Tokushu Keibo: The Telescopic Baton
Part 2: Modern weaponry: "James Bond" sticks.
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• Part 1: Improving the Stick
• Part 2: Modern Weaponry
• Part 3: Basic Operations
• Part 4: Traditional Techniques

ASP's founder, Dr. Kevin Parsons, is an accomplished martial artist and ex-cop, having authored several texts on police martial arts. His book, Techniques of Vigilance, was one of the first to provide martial arts techniques for the "new" police weapons of the 1970s--the yawara, nunchaku, and baton. Parsons is also responsible for one of the first force continuum doctrines, having copyrighted his "Confrontational Continuum" more than 20 years ago.

ASP had earned a following in the custom firearms business with their adaptation of the Smith and Wesson Model 39 pistol. ASP's version reduced the size and weight of the gun and added features like see-through grips, so the user could easily check the number of cartridges left unfired. The gun was so advanced for its time it became "the James Bond gun" in John Gardner's novels.

Once the "chopped and channeled" trend caught on, Smith & Wesson evolved their pistols to incorporate much of ASPs innovations. ASP then left the firearms business to focus on impact weapons. The resulting baton used the machining and heat-treating techniques learned from making custom firearms, thus allowing a collapsible weapon to lock solidly in place.

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