What is a Stun Gun?

Well this is a pretty easy question. Since I am involved in self defense products and their uses, I get this question a lot. People will either send me an e-mail, call me, write me or text me ask me the age old question; what is a stun gun? Well it might not be that dramatic but people really do ask me certain questions about this lovely little device.

People want to know what a stun gun does, how it works, which one is the best to buy and so on. Well lucky for you I am going to answer these questions for you. Lets start with the first question.

How exactly does a stun gun work?

The batteries supply electricity to a circuit consisting of various electrical components. The circuitry includes multiple transformers, components that boost the voltage in the circuit, typically to between 20,000 and 150,000 volts, and reduce the amperage. It also includes a oscillator, a component that fluctuates current to produce a specific pulse pattern of electricity. This current charges a capacitor. The capacitor builds up a charge, and releases it to the electrodes, the “business end” of the circuit.

What does a stun gun do to the body?

The basic idea of a stun gun is to disrupt this communication system. Stun guns generate a high-voltage, low-amperage electrical charge. In simple terms, this means that the charge has a lot of pressure behind it, but not that much intensity. When you press the stun gun against an attacker and hold the trigger, the charge passes into the attacker’s body. Since it has a fairly high voltage, the charge will pass through heavy clothing and skin. But at around 3 milliamps, the charge is not intense enough to damage the attacker’s body unless it is applied for extended periods of time.

Which stun gun is the best to buy?

This is an easy one. This all depends on your personal preference. There are pink stun guns, yellow ones, camouflage ones, big ones, small ones, short ones, tall ones. Well I know I got a little Doctor Seuss on you there but you get the picture. My personal favorite is the cell phone stunner. It is shaped and looks like a cell phone but it is every bit a powerful stun gun.

Well there you have it. You now know how a stun gun works, what it does to the body and which one you should buy. I guess the only thing you have left to do is buy one, right? Well whatever you decide to do be safe and I wish everyone the best in all their duties and in life. And now that you have read this, you are “Not a Victim”, you’re a survivor! God Bless!

Obtain and Collect Guns and Firearms Legally

Just like any other weapon or any gun, collecting antique, old and historic and probably nonfunctional guns also require a special kind of license to make the act of collecting, transporting and selling guns legal. Let yourselves be reminded that these objects are or once are weapons. These are things that are still or were dangerous machines that are meant to take away peoples lives. So do not fret so much about how it seems to be a hassle for obtaining such licenses.

The license we are talking about is the Federal Firearms License. This license is important for making the gun business legal and regulated. The gun business also covers the transportation, trade, selling, and collection of guns or firearms. However, it is not just swift and easy to earn a Federal Firearm License. In fact, It has various type of license depending on the type of gun business you are involved. It also has several levels for each type of license depending on the depth of involvement in the gun business.

And of course, collecting antique and historic firearms has its own unique type of Federal Firearm License. The type 3 license will grant an individual the right to collect Curio and Relic firearms. So if you are planning to collect guns, be sure to collect only those guns that belong to the following criteria: the firearm or gun must be aged 50 years old, excluding gun replicas; Firearms that are recognized and certified by a federal museum that are considered to be historically valuable.

Women, Their Reasons for Gun Ownership, and What That Means for Your Business

Nearly 9 million firearm background checks were filed in the United States from January 2012 through the end of June 2012, according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). A topic discussed in many articles is the increase of women pursuing gun ownership. In fact, 43% of women report personally owning a gun in 2011, as compared to only 13% in 2005 (Saad; Carroll). With more women owning guns and more women interested in firearms in general, it is important that a gun store intentionally market to women, ensuring that they feel welcome and safe in what is traditionally a male dominated industry (Bestul; McCombie). Women have different views on and reasons for owning firearms. The following article will outline two of these views and potential marketing techniques for those ideals.

One very common reason for owning a gun is self-defense. Women who desire a gun for this reason may have varying levels of experience with firearms. For instance, it may be that she intends to buy the gun, place it unloaded in a closet and forget about it. She does not intend or expect to have to use it, but it provides a sense of peace by having it. At the same time, she is apprehensive and unprepared to ever use the weapon. It could be, on the other hand, that the woman who is looking to purchase is fairly familiar with guns, having grown up around them. She is fairly comfortable shooting the gun. On occasion she may practice shooting, but this is usually more to make sure the gun still works than to improve her skill (Blair). This woman is looking for a gun that functions easily and has low maintenance requirements. A woman with this view is likely already looking for a firearm; she just needs a reason to come to your business. Through your advertising, you must display knowledge, and the ability to instill self-confidence in these customers through proper firearms training, whether through willingness to give advice, offering her discounts on training and practice time if your store is equipped to do so, or to encourage her to pursue courses through a local facility. To help make these women comfortable in your store, the addition of a female employee to assist them with their decisions would be a wise business choice. Other options include: carrying feminine firearms and accessories (i.e. guns with color options, conceal carry accessories designed for women, firearms that are fitted to the female anatomy, in regards to both strength and build issues, etc.), displaying gender-neutral decorations in the store, and avoiding political propaganda and divisive conversations, as much as possible.

Another type of female consumer, who is generally rarer, is the avid shooter. She has likely been around guns all of her life, shoots with regularity, and has no qualms about firearms (Blair). This woman likely spends a lot of time in gun stores, and feels fairly comfortable regardless of decor or the gender of employees, although a female employee and neutral decor is still beneficial. However, care should be taken not to assume that she is inexperienced with firearms. Employees should be sure to treat her with respect and courteousness at all times, even before he or she is sure of how much experience that this customer has. This customer is not as likely to pursue pink firearms, but will generally lean towards the firearm that is better suited for the female anatomy (i.e. length of pull, grip and hammer placement suited for smaller hands, a balance between lightness and amount of recoil, adjustable fore grip distance, adjustable comb for cheek weld, telescopic butt stock, etc.). Be sure to keep a decent amount of stock that suits the female build. Also, stay knowledgeable and up to date on what firearms and accessories are helpful for women, and avoid anything that is just a gimmick. Ultimately, the prudent gun store business owner will be sure to treat all customers equally and with respect, regardless of any perceived attributes. In so doing, all persons will feel welcome in your store, increasing the potential customer base for your business.

Sources

Bestul, S. (2011). Selling Handguns to Women. SHOT Business, 19(2), 24.

Blair, M., & Hyatt, E. M. (1995). The Marketing of Guns to Women: Factors Influencing Gun-Related Attitudes and Gun Ownership by Women. Journal Of Public Policy & Marketing, 14(1), 117-127.

Carroll, Joseph. (2005). Gun Ownership and Use in America. Gallup. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/poll/20098/Gun-Ownership-Use-America.aspx.

McCombie, B. (2011). The Untapped Opportunity. SHOT Business, 19(5), 42-47.

Saad, Lydia. (2011). Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993. Gallup. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/Self-Reported-Gun-Ownership-Highest-1993.aspx.