I recently received an email asking me a direct and interesting questions about what are the effects of a stun gun and Taser. I thought it would benefit everyone and wanted to share it here on the blog.
Question concerning Taser stun guns: What is the exact effect on the body from the stun gun? In films you will see the victim of the stun gun tense their muscles without making any noises. Is this correct? It’s not very convincing. When hit by a Taser there is pain? And pain causes screaming and noises, right?
Answer: Well, I’m not sure why it would matter if someone screamed or not. I would think acquiring the desired result would be more important? But from my experiences it depends greatly on the individual’s ability to tolerate electric stimulation.
Stun Guns and Taser do not cause great amounts of pain but instead disrupt the signal from the brain to the body and in the case of the advanced air Taser it causes the muscles to involuntarily contract. They shut down motor function and/or muscular t-wave signals.
Stun guns and Tasers actually operate a bit different, I have recently posted two articles regarding both stun guns and Taser guns and here are the links:
It is more likely that someone will not make much noise when a stun gun or Taser are used. This is due to the fact that high voltage, in itself, is not dangerous. One can receive a 25,000-volt shock of static electricity from a doorknob on a dry day without harm, pain and without a large vocal response.
The physiological and pain effect of electrical shock is determined by the current, its duration, and the power source that produces the shock.
The typical household current of 110 volts is dangerous because it can pump many amperes of current throughout the body indefinitely thus producing greater pain and thus possibly causing a verbal response.
By contrast, the ADVANCED TASER power supply consists of 8 AA alkaline 1.5-Volt batteries capable of supplying 26 Watts of electrical power for only a few seconds, so the chance is much greater that the recipient will not have time to react verbally.
So, whether or not someone will make any noise would depend on many factors. (i.e. there tolerance, where attacked, where they surprised and/or the amount of force used to apply stun (stun guns only).
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