Protection At A Higher Ballistic Level
By Michael O. Humphries
The T3 Gear Active Shooter Response Kit combines two Level IV (optional) plates with a carrier fitted out with two
removable M4 kangaroo magazine pouches and a tourniquet pouch in the front — all in a handy bag. Photo: T3 Gear.
As you can probably tell from my “Trunk Gun” feature (page 53), I like to be prepared for the worst possible situation. While nobody likes getting caught flat-footed, I hate it. When it comes to a self-defense situation, I’d like to have some sort of protective gear. And what if I’m facing someone with a rifle?
When I came across the Active Shooter Response Kit Gen2 from T3 Gear, I realized I’d found my answer. Recently adopted by the Houston Police Department, the kit’s designed to give you everything you need for a bad situation, and all in a handy carry bag.
The kit’s made up of the company’s Gen2 Cordura Active Shooter Plate Carrier — available in six colors — fitted out with two removable M4 kangaroo magazine pouches and a tourniquet pouch in the front. It’s available for $159.99 without plates, and for $349 with two Level IV Hesco 4400 plates that can stop up to a .30-06. Weight is 19 lbs. when loaded with plates.
All in all, the kit seemed to be just about perfect for my needs. It’s an all-in-one system packed in a compact carry bag giving me a lot of protection that can be donned easily. It’s described as “one size fits most,” and it worked just fine for this 175-lb. guy. This bag will be going into the trunk right next to my Saint case. And if my theory of being prepared for the worst will prevent it from happening, the T3 kit is a great insurance policy.
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