~ To Baton or Not to Baton?


Extend/Retract Batons, Composite Batons, KuBatons, and Stun Batons make up the category that is chosen #1 for Non Leathal Defense & Tactics! Where non-lethal force is necessary, it is necessary to have a DEPENDABLE & POWERFUL WEAPON!

~ Instantly expandable with a flick-of-the-wrist, they are easily concealed until you need it. We carry a full range of high-quality, military-grade Batons that can defend against, and even subdue would-be assailants. Browse our selection, you can choose from Foam Handle Batons, Rubber Handled, sizes from 12″ to 32″ expandable batons & T-Handle Police batons. Add with our 23OC! HEATWAVE° pepper spray and you are set yourself up for perfect protection. Also check out our accessories of baton holsters and handcuff baton combo holsters from ASP.

~ The Trouble with Batons:

If your baton is out and extended, you may have been in a confrontation. Do not collapse the baton and re-holster it if there is still any sort of threat that is not under complete control.

Find out if your baton is an auto-lock or a friction lock. Auto-lock ASP batons are easy to close as long as they are functioning properly as they have a button that you simply depress for the baton to collapse. Friction lock batons are trickier.

‘Wiggle’ the baton from side to side while attempting to collapse it with both hands. In some cases where a friction lock baton has been extended, if it was extended with force, it may be only barely locked. This technique often will close a barely locked ASP.

Stubborn batons need to be impacted against a hard surface to close. When the friction lock ASP baton is extended and won't collapse with a simple wiggle, ram it forcefully with the tip facing toward the impact point against a hard surface such as a floor or a solid wall. Do this with your offhand so that your strong hand is free if needed to address any possible threats.

Batons that will not close otherwise may have to be withdrawn from the field and tapped along the shaft with a rubber mallet until the friction lock loosens. Be sure not to force the baton closed as this can warp or bend the shaft and damage the tool.

~ The Tip

When trying to close the baton by impacting it on a hard surface you may need to try hitting it at a 45-degree angle at the tip against the surface and then rotating the baton. Repeat this rotate-tap, rotate-tap method as needed.


When trying to close the baton against the ground, be sure to only go down on one knee while keeping your head oriented to any possible sources of threat.

NEVER, ever, use any oil on any telescopic baton, it will never close properly.

It may take a sharp downward thrust to close the baton, but usually gets easier as the baton is used.

Its easiest to close the baton on a hard surface like concrete. You should use a piece of cardboard or mat to avoid abrading the tip, but that is up to you.

The harder the surface, the easier it will close when the baton is new. After a while you can close on other surfaces without an issue. Be aware you may mar the surface you are closing the baton on.


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