The Tactical Tailor Active shooter bag and I have been having quite a bit of fun. I’m lucky enough to own a bit of property and have my own personal range. That means I really got to take it out and use it as necessary. Before we get to the shooting review let’s take a quick look at the bag itself. My first look went a little into this so check that out here.
The Tactical Tailor Active Shooter Bag is very well-built, I said that in my first look, but after a few weeks of use it’s still strong and dependable. I stored 8 loaded 30 rounds magazines in it for a short period of time and found the strap used to hold the gear was well made and extremely comfortable. A nice thick pad keeps the strap from digging in, and it genuinely reminds me of my M240 sling from Afghanistan. I said before I don’t think I need 8 magazines and I stand by that, but I wanted to test the strap for comfort and the bag itself for weight resistance. The bag held up perfectly fine, it didn’t even stress it.
The Dad Car
The Dad car also didn’t harm it, where one day or another the bag was hit with chips, juice, soda, it’s been kicked, stepped on, dropped, tossed between seats and god knows what else has happened to the poor thing. Even so, nothing has frayed or torn even slightly. The plastic buckles are still perfectly fine, as are the zippers.
The Tactical Tailor Active Shooter Bag Review
Inside the elastic bands are extremely strong and haven’t lost any elasticity after heavy use. Both AR and AK magazines fit the loops. The AK 30 rounders are a bit long, and while the bag will still zip up there is a noticeable difference and some bulkiness. AR magazines are a perfect fit as expected.
East or West?
The massive amount of MOLLE on the outside allows lots of customization options, but I never found adding anything necessary. The bag itself was big enough for the necessities. Anything more and I’d probably go with a backpack over a messenger bag anyway.
One of my complaints is that I wish the mouth of the bag opened a little wider. If the zipper went down an additional inch on each side the bag would be easier to use. As it stands it’s perfectly usable. The main problem I ran into was drawing pistol magazines. The magazine pouches are located on the far sides of the pouch, and were difficult to draw in a rush.
On the Range
Going hot with this thing was a literal blast. Eventually, I found the perfect method to arrange magazines in the bag. I staggered 4 magazines, and in between, I placed a tourniquet. The pictures show it better than I can explain it.
The main flap has two pouches and in those I placed a couple of packs of combat gauze, a headlamp, and a simple, but effective knife. I’d imagine the Gerber StrongArm will fit perfectly with its MOLLE attachment system.
With 8 magazines in the bag, it felt kind of clumsy, and my fat fingers had issues grabbing one magazine quickly and surely. Once I staggered the magazines I found it a lot faster and easier to rapidly draw the magazines and reload. When staggered with tourniquets I had zero issues gripping either magazines or the tourniquets.
Staggered Mags with Tourniquets
The flap can be secured in the open position via buckles and kept out-of-the-way. The strap is pretty big and you get lots of room for adjustment, and proper adjustment is key. Once you get it adjusted properly it feels more natural when reaching for an extra mag without taking your eyes off the target.
Call it a Purse again
AR magazines are easy overall to draw because they are smoother. AK magazines are longer and find the hands easier, but the lug on the back tends to catch the elastic band. A little jiggle frees it.
The SIG 556R and AK Mags was tricky
Overall the bag is extremely well made and very easy to use. I’m a big fan of being covert and carrying certain pieces of gear covertly and this bag is certainly a welcome companion to my trunk AR. I don’t feel it’s limited to civilian applications either. A police officer and his duty rifle would be well suited for this bag. If he or she was responding and needed the rifle they’d have a complete kit immediately at hand. Lastly, when I served in the Marines we carried one ‘boom’ bag per squad. The boom bag contained extra batteries, ammo, grenades, a water purifier, zip cuffs, a kit to detect explosive residue, and other mission-specific gear. This could certainly fill the role of boom bag. The Tactical Tailor Active Shooter bag is an excellent addition to any Loadout. It might not be perfect but it’s an excellent idea.