yourself with a solid steel expandable baton. Don't become a victim,
become aware of your personal security.
An expandable telescopic baton is a powerful and intimidating
self-defense tool and is one of the best impact weapons available. Gain
the advantage of surprise and distance.
batons, also called telescopic batons, retractable batons, steel batons, tactical
batons, metal batons, or security batons. These are the same non-lethal
weapon used by police, security, and military personnel around the world.
One of the reasons why they are so popular is because they give you a little bit
of distance, they hit hard and are effective at stopping an attacker in a
dangerous situation. These are very intimidating, and most criminals
understand how powerful these weapons are, and will usually back down when they
Expandable baton, as an impact tool, can be used to strike,
jab and block and to aid arm locks. To open, you simply flick your wrist quickly
to expand it to it's full size. To close, you simply slam the baton
straight down on a hard surface like the floor or a table (see our short video
below with Julia demonstrating). Besides being used as a weapon, they also
come in handy and can be employed to break windows, break the safety glass
surrounding fire extinguisher enclosures, or lever open doors to gain entry to
vehicles or structures.
Side-handle batons, typified by Monadnock PR-24 and made infamous by the LAPD in
the Rodney King beating, come in both rigid and expandable models. The rigid
models are typically made of polycarbonate. The expandable models usually have
an aluminum chassis from which a polycarbonate section extends. Almost all
side-handle batons in use are made by Monadnock.
Side handle batons are derived from the tonfa, a Japanese martial arts weapon,
and are used with a similar fighting technique.
Both types of batons have their advantages and disadvantages. Side-handle batons
are more flexible, enabling many more kinds of strike and block, but they
require more training to use than straight batons. Side-handle batons are also
very bulky. Expandable straight batons are more compact and are easier to carry
covertly and when driving.
Up until the mid- 1990s British police officers carried traditional wooden
truncheons of a sort which had changed little from Victorian times, but since
the early1990s all forces have chosen to replace truncheons with more modern
side-handle and telescopic batons for all but ceremonial duties.