I'd rather stick to other means. I've been sprayed quite a few times for both training, retraining and my own curiosity. Every time I was able to do what I needed to do. I would rather not deploy it as I assume it will get on ME since I will have to go hands on with the person I just sprayed. I prefer the Taser. That said, I do have some and during some tense situations I have had it ready to go since I wanted to do the least harm to the person but let them know they needed to stop.