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What Type of Baton is Best for You

When considering non-lethal self-defense weapons, people often look for a device that is easy to carry, wield and use. Batons tend to be a popular choice, as they can be readily stored in a bag and wielded in an instance. In some cases, a baton can be enough to scare off an attacker, protecting yourself without ever having to swing it.

But, with many different types on the market, which baton is the right one for you? 

The answer relies on numerous questions. Let’s explore the considerations you should keep in mind to find the best baton for your needs.

Who makes them?

Batons are made by various companies, from Smith & Wesson to Guard God to Mace. Each has its own unique style.

At The Home Security Superstore, we proudly carry batons from three manufacturers: ASPPolice Force, and Fury. All three brands are highly supported by law enforcement and military professionals, especially ASP batons, which set the bar for innovative self-defense design and flawless function.

Where to buy batons?

You can often purchase your baton from firearms dealers or stores that sell self-defense devices. But, you should consider purchasing a baton from a trusted resource. At The Home Security Superstore, we provide nothing but the highest quality self-defense batons to ensure our trusted customers receive the best self-defense devices available.

What types of batons are available?

There are two basic types of batons available on the market: taser batons & electric stun guns, and non-electrified batons. The size of the baton will vary from product to product, but non-electrified batons are often expandable. Expandable batons can fold down to fit in your pocket or extended up to 32 inches long.

Smaller varieties also exist. Some batons can be connected to a bag, purse or belt loop with a keychain. These compact devices can easily expand for added protection. Some—particularly those created by Mace—include small amounts of pepper spray for added defense.

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How much do batons cost?

Beyond their uses, the cost will be one of the most important factors—a tool is only useful if it supports you in every way. Prices range from $12.95 for a 12-inch expandable keychain baton to $119.00 for a state-of-the-art professional baton. These professional-grade batons extend 2 feet with the flick of the wrist and retract with the simple push of a button.

But cost shouldn’t stop you outright. While you shouldn’t go beyond your own financial means, you shouldn’t settle for a lesser product if you don’t have to. A higher-grade, self-defense weapon or even police batons might just protect you better when you need it most.

What Is Your Skill Level?

How skilled you are with a baton, and general self-defense, will determine which baton you’ll want to get. People trained in self-defense and confident in their physical strength will be equally confident using a standard-length, non-expandable baton. People with a shorter reach, less self-defense training, and minimal physical confidence should consider buying expandable batons—the added length will provide more distance between you and an aggressor.

But you shouldn’t rely on just added distance to protect you. There are professional training courses that will teach you everything you want to know about a stun baton. Beginning courses teach the basics of operational use while advanced courses are geared toward tactical baton and restraint methods. Whether you have some training or none at all, these professional courses can teach you the skills needed to remain safe while carrying a baton.

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Are They Legal?

The legality of self-defense batons is determined on a state-by-state basis. Stun batons are illegal in many states and often determined in conjunction with taser laws. Some states which regulate stun products have made stun batons outright illegal. You should check on your state’s laws prior to considering a purchase.

Finding the right baton can be a journey within itself, but you shouldn’t rush the process. If you’re purchasing a self-defense weapon, you’re buying a form of personal protection that is your last line of defense during an attack. You should make sure you have confidence in the product you decide to carry. Take a close look at the variety of batons we offer at The Home Security Superstore and don’t hesitate to reach out with a question about any of our products!

FAQs:

What is a Baton?

A club made of wood, rubber, plastic, or metal that is commonly used by law enforcement as a compliance tool.

Are Batons Good for Self-Defense?

Yes. Batons are great for self-defense due to their being easy enough to conceal and use at a moment’s notice.

Is it Legal to Carry a Baton?

Although batons are generally legal for law enforcement and military, the legality of civilian carry varies state by state.