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Self Defense Batons
Collapsible Self Defense BatonsSelf defense Batons should take a prominent place in your self defense and nonlethal arsenal. These compact and versatile tools are very simple to operate(training is recommended due to the physical nature of their use)and effective in most non-firearm confrontations. Law enforcement and private security personnel as well as military police routinely strap on their collapsible batons on a daily basis.
Self Defense Batons can be used to defend yourself from attack and disable an opponent allowing you to escape and get help. Striking at the extremeties like arms and legs will cause enough pain to get them to stop the attack and may prevent them from pursuit. There are many techniques that, when practiced, can allow you to control and deactivate almost any aggressor.
The basic self defense baton we are describing is the collapsible or retractable baton. This tool operates like an old fashioned telescope where each section can be withdrawn into the other to allow expansion to operating length in a flash and collapse into carrying mode equally as fast. This feature allows you to carry the baton comfortably when working, traveling or in public while being available to to use in the wink of an eye. When collapsed, its easy to conceal a baton that is 7 to 9 or so inches long. Alternately, its very comforting to have a 21 or 26 inch weapon at hand when the need arises.
The best professional batons made are made by ASP which stands for Armament Systems and Procedures. These weapons are made from the finest materials to high tolerances to ensure years of effective use. These are "no-compromise" products that are guaranteed to perform in the most difficult circumstances. They make many varieties with different materials(steel and aluminum) sizes and grips. They have the famous friction lock as well as leverloc models that close with a twist of the shaft. New this year is the Sentry line of batons that is offered at a lower price point. Law enforcement and Military personnel are very familiar with their product.Smith and Wesson and United Cutlery also make fine self defense batons with heat treated steel and easy grip rubber handles. These models are available at a lower cost. Finally there are the generic versions of the telescopic baton that do not utilize the same manufacturing processes, but do produce a product that has value for the occasional consumer. These generic batons may not be suitable to withstand violent impact with an object. They are OK for training to get the feel and manage the weight and force produced by a baton. They are good for conditioning the arm, wrist and hand to handle the dynamics of the swing and to practice the maneuvers you wish to learn. They are fine for occasional or emergency usage. Its not a bad idea to have one in the car or take one along when hiking or walking the dog.(Remember your pepper spray, too).