This weapon is more likely to be carried off-the-body, in something like a backpack or purse.
The sizes of the batons and the materials in which they are made have a great deal to do with their effectiveness. So while a baton can be intuitive and can massively compound the striking force of the user on their target, much of a successful outcome depends on the size of the baton and what it is made of.
Do your research. Multiple companies make expandable batons, and their weights and construction vary. When selecting a baton as a nonlethal weapon, you need to determine the value in the tradeoff between weight and strength. Your decision could be the different between successfully defending yourself or not.
Just keep in mind, while heavier batons may not be as easy to carry, they are usually stronger and are more likely to retain their shape for more powerful and effective strikes.
Speaking of strikes, even though the baton may appear to be a simple weapon, it can be callous in the injury it can produce. In trying to free yourself from a situation, aim your strikes for joints and for the torso.
I recommend staying away from strikes to the neck or head unless you absolutely deem it necessary. These strikes have the potential to kill.
Strikes to the joints of the knee, elbow, and hand can incapacitate without causing death. Strikes to the torso can fracture or break ribs, this can disable an attacker and allow you to safely escape.
Like all of the non-lethal weapons we’ve been discussing in this series always be aware of the legalities in your area and in any areas you plan to take a weapon.
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