Stun gun vs Taser - The Difference

For many stun guns and tasers are the same thing, but there is a difference. Taser is a trademarked product produced by Taser International. Stun guns are manufactured by several different companies such as Stun Master, ZAP, Z-Force, RUNT, Pretender just to name a few. Tasers are used by law enforcement across the country because they can be fired at an assailant from up to to 15 feet away. Whereas a stun gun must be directly applied to the assailant. Stun guns also come in a variety of volts, size, and colors.


The stun gun is designed to key into the nervous system. By placing the metal prongs onto assailant the electrical current is released into the muscles. It then releases its energy into the muscles at a high pulse frequency that makes the muscles work very rapidly, but not efficiently. This rapid work cycle depletes blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid all in just seconds. The resulting energy loss makes it difficult to move and function. At the same time, the tiny neurological impulses that travel throughout the body to direct muscle movement are interrupted. This causes disorientation and loss of balance and leaves the attacker in a passive and confused condition for several minutes. Still, there is no significant effect on the heart and other organs.  The best areas to target are those that have a high concentration of nerves such as the stomach, hips, and neck. Just One-half second contact will repel and startle an attacker giving some pain and muscle contraction. One to two seconds will cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. Over 3 seconds will cause loss of balance and muscle control, mental confusion and disorientation. There is no permanent damage to the attacker. The unit only affects the person it comes in contact with and will not shock its user even if they were standing in water or wet.

Stun Gun Discharging


Tasers contain two pronged electrodes that are joined at the end of conductive wires. Pulling the trigger releases the compressed nitrogen gas cartridge causing the probes to shoot out of the end of it up to 15 feet to hit an assailant. Once these probes attach themselves to an assailant an electrical current is emitted into the assailant stunning him/her. Tasers attack the motor nervous system which lies inside the muscles and underneath the muscle tissue. Tasers use an NMI (Neuro-Muscular Incapacitation) which shocks and disables the nervous system and motor nerves. The disadvantage of a Taser is that you only get one shot before having to recoil the wires and replacing the gas cartridge.

Taser Discharging

The Difference between Stun guns and tasers are:

  • Stun Guns have to come in contact with an attacker VS Taser that can be shot up to 15 feet away.
  • Stun guns come in different sizes, models, voltage, colors VS Taser comes in 2 different styles and same voltage.
  • Stun guns and tasers are both very effective for self defense.
  • Stun Guns come in as little as 300,000 volts to 20 million volts.
  • Tasers can be used in two different ways: One to fire up to 15 feet away or in close proximity as a stun gun and apply directly to an assailant.
  • Stun Guns and Tasers are legal in most states. The only states to refuse sales or possession are Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.


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