body's own electrical signals. The result is a short 2 to 3 second shock causes the muscles to work extremely hard and inefficient in a short period of time (milliseconds). But the signal does not direct the work toward any particular movement. The work does nothing but deplete the attacker's energy, leaving him too weak to move (ideally). In its most simplistic terms this is all there is to immobilizing someone with a stun gun. And since there are muscles and nerves throughout the body, it does not particularly matter where you hit an attacker.