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    Stun Gun vs. K-9

    Several years ago while teaching a self-defense class, one of my associate instructors commented to a class, “…it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there…don’t be the guy wearing Milk Bone underwear!”  While that comment received a few muted chuckles throughout the class, the overall thought is a rather valid one.

    If you look like prey…you will be eaten and while that “truism” may apply to thugs and those intent on doing us harm, it also applies to the four-legged type of predators that we may encounter as well.  Fully 70% of recreational runners (joggers) say they have had a bad encounter with an aggressive or even vicious dog.

    This does not mean that such an encounter results in the runner being bitten by a dog.  On the contrary, it may only mean that they were chased by the aggressive animal…or even forced to change their route to avoid provoking a more violent outcome.  In short, most runners must constantly remain vigilant for hyper-aggressive K-9’s while out enjoying their exercise.

    What to Look For?

    While certain breeds of dogs are more commonly thought of as “aggressive,” any breed can be stimulated to bark, chase and bite someone under the right conditions.  It is a fact that more people are bitten by smaller breed dogs than larger more physically imposing ones. This is most likely due to several different factors…one of which is that people are usually more apprehensive and cautious around larger breeds, hence they work harder to avoid a negative interaction.

    However, the bottom line is any dog that is unknown to you can end up being aggressive.  This can be because you inadvertently trigger an aggressive response by doing something that is interpreted as hostile to the dog (such as entering their territory or making direct eye contact) or it could simply be that the dog is hyper-aggressive and therefore needs no outside stimulus to attack.

    Some overt indications that you are encountering a dog that can be potentially dangerous are:

    • The Dogs Body Language is “puffed up,” and angled directly head-on at you.
    • The hair on the back of the dog standing at “attention” to make the dog seem bigger.
    • A deep guttural growl emanates from the animal.
    • The dog’s eyes locked directly on you.
    • A slight lowering of the head as it begins to “stalk” towards you.
    • An overtly agitated dog that seems almost like it is in a frenzy or out of control.
    • A dog that is with small children or puppies may be over-protective.
    • The dog that is on a full-out dead sprint towards you with its ears back.
    • Very aggressive snapping of its jaws.

     

    What to Do to Protect Yourself!

    Most K-9 experts will tell you that avoiding a confrontation with an aggressive dog is the best way to not get bitten.  However, if you are surprised by an aggressive animal, there are certain steps you can take to minimize injury to yourself.

    1. DO NOT make direct eye contact with the dog.
    2. Stand erect with your arms pulled inward so as to make yourself seem bigger.
    3. DO NOT turn your back on the dog. Back slowly away from the animal until you are safe.
    4. If the dog begins to move towards you, discharge your stun gun repeatedly directly at it.
    5. If the dog attacks, sacrifice your weak arm by holding it in front of you. When the dog bites you on the forearm, immediately deploy your stun gun into his face and neck area.  Do not be afraid to discharge the unit in the dog’s eye.
    6. If you do not have a stun gun, attempt to strike the dog on the bridge of its nose as hard as you can. Repeatedly strike the dog in this area or attempt to gouge the dog’s eyes until it releases its grip.
    7. It is imperative you attempt to stay on your feet so the dog cannot get on top of you. If you are knocked down and are totally defensive, roll into a ball clasping your hands behind your neck protecting your throat.

    The Sting of the Yellow Jacket…

    It is thought that when a dog smells the burning ozone associated with the discharge of a high-powered stun gun and/or sees and hears the high-voltage discharge…they will associate this discharge with lightning.  This may be enough to disengage the animal’s aggressive action towards you.

    However, in no case should you let your guard down.  You must be prepared to deploy your Yellow Jacket repeatedly against the animal as needed.  You are in a “dog-fight,” once it starts there is no reasoning with the attacker.  You must win the fight….plain and simple!

    Remember….the future of self-defense is in your hands.

     

     

     

    Discreet Personal Security …turn your cell phone into a defensive tool!

    Literally, 95% of all Americans now carry a cell phone with them on a daily basis.*  Specifically, 96% of men, 94% of women…and 100% of people ages 18-29 that were surveyed carry a mobile phone!  More people carry a cell phone on them regularly than carry a driver’s license or money.

    It only stands to reason that some out-of-the-box thinking company would eventually figure out a way of turning your cell phone into a defensive weapon. Enter Stinger Solutions, the developer of the Yellow Jacket Stun Gun Phone Case.  This is not a stun gun that is designed to look like a cheap “fake phone.”  This is a state-of-the-art phone case that protects your phone and you!

    Why a Phone Case Stun Gun?

    “So many people now carry a cellular phone with them it only made sense to develop an effective defensive tool working off of this type platform,” said Thom Buck, Chief Technology Officer of Stinger Solutions.  “If you leave your home without your phone, it is one of the few things people will return for before they continue on to their destination.  Even if they are leaving for only a few minutes…they are uncomfortable being without their phone,” said Buck.

    Mr. Buck went on to say, “One of the first requirements for an effective defensive tool is that it should always be with you.  It can’t help you if it is not with you when you need it and most people carry their phone everywhere with them.” 

    In fact, the basic premise for a defensive tool is that certain rules need to be followed to increase the chances of you being able to successfully deploy it under stress.  Some of those basic rules are as follows:

    • The device should be reliable and effective.
    • It should be something you are comfortable carrying.
    • It should be discreet so as to not draw undue attention to it.
    • The tool should not require a great deal of training to deploy.
    • Your defensive tool should always be either in your hands or close to your hands.
    • Ideally, the deployment of the device should be intuitive and not require much thought.

    This Yellow Jacket has a Nasty Sting!

    The Yellow Jacket Stun Gun Phone Case is a two piece phone case that your mobile phone locks into.  Once installed on your phone, it offers several important features. First, it offers superior protection for your phone.  The case is made of a space age material that helps to protect your phone from “drops and bumps.”  The case comes with a screen protector and wrist leash as well.

    Second, it acts as a “battery backup,” for your phone!  If you depress a small button on the back of the case, it will immediately begin charging your phone.  It will provide hours of additional talk and standby time.  This feature alone makes it worth attaching to your phone.

    Third, it helps to protect you! It does this by concealing inside the housing of the unit a 7,000,000+ volt stun gun.  Once you turn on the Stun Gun Safety Switch placing the unit is standby mode, all you have to do is slide the Stun Gun Activation Switch forward causing the electrode prongs to extend out of the front of the phone case. 

    When you then use a separate motion and depress the Stun Gun Activation Switch it will discharge a jarring electrical charge!  Simply slide the Stun Gun Activation Switch backwards to retract the electrodes back inside the housing and the Stun Gun is deactivated and returned to standby mode.  All of this can be done with the use of just one hand.

    Perfect for Motorcyclists!

    Whether you carry your phone in a pocket, phone holster or on a “mount” on your bike…you now have the perfect defensive tool readily at hand when you need it.  Whether you are sitting at a red light and have someone uninvited walking up to you or anywhere else you might need a defensive tool…if your phone is with you why not a Yellow Jacket?

    Take a moment and visit the Yellow Jacket website at www.yellowjacketcase.com to learn more about this unique and innovative product.  Buck explained that they are selling a huge number of Yellow Jackets to motorcycle enthusiasts.  “The motorcycle riding community likes the fact that in most places you don’t need a Concealed Weapons License to carry a stun gun and that it has a high performance backup battery on the device.  It seems like every day we are selling dozens of Yellow Jackets to bikers who like a discreet defensive tool they can count on,” Buck shared.

    As of this date, the Yellow Jacket is only offered in an Apple IPhone configuration.   However, Samsung and other phone configurations are in the works and should be out in the coming months.  Contact the Yellow Jacket Company if you have any questions about this unique and patented product…and remember- the future of self-defense is in your hands…Yellow Jacket!

    (* Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology, January 12th, 2017.)

    Happy Independence Day 2017…from Team Stinger!

    We at Stinger Solutions, the parent company of Yellow Jacket would like to take this time to remind everyone to have a safe and wonderful 4th of July celebration this year!  While backyard cookouts, corn-hole and fireworks are a great respite from the hustle and bustle of a normal work week, please pause a moment and give thanks for our great nation and the freedom it affords each of us.

    We would also like to thank our nation’s First Responders, Health Care Providers and U.S. Military Personnel and their families, whether they are deployed overseas or serving at home.  The sacrifices these men and women make to protect us and keep us safe are enormous.  Take the time during our nation’s birthday to thank these true American Heroes!

    Our company manufactures the most innovative and unique self-defense product on the market today.  We are proud of our commitment to helping keep you and your families safe.  It is our goal to not just build the highest quality products we can…but to also provide technical training and tactics to help minimize your chances of ever becoming a violent crime statistic.

    The Law of Averages vs. The Law of the Jungle

    The world is becoming a more violent place.  That is undisputed through virtually every type of crime statistic correlated today.  Whether it is shopping malls, parking garages, apartment buildings, office centers, subways or gas stations…the Law of the Jungle seems to be more the rule than the exception.

    There are steps you can take to lower your chances of becoming a crime statistic.  There are things you can do to place the Law of Averages on your side.  In the coming months we will be posting tactics and videos on our website at www.yellowjacketcase.com to help raise your situational awareness as well as help to increase your chances of surviving an attack. 

    Below are three simple concepts that may help lower the chances that you will become another grim statistic:

    • Head on a Swivel - Most street thugs will tell you that if you walk around with you face buried in your phone, oblivious to your surroundings…you are increasing your chances of being attacked. It is much easier to surprise-ambush someone who is preoccupied with their texts or music playing through their headphones.  Remain alert and vigilant to your surroundings.  Don’t let your guard down until you are safely home.
    • Walk with a Purpose- Walk with your head held erect. Don’t shuffle along like a weak or frightened mouse.  Stand tall and let your gate reflect purpose.  While you don’t want to glare at strangers you may meet, you should nevertheless reflect an inner strength and calm that you are confident and capable.  Wolves do not prey on the robust of the herd…they cull out the weak and timid.
    • Trust Your Instincts- If you get a bad feeling about an individual you have just met, trust your instincts. If you think you have just made a wrong turn into a scary section of town, make a safe (if even illegal) turn to exit that area.  If a parking garage seems dark and menacing…wait for a group to accompany you to your car.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who seem trustworthy.  If everything about a situation or person seems askew and you are uncomfortable, then force yourself to enact an exit strategy.  It is far better to be considered rude than to be considered another crime statistic!

    Be Smart.  Be Safe.  Be Alert. Beware….and carry the skills and tools that will ensure your survival.  Carry the Yellow Jacket. 

    Yellow Jacket…the future of self-defense is in your hands!

    Yellow Jacket Stun Gun vs. Chemical Agents

    Chemical Agents

    One of the things we pride ourselves on at Yellow Jacket is intellectual integrity.  In other words, we will give you the unvarnished truth about not just defensive products and tactics in general…but also about our own product and even stun guns in general.

    This article represents the first in a series comparing our Yellow Jacket IPhone Stun Gun Case against other defensive products.  We kick off our series with a discussion about stun guns and how they compare against defensive chemical agents.  In all of our articles, when we discuss stun guns we are referring to our Yellow Jacket stun gun unless otherwise noted.

    It is important that two things be acknowledged at the start of the discussion.  First, there is no such thing as the perfect self-defense device.  Even defensive firearms will not work 100% of the time to save you from an attack.  Most people have by now witnessed on television even law enforcement deployed TASER’s failing to always put an attacker down.  Hence, the 100% effective defensive device is a misnomer.  Second, there are different types of chemical agents.  Some are more effective than others, but in general…they too have their limitations.

    Chemical Agents

    Generally speaking, there are two classes of defensive chemical agents.  One class is commonly known as CN Gas (CHLOROACETOPHENONE) and it is classified as an irritant and is very similar to tear gas.  Chemical Mace may not have much of an effect (if any) on an attacker under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  CN/CS gas does not cause inflammation to the capillaries of the eyes and skin and for that reason does not usually cause temporary blindness, nausea, severe breathing difficulties or an intense burning sensation.

    The second class of defensive chemical agents is commonly known as Pepper Spray, or OC spray deriving its acronym from the technical name (OLEORESIN CAPSICUM).   This is a very strong chemical agent made from a variety of organic pepper plants.  The hotter the pepper plant… generally the hotter the pepper spray manufactured from it.  Pepper Spray can be rated in Scoville Heat Units (SHU).  

    Most law enforcement agencies that deploy pepper spray are in the 2%-4% range of CRC and if the SHU rating is used it will generally be in the 200,000 – 500,000 SHU range.  Pepper Spray will generally have a much better effect on individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol and since pepper spray does cause inflammation of the capillaries of the eyes and skin it can cause temporary blindness, nausea, severe breathing difficulties and an intense burning sensation.

    Stun Gun vs. Chemical Agents

    Chemical agents have limitations that a stun gun does not have that are inherent to the nature of the product itself.  Below are some of the “Pro’s and Con’s” for pepper spray.  Both of these lists are abbreviated for sake of the articles length.

    PROS:

    • Sprays can be deployed at some distance providing the wind is cooperative and the deployment unit carries enough propellant.
    • Sprays can be used on more than one subject providing they are deployed as a fog, stream or gel.
    • Stronger chemical agents can sometimes result in the subject being disabled for several minutes or longer.
    • Some chemical agents have marking dyes blended into them so they can be more easily identified by law enforcement in the immediate aftermath of deployment.

    CONS:

    • Sprays can blow back on to the person deploying it if the wind is against them.
    • Sprays can expose everyone (including the user) to the chemical agent if it is deployed in a small space like an elevator, stairwell or bathroom.
    • Sprays like CN/CS gas can allow criminals to build up a tolerance to the agent and/or they may ineffective at thwarting an attack.
    • The user must be proficient in aiming the spray device accurately and they must be cognizant of “digit disruption,” which is when the user’s fingers block the spray hole under stress.
    • The spray device is not usually in the user’s hands ready for deployment when a sudden attack takes place.

    Yellow Jacket Advantages…

    Below is a brief overview of how the Yellow Jacket (YJ) will overcome many of the negatives associated with chemical agent deployments as well as how it compares to the associated positives of using a chemical agent against an attacker.

    • The YJ can be used in tight spaces and in fact is the perfect deployment device for use in close quarters.
    • The YJ stun gun will only affect the person it is deployed against. Friendly fire casualties are not a concern.
    • A stun gun such as the YJ can be deployed against an attacker in heavy winds, sand or even snow without the effectiveness of it being negated.
    • The YJ stun gun is attached to your phone so it is likely it will always be ready for instant deployment.
    • Your YJ stun gun is very discreet by design. Most attackers will never know you have a 7,000,000+ volt stun gun in your hand while you are holding your phone. This increases the chances of you successfully surprising your attacker with this effective defensive tool.

    The Bottom Line…

    Many people mistakenly think that they should carry exactly what police officers carry in the line of duty.  You will hear people say, “…if the cops are carrying it then it should work great for me!”  This is actually not always true.

    As an example, police agencies that carry chemical agents do not care to carry the hottest most debilitating chemical agents known to man.  They want to make a suspect compliant so they can be readily transported to jail once taken into custody.  If a defensive product is too debilitating then that might result in them having to be transported to the hospital which will result in other management issues for the agency.

    It is important that a person consider the “pro’s and con’s” of any defensive product they choose to carry.  At Yellow Jacket we believe that our product is overall one of the best defensive options that you can choose.  However, even if you do not choose to carry our advanced defensive product at this time…we would urge you to consider exploring some options for your personal safety. 

    Contact JD Duncan at (727) 423-3511 / jd@yellowjacketcase.com   if you have any questions about the Yellow Jacket Stun Gun Phone Case or about defensive tactics in general.  Remember…the future of self-defense is in your hands!

     

     

    Yellow Jacket Launches International Dealer Program!

    Shooters World…the largest gun store in Southeast!

     

    We are proud to announce that the first retail store chosen in the United States to become an Authorized Dealer of the Yellow Jacket Phone Case Stun Gun is Shooters World of Tampa Florida!

    Our company was looking for a retailer as innovative and committed to customer service as we are, to be the first Authorized Dealer of our product.  After careful consideration of the numerous retailers who have petitioned us for this honor, we decided to pull the trigger on what may be the most impressive gun store in America.

    Shooters World, has located their 62,000sf flagship store in Tampa Florida, yet they are also in the process of building two additional stores in the Sunshine State as well.  An even larger store will be the only gun store located in the city limits of Orlando Florida and they are soon to be breaking ground on another store in the Villages, located in North Central Florida. 

    World Class Retailer

    Shooters World is a “destination” retailer.  Recognized as a 5-Star Facility by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) three years consecutively, this is a store that you can literally come to and spend the day.  With over thousands of retail items and one of the most advanced air-conditioned shooting ranges ever conceived…Shooters World is a location where you can shop, shoot, train and enjoy special events on a daily basis.

    They employ some of the most talented and experienced Gunsmiths in the industry where they can repair or restore virtually any firearm or build you a custom pistol or rifle second to none.  This retailer prides itself on competitive pricing that can be counted on save you money and the most committed customer service team in the industry.

    We invite you to visit the Shooter’s World website today at www.shootersworld.com to learn more about this tremendous Yellow Jacket partner.  Our company is both excited and proud to have our product embraced as one of Shooters Worlds newest and most innovative products on their sales floor.

     As Bruce Kitzis, GM of Shooters Worlds Tampa location commented, “…the Yellow Jacket product is both a great transition product for people who are wanting to start with a non-lethal self-defense device or as a back-up self-defense tool that will always be with the user since it is connected to their mobile phone. It is unlike anything on the market today and we are excited to carry it!”

     

     

     

    Authorized Dealer Program

    Stinger Solutions (the parent company of Yellow Jacket) has been developing a tremendous Authorized Dealer program to bring our innovative and unique product to retail “brick & mortar,” stores.  It was important for us to not just have an adequate fulfillment inventory on hand but for us to be able to have in place the proper support for our Authorized Dealers before we launched this program.

    Over the next several months you will see literally dozens of Authorized Dealers carrying our products.  If you have a favorite retailer in your area, then perhaps you should suggest to them to apply to become an Authorized Yellow Jacket Dealer.  Only elite retailers who place customer service above all else will qualify to become a Yellow Jacket Dealer.  If any retailer would like information about becoming a Yellow Jacket Authorized retailer they should contact James Duncan, Vice-President of Sales for Yellow Jacket at JD@yellowjacketcase.com.

    Remember…the future of self-defense is in your hands with the Yellow Jacket Stun Gun Phone Case.

     

    Shooters World

    116 E. Fletcher Ave.

    Tampa Florida 33612

    (813)-381-1111

    www.shootersworld.com