Anyone use ASP batons?

Anyone use ASP batons?

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    Anyone use ASP batons?

    I have a 26" one with a nylon sheath, and I do carry it when Im hiking around in the desert or mountains.
    I was fortunate to have good training with it since I work for a police agency, and took the classes.
    I believe them to be pretty effective for a "less than lethal"....although a smack in the head could easily
    make them lethal.
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    I had the training too at my sheriff's department and carry a 24" or a 26". I can't remember the length.

    It's not for people though, it's for dogs.
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    Yup, if I am using an expandable metal baton it's an ASP.
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    I have a 3 section one that I keep in my car's drivers side door pouch along with a big LED flash light and a can of whoop-a$$ spray for those that may need it. This way I can move up or down the level of response to any incident. Top of the line is the G-19 I have CCW just in case.
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    I would love to find some training around here. I am getting my other knee replaced in January and will be consigned to a cane for a while (again). Be nice to have something to fall back on besides some youtube experts. Of course I will always have a Glock handy except in the hospital. Still thinking about smuggling one in there. Signs in Utah do NOT have force of law. And those yahoos make a bundle off me.
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    I have and use a 20" asp baton for on duty. I occassionally carry it off duty. It's a good alternative instead of depending on lethal force.
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    I keep an shillelagh in my truck and take it on walks in parks or around town. It's 38". When out in the sticks, I use a heavier walking stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farsidefan1 View Post
    I would love to find some training around here. I am getting my other knee replaced in January and will be consigned to a cane for a while (again). Be nice to have something to fall back on besides some youtube experts. Of course I will always have a Glock handy except in the hospital. Still thinking about smuggling one in there. Signs in Utah do NOT have force of law. And those yahoos make a bundle off me.
    if you have a good sturdy cane, you have a better baton, and one that will raise no eyebrows as you travel around.

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    carried one on the job. they took away the old s&w slap jack and gave the small asap to us. you sure can take someone down with one if you need to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photoman6 View Post
    if you have a good sturdy cane, you have a better baton, and one that will raise no eyebrows as you travel around.
    I carry one rated for a 400 lb person even though I am less than 1/2 that weight (barely). Good protection against stray dogs (and other predators), and I can take it anywhere without upsetting anyone.
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    I carry mine when I walk. Of course I also carry my XD. Different tools for different situations.

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    This topic drives me crazy. I like the feel of the ASP batons, but I prefer the opening/closing of the Monadnock. All in all I prefer a PR24 or a hickory or cocobolo straight stick, though.
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    Cool

    I was as ASP (we affectionately referred to them as "A Steel Pipe") instructor for my department and used properly they can be very effective and the sound they make when being opened can be very intimidating.

    Like Blue Thunder I have one in the side pocket of my drivers side door along with a 2oz. pepper spray.

    As Madcap_Magcian said I too prefer a 24" straight "night stick" with the leather thong attached (yeah I was an old beat cop for a few years in the beginning) and my PR-24 serves duty setting by the garage door.

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    I've been ASP certified since 2000 and hadn't carried it much. I finally dusted it off and carry it down to the corner while I wait there with my son for his school bus. You never know, other small children could get rowdy.
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    ASP's are a very effective! They can be very effective in the closed mode as well! We frequently used them in this mode during bar fights where the open mode would be more likely to cause collateral damage. They also make a dandy tool for breaking auto glass (MUCH better than a PR-24)! I've been an ASP instructor since 1992. Be sure to check your state laws in some states civilians can't carry them even with a CWP.
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