Should you use deadly force or a Taser?

Barry LawsGeneral Firearms Reviews Accessory Reviews Home Security Personal Security August 1, 2016

Is deadly force necessary?

Some fun video showing the impact of Taser....

Taser vs Gun:

Guns can cause permanent damage or death. Tasers rarely cause death or leave permanent damage but have less 'rounds'.  Which is better? 

Why a Taser?

If you ARE NOT in imminent danger of death or grave bodily damage, yet you still feel threatened, you need a non lethal choice to help you gain control over a threatening situation.  Tasers allow you to stop an unwanted advance without using deadly force.  Trust your instincts and use the Taser after you have made it perfectly clear you want a threat to stop, and if it doesn't stop, you will defend yourself.  Remember if you use a Taser and someone falls and sustains injuries, you may be liable for your actions.  Tasers are also a must for those of you who ethically would never consider using deadly force yet want the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.  A Taser is around $400. (This takes you to our online store)

Why a gun?

If you ARE in imminent danger of death or grave bodily damage, I would not hesitate to use a gun.  A gun has between 5 - 17 rounds to help stop an event.  A Taser has 1 (plus it can be used as a regular stun gun after shooting its electrical barbs out the front).  I would note that a Taser hit anywhere on the body seems to cause an immediate cessation of aggressive actions vs a hit on a non vital area with a bullet may cause no impact on aggressive actions.  A hand gun can be used at distances from 0' to 75' (or more depending on skill).  A Taser has a max distance of 15'.  Note:  Neither a Taser or a gun guarantees stopping an event.  There have been studies showing multiple gun shots not stopping an advance and Tasered individuals continuing to fight.  A decent gun starts around $400.

Which is better?

Depends on how prepared you like to be.  I carry both at times.  This allows me to choose what tool to use for which event.  If I'm in a gun-free zone I may carry my Taser to afford protection to myself or loved ones (note: there are areas in different cities where Tasers are illegal, it is up to you to know the law).  If I run into someone who has put me on high alert yet has no weapons but his or her hands, I may choose a Taser.  Or if we are in an area of high pedestrian traffic I may choose a Taser to minimize the possibility of injuring others.  The answer depends on you.


Both Tasers and guns can afford self protection.  Tasers can fill the gap between a mild confrontation and a violent confrontation.  Tasers allow folks ethically opposed to deadly force to carry a tool that has been proven on the streets by law enforcement to neutralize threats.  Please, whatever you choose, carry daily and use sparingly!


About the Author

Barry Laws

Barry has been a passionate Second Amendment researcher who also believes that politics can close the door to communication. His concept for Openrange was to normalize the fun of the shooting sports back into society through a welcoming and exciting recreational experience. His own passion for the shooting sports has guided his personal journey with the safe, fun and technical use of firearms. Barry was previously an Oldham County Constable and initiated a virtual neighborhood watch in his district. Barry lives in Louisville Kentucky area and simply loves it.