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Difference Between Stun Gun and Taser

Stun Gun vs Taser

Stun guns and Tasers are non-lethal weapons that are often used to subjugate a person in order to arrest him or to get away from him. Both weapons use a quick burst of extremely high voltage to temporarily scramble the nerves and muscles and make the subject lose control of his movements. The main difference between a stun gun and a Taser is range. A stun gun is a close-range weapon, and you need to be in close proximity with your target before you can use it which can be pretty dangerous if he wields a knife or other weapon. In contrast, a Taser can be used up to 15 feet away from a target. You need to be within range, though, as the electrodes are still connected to the Taser via wires.

One downside of the Taser is its need for cartridges containing the electrodes, wires, and gas needed to launch the electrodes to the target. You also can’t fire a Taser in quick succession as you can with a stun gun. Each cartridge only has one shot so you need to aim carefully to make it count. The good news is some Tasers, without the cartridge attached, work just like a stun gun. So if you miss, you can just remove the cartridge and defend yourself. Keep in mind, though, that not all Tasers are like this so you need to check your Taser or the Taser you want if it functions in the same manner.

The main advantage of stun guns is their compact size. Tasers are relatively big, bulky, and shaped like a pistol. Stun guns come in many shapes and sizes, and there are many models that are made to look like ordinary objects like a pack of cigarettes or a cellphone. The small size and disguises prevent an assailant from identifying it and possibly going after it first. This partially negates the element of surprise that an assailant usually has. The last advantage of stun guns is their lower cost. Since stun guns do not have the complex mechanisms used by Tasers in attaching and firing cartridges, it is easier and cheaper to manufacture resulting in an ultimately cheaper weapon that is just as effective for self-defense.


1.A Taser has the advantage of range over the stun gun.
2.A Taser requires expensive cartridges which stun guns do not need.
3.Stun guns can fire in quick succession while not all Tasers can.
4.Not all Tasers are capable of working as stun guns.
5.Stun guns are smaller and more concealable than Tasers.
6.Stun guns are cheaper than Tasers.

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