[quote]Original von Hayate
That is indeed an interesting point of view, though contrary to the predominant opinion in this forum.
I agree that a gas-alarm gun is more suitable for combat, because it is designed as a weapon and operated in the same way a handgun is used.
A CN /CS or OC spray requires additional training and its handling differs quite much from the handling of any weapon we are used to, so that the probability of errors and mishaps is higher.
But we still have to discuss if the loud blasts inflict damage to the defenders ears, because a weapon that injures its bearer is useless.]
I think that the "predominant" opinion is mostly because the image of the gas guns are such as a Reck Miami 92 (more than 1 kg in weight, awful grip, zinc alloy material), it is undoubtful, that such models are absolute impractical as concealed carry-piece, and most of the semiautos are very unreliable.
But for example the Weihrauch HW88 Super Airweight with its 277 grams weight, aluminium frame and cylinder, steel firing mech. is not much more heavier/bulkier than a 50 ml KO Pepper-spray.
Easy to operate, reliable etc.
(My personal gaspistol is FEG GRP-9 (K) which is a Walther PPK/S-look-alike 9 mm PAK gun, entirely made of steel (no junk zinc alloy!) with decock safety lever, and passive firing pin safety in it. Sorry, no PTB, and license required to get it in Hungary)
The "loud" blast of a knallpatron is dangerous when you shoot a box of them in sylvester night without hearing protection.
But for the case of self-defence, even in closed place, the 260 or 450 bar max. gas pressure is negligable.
(Anyone can easily withstand 2-3 shoots' voice in a shooting range with 9 mm Luger pistols.)