How to Collapse an ASP Baton

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How to Collapse an ASP Baton
The ASP baton has become a common accoutrement for law-enforcement professionals. (police image by Horticulture from

Primarily used by law-enforcement officials during conflict scenarios, the ASP baton is a telescopic weapon that can extend 16 to 26 inches in length. Generally manufactured in black chrome with a foam vinyl grip, the ASP baton extends and collapses through the use of retaining clips and friction units that hold the metal in place once the baton has fully extended. With a hard, sturdy surface and a careful eye for detail, practically anyone can learn to quickly and efficiently collapse their ASP baton.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Find an area with sufficient swinging room for extending and collapsing your ASP baton. Ensure that there is a hard, sturdy surface for collapsing your baton against (cement floors, sidewalks and concrete blocks are ideal).

  2. 2

    Clear the area five feet in front of you. Grip your ASP baton at the handle and locate the releasing mechanism wherein the baton unit is stored. Position the baton so that this part of the weapon points upward.

  3. 3

    Extend your arm fully with the baton's releasing mechanism pointed upward and slowly bend your elbow upward and back. Stop once the baton has fully arced and is held behind your head. Quickly re-extend your arm as if you were striking with a hammer: the parts of the baton will quickly extend in telescopic layers until they reach the full length of your ASP baton.

  4. 4

    Turn the baton upside down so that the extended portion is hanging down from the handle in your hand. Position the tip of the baton directly above your hard, sturdy surface and slowly raise the baton three feet. Strike down with the baton in a straight line against the hard, sturdy surface, making sure that you do not stop until the handle has struck the surface, safely storing each telescopic section of the baton in the handle.

Tips and warnings

  • While most ASP batons are extended and collapsed in this manner, it is possible to purchase more expensive models that include a release button for collapsing the baton.
  • An ASP baton is a weapon and can cause considerable harm, even as it is extending. Make sure that no children or animals are in the practicing area and always take caution not to accidentally injure bystanders when your baton extends.

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