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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 / email@example.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!