questionspepper spray or stun gun, which do you prefer?

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My concealed carry card, and a stylish and yet functional 9mm.

http://www.fnherstal.com/index.php?id=269&backPID=263&productID=79&pid_product=295&pidList=263&categorySelector=5&detail

(Sorry, they've converted the photo to some silly flash thing.)

Elegant solution to this problem (IMNSHO). Mine is actually two-toned (silver and black).

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Neither is always effective, but I would say the pepper spray is easier to carry around and more innocuous. One needs to be aware you can get blowback with pepper spray (so spray and run - like a skunk). One needs to make sure your stun gun has fresh batteries or it's worthless. Personally, I generally carry a stun gun, pepper spray, a firearm or two, and several knives. No I'm not a cop, and no, I've never felt compelled to wield any of them against a human in self defense. Now Zombies, that's another question.

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I assume the stun gun here is lower voltage than the one the police carry?
Read in this morning's paper that cops used a stun gun (don't remember which area of the state or country but not important) on a man trying to calm him down in a domestic violance matter. He had a heart attack and died. Of course, he could have been so revved up that he had a heart attack, but I would hate to kill any one - no wait - if it was seriously me or them, I guess I could use it.

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I carry pepper spray, and have it around the house. And a .38 for the house, that I bought when I lived by myself out in the country.

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Generally, Law Enforcement Officers carry TASER brand devices, which use an entirely different, and much more effective, technology than a generic "stun gun".

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When I skulk and do my Snidely Whiplash deeds of despicableness I prefer to be pepper sprayed when caught or noticed.

Something about the taste. Being tazed seems to cause me to wet my pants....which just makes things that much worse....hard to run away with the soggy bottom thing going on....

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Another thing to consider is that stun guns (not Tasers) are contact tools... you need to touch the assailant with it for it to work. I don't know about you but if I had to defend myself against an assailant I'd want to stay as far away as possible while delaying the threat long enough to escape.

Pepper spray at least has a little range. A stream type spray would minimize the potential for blowback, but requires better aiming.

If I could carry anything, it would be a handgun with a concealed carry permit.

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Need a Pepper spray stun gun. The stun will travel through the pepper. That would be nice to have.

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@jamalheacock: Thanks for pointing that out. I was thinking of stun and taser were the same.

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And keep a can of Wasp/Hornet spray next to the bed. If you have time to shake the can, it can spray up to 20 feet, and even if you don't, it still will spray enough to produce an unpleasant experience!

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@shrdlu: I find 9mm very stylish. And few people ever have time to complain about the taste or smell.

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I would say the stun gun. It worked pretty well on me ):

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@shrdlu: That's an awesome answer, though I opt for .40sw.

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I've carried both and had to go through both being used on me for training. The stun gun is very effective and I would recommend that. The pepper spray is inaccurate and easily blows back in your face. I had the foam kind, and in a bad situation the chances that you'll be able to get it out in time and hit the person in the right spot on the face without getting yourself is slim. The stun gun on the other hand will send the person across a room in 1/4 second (as it did to me).

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Pepper spray for me. It is easier to carry around. I fear legal problems if I use a stun gun.

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@rlapid2112: Actually, the 9MM was partly because I already have plenty of ammo for it, and have an older 9MM that is an inheritance from my Daddy. Other than that, I'd have probably favored same manufacturer, but .40 instead of the 9MM.

SW is okay, but they make better revolvers than automatics. Just saying.

Thanks for the compliment, btw.

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@shrdlu: (off-topic) You know what the 10mm guys call the .40 S&W? The .40 Short & Weak. Your FN is a great gun.

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@doyle991: Great idea! If might not work in the car, especially in the summer if the car heats up to 99+ degrees.

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You can purchase TASER brand guns that are just as strong as law enforcement. The problem with tasers are that they burst for a few seconds and then stop. Perps can then eventually get up and just be a little sore. If you get pepper spray it last for an hour or more(that whole business with people getting used to pepper spray is bogus, it is a myth). I work in corrections and we use one of the best on the market which is "FOX". The inmates run from us with this stuff. It is also harmless, and inexpensive, oh yeah and after you spray it your sinuses will be oh so clear, lol. At the end of it all, if you live in a state that allows conceal/carry, still your safest bet.

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The civilian version of the Taser is designed to be a throw-away weapon. it has a 30 second "ride", and is meant to be used and dropped, to give the victim time to get away. It is my understanding that Taser will replace any of their civilian Tasers that are lost due to being used correctly.

Law enforcement versions on the other hand have a 5 second ride, and are meant to be retained by the cop using it.

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Fox Labs pepper spray at defensedevices is the hottest and best available.
Many law enforcement and security personnel swear by it.

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I hate it when I get hit with either one-can't say I prefer one over the other.

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@faughtey: Does everyone at the office know you carry that around....

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@dontmakemehurtyou: Not unless they read this. I don't remember talking about it at work anyway.