I own a variety of electric stun guns I can carry for less-lethal defense while I’m out jogging, walking or cycling. Whether it’s a Taser Bolt, Pulse or StrikeLight (or another brand’s device), I have come to prefer this option in place of pepper spray for most situations. (I usually back up any less-lethal tool with a .38 revolver.)
One of my most-carried stun weapons is the Taser StrikeLight — a great combination flashlight/stun weapon. However, the StrikeLight has a hefty $129.99 price tag. Another problem with the StrikeLight and similar sized flashlight/stun weapon combos is deployment. Unlike the conducted-energy (probe-firing) Taser Pulse or the new Taser Professional Series for civilians, these combos have to be deployed from close range due to their short overall length. The 5-million-volt stun gun/flashlight/baton combo from Night Watchman solves these problems.
The Night Watchman 5-Million-Volt Stun Gun Flashlight Baton
I found the Night Watchman Baton in a catalog for BUDK. You may be thinking, “Wow, 5 million!” All contact stun devices deliver high levels of voltage. The Taser conducted-energy weapons deliver 50,000 volts — enough to totally incapacitate an aggressor but not to kill him or her. How? Remember, 110 volts of electricity from a wall socket is often enough to kill. The difference between the wall socket and a stun device is the amount of amperage being delivered. The amperage used in all stun weapons is minuscule — a tiny fraction of what is delivered from a power outlet.
But what really got my attention was the fact that the Night Watchman can be extended from 16.5 inches to as much as 19.5 inches. By way of comparison, the Taser StrikeLight is only 7.75 inches long.
The arc of electricity from the 5-million-volt Night Watchman is loud. I find it to be a more ominous sound quality than that of a 50,000-volt Taser StrikeLight being arced. This is due to the three simultaneous sparks jumping across the electrodes around the LED flashlight head in addition to the 5 million volts. It’s an impressive display.
The Night Watchman is equipped with a 320-lumen Cree Bulb with three lighting/power modes: 100 percent, 50 percent and SOS. It is constructed of aerospace aluminum throughout. There are four attachment points for wrist lanyards. The Night Watchman locks open and closed by a simple twist and is easier to extend and close than an expandable police baton. Rings along the point of adjustment give you a wide variety of overall lengths from which to choose. The recharging port lies just above the grip handguard.
Operating the Night Watchman
The three-switch control system is safe and easy to get into action. At the base is the master off/on power switch. Just above the handguard are the chromed switches for mode and stun activation.
Once you turn the master switch on, a green LED located above the stun activation switch will light. Pressing the mode switch repeatedly will do two things: cycle through the flashlight settings and power up the stun mode. Stun mode is indicated by a red LED lighting in tandem with the green one. Once both lights are on, you can activate the stun mode by pressing the stun button. If you use the master switch to turn the light off while in stun, it will still be active when you turn the Watchman on again.
The Night Watchman: Carrying and Conclusion
I’ve been carrying the Night Watchman flashlight stun baton on my daily walks. I found the easiest way to carry it is in my strong hand, with the master switch on and the flashlight off. Should conditions become threatening, pushing the mode switch until the stun mode activates will ready it for use. If I were walking in a potentially dangerous area, I would carry the Night Watchman with the stun mode powered up.
So far, I am really pleased with the Night Watchman. The design is very good. The included batteries provide up to 180 minutes of power under full charge. There are a number of other stun products under that trade name. BUDK carries them, but I could not find a company home page. The Night Watchman is very affordable at BUDK for $36.98. It seems to be a very good investment. It is an excellent tool for men and women interested in less-lethal self-defense options.
About Scott W. Wagner
After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.