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concealed carry and ccw tips 

By James England | Contributing Editor

It's always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there's a couple good habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we're going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm...

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concealed carry stress shooting 

By James England | Contributing Editor

When a person begins training with firearms, every effort is made to focus on breathing and the fundamentals of marksmanship. The conditions are usually low stress. You line up your target, you aim, and when ready – fire. Rinse and repeat. There's a practical reason behind this: it's safe...

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concealed carry with two guns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

If you think you may be heading into a really rough area, reconsider what you're doing. It's your legal responsibility to avoid situations where you know violence or escalation of violence is imminent. That's not to say you shouldn't defend your home or your family – but truly do consider whether what you are doing is necessary. If you think having a second handgun is better than just carrying another magazine, you're probably not thinking through the scenario realistically...

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best 9mm handguns for concealed carry 2015 

By James England | Contributing Editor

While we all have our favorite everyday concealed carry pistol or revolver, almost every firearm owner knows the importance of maintaining a good full size or compact back-up chambered in 9mm. The 9x19mm round is versatile, comes in a lot of great options such as hollow point (HP) or overpressurized (+P), and has a lot less recoil than the bigger S&W .40 round...

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concealed carry wins 2015 

By James England | Contributing Editor

aily bicycle commutes tend to range anywhere from 5-20 miles one way. While you do your best to obey the rules of the road, there's never any way to know how fellow motorists will handle the situation. Being on the road and exposed can also be perceived as being an easy target...

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What Careers Deal With Guns?

July 22, 2015 8:36:25 AM PDT

concealed carry wins 2015 

By James England | Contributing Editor

We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

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Big Concealed Carry Wins For 2015

July 20, 2015 8:14:51 AM PDT

concealed carry wins 2015 

By James England | Contributing Editor

We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

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trigger reset 

By James England | Contributing Editor

The best part about hitting the great outdoors is having the freedom to wander where you want. But for those who prefer to take a concealed carry firearm with them – there's a few pieces of advice to make the wilderness just a bit friendlier...

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trigger reset 

By James England | Contributing Editor

After you depress the trigger and a round comes out, the trigger reset is the minimum space you have to let that trigger return before the sear re-engages the hammer or striker pin. The idea is that by just releasing to this point and no further, a concealed carrier can quickly fire follow-up shots...

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how to buy used ccw guns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Not everyone buys brand new ccw firearms off the rack. Used firearms – like the Glock 26 – can be picked up for hundreds of dollars less than they retailed. While gun manufacturers are always making the “latest and greatest” version of the same old gun they've made since the 80s, often times the older handgun models incorporated better metal alloys or polymer composites...

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carry ccw permit with you 

By James England | Contributing Editor

For states that aren't constitutional carry, having a concealed carry permit can come in pretty handy. As a general rule, if you're carrying concealed – have your permit on you. And here's three very great reasons why...

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concealed carry in suit or business attire 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Whether it's going to a business meeting or just dressing fashionably – it all begins with learning the proper way to carry concealed in a suit. In any outfit, the goal is always to break up the outline of the handle of the firearm – more especially with business attire and dress suits...

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should ccw holders intervene 

By James England | Contributing Editor

This isn't a question you can get the answer from a second authority. Only you and you alone can make that decision. The legal consequences, the decisions, and the risk are yours and yours alone to bear the burden. That said, it's definitely good to assess the situation in the moment and decide if your involvement would be beneficial or not..

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5 Mistakes New Concealed Carriers Make

July 3, 2015 8:24:12 AM PDT

common concealed carry mistakes 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Everyone is new when they start carrying a concealed firearm. What separates the competent carriers from the incompetent ones is by solving these five mistakes – which we are all prone to make at some point. If you find any of these statements apply to you, just know every other person out there is faced with them, too. What can you do to improve your ability to defend the lives of yourself and others?..

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concealed carry with bad eyesight 

By James England | Contributing Editor

There is a recent, reoccurring article published in the Des Moines Register about how Iowa has no restrictions on issuing concealed carry permits to the visually impaired. It's created a bit of a stir because many people believe that if you can't see the target, you shouldn't be shooting. And they do have a point – it fundamentally violates two of the basic safety principles governing the safe usage of firearms...

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Staying Alive With a Self Defense Mindset

June 29, 2015 8:30:02 AM PDT

self defense for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Having a concealed carry permit, being a daily carrier, and regularly training with your sidearm are all very important to staying alive. With those pieces in place, let's discuss five more parts of what composes a self-defense mindset necessary to survive confrontation...

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Lost Your Concealed Carry Gun? What Now?!

June 26, 2015 8:14:49 AM PDT

what to do when gun is lost 

By James England | Contributing Editor

It's the big unthinkable that scares us the most – what happens if we reach down to our inside the waistband concealed carry holster and find a big nothing? After your heart has a chance to recover, here's a few recommendations for how to handle a lost concealed carry firearm...

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Should Teachers Carry Concealed Firearms?

June 24, 2015 8:24:41 AM PDT

should teachers carry guns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Over a dozen states specifically authorize teachers, principals, and other school officials from carrying concealed on campus. While some districts may not specifically provision it, many of those teachers aren't required to disclose whether or not they are carrying...

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best first gun holster 

By James England | Contributing Editor

You've heard of the equilateral triangle for workmanship? “Fast, cheap, good” Choose two, the old joke goes. When it comes to choosing a great first concealed carry holster, thankfully that triangle doesn't apply. In this case, we have a square and each quadrant is essential...

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concealed carry tips 

By Alien Gear Holsters Fans | Contributing Editors

Some of the best material on the web comes in the form of Facebook comments left by you fine, comical people. Check out these chuckle-givers in our new “Comments of the Week”, and you’re guaranteed a hearty laugh. Feast your gun-login’ eyes on these viral gems...

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concealed carry tips 

By James England | Contributing Editor

The root of any highly successful concealed carrier's degree of success will inevitably stem from developing some basic rules. Here's some suggestions based upon experience and observation...

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benefits of concealed carry for businesses 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Every single day we hear about robberies at convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants. For those that are wary about guns, it's prompted a lot of businesses to place up No Weapons placards. But as it turns out, concealed carriers may be exactly the people businesses ought to be bringing in...

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ccw shooting tips 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Even expert marksman are still never completely satisfied with their shooting abilities. There's always room to improve. And in the world of concealed carry, it's all the more important to address the issues that may hinder us in an actual hostile event...

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Denied a Concealed Carry Permit?

June 12, 2015 8:17:07 AM PDT

why ccw permits are denied 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Life is simple. The law isn't. And unfortunately, for many people looking to obtain a concealed carry permit, there are a number of hoops that need to be jumped through prior to obtaining one...

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should i get a ccw 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Before many people get a concealed carry permit, there's a list of questions they tend to ask themselves. While the only person who truthfully knows the answers to these questions is you – take a quick moment and ask yourself the following...

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best states for ccw and gun owners 

By James England | Contributing Editor

With summer upon us in full force, it's time to turn an eye towards places where folks just seem to get the idea that defending one's self is for the betterment of all. Alien Gear Holsters is proud to present the top 5 CCW friendly states...

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how to improve defensive shooting skills for self defense 

By James England | Contributing Editor

There is no substitute for muscle memory. Repeating an action will ingrain that skill – no matter the skill. This is especially true for firearms. The concept that a person who doesn't regularly fire his or her pistol suddenly being able to put rounds on target at 25 yards...

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choosing your first ccw concealed carry gun 

By James England | Contributing Editor

That first step towards becoming a daily concealed carrier begins with selecting the right gun. This can be surprisingly difficult for both first time carriers and veteran CCWs alike. Why? Because it's not just a pistol or revolver – it's an investment in security. That's why we're going to discuss several things that can help you make the best call for your first concealed carry handgun...

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weekly handgun cleaning and maintenance inspection 

By James England | Contributing Editor

For those who don't mind adding a routine chore to his or her weekly cycle, this shouldn't be much of an issue. For many concealed carriers, overlooking the importance of weekly and routine inspection and maintenance of their firearms can become a bad habit...

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concealed carry while backpacking and hiking 

By David Humphreys | Contributing Editor

Let’s get down to business. You want to know what happens behind the scenes at Alien Gear Holsters, and we’d like to fill you in. Ask us anything, and we’ll give you the dirt. As we’ve grown tremendously within the last few years, we have noticed some recurring questions asked by you to our customer service department...

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concealed carry while backpacking and hiking 

By James England | Contributing Editor

For those just going for a day long hike, CCW is extremely important. The best configuration will likely be an OWB holster because it offers the least amount of friction while keeping the weapon at a comfortable grip distance. For those who prefer to stay CCW through and through, an IWB inside the waistband holster is still possible. Lets take a look...

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concealed carry methods 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Everybody has a preferred method to concealed carrying a pistol. Whether it's a favorite shoulder holster, inside or outside the waistband concealed carry holster, or an ankle holster – one size certainly doesn't fit all for this community. In this article, we'll discuss some of the best and worst ways to conceal carry a pistol. More importantly, we'll discuss why they're the best and worst...

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Concealed Carry On Vacation

May 18, 2015 8:05:45 AM PDT

concealed carry while vacationing= 

By James England | Contributing Editor

It's that time of the year again! No, not tax time. This is where the Griswolds of the world pack it all up into a station wagon (or Ford F-150) and head off to parts unknown. Having a great summer vacation doesn't mean leaving one's concealed carry weapons at home. Quite the opposite – this is an opportunity to get to know to turning this summer vacation into a CCW adventure....

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Concealed Carry At The Gym

May 12, 2015 2:43:16 PM PDT

concealed carry gym 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Ever try running with an inside the waistband concealed carry holster attached to your jogging shorts? It's a pleasure that mostly only the Secret Service really have to deal with. And depending on the weather, it's nearly impossible to keep a compact or sub-compact concealed carry handgun hidden...

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first time ccw advice 

By James England | Contributing Editor

It's a big step getting a concealed carry holster. Taking that time in the morning or evening to put on that holster and gun is taking personal responsibility for that day. Part of that decision should include the sort of holster you'd trust your life to...

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first time ccw advice 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Every concealed carrier starts off in the same place – learning to get comfortable walking around with a concealed weapon on them. No matter what your particular reasons, it's a major step in taking personal responsibility for your own welfare and that of your family. Now, let's go over some basic points of ccw advice for first timers...

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Glock 43 Holster review 

By James England | Contributing Editor

The Glock 43 is still an excellent gun for first-time CCW permit holders looking to get used to carrying around a firearm in their daily activities. So, Glock was late to the market but at least brought a reliable firearm and that's really what counts. Lets take a closer look at the G43 Pistol...

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holsters with laser light 

By James England | Contributing Editor

In a dark alley, in the middle of the night, that's when a concealed carry handgun comes in real handy. There's a delay from the moment a pistol is drawn from its holster to being on target that can mean life and death. What's better than having a nice red dot illuminating the area where the first round is going?...

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concealed carry tips for summer 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry is immeasurably easier spring, fall, and winter than it is in summer. Here are some tips to enjoy the warmth without revealing your firearm...

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concealed carry calibers 

By James England | Contributing Editor

When choosing a concealed carry sidearm, there's a bit of debate looming over which caliber has the best “stopping power”. As previously discussed in an earlier article, the myth of “stopping power” is just that – a myth. While undoubtedly a .45 caliber bullet will displace more soft tissue than a 9mm, both can be equally fatal...

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form factors for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

For those in the concealed carry community, the question gun developers are always asking is what form factor makes the most sense for concealed carry. The problem? One size never fits all. It's a question of a person's own style of movement, their shape, and the clothing they prefer to wear that dictates which form factor is going to make it...

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clothing options for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

A concealed carry permit allows a person to keep a firearm on his person without having to tell anyone else about it. It's a special privilege to be in one of the very few countries in the world that allows nearly any citizen this ability. As such, the concealed portion of this argument is important...

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how often to clean handgun for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

A concealed carrier has his or her weapon stuffed into an inside the waistband concealed carry holster on almost a daily basis. For comparison, look at a wallet. It holds the signs of extended exposure to perspiration, dirt and grime, wear and tear. Thankfully, most firearms are made of metal and polymer – not leather. But that doesn't alleviate the exposure to perspiration, dirt or grime...

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transporting concealed carry firearm by airplane 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Getting ready for summer? Nothing beats getting out there and traveling to new locales. No matter where your travels take you – here are some good tips about flying with your concealed carry firearms...

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concealed carry full size handguns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

What's the definition between brandishing a firearm and simply being spotted? What about showing an outline of a concealed carry pistol beneath a layer of clothing? These questions and more we'll address in this article...

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Full Size Pistols For Concealed Carry

April 17, 2015 9:00:37 AM PDT

concealed carry full size handguns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Just because concealed carriers prefer the stealth and sleekness of many of the modern compact pistols out there doesn't mean there isn't a place for full size concealed carry pistols as well. In this article, let's examine three full size pistols that deliver full size performance in a form factor that's still great for concealed carrying ...

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single stack or double stack for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Emergency situations are exactly that – potentially dangerous, unplanned events. It's the reason why concealed carry is such an important thing! Being able to react to a hostile situation is having the power to survive. The downside to emergency situations is not knowing when the danger will go away ...

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how to conceal carry with only a t-shirt on 

By James England | Contributing Editor

Summer is almost here! For a lot of the country, it's t-shirt weather already. A big question we get from a lot of our readers is how to properly conceal a firearm with just a t-shirt on. And it's understandably a rough point of contention. The whole point of having a concealed firearm is to not disclose it's there. T-shirts don't offer a lot of concealment ...

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how to deal with cross eye dominance for shooting 

By James England | Contributing Editor

In the military, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when firing a rifle for the first time is zeroing in on the target. While the fundamentals of breathing, trigger control, and stability are all important to hone a better technique, many marksmen discover a frustrating incongruity in their shot groupings. For an estimated 1/3 of all right handed shooters, they'll discover they're actually left eye dominant ...

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Do I Need To Take A Concealed Carry Class?

April 8, 2015 7:53:27 AM PDT

ccw concealed carry class 

By James England | Contributing Editor

We've gotten a surprising number of emails asking about whether a concealed carry class is truly needed or not. It's more than just safety – it's gaining trust in your abilities and your firearm. However, depending on the state – it may not be required ...

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