I really like these clever little things. I think it was a good design change to make it easier to point and aim via the abbreviated grip and solid sights. It's still flat and light, and works with the same reliable pyrotechnics, giving you two shots. The translucent red plastic case will help to keep people from mistaking it for a projectile-launching firearm, and at the same time, gives it an interesting cyberpunk look. It is snag-free and easy to manipulate.13 foot range with a blast of pepper that travels at 90mph. Two barrels, over-under configuration.
No, it's not a force field or a sleep-ray but it is useful. Think of it as a very clever way of throwing sand in someone's eyes. It gives you time and options. Two things you might need. Some people reject devices like this because they aren't big-bore firearms. Some people reject them because they think anything other than a phone call to the police is the equivalent of vigilante justice. Both ways of thinking are well beyond silly and indicate psychological hang-ups that should be addressed on a personal basis.