With over 40 years’ experience as a proponent and instructor of military CQC as well as instructing law enforcement, I have instructed my fair share of riot stick and baton training.
I have never been a fan of the tonfa type PR 24 side-handle baton for high-risk defensive tactics applications.
The unfortunate reality was the forward hand if grasping the shaft was open to impact in disarming and if the shaft was not held but placed against the palm, retention was compromised and risk of injury increased.
I developed the TSB 45 double handgrip rotational expandable baton to eliminate weapons disarming risks by having both hands behind the housing and shaft securely grasping the rotational handgrips.
I find myself instructing more straight, fixed and expandable batons and riot sticks/ rebar bludgeons over side-handle batons for military CQC courses.
I have made various modifications and adaptions for the side-handle baton to increase retention and safety under weapon disarming.
You have to ask yourself a very important question and be truthful with yourself, would you use a conventional side-handle baton against a machete swinging violent aggressor.
And if you’re truthful with yourself, you will understand the dangers of such a device against an armed dangerous violent aggressor.
I have developed hand guards including combination sliding tube hand guards that can be easily attached to the shaft of the side handle baton to increase safety.
A very effective and inexpensive addition, I have come up with for the PR 24 is pictured above and is as follows.
Two drill holes through the front shaft with a groove between the two holes.
Wire cable covered with rubber tubing threaded through both the holes and pushed down into the groove.
On the opposite side a lanyard made of webbing, leather or para-court is attached.
The lanyard is correctly applied to the weapon holding hand around the thumb and over the knuckle side of the hand.
The hand is rotated making the lanyard taut and the padded heel of the palm is positioned securely against the back of the shaft.
This ensures the hand is on the opposite side of the shaft to any contact and the retention is high with the hand securely wrapped around the lanyard and pushed hard against the baton shaft.
This simple adaption increases safety under disarming by considerable.