Riot stick (1 Viewer)


Feb 9, 2010
Current Location
Cleveland, OH
So I'm thinking about one of these riot sticks

Looks like it would be a good alternative to a mag light added that it's collapsible and menacing looking.

What are othe peoples thoughts? Is there anything that could get you in trouble with the law? Except for maybe the glass breaker but it's not like i would tell police what it was.
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Kim Chee

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I would think most cops would know that knob was a glass breaker.

The glass breaker wouldn't get you in trouble.

The fact that it is basically a collapsible baton would identify it as a weapon and that might cause a problem.

Matt Derrick

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Aug 4, 2006
Current Location
Walla Walla, WA
if it was just a shade shorter you could possibly explain it off as just a flashlight. in it's current form though i think it looks too much like a baton even when collapsed.


Dec 11, 2009
Current Location
Virginia Beach, VA
I carry a wood tire knocker. For checking tire pressure.. and tweekers. Pretty sure its legal, it's lightweight, and easy to access on my pack.


Dec 24, 2015
Current Location
New York
Bad idea in many ways, IMO.
1) it's called Riot Stick. That identifies it as a weapon.
2) As mentioned, many cops will see it as a collapsible baton.
3) Between the glass breaker, crenellations, and overall construction and appearance, there is no way to pass this off as an innocuous tool.

A far better option is to carry innocent "tools" that happen to work well for SD. Hell, I always carry a knife, usually more than one. But they are usually folders, often one handed, often have others tools (think SAK), and are NEVER tactical looking or brandished. They are for camping, cooking, opening cans, etc.

Whatever you decide to carry/use for SD, don't ever threaten anyone with it. That can make even a pencil a "deadly instrument" . Instead grab your tool only to actually defend yourself physically. Far more likely that "I was in fear, and used whatever I grabbed" will work as a possible defense under those circumstances.
Good luck and be smart.

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