My recent discussions on Unarmed Defense and Pepper Spray got me to thinking about other useful items that can be carried for self-defense in lieu of, or in conjunction with, a handgun. One that seems particularly useful is a retractable baton.
Over the last dozen years or so, many police departments have swapped from nightsticks to retractable batons because of their size, weight and versatility. A baton is smaller and lighter than a nightstick, which allows officers to always have a baton on their belts for quick userather than having to remove it every time they climb into their cruisers.
This same lightweight and versatility makes a baton an excellent self-defense tool for civilians, where legal to carry. With a quick flick of the wrist, a baton can be expanded for either striking or blocking, or even just warning off a potential attacker, as most seek easy targets. Even in the hands of an untrained individual, a baton can be used to ward off both two- and four-legged attackers, without the need of lethal force
The problem with batons is that not every state allows their use by civilians. Surprisingly, more states allow concealed handguns than allow a person to carry a baton, and even in states where they’re legal, some cities restrict their use.
The ASP Baton from Cheaper Than Dirt is made of 4140 steel tubing, which is stronger than 4130 steel tubing, making the ASP Baton stronger, straighter and more flexible. It’s locks via friction and comes with a foam handle for user comfort. A baton is a handy tool for those wishing to supplement their self-defense plans with a non-lethal option, or for those who are uncomfortable carrying a handgun. Just make sure you check your local laws.