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Rothco 21in Expandable Steel Friction Lock Police Baton


This Rothco expandable police baton uses a friction lock mechanism to expand to 21 inches long. This baton is sized to be the next most compact and lightweight baton to the 16-inch Rothco police baton. This baton is commonly used in law enforcement, public safety, military and other tactical situations. Here are the most significant details of this police baton:

  • Baton expands to 21 inches, on the compact and lighter weight side of the size scale while also being large enough to be used for crowd control
  • Steel shaft with friction lock mechanism
  • Comfort foam grip handle designed to be ergonomic
  • Nylon sheath included with the baton (fits Rothco duty belt).
  • Color: Black
  • Made in Taiwan


Rothco expandable steel shaft police batons come in a range of sizes, from 16 inches to 31 inches. This baton expands to a length of 21 inches using a friction lock mechanism, which allows the user to open the baton with a flick of the wrist.

The 21-inch expandable baton brings is lightweight and compact, but fits in the size range (21in to 26in) normally used by on-duty uniformed police officers, security guards, and other public safety personnel.

Advantages of a 21in Police Baton

Police batons, including those made by ASP and other popular baton manufacturers, are made in standard sizes that range from 16 inches to 31 inches, with the most common baton lengths being 21in to 26in.

This 21-inch baton is easier to store and carry by an officer than the larger batons, and it is also easier to conceal on the person for security reasons. This 21 inch baton is typically also easier to manipulate, especially for smaller people, than the largest sizes of batons available.

Comparing the 21in Police Baton with Other Sizes

The 21 inch Rothco baton is pictured below, the second from the left, between the 16in and the 24in batons. Seeing the 21in baton next to other sizes of Rothco batons available in this style.

Each of these batons is available from

Rothco Expandable Steel Police Batons Nylon Sheath

How to Use Friction Lock Expansion Mechanism

As with the other sizes of batons in this Rothco line of police batons, the 21in size baton uses friction lock as the mechanism for opening and closing the baton. The video below, although it uses a different friction lock baton, is a good demonstration of how to operate a friction lock. This video should help you understand how to effectively open and close a friction lock baton and should give you a feel of how it works.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs