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!

How to Start a Paintball Field Business

Just like any business, a commercial paintball field will take perseverance, patience and (unfortunately), a fairly significant amount of start up capital. You can save a lot money and time however, with proper planning and an exact list of the best quality bulk paintball supplies for the cheapest prices. Overspending from buying too much equipment in the beginning can put too much pressure on a brand new business. On the contrary, starting a business without enough working capital can also lead to its death.

Starting a paintball field business is not as easy as simply setting up a fence, a few bunkers and collecting money at the door. The location of the field is your first concern. If you don’t already own the land, it’s very rare for a start-up paintball field to generate enough money to pay a mortgage. Rather than taking out a huge loan for real estate, your best bet is to go into business with someone who owns land; you can possibly rent the land or consider offering a percentage of the business to the landowner.

If you’re starting your own field, there are certain paintball supplies that will be essential. The best advice is to start small and add more equipment as you need. When starting a business, you will want to have a clear goal in mind about how big you plan to get; but don’t let your delusions of grandeur ruin your math skills. Keep a close tally of all costs from the very beginning, starting with the first quote on paintball gear.

Before you start gathering paintball equipment quotes, there are obvious steps you will have to take that are the same for starting any business. Setting up your business entity and getting a local business license will be necessary beginning steps to becoming a retail dealer. Every penny counts when starting a business, so getting dealer prices for your equipment quotes is a must; this is a mandatory first step. The equipment you will need to start a new paintball field business can become exhaustive quickly, however start with the bare minimum.

Don’t start by building the paintball field of your dreams right off the bat; open your business with the bare minimum and build into a larger operation with more equipment as your clientele list grows. You will need bunkers, paintball guns with hoppers, air tanks, and plenty of paintballs. At first, you can save money on buying only a few paintball markers for people who don’t have one, or you can allow players to bring their own. A ‘bring your own’ field is a great way to save money however is somewhat impractical.

One the problems with a BYOPG field is you will get complaints about players who have unfair advantages with totally decked out paintball guns. Another disadvantage of allowing players to bring their own markers is you will be missing out on renting/making money on an essential piece of gear – without a paintball gun, you can’t play. To save money on your initial equipment investment, however, “bring your own” policies will let you get by with a smaller number of guns for your first purchase.

Perhaps the largest equipment costs for a start-up paintball field is the air tank refill station. This will require a commercial sized air compressor; depending on the size, these can cost between $4500-$14000. You will also need one (if not several) industrial bulk sized air tanks to store the air you produce from the compressor. Finally, you will need a fill station scale and air tank refill kit to transfer the air from the bulk sized tank to the smaller paintball gun air tanks.

While your air tank refill station may be one of your more expensive equipment commitments, it’s also a definite regular income source of every paintball field. Eventually this investment will pay off – everyone at your field will need air tank refills and will have to pay what you ask if they want to keep playing. If there are a lot of paintballers in your area, you can also sell tank refills to anyone with an empty tank even if they’re not field customers.

Other essential equipment when starting a paintball field are bunkers for players to hide behind during battle. Fortunately, bunkers can be made of just about anything and still be effective. Old cars, stacks of tires, barrels, and even rock piles work great. In some cases the land itself may provide natural bunkers with hills, old barns or buildings, trees or different elevations. You can also purchase inflatable bunkers of all shapes and sizes for your paintball field. Shapes available include large triangles, rectangles, and cylinders that provide great cover while playing.

Another method of making money with your field is by renting out the paintball equipment your customers use when playing. This equipment will consist of a paintball gun, mask, hopper and air tank. You can also offer various protective equipment like chest or groin protectors, helmets or even tactical vests. After your field has a positive cash flow, you can upgrade your equipment rentals with better masks or more expensive guns (offered at higher fees).

Decide on the types of paintball guns you’re going to offer as a rental based on cost, performance, durability and support. Choose paintball guns that are lightweight, easy to shoot and hardly break down. Basic models of top name brands (like Tippmann or Kingman Spyder) are very affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Make sure the paintball markers you choose have plenty of available parts and upgrades as well as solid warranties.

Another mandatory piece of equipment is protective gear. To provide the most fun at your field, you must ensure proper safety at all times – industry approved paintball masks or goggles must be worn by every player. Choose goggles that are sturdy and offer the most protection for the cheapest price. Other equipment like paintball gun CO2 or compressed air tanks, remote lines and pod harnesses can also become a significant portion of your budget if you don’t do proper price shopping.

Another part of your initial ‘must-have’ equipment inventory is paintballs. Make paintballs a “must buy” policy at your establishment – “if you want to play on our field, you must use house paintballs.” Your ability to make money selling paintballs will depend heavily on how good of a deal you can get. Unfortunately, paintballs are expensive and you’re only going to get the best price markdowns unless you purchase palettes of paintballs (50+ cases).

This also presents the small dilemma of where you’re going to store your paintball stash. Paintballs must be stored in climate controlled air or they will go bad, warp and not shoot right. If you plan on storing your paintballs in the old barn on your field, you’re going to waste a lot of money, not to mention hurt your business. If the paintballs you sell at your field break inside player’s guns or won’t fly straight because they’ve gone bad, people will not have the best time at your park and won’t want to come back.

Before jumping right in, take your time researching this paintball business and even more time shopping for the cheapest priced gear and best discount package. Study every aspect of what it takes to be successful in your business before opening. Remember to include room in your budget for an extensive advertising plan to market your new business for several seasons. Finally, once you’ve bought your equipment and set everything up, give your field a field test – make sure it’s fun to play on!

A Solution to Gun Violence

A true solution to gun violence does NOT lie with regulating law-abiding citizens. It should be obvious – even to pea-brained politicians – that the causes of gun violence are criminals.

While it’s easy for the government to punish the innocent through legislation and feel as though they’re addressing the problem, increased legislation targeting law-abiding citizens will have absolutely no impact on crimes committed by criminals with guns.

“Why not?”, you may ask. It’s simple: criminals break the law so it’s impossible to enact a specific law that will stop criminals from perpetrating crimes. Laws that merely make it more difficult for someone to protect themselves or their families only work to benefit the criminal.

If I were a criminal, I know I’d target people who weren’t likely to, or couldn’t, fight back. It’s much safer for the criminal that way, and they don’t want to get hurt while committing crimes any more than the victim wants to get hurt during a crime. Doesn’t this make sense? So tell me: how does it make any sense to hand criminals MORE victims through legislation? It obviously doesn’t make sense, but it’s easier to feel as though you’re addressing the problem if you’re doing something – even if it’s the wrong thing.

There are two root causes of gun violence that need to be addressed, and are mainly ignored since addressing them is difficult. Those two issues are: 1. ILLEGAL guns, and 2. Criminals.

While screaming about “gun control,” it’s proponents seem to ignore a very real and true fact: that guns don’t, and have never, killed ANYONE. It’s the PERSON who does the killing. It’s the PERSON who made that choice and committed the act. The PERSON chose to put that gun in their hand and pull the trigger. The gun is simply an instrument.

And I can hear gun control proponents saying, “But guns make it easier to kill!” I freely admit that guns can make it more convenient to kill a larger number of victims. But truthfully, a criminal who wants to commit such an act will find a tool. Someone running around the mall with a samurai sword can kill just as many people before police arrive as can someone with a gun. Someone could drive a car through the mall and kill a bunch of people too. Or simply blow them up. There are many ways to accomplish such a thing, and it’s the person, not the instrument, who is responsible. We, as a society, need to remember that.

And let’s not forget that we accept other things into our lives that kill far more people than even illegal guns – legally prescribed medication, for example. On average, legally prescribed medicines kill over 100,000 people per year – second only to heart disease. But no one mentions that, and those deaths are accepted because medicines help millions of others. Well, not surprisingly, legally armed citizens, and the police, use guns to thwart or stop many thousands of crimes every year – crimes that could easily have ended in the victim’s death. Yet the media fails to mention that, too.

So what do we do about gun violence?

As previously mentioned, we need to focus on stopping illegal guns, and criminals who commit violent acts. Even though these are much harder than punishing the innocent, they’re the only things that will have a positive effect and help to reduce gun violence.

Stopping illegal guns is difficult, since there are varied sources for illegal guns. I suspect the main source of illegal guns used in most street crimes is theft from homes and businesses. If that’s true, then it may be wise to focus legislation on gun security, rather than gun control.

But even more important is to focus on criminals – the criminals who steal the guns, then use them to victimize the populace. The solution to this problem is more simple than it may seem on the surface. However, our legal system would need to be adapted to these solutions, and it may also be necessary to address housing a temporarily increased number of prisoners. However, by using these solutions, I firmly believe the number of criminals will ultimately decrease.

Here are the solutions I believe will help to drastically reduce violent crimes:

1) The punishment needs to EXCEED the crime. Prison could be a deterrent to crime if the price of getting caught – for even minor offenses – is much greater than the potential gain. I believe that any criminal convicted of any sort of assault should have a minimum 25 year sentence without parole. That may seem extreme, but that’s the only way to use incarceration as a deterrent.

2) No suspended sentences. If they do the crime, they do the time.

3) Have a nationalized death penalty for extreme cases.

4) Allow citizens to protect themselves and their families without fear of legal reprisal from criminals or their families. Someone who legally and correctly defends their life should NOT have to be subjected to any legal proceeding brought by the criminal or their family. If local law enforcement investigation finds the action justified, then the matter is dropped and everyone can happily accept that a criminal got what was due.

5) Consider implementing standards for gun storage in the home or business, to reduce the chances of criminals breaking in and acquiring guns.

6) Make a thorough background check necessary to purchase a gun. There’s no harm in having a permit system to purchase guns. This maintains the right to purchase, and may help weed out some people who have no business owning a firearm. It’s OK if this initial background check and getting the permit to purchase takes a little time. Chances are good that someone who wants a firearm in a hurry wants it for an illicit purpose.

7) Make tactical firearms training mandatory for anyone who wishes to carry a weapon. Make home defense training mandatory for anyone who wishes to have a firearm at home for defense. A system similar to getting a drivers license is reasonable. Get a permit to learn, take the training, then take a test to prove you can safely use the training. That may seem like an “infringement” of Second Amendment rights, but I believe it’s a necessary infringement since other people’s lives can be deeply affected by defensive actions a legally armed person may take. In addition, it’s foolish to have the gun without the training. It’s unsafe for everyone under those circumstances, and I find it reasonable to have some sort of minimum training standard that ensures proficiency and protects the safety of others.

Focusing on the things I’ve mentioned in this article can make a real difference in gun violence. More legislation to limit the actions of people who already follow the law is wasted time, energy, and money. Let’s spend our tax dollars wisely, and impress upon our sometimes misguided representatives the need to work on the real problems, rather than continuing to add more laws that only punish the innocent and have no affect on the guilty.