Upclose on the VTS-880-1 Compact Stun Gun
VTS-880-1 mini stun gun to the general public. This non-lethal crime deterrent carries a 7,800,000 volt rating, the highest power rating in the industry thus far. Like all stun guns, the amperage is very low so it leaves no lasting effect on the individual. It gives the user enough time to get away, and that is what they are designed to do.
Mini, micro and compact stun guns are the hot trend in personal defense products. They are easy to stow and their mini size allows covert operation. The unit measures only 4 1/4 inches high, 2 inches wide and a depth of just under 2 inches. So the device can easily fit in a hand bag, glove compartment or shirt or pants pocket. It comes with a black nylon holster with attached belt loop.
The unit contains a nickel-cadmium rechargeable power supply so no batteries are needed. The fold-down wall plug is integrated in the unit so there is no separate charging cord to possibly lose. A bi-monthly 4 hour charge ensures a full charge when needed.
The Stingray features a large and bright built in LED that is situated between the electrodes. You operate the flashlight by sliding the on-off switch to the first "on" position. To operate the stun effect, you slide the switch to the next position and then press the button directly above the switch. Careful! If you are not used to high powered stun guns, you will be surprised by the loud crackle and strong spark emitted from this unit. We also advise not looking directly into the bright spark.
A problem that exists with these small units is the smooth shiny plastic finish. They are sometimes difficult to hold on to especially in a stressful hand sweating situation. This device solves this problem by using a proprietary rubberized coating that provides a non-slip surface that's easy to hold on to.
Stun guns work by disrupting the normal nerve impulses to the muscles. When activated and applied directly to a person’s skin or clothing, the muscles work rapidly but inefficiently. This rapid work cycle depletes blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid all in the space of a few seconds. This energy loss makes it difficult to move or function. Second, the disrupted nerve impulses cause loss of balance, confusion and disorientation. The low amperage of stun guns ensures that the effect is short lived with no injuries.
We're favorably impressed with the mini VTS-880 stun gun. It's easy to operate and the somewhat weighty feel leaves an impression of high quality. When we test fired the unit in the air, we were surprised at the very strong crackling spark. It makes a distinct visual and auditory impression.
To us, it makes no sense to under-arm yourself with a low powered device. You don't know the size and strength of a would-be attacker so it's better to have enough power to quickly deter any unwanted advances.Expect this model to be followed by the same model except with inflated power ratings. Don't be fooled. When an importer asks his American customer what power rating he wants printed on the stun gun or box, you know it's all phony. Too bad.
Stun guns are permitted for citizen use in most states. As of this writing, stun guns may not be shipped to HI, MA, MI, NJ, NY, RI, CT, WI, IL. Also prohibited are Annapolis MD, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC and Philadelphia.
Here's a video history and demo of this stun gun model: