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Eddzz!!

Side-handle batons

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Eddzz!!

Do any UK forces still routinely issue side-handle batons? My force used to issue the Monadnock PR24 and I wish they still did! We are now issued with the ESP flicky, swishy extendable stick. An officer equipped with one would serve as a far better deterrent and I would feel much more confident wielding the PR24 against an aggressor.

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PCW

West Mercia used to but we’ve gone to the extendable batons aswell now

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Beaker

Ours used to many years back, and a few folks still have them in their lockers. However I’m told we’re specifically banned from carrying them even if we have one. We see a range of batons ASPs and MX21s being the main ones people keep hold of. There are some Autolocks I’ve seen about, but for the most part we’re on the ESP. Though we’re supposed to be issued with a 26” replacement soonish (soonish likely to be within the next year, maybe, if they sign that off).

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I used to quiet like carrying my expandable PR24, but I am not sure that it was better than other batons I have had.

The PR24 offers a better visual deterrent and better defensive tactics, but when it comes down to using it as a ‘hitting stick’ a decent, solid expandable baton is a better proposition.

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I loved my old expandable PR24. Best baton i've ever had.

Was slightly annoying having to wear a belt to carry it thought

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Shmook
7 hours ago, Beaker said:

Ours used to many years back, and a few folks still have them in their lockers. However I’m told we’re specifically banned from carrying them even if we have one. We see a range of batons ASPs and MX21s being the main ones people keep hold of. There are some Autolocks I’ve seen about, but for the most part we’re on the ESP. Though we’re supposed to be issued with a 26” replacement soonish (soonish likely to be within the next year, maybe, if they sign that off).

I was told back in January by ost staff that they were pushing for the new baton 'within 6 months to a year'... 

Hope you get it soon. 

As for a side handle pr24, not seen one in ages, and as you said, not allowed for Lancs cops to carry. 

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Beaker
Just now, Shmook said:

I was told by ost staff that they were pushing for the new baton 'within 6 months to a year'... 

Hope you get it soon.  

As for a side handle pr24, not seen one in ages, and as you said, not allowed for Lancs cops to carry.  

They've aparrently decided on the right one.  They're going for a 26" ASP rather than a 21", and we're getting them "Soon".  Considering I started 18 months back, and they've been getting us all Samsungs "Soon" I'm not holding my breath.  That said I'm likely moving soon anyway, to the nice Rural area, with the nice Barracks on it, and the nice little town they like to get drunk it, and the other nice little town where it snows at weekends.

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Shmook
7 hours ago, Beaker said:

They've aparrently decided on the right one.  They're going for a 26" ASP rather than a 21", and we're getting them "Soon".  Considering I started 18 months back, and they've been getting us all Samsungs "Soon" I'm not holding my breath.  That said I'm likely moving soon anyway, to the nice Rural area, with the nice Barracks on it, and the nice little town they like to get drunk it, and the other nice little town where it snows at weekends.

Nice. 

Just to note, it took nearly 3 years of promises before I got my Samsung. 

And it didn't work properly all the time I had it... 

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