Unlike most gear bags which have all the pockets sewn in and pouches permanently attached, the A.S.R. comes with hook-and-loop panels and MOLLE stripping sewn on so you can customize the bag to your needs. You will find a single pocket in the front section of the bag and four in the main section of the bag. These pockets are the right size for items such as protective gloves or emergency clotting agents and other wound treatment essentials.
The A.S.R. is unusual in that it gives you numerous carry options. It can be used as a shoulder bag, with or without a waist strap, or it can be used as a small backpack. I haven't seen another shooter's response bag that does this. Uncle Mike's Active Shooter Response Bag is built to adapt to your needs, not the other way around. It is well made, sized just right, and like other bags from Uncle Mike's is built to serve you for years. If you carry a patrol carbine, consider carrying this bag as part of your daily kit.
Insight Technology: M3X LED Weapon-Mounted Light
When it comes to lights, Insight Technology has long been a leader in the market. Over the years the tried and true M3 has been the staple. It started out as one of the most affordable weapon lights on the market and has become one of the most used lights around.
The current evolution of the M3 is Insight Technology's M3X LED. Like its predecessors, this light has a polymer body to reduce weight. The difference is in the lamp, a 150-lumen LED instead of a xenon bulb. This gives you a longer runtime and a bulb that will last practically forever.
Since this is an M3 body it will fit into a holster designed for an older M3. This will keep you from having to go out and purchase a new duty holster.
You will find the M3X comes with two Slide-Lock bars; one for a 1913 Picatinny rail and the other a "universal" to fit weapons that have light rails but are not Mil-Spec. This is a big thing if you have an older H&K or some of the original railed pistols.
I have had an M3 on my H&K P30 for a couple of years and it has yet to let me down. I especially like how easy the M3X is to operate. For momentary on, push down on the left lever; for constant on, push it up. The right side is just the opposite: up for momentary on, down for constant. This method of operation makes use of a single activation bar.
I have used various M3s on handguns and carbines, and I like that it's easy to operate the toggle switch when using a vertical grip on an M4. If you prefer, Insight offers a pressure switch.
Insight Technology's M3X carries on the tough affordable traditions of this series. If you liked the original M3, you will love this light.
Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer and is a contributing editor to POLICE.