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How to Use a Taser for Self Defense

Aug 6, 2019 11:26:30 PM

Understanding how to use a taser for self defense effectively is another great step in your journey to understanding and mastering self defense. When you’re exploring the benefits of a new self defense weapon, it’s important to understand what you can realistically expect from it in terms of protection.

Self Defense Tasers

The taser is one of the most common non-lethal self-defense tools, and it’s always a smart choice to have on hand. Here we’ll learn the practical ways to use a taser for self defense so this weapon becomes a true ally, and not another unexplored tool that you don’t feel confident enough to use in a real emergency situation.

The difference between tasers and stun guns

Tasers are often confused with stun guns, even though they are not technically the same thing. A stun gun, like a taser, releases high voltage, low amperage electrical shocks to your attacker. However, with a stun gun, you have to actually touch your attacker for them to be impacted, whereas with a taser, you can deliver an electric shock from 15 or 20 feet away, depending on the model. The taser will immobilize your attacker for 30 seconds, allowing you time to get away.

stun gun vs taser

The types of tasers available

While tasers ward off attackers from a distance, some taser models also give you the ability to deliver electric shocks by touching your opponent. This feature combines the power of a taser and a stun gun in one. When you’re shopping for a taser, it’s important to buy a weapon with the highest amperage. High voltage, while heavily advertised, does not actually increase the electric shock that your attacker receives. The higher the amperage, the more effective your taser will be in immobilising your attacker.

variety of tasers are available

Since a taser involves shooting two metal probe darts at your opponent, some models offer laser sighting. All you have to do is line up this red dot with your target and shoot. Keep in mind, when you shoot, each metal probe will deliver an electric shock above and below the red dot, not where the red dot is aimed, so be careful.

How to use a taser most effectively

It’s important to know that a taser can operate in two modes. The first mode is called the probe mode, which is the most common application of a taser. In probe mode, you can shoot from 15 or 20 feet away, and the electric current will completely immobilize your attacker, while also inflicting incredible pain. In this mode, as soon as the taser is deactivated, the attacker no longer experiences pain and has complete control over their movements.

effective use of tasers

The second mode, the drive stun mode, is effective in delivering acute pain for up to five seconds. You do have to touch your opponent in order to use this feature, which is best for temporarily controlling their movements.

Know the best place to taser someone

When you taser your opponent, it’s best to aim for the front and lower torso. This will make it very difficult for your opponent to stand up, and your goal is to get them on the ground so you have time to get away. You should not taser your opponent in the neck, face, hands, feet, groin, or spinal area, because it could cause permanent damage. Tasers are non-lethal, and if you can, you want to avoid getting to safety without seriously injuring anyone. Some taser companies, if you do have to leave your taser behind in order to safely escape, will replace your taser for free if you report the incident.

best places to taser someone

How to carry a taser safely

Just like a firearm, the trigger for your taser should be protected and you should never point it in the wrong direction. When you ad a taser to your self defense toolbox, you’ll also want to get a holster for your taser. Many holsters are designed to keep your taser from firing while you’re carrying it. They’re lightweight, slim, and can be clipped to just about anything you’re carrying or wearing, so you can still enjoy your planned activities with ease.

Make sure that your taser is charged

Tasers require an electrical charge. Some tasers are equipped with rechargeable batteries, and others are powered by disposable batteries which need to be periodically replaced to ensure the taser will work. After you order your taser make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly and keep your taser charged so you’re never vulnerable when you need it. Most tasers will stay charged for 1-2 months.

Practice using your taser

Just like any new weapon that you’re learning to use, you’ll want to practice using your taser so that you’ll be confident using it in a real life situation. First, get familiar with the features and thoroughly read through the owner's manual, including the warnings. While your taser is unloaded, practice and get comfortable with arming and disarming your taser. It’s also important to practice aiming and pulling the trigger. Once you get more comfortable, it’s also a good idea to practice firing while your taser is loaded so you know what to expect. Practice in an open space. Plywood works well to aim and fire at. The more you practice the more confident you’ll feel in actually using this weapon to protect yourself.

dont forget to practice using your taser

The advantage of using a taser for self defense

Tasers are a great lightweight, non-lethal tool that will give you time to get away and you can become proficient in using them rather quickly. However, a taser won’t be the best self defense weapon for all situations, such as when you’re near flammable objects or high up off the ground, as you don’t want your attacker to fall after they’ve been tasered. For ultimate protection, carry a firearm in addition to your taser. As long as you continue to practice and educate yourself, no matter what weapon you use, you’ll learn to do self defense like a pro, and live life fearlessly.

About The Author

Born in Arizona, Paisley Saris graduated in 2019 from North Idaho College, and will continue her education at Gonzaga University in the fall. She lives in North Idaho with her Husband and two step kids. She’s a passionate advocate for the 2nd amendment, and off her off days she enjoys the outdoors and spending time at the range.

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