i work at a county jail, and from what all the deputies say, who make the arrests... the x26 is the real deal. One state trooper said that he once tased a guy, the guy fell back on a leather couch, and slid onto the floor like a board... wish i could have seen it!
As far as OC goes... the 'fogger' brand of pepper shot was what busted my cherry... i can tell you that for me, it was worse than fox. Fox affected my eyes more than anything, but the fogger (from about 6 ft away) covered my entire face, painted it brown, and burned like a hot frying pan for 30 minutes before it started to ease off... it was bad.
on a side note about the fogger, dont ever think you have to hit someone in a closed in space to take them down... just a little spray in the air and back away. They will be on the ground gagging in no time. I've used it on 'roudy' inmates, and once on an entire cell block... its magic! :oh yea: