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Nicolo, my 21-year-old nephew, grew up sheltered. So, his parents and I worried when he moved to the city for work. It was a 10-minute walk from his bus stop to his apartment. Several weeks ago, he recounted having seen two goons beat up a guy in a nearly empty street.
As the boy knew something similar could happen to him, he decided to arm himself with a self-defense weapon. Telescopic steel batons appealed to Nicolo because these provide a safe distance between the attacker and the victim, and he was good with a bat.
He said security guards and law enforcers are among those who use a steel baton. It is an extendable steel bar that can be used to strike or jab an opponent, or protect against someone attacking you with or without a weapon.
The length appealed to my nephew. He knew flicking a baton to expand it would take an assailant by surprise. That would put some distance between the assailant and him. He found telescopic steel baton devices online that can expand to 16, 21 or 26 inches.
Their rubber handles made them easy to grip and would keep them from slipping while you were flicking. The extra reach meant you would not have to be close to the attacker to hit him. Of course, once you had stopped the goon, it would be time to make a run for it.
I had not known Nicolo had gotten a steel baton until he came home one evening, all sweaty and gasping for breath. I saw the contraption, and learned about his encounter with a drug-crazed dude who suddenly charged at him in the street.
Nicolo had been ready, baton in hand. When he sensed he was in danger, he had been able to respond quickly and repel the junkie. The guy had screamed in pain after he got hit in the shoulder and forearm.
Steel batons seem like good protective devices if you have the chutzpah to use one.