You and Your Personal Self Defense Device


 (NOTE: If you have found yourself here without receiving a PSDD- have you purchased a new or pre-owned vehicle from Briggs Auto Lane in Manhattan? From Nov. 11 through the end of the year, Briggs Auto is giving away FREE Personal Self Defense Devices to all the ladies and a FREE winter coat for the men.)

Congratulations, you are not the owner of a Personal Self Defense Device (PSDD), commonly referred to as a stun gun, compliments of Briggs Auto. It is provided to you, as token of appreciation for your recent auto purchase. The PSDD is a premium personal self-defense device that incorporates the latest technology to ensure maximum personal protection, performance and reliability. There is no requirement for formal training or licensing to carry and to properly use this device in the state of Kansas.

                Even though there is no requirement for formal training or licensing to carry and to properly use this device in the state of Kansas- Briggs Auto wants to provide you detailed instructions to ensure your safety.

First, note the cylindrical metal body of your device. The PSDD resembles a common battery operated, black in color flashlight.

Next, there is a separate removable coiled, AC recharging unit.

Finally, look for an arming pin, attached to a looped coil.



It is recommended that under normal nonuse conditions that you recharge the unit every 507 days. Recharge for the same period of time after any emergency self-defense use.

How to Recharge: With the PSDD turned completely off and the flashlight facing away from you, insert the open ended plug at one end of the recharging unit into the base of the PSDD. (NOTE: if you look into this loose hole you will see two prongs.) Once you have done this you will plug the other end of the coil to an available electrical outlet. A small circular red light will be visible on the base of the PSDD- this will tell you that the recharging is occurring. It will take 5 hours for the recharging cycle to be completed.



How to use the flashlight:

1.       With the arming pin out of the base of the unit, the stun function is disabled. Make sure this is done before turning on the flashlight.

2.       Note the rectangular slide switch center on the top of the cylindrical body of the device. It is a three way switch. When it is all the way back, the device is off. When you push the switch to the second position it engages the bright LED light. (NOTE: when you push the slide to the third forward position, and the arming pin is in the base of the device, it is armed and ready to be used in a self-defense mode. This use will be discussed in detail in the next section that follows.

Arming, testing and using your PSDD:

1.       Arming the SPDD Shock Function:

a.       Insert the arming pin into the single open hole in the base of the device. Your device’s stun function is activated and ready to be used now. Point the light emitting end of the flashlight away from your body. Push the slide switch to the third (or fully forward) position. Then push the circular button the underside of the device. You should immediately hear a constant buzzing/popping noise and observe a continuous brig sparking light on the forward end of the device (flashlight end). What you are hearing and seeing is the actual 2 million volt electrical shock function of the device.

2.       How to test your PSDD’s Sock Function to ensure that it works:

Probably the best time to do this is immediately following a charging cycle. You initiate the same procedure as described in “Arming the PSDD Shock Function” step. DO NOT test it for more than 1 second, as the shock function can be damaged from excessive test firing in the open air.

3.       When to Use your PSDD for Proven (Legitimate) Self Defense:

Use only when your person, people accompanying you or your valued property are threatened, and there is no means of escape. Some examples are attempted assault, rape, robbery and carjacking. Remember, that it is crucial, even in an emergency situation when you are under duress, to use good judgment and common sense before enforcing this self-defense device. It is imperative that you recognize and respect the power and effectiveness of the PSDD.

4.       How to use the PSDD:

When a dangerous, no escape situation occurs, and you have determined that it is necessary to use the shock function, initiate the arming process. Make physical contact with any part of the assailant’s body that is possible- Specifically, shoulders, hips, thighs, buttocks, and below the rib cage. If it can be avoided, try to avoid shocking in the head or the solar plexus area. NOTE: When you make contact with the assailant’s body, you will no longer hear the constant buzzing or see the sparking. This energy is now being directed into the assailant’s body.

a.      The physical and emotional responses to shocking the assailant’s body for varying periods of time:

                                                              i.      One second- pain and minor muscle contractions.

                                                            ii.      One to two seconds- muscle spasms and involuntary muscle contractions.

                                                          iii.      Three to five seconds- loss of balance and muscle control, also possible involuntary urination and/or defecation.

5.       Safety:

a.       Always treat your PSDD as though the shock function is activated.

b.      As previously mentioned several times, you should not point the light emitting end of the flashlight (which is also the shock end) towards your body or anyone else’s body, unless you have to use it in a self-defense situation.

c.       If you intend to carry your PSDD on your person, it is your responsibility to know and abide by all federal and state laws. In order to properly defend yourself when carrying your PSDD on your person must be done in such a way, that you have immediate and easy access to it.

d.      If you locate the PSDD in your car, use the same common sense principle of immediate and easy access. Also, when your PSDD is in your car, and it is unattended, lock the car. With an unlocked car, the device could be stole, and potentially used against your person!

e.      When you have passengers in your car and the PSDD is visible, let them know what it is and caution them not to touch it.

f.        When you have children near or around your PSDD (no matter where you are) and sense no threat, it is a good idea to either conceal the device and/or disarm it by removing the arming pin from the base of the device).


                It has been the author’s experience, that when the arming pin and loop are not plugged into the device that it tends to get misplaced. As a result, your device has no self-defense capacity. Due to this, you are in a vulnerable position until an arming pin replacement can be obtained. Store the arming pin and loop in the same location every time, this will lower the likelihood of misplacing it.


Good luck! With an awareness of environment, good judgment, and common sense your PSDD is a very valuable self-device.

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