There’s a very short and simple answer I have for you, people often get sticker shock and think “I don’t need to spend almost $40 on pepper spray” but when I explain to them the difference between key chain pepper sprays and a Kimber Pepper Blaster, well, put each one in your pocket or purse, then pull it out and point it at your threat, they realize that they did not know which directly the keychain pepper sprays were pointing until they looked at it. A handgun is suppose to be an extension of your hand, it should be easy to point, a bottle or cylinder shaped object is NOT easy to point. I’ve also been around enough deployments of pepper spray to know how sloppy they can be, and often there is blow back.
There are levels of self-defense, sometimes a flashlight can do the job, verbal defense, less lethal, and lethal. For civilians, I highly recommend something like the Kimber Pepper Blaster II over any stun gun. Lots of women come in our store looking for stun guns, but we recommend those for Father’s to give to daughters on Prom Nights or for College Dating, training with a weapon that you have to get up close and personal with is more of a liability than something that shoots 112 MPH and I can attest that they can shoot 13ft. It gives you more of a splatter than a stream, which also makes it much easier to hit your target. Also the velocity of the Pepper Blaster makes it hard to dodge. The shelf live of these is 5 years and spending less than $80 for 10yrs of less lethal defense is not expensive. I also highly recommend these has something anyone with a CCW should ALSO carry.