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Low Profile Response Kit

We have worked with a number of customers since the Kenyan mall shooting on setting up a low profile response kit. The active shooter scenario is ugly whether you are looking at it from the perspective of a LEO responder or an innocent caught in the middle. The truth is that a lone wacko can wreak havoc in a public place perhaps even more easily than a terrorist group. Although it would be hard to match the viciousness displayed in Nairobi.

In thinking through this scenario it is important to consider how you intend to respond to the situation. Over the past few months I have had some very illuminating conversations with a variety of people. Everything from “me first, screw everyone else” to “I’ll shove my kids under a chair, draw my pistol and rush in to save the day” (okay, I might be paraphrasing a bit).

I think the critical point to understand is that every situation is different and highly dynamic. For me there is not one answer that applies across the board so instead of saying you should do this or that I’ll just pose some questions for you to contemplate:

  1. As leader of your family unit isn’t your first and foremost responsibility to protect your family?
  2. If you were on the scene, with tools and training, could you stand by and watch innocent women and children be slaughtered without taking action? What if you were presented with a clear tactical advantage?
  3. If you are alone in the situation and contemplating direct action against the perpetrators does that relieve you of your family responsibility to be a spouse, a parent and a provider? Would your family agree with your answer?
  4. If your family was caught in the situation and there was a person on the scene that might be able to help save them what would you want that person to do? Would you be understanding if they left the scene and your family died?
  5. If you do decide to act you are doing so with limited information. How can you be sure the person you see 30 yards away is a bad guy? Maybe that is another citizen saving the day? Are you sure enough to take their life?
  6. If you decide to draw your weapon how can you be sure you won’t be engaged by responding law enforcement? Or other citizens perceiving you to be a bad guy?

Again, these are just a few questions to consider. Much better to think about this in the comfort of your home than in the heat of the moment.

We have a few objectives for this kit:

  • Low profile, the kit should not attract undue attention under a variety of conditions
    • Must be a smaller bag, a 3-Day ruck would look out of place
    • Lightweight, a heavy or overloaded bag could attract attention
    • Easy to carry, if you are constantly repositioning the pack you are going to attract attention. Same as applies to a concealed carry holster.
    • Match a variety of clothing
    • Work for a male or female
  • Carry a weapon with 2-3 spare magazines
  • Medical supplies for you and others
  • Basic PPE
  • Basic tools to assist in escaping the immediate area
  • Must be ditchable
    • Quickly able to remove and conceal critical gear
    • No personally identifiable information left in the bag

We chose the Tactical Tailor Concealed Carry Sling Bag as our base pack. It is very low profile with enough capacity to carry our selected kit without appearing over packed. I have personally carried this bag extensively while traveling abroad and found it to be inconspicuous in most environments wearing everything from workout clothes to a suit.

The Tactical Tailor Sling Back packed out still maintains a low profile

The Tactical Tailor Sling Pack loaded out still maintains a low profile.

It can be a real challenge keeping a kit like this narrowly focused. As you think through the situation it is easy to end up with a huge pile of gear that is simply not feasible to carry and meet our low profile objectives. If the pack exceeds our lightweight and easy to carry parameter then it will get left in the closet when it should be carried. For our bag we have selected:

Yes, there are a couple items missing from my photo. I found them on the table in the shop later on, sorry.

Yes, there are a couple items missing from my photo. I found them on the table in the shop later on, sorry.

Let’s take a look at the layout of the gear inside the bag. First, the G19 fits in the rear section of the bag meant specifically for concealed carry. To meet our parameters I elected to use the Phantom IWB holster inside the compartment. The Phantom is held in position using the Velcro holster that is included with the bag. This allows the weapon to be drawn quickly but will also allow the gun and holster to pull free of the bag as a unit and shoved in your waistband or coat pocket if necessary.

The Blade Tech Phantom in the rear pack compartment.

The Blade Tech Phantom in the rear pack compartment.

The main compartment carries the bulk of the gear, particularly medical kit. The CAT is meant primarily for use on yourself while the other two kits are for use on others. We put the CAT in one of the new Tactical Tailor LoVis pistol mag pouches for quick access. A Maxpedition Triple Mag insert holds the ARS and chem lights.

The main compartment of the pack.

The main compartment of the pack.

The ASP flex cuffs are stowed through the loop at the top of the compartment. I keep one prepped with the ring installed and one at full length. The loop keeps them in position and out of the way of the other gear.

ASP Flex cuffs in position.

ASP Flex cuffs in position.

The outer compartment houses the removable magazine insert that comes with the pack. Here we have two spare mags, our TOPS tool, Izula knife plus spare batteries, Sharpie and ear pro in the zipper pocket.

The outer compartment.

The outer compartment.

We used the zipper pull handcuff key from the ESEE Knives E&E Tools on the main pack strap. If you find yourself in a circumstance where you are cuffed then you will most certainly lose the bag so we didn’t want the key mounted as a zipper pull. Instead we used the key hidden behind the strap panel and secured in place with a piece of gaffer’s tape. This allows the key to be palmed while taking the bag off.

Handcuff key location.

Handcuff key location.

For some of our customers this is what they carry around every day but for more people it is a back up bag kept in your vehicle and carried as the situation dictates. The kit we have demonstrated here is a starting point for you to modify to your needs and skills.

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