Active Shooter Response Rifle

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Rob Pincus discussed the optimum set-up for an Active Shooter Response Rifle for corporate or school security, college campus police or others interested in building a dedicated rifle for dealing with an armed attacker in a crowded public environment. In this demanding situation, a rifle needs to be capable of extreme precision, but also versatile enough to deal with a typical close quarters threat. Various aiming aids and other design features are covered.

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6 Responses to “Active Shooter Response Rifle”
  1. carter

    So very wrong. A guard will not have the training or skill to use an USPSA three gun rifle. With the few rounds that a guard has to shoot to learn, it will never work. To complicated. Looks more like a corporate sale pitch than an actual weapon system for a guard.

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    • cjm

      true. i could see shining that laser in the shooters eyes pissing him off and start shooting or doing something off the wall especially if youve got him cornered and there was a chance of high casualties.

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    • Kbo

      I don’t see if that way at all. If a guard is going to be carrying a active shooter rifle in their security capacity, the responsible thing to do would be to train on it and use it often on the rage. Of course someone that never trains shouldn’t set this up and think they are good to go, but for someone that does it could be an excellent to at least minimize that damage done by an active shooter as you wait for the police and special operations units to arrive.

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  2. Gerry Adams

    I think this platform has a lot to offer and the recommended glass optics with a one o’clock iron site and forward switched laser is excellent advice. My personal choices may differ in the arrangements of these components, but the recommendation is very sound.

    A guard is not necessarily untrained. Bystanders make assumptions based on what they see of the overt “security theater” of malls, parking lots, and housing etc. And many guards are tasked with day-to-day unarmed deterrent and customer service/concierge assignments.

    Armed guards are trained (in most states) to at least a standard on par with rookie police. Any guard hired to work armed guard sites and/or active shooter assignments tend to be on par with skilled tactical police. These guards compete in matches, train on their own dime (that’s how they get the higher paying armed gigs), and usually have shoot-house/Simunitions based on-going refresher training. This is seldom noticed by passers by.

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  3. Walt

    Good set-up, but it could be better. The magnifying optic is good, but one with an illuminated reticle is better for precise aim in reduced light. The optic should routinely be deployed with the minimum setting, in this case 1.5X for widest field of view. Crank it up only when the precise shot is required.
    Finally, the laser is good, but a combination of laser and light, either in one unit or with separate devices would be much better for low-light situations.

    Finally, the selection of ammunition that will fragment easily will lesson the risk to bystanders.

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  4. Craig Nordgren

    At the college where I work, almost all of the Security Officers are retired LE. Several were Firearms Instructors. Some of us were members of our respective department’s SRT. I have actively shot competition and 3 gun for several years. I agree not every school has officers trained or capable of this level of response. And if the officers don’t have the training, they shouldn’t be given that task of performing under those conditions. They may be a bigger danger to all involved. I work with a few that are probably better suited to bevthe one to go call 911.

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