Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Xanderbach

    I get that they are “designed for active shooter response,” but they are obviously bags containing magazines/firearms. May as well use a tac vest or plate carrier at that point. I thought the reason you wore a bag and not a vest/plate carrier was so you didn’t stand out, or look like you were obviously carrying a gun?

    • Steve Truffer

      Not all balistically-inclined vests are decked with MOLLE/PALS.If you’re in the US (can’t speak for all others), how often do you see a cop decked in ammo carriers? They can offload the weight of 2-3 rifle mags, 2 pistol mags, and any other goodies inside the main pouch, and leave it someplace accessible for the rare instance of an active shooter. Plus, buying this bag and retaining existing vests would be cheaper than buying new, MOLLE/PALS-equipped vests.

      • Gwolf

        How often do cops go through 2-3 rifle mags? SWAT guys, maybe once or twice a career? Patrol? Maybe never. Just guessing.

        But, people like gear, and bags with lots of pouches. Any reason is a good reason to get new swag. Plus it’s such a cool genre, “Active Shooter Response”. What gear guy could resist? 🙂

        • JumpIf NotZero

          One one hand… Guys in sandbox started by deploying with 6-8 mags, 3 pistol mags, 40lbs of kit. Guys I talk to now, in Afghanistan, are deploying with 3 mags total, and most only bring the pistol mag in the gun. Everyone scaled way back.

          BUT on the other hand… that isn’t to say I plan on going though 90 rounds as a civ in the states. The number of rounds isn’t the point. If you get a jam and dump that mag under stress, you take a tumble and your mag gets lost, you’re force to clear the gun for some reason, if you fire 10 rounds and tactical reload, I’d like to have 2 mags on me, any less and that’s an issue, any more and I think it’s silly to kit up harder than guys running patrols overseas.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Tell you what, we’ll go on a stop watch from driving a vehicle, to AR in hand with 2-4 mags on you. I’ll use a go bag stuffed under my seat. You use a chestrig. If you can’t be ready to roll in 15 seconds, you’ll leave that chest rig behind, I’ve trained with and discussed this enough with people who would know and came to the conclusion go-bag works for 99% of things that have a .00001% chance of happening anyhow.

  • Burst

    Why does “active shooter response” link to another bag?

    Are these bags designed to counter that bag?

    • Nicholas Chen

      I’m not seeing that link. It maybe your browser doing that.

  • Joel

    Looks like a purse with magazine pouches to me.

  • USMC03Vet

    I hope their lawyers are ready when people laugh themselves to death after seeing a tacticool retard carrying one.

    Where is the diaper bag version for always a sheep dog tactical dad?

    • Taylor TX

      was it the orange flaps that gave it away 🙂

    • JumpIf NotZero

      So…. go-bags are for tacticool retards?

      That’s funny… Because you want to guess the number of people here that own chest rigs all kitted out?

      Hmmm, here I thought go-bags were far more useful than most other mag
      carrying solutions for various reasons, esp working in and out of cars, keeping with a rifle for quick use vs trying to get in a chest rig, or even worse trying to get a “war belt” on if you’re already carrying a handgun iwb. But hey, whatever.

      • USMC03Vet

        It is.

        Sometimes you gotta stop, smell the 1st world, and realize you aren’t in a warzone where you need any of that.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Oh right, so 1st world, no need to own and AR, no need to hold more than one mag. YET – if you are going to hold mags, chest rig only because that’s how marines do it amiright?

          Yea… Got it. I practice using belt attached Tacos, go-bag, and back pocket… of all of those, go bag is the most versatile I’ve found. But yea, it’s only for tacticool posers.

  • MatKep

    Not fond of the terminology “active shooter”. I like guns, I’m a shooter. I also live an active lifestyle. When I go to the range and run-n-gun, am I not “actively shooting”? How about we call them Psycho Murderer Response Bags instead? Or Immediate Response Bags?

    • Nicks87

      Yeah, ok sure, they are going to change the term just because you dont like it. Nevermind the thousands of training manuals and lesson plans that say “active shooter” or the fact that every police officer knows exactly what the term active shooter means. You PC people are ridiculous.

      • powerwiz

        The same fools that are leading the failed crusade against the Washington Redskins.

      • MatKep

        Just looking for a term that more accurately describes the scenario. But you have a point, “Psycho Murderer Response Bag” is probably WAY to PC.

        • Nicks87

          Yeah PC probably wasnt the correct term but people are always trying to change terminology so it fits their own agenda. Technically I dont believe “Psycho Murderer” refers to a disadvantaged group of people either. “Active Threat” I think, is a term we can both agree on. At least that seems to be the direction that some LE agencies are going.

  • Gwolf

    Active shooter response gear. Sounds like the next zombie craze to sell stuff to the cool kids and those who purchase with a city credit card.

    Don’t forget to check out competitive products like LA Police Gear’s bailout bag. Think they run usually $19.95. Options. You has ’em.

    Yep I know Maxpedition makes good stuff, but I don’t know, the whole active shooter gear ‘splosion strikes me as cheesy.

  • Anonymous

    Who’s going to go room clearing with a tactical murse over their shoulder?

    Bueller? Bueller?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I love how things like this are entirely mocked and shat upon by people who almost certainly have no idea what works and what doesn’t. No offense, but if you’re making fun of go-bags as a man-purse that has no valid use, you almost certain have no formal training or at least none beyond Carbine 1.

      I’ll go murse any day of the week as a civilian. But I’ve always trained with go-bags and discreet mag carriers over chest rigs and war belts, for the common-sense of the matter. Just a little FYI I learned while training with SWAT awhile back:

      If you are kitted up in a chest rig when the police finally respond. It doesn’t matter if you just saved the pope, you’re extremely likely to get shot when SWAT rolls up. Truth. They don’t see Johnny Well-Regulated Citizen, they see Hadjy ExplodyVest McTerrorist and they will respond as they think they should.

  • Aaron E

    The concept is O.K. I guess, but this is basically a small shoulder bag with some magazine pouches added. Maxpedition makes good stuff, but these bags are WAY over priced!

    • Tom Currie

      WAAAAAAY over priced!

      • Nicks87

        Yep, all of their stuff is and I’m not really sure why.

  • Tom Currie

    These bags look better designed for the so-called Active Shooter than for any rational response. As Gwolf pointed out, when is any LEO going to go through four or even three full rifle magazines responding to an active shooter situation?? Maybe they are for the responder to pass out mags to the team members who grabbed their rifles and forgot to get a mag to go with it?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      (Mag1) Fire three shots, target now behind concealment, go to fire a fourth, malfunction, go to cover, unload, reload, rack, still jammed, dump the mag, rack, rack, it’s clear, go to new mag (Mag2), fire a bunch, more than 10 but you don’t know how many, target moves, speed reload before moving (Mag3), moving/running/sprinting/obsticles, mag dumps on the ground, it was never clicked in all the way because it was loaded to 30 rounds and very difficult to insert on closed bolt, stress happens, grab mag and properly insert (Mag4).

      Now, not that this is a likely going to happen type of thing…. but personally having run difficult training courses, shoot houses, low/no light of the same, movement and in vehicle drills…. The above can CERTAINLY happen. That said, my go-bag holds two mags, but I’m not police or mil, my chances of engagement are significantly different.

      • Tom Currie

        Sounds like a better alternative would be to start with two good magazines and have practiced enough to be able to run your rifle.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Yea, you sound like you’ve spent a lot of time on modern complex training courses.

  • Bruce

    If i was a nut job looking to do some damage, this is a great way to carry ammo. It’s also handy if I’m going to a three gun competition. IF and I did say IF I was responding to a nut bag killing people, this is a complete waste of time. Last I heard most nut jobs blow their own brains out and those that don’t certainly don’t need 180 rounds of 5.56 to stop.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      These are a great way to carry ammo, and I think 4 mags is a little much for actual use.

      But why do you guys forget that tactical reloads, malfunctions, and accidents can all cause you to loose mags to the ground? More than 3, silly, less than 2, under prepared… IMO.

  • gunslinger

    its a Murse!

  • 11b

    I don’t get these bags? Donning a plate carrier or simple chest rig takes only a few seconds and potentially has more capacity. Satchel style bags are just annoying, IMO

    • JumpIf NotZero

      “Donning a plate carrier or simple chest rig takes only a few seconds and potentially has more capacity.”

      Let’s see it. Let’s see you go from drivers seat to pulling a chest rig of the back, and putting it on in “a few seconds”.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I have a 5.11 two-banger I’ve been working out of when I go to the range. It’s pretty similar to the Max but the mags are held inside which I HIGHLY prefer, nothing screams THIS GUY HAS AN AR than mags on the outside like that. My 5.11 for all the use I get out of it, seems like a hipster purse / tiny messenger bag.