Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Self-Defense: Batons Come In Three Varieties - Which One Is Best For You?

The history of batons goes back to the Victorian age in the mid-1800s when London police officers carried truncheons that were foot long pieces of wood called Billy clubs. Then, as now, they were used by law enforcement officers as a less lethal weapon to gain compliance to a lawful order.

They may be made of wood, plastic or metal. They are still used today by law enforcement officers, prison staff and security guards. The baton is not designed to be a fatal lethal weapon. However, they are illegal in several jurisdictions throughout the world and even in the United States because they can be lethal. They are among the most effective self-defense products.

They can be "used to strike, block, bludgeon or aid in the application of arm locks."

In the modern era almost all batons are made of metal. A wooden nightstick is a very specialized piece of equipment that you will see from time to time. Police officers, especially, used to carry wooden batons.

There are basically three types of batons - stun, telescoping or expanding and fixed length baton.

1.A Stun Baton can be either telescoping or expandable or fixed length with a variety of voltages for the stun device. The stun baton is not meant to be used as most batons for striking or jabbing. It is used exclusively as a stun device. A telescoping stun baton is one of the most popular stun devices sold because it basically extends your reach by close to 2 feet. It has been used for self-defense against dog bites and dog attacks. Most stun batons have other features as well, such as a flashlight or an alarm.

2. Fixed Length Batons are a popular variety of baton too. They come in lengths of as little as 12 inches to as much as 31 inches. There is one variety of a fixed length baton called the kubaton that is generally about 5 1/2 inches long and can be carried on a keychain.

3. Expandable or Telescoping Batons come in different sizes. Most are about 11 inches long when closed and can go up to as high as 31 inches when opened.

If you have ever hit your shin on a solid object by bumping into a piece of furniture for example, you know the pain that is inflicted. That is the idea behind the baton. A self-defense baton is a very effective weapon. It can be deadly as noted - that's why some jurisdictions in the U.S. have made it illegal.

In the hands of a trained professional, even a small kubaton can save your life. All these varieties are effective self-defense products, so you can decide which is best for you.

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