Pros: Weight, Balance, Construction, Materials
Stronger Heavier More Durable A50
I will use this product as a concealed carry baton where a full size ASP Talon isn't feasible. This baton is 100% steel construction in all three sections unlike the original A50. This means the Steel A50 is much heavier than the original and is significantly more durable. I test my batons before I carry them on a 100 lb. heavy bag wrapped in 10 layers of heavy canvas sheeting. the Steel A50 performed like an ASP Talon in that it took 30 full force jabs tip to the bag without the disk locks failing, and 50 full force strikes without the mid shaft warping. While the original Aluminum A50 is a great ultra light baton it did not survive the above test. The Steel A50 has the required length to perform all baton techniques with efficiency. It does have a very small striking surface which is something to consider if you are law enforcement. I am not a fan of the clip that comes with the baton, but that is easily removed.