The ASP P12 is the best and most compact (without loss of effectiveness) tactical expandable baton you can get for the money.

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ASP P12 Baton /// ReviewA pro member recently sought my advice on a singularly most ideal, real-world use self-defense weapon for a civilian in moderately dangerous urban environments.

Most Americans would think a gun would be best and the rest of the world would probably think a knife would be.

In regards to strictly personal defense on the street for a “normal” person with limited to no training, I would suggest the first type of weapon man has ever used, a club. An elongated impact striking blunt force instrument.

A bat, pipe, bo, kubaton or even just a sturdy stick. A tool anyone can instinctively use without training and with much less probability of causing fatal strikes but still having effective assailant stopping power.

And that is a very important factor with proper, lawful and civilized self-defense, to stop an assailant, not kill or harm beyond what’s necessary.

However, unlike a pistol or a knife, a blunt instrument has significantly less deterring capabilities from the mere sight of it. It’s just not visually as threatening.

So to be specific in my suggestion, a concealable EXPANDING baton would typically be best.

Because there is something profoundly alarming watching a small cylinder of dense metal protruding violently to triple its length with a commanding thunder when “activated” with obvious intent.

Done right, it can be potentially as deterring to an assailant as cocking a gun or firing an automatic knife.

ASP P12 Concealable Baton ///ASP P12 Baton TIp ///

ASP P12 Concealable Baton /// VINJABOND

ASP P12 Expandable Baton /// VINJABOND

The ASP P12 Baton is about as compact as they get with a fully extended length of 12 inches. Tiny but powerful.

There is however a crucial caveat, these types of batons are widely illegal for civilian carry. Unlike firearms you can be licensed and with knives there’s loopholes and technicalities but the laws on batons are fairly clear.

The P12 Baton is about the dimensions of a thick permanent marker pen but weighs a bit more than a small tactical knife and slightly less than a Rolex watch.

Making it ideal for everyday carry.

Close Quarters Battle Stealth EDC Kit /// VINJABONDFurther enhancing this baton’s EDC capabilities, is the unique and cleverly designed pocket clip. It’s removable, easily adjustable and versatile for many modes of carry.

Just as important, this makes deployment fast and fluid. With a literal flick of the wrist or swing of the arm, the baton is extended and securely locked… and ready.

The construction is simple, as it should be. It’s just 3 tubes of forged T6 aluminum and 4140 steel with a hardened carbon tip and adjustable bottom cap.

ASP’s are the gold standard of tactical batons. Meaning you can get the “lesser” of these types of batons for half the price or even less, but the difference in fit and finish as well as the materials used will be significant.

ASP P12 Baton Expanded w/ Operator Pen ///ASP P12 Baton w/ Operator Pen ///

By design, the actual carryability of the ASP P12($) is strides ahead of any other baton but the legality of transport may be difficult, especially through flights.

Again, unlike knives and firearms, expandable batons are generally prohibited (worldwide) items for both carry-on and check-in luggage, due to their legal status.

But there is a technically legal way around it to transport ASP P12’s and other similarly sized batons of this type:

As with most multiple parted objects, when taken apart part by part, it is no longer what it was constructed as but a series of innocuous and indistinct pieces.

Because of the simplistic build and size of these batons, taking them apart then spreading each piece throughout both your carry-on and check-in luggage will raise no suspicious or break legal parameters.

Dissimilar to attempting the same concept on a more complex and obvious instrument such as a firearm, which you should never do under any circumstances.

In a legally perfect world, the ASP P12 would be one of the best personal defense devices for civilian EDC, but that’s not the case, so be extra vigilant.

Urban Survival Everyday Carry /// Vinjatek 4140 + Carbon Steel // Friction Lock System // Weight: 5.12oz / 145.1g // Size: 5.06″ / 11.75″

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[Also featured in this review is the Tuff-Writer Operator Pen, a pen with striking functions.]



  1. Teddy Lelser Reply

    Already got this after your seeing your CQC kit, hopefully will never need to use it but damn this thing is handy, better than a knife for self defense as you’ve said.

  2. George Prado Reply

    I had a 16 inch Schrade steel baton that I carry whenever I travel down to Mexico (I’ve had no problems carrying it on my checked luggage, just make sure it is out of view). It was a bit bulky and heavy, so I ended up selling it. I was considering ASP, even though they are pricier, but I have to say this looks great. It is much lighter and seems like a good size. I’ll definitely be purchasing this before I head off to mi trip.

  3. I ordered one 2 weeks ago, difficult to find in the EU (and have it delivered, it is still a forbidden weapon).
    Since carrying guns are no where thinkable here in Belgium.
    I hope I will never be on the receiving end of this stick…..
    Handy little tool….
    Always carry it in my EDC bag or pack or trolley fully disassembled, preparing it takes only 30 seconds….

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