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Requesting thoughts regarding an Active Shooter Kit for pistol-only

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  • Requesting thoughts regarding an Active Shooter Kit for pistol-only

    Currently, our Motor Officers do not carry long guns on the motors. Motor Officers are issued a car as well and long guns are stored in standard vehicle mounts. If a high-priority call comes out while a Motorman is on the bike, the current state of affairs would require a Motorman return to the station to switch to his car, or to arrive on scene with a motor and your standard duty belt rig. At the moment it does not appear that we will be getting SBR's for the saddlebags.

    Thus, I ask if anyone has built a small ASK/Go-bag/etc. for a pistol only response. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Why not just train to respond with what you have? That’s kind of the point... holstered Weapon, duty ammo. That’s it.
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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      There isn't much difference between a rifle go bag and a pistol go bag. You'd just leave the rifle magazines out of a pistol bag.

      There are a couple of philosophies on go bags. One is to carry a variety of potentially needed tools such as door wedges, marking pens, maps of high value locations, energy bars, water, and so forth. The other is to carry spare ammunition and emergency medical supplies only. Take whatever path you choose, but be aware that the heavier and more cumbersome a bag or other carry method is, the more likely it is to be left in the vehicle.

      You can also split the difference and have both a go-bag and a sustainment bag in the cruiser. Grab the minimalist go bag upon arrival. If things stabilize, grab what items you need for a specific task from the sustainment bag. There are also those who carry spare magazines and ammunition to supply officers with different weapons than their own. Of course, your motors have limited storage space. I'd go the minimalist route.
      John from Maryland

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