Electroshock Weapons: Stun Guns & TASERs
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Electroshock Weapons: Stun Guns & TASERs

Protect yourself in a self-defense situation with the SHOCKING power of a stun gun or TASER electronic control device.
4.3 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Ulrich Faircloth
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Fully understand the historical, social, physical and psychological implications of stun guns and electronic control devices (ECDs) in the application of self-defense.
  • Know the important differences between stun guns and electronic control devices.
  • Have cognizance of the various myths of stun guns and the misconceptions perpetuated by the unregulated stun gun industry.
  • Engage a threat with a full understanding of the fundamental training concepts on ECD usage, target acquisition and deployment.
  • Be aware of the laws and regulations pertaining to stun guns and TASERs on a state-to-state basis in the United States, U.S. Federal Law and laws in countries outside the U.S.
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  • No prior experience required; just be ready for a "shocking" experience!

Self-defense comes in many forms. You can utilize hand-hand tactics to subdue an attacker, dose them with scorching pepper, rumble their ear drums with the power of sound, hit them with the blunt force of a metal stick OR "light them up" like a light bulb. By far the most interesting option is the last. 

Electroshock Weapons  have been in use since the early to mid 1900s, starting with the cattle prod. The concept of using electricity for self-defense has been in place since the 1800s, but has been implemented for civilian use until only just recently in the 1980s and 90s. During these periods, products as the stun gun and the TASER were born.

Of ALL the self-defense products on the market, electroshock weapons are by far the most misunderstood. For example, did you know that...

  • Stun Guns and TASERs are different products?
  • Amperage is more important than voltage?
  • In some states it is ILLEGAL to own electroshock weapons?

You most likely were not aware of these facts! Stun guns and TASERs, like any other self-defense product, are weapons. And for any weapon (or tool, for that matter), you should know how to properly use it. 

This course is designed to teach you everything that you need to know about these very popular, yet highly misunderstood, self-defense tools. Everything you learn here will help you to make an informed decision on which products to purchase for your protection. This class will also provide you with the training needed on how to properly use them. 

After this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how stun guns & electronic control devices (ECDs) function and operate
  • Differentiate between the various types of stun guns
  • Determine how to properly utilize electroshock weapons 
  • Comprehend the legal laws & restrictions within the U.S. and other countries
  • Adequately address threats, human and non-human alike

Who is the target audience?
  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to learn about the mechanics, physiological effects and training applications of stun guns and TASER devices.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to be able to yell "I'LL TASE YOU BRO!" at an oncoming attacker, just because. It will be the highlight of your self-defense experiences.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you do not understand the significant differences between stun guns and TASERs.
  • You SHOULD NOT take this course if you plan to pull pranks on friends/family, use stun guns or TASERs to commit a crime or do something else you'll regret later; usage should be ONLY for self-defense.
  • You SHOULD NOT take this course if you feel that an electroshock weapon will be of no use to you or if you prefer to stay unarmed. A poor choice, but it is one you may regret later.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:42:10
Introduction to Stun Guns
5 Lectures 20:49

Check and see if this course is right for you! You're sure to be in for a "shocking" experience.

Preview 01:29

Stun guns have quite a bit of history behind them. From static electricity to the cattle prod, you will learn how these devices were developed over the centuries. This lecture will show you the background behind stun guns, but we will go over TASERs much later on in the course.

History of Stun Guns

Everyone knows that stun guns give off an electric shock, but do you know how they actually function? This lecture will show you the internal mechanics of the stun gun and the process in how they operate.

How Stun Guns Work

People feel two things when they see, hear or are hit with a stun gun: fear and pain. This lecture will go over the physiological effects the stun gun has on the mind and body. You will also learn about some false advertising in regards to stun guns, what they are claimed to do versus what they really do to a person.

Physiological Effects of Stun Guns

While stun guns work well in some circumstances, they are not ideal in others. In this lecture you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of this self-defense tool. 

Advantages & Disadvantages
Stun Gun Myths
3 Lectures 11:54

Most people think that voltage is everything in a stun gun, the factor that makes it powerful. Sadly, these individuals are mistaken. They are taken in by the biggest piece of false advertising regarding stun guns. In this lecture you will learn about the importance of amperage when it comes to an effective stun gun.

Preview 06:43

Can you really affect a person with a stun gun through simply touching them? In this lecture you will learn that it takes more than just a mere tap on the body to shock your assailant.

Myth #2 – Works Just By Touching Someone

How does current or electricity flow from one point to another? There is a reason why a stun gun will not affect you, the user, when the device is used against an attacker. This lecture will dispel the commonly held myth of the current flowing from your attacker and back to you. 

Myth #3 – The Current Will Flow to You
Types of Stun Guns
3 Lectures 06:54

Hand-held stun guns are the most common variations of stun gun. The traditional 9-Volt battery version has been replaced in modern times by rechargeable lithium-ion models, some even having disabling pins! In this lecture you will learn about the effective portability of hand-held stun guns.

Hand-held Stun Guns

Did you know that stun guns come in a variety of different designs? Walking canes, flashlights, cell phones...even lipstick! These concealable stun guns allow you to catch your attacker off-guard, with a nasty spark of course. In this lecture I will show you a couple of these designs and how they work.

Concealed Stun Guns

The stun baton is a unique type of electroshock weapon. Taken from the early cattle prod, it is a device that provides extended reach; think of it as a combination between a stun gun and an expandable baton. In this lecture you will get a quick breakdown on how they work and how to utilize it. 

Stun Batons
Electronic Control Devices (ECDs)
4 Lectures 20:17

The Tom A. Swift Electric Rifle (TASER) has a wealth of history behind it. Originally designed by a NASA scientist and physicist, Jack Cover, as an alternative way of stopping criminals without killing them, the TASER has become one of the most iconic less-lethal self-defense tools on the market. In this lecture you will learn about the historical significance of the TASER electronic control device (ECD).

Preview 03:10

What is commonly known as a TASER is an Electronic Control Device or ECD for short. It is an electroshock weapon that immobilizes the body's central nervous system by way of neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI). In this lecture I will discuss what an ECD is, what it does and its overall significance as a self-defense tool.

Electronic Control Devices

Ever wonder why a TASER will take someone down, but a stun gun won't? The answer is: neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI). While a stun gun serves as a pain compliance tool, the TASER works on NMI to temporarily disable a target. In this lecture you will learn what encompasses NMI and how it affects the human body.

Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI)

Despite the fact that the vast majority of people consider stun guns to be TASERs or "tazers", it is not so. There are substantial differences between these two devices. In this lecture I will show you how one compares to the other, both in terminology as well as functionality.

Stun Guns vs. TASERs
5 Lectures 30:12

Did you know that there are different types of electronic control devices (ECDs)? Some are designed specifically for civilians while others have law enforcement applications. Besides models, there are also different brands of ECD. In this in-depth lecture you will learn about the wide variety of ECDs, from the first TASER all the way up to the current model and competing brands.

Types of ECDs

There are currently two types of power sources for ECDs: TASER International's Digital Power Magazines (DPMs) and PhaZZer Electronic's Rechargeable Litium Ion Batteries. This lecture will go over these, in addition to TASER's smart weapon batteries (for the X26P and X2 models).

Power Sources

When it comes to ammunition, there is certainly a variety to choose from besides regular dart cartridges. In this lecture I will give you a brief overview of each cartridge, what it does, effective range and tactical advantages.


Just as with a firearm, you need to know how to aim your ECD when faced with a threat. In this lecture I will teach you the target areas of where to hit and which sections of the body to avoid.

Preview 02:15

In this lecture you will be shown how the darts of a cartridge are deployed and hit a practice target, in addition to an ECD's "drive-stun" capability.

Probe Deployment & Drive Stun
Laws & Regulations
3 Lectures 11:21

There are a number of laws and restrictions regarding electroshock weapons. In this lecture I will go over the legalities concerning stun guns and ECDs, as it regards the various states in the United States.

Stun Gun/ECD Laws by State

Federal law includes TSA regulations and security policies in secured federal facilities. In this lecture I will give you a brief run-down of what the law entails for stun guns and TASERs in airports, federal buildings and federal export laws.

Stun Gun/ECD Federal Law

Things are pretty cut and dry for electroshock weapons in other countries besides the U.S. In this lecture I will go over the very brief list of where stun guns, specifically, are legal.

Preview 02:30
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1 Lecture 00:43

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About the Instructor
Ulrich Faircloth
4.3 Average rating
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4,731 Students
3 Courses
Personal Safety Instructor & Entrepreneur

Ulrich Faircloth is the Founder and Co-owner of Stun & Run Self Defense LLC, a personal protection and crime prevention company based in MInneapolis, MN. It is a business intent on preventing crime and saving lives, with an educational component of helping to encourage people to Take Action, Prevent Crime and Live Better.

Ulrich is a former crime prevention intern and Community Service Officer (CSO) with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). He graduated with a BA in Sociology from Beloit College, with an emphasis on public safety.

His passion for crime prevention and security awareness began with the MPD. Ultimately, he came to the conclusion that he did not want to be a police officer. Ulrich wanted to prevent crime rather than react to it, which is the fundamental purpose behind police departments and their officers. Wanting to be more involved with the community instead, he started his company as a way to help protect those in need.

Ulrich is a member of the National Crime Prevention Association (NCPA) and a dedicated instructor on non-lethal/less-than-lethal self-defense products.