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Welcome to the Alien Gear Holsters Concealed Carry Blog! Although we specialize in concealed carry holsters, we cover many other CCW topics here. Our gun writers discuss every facet of concealed carry best practices other gun tips! Whether you’re new or experienced carrier, you’ll be sure to find our gun blog helpful and informative. Check out any of our articles and remember to like, share, and comment!

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The Concealed Carry Guns Of US Presidents

February 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

The concealed carry weapons of United States' Presidents  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most presidents have historically shown support and appreciation of firearms. Several have even concealed carried, so what handguns did they use?

Concealed Carry And Dating

February 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

workplace concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Whichever the case may be, it's always best to be upfront and direct. If you're legally carrying a concealed firearm and you intend to take it with you on a date – your date should be aware of that. That's an ethical choice that can only be made by you. Depending on your state's permit requirements, you may not be legally required to disclose whether or not you have a concealed pistol on your person. Take a look ...

Which CZ To CCW: CZ P07 vs P09

February 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

The CZ-P09 vs CZ P-07 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Two good options to narrow down your daily EDC for CCW are the CZ-P07 and CZ-P09. Featuring DA/SA, old-school operation with modularity, these two are sure to be difficult to choose between.

How Strong Are Alien Gear Holsters Materials?

February 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

durable alien gear holsters  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Every element of every Alien Gear holster is subjected to immense stress testing until failure. During the product development process. If the material fails, it's replaced with something more effective or redesigned into something more efficient.

Sig P238 vs Sig P938: Sorting The Small Sigs

February 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig P938 vs Sig P238 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

With the differences between the Sig P238 and Sig P938 varying little in size and round, choosing between them for a micro-sized everyday carry can be a challenge. Which of these small Sigs should you pick?

Castle Doctrine  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In society’s terms, it’s called “fight or flight.” In the courtroom, it’s discussed as Duty to Retreat or Castle Doctrine. In reality, it is knowing when to use deadly force in a situation or when not to. The lines aren’t always clear, but it is important to know the laws and how to train for these scenarios ...

Introducing The ShapeShift Ankle Holster

February 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Introducing the all-new Alien Gear ShapeShift Ankle Carry Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift Ankle Holster is an addition to the growing line of ShapeShift Modular Holster System. Its functionality, structure and materials directly target and resolve common issues with ankle carry. It doesn't shift on the leg during movement and can handle up to full size pistols.

The S&W M&P Shield Vs. M&P Shield M2.0  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since S&W launced their M&P Shield M2.0, some have begun to wonder if the new model is going to improve upon the old Shield. Hence, folks will find themselves pondering over getting the original Shield, or the Shield M2.0.

SHOT Show - New Innovations in the Gun Industry

January 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

shot show  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As if we weren't going to make an appearance, there just so happens to be an Alien Gear SHOT Show booth at this year's SHOT Show. We were at SHOT Show 2017, and we sure weren't going to miss SHOT Show 2018.

10 Best Selling Concealed Carry Holsters Of 2017

January 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What are some of the best-selling holsters at Alien Gear? Wondering what a lot of people are carrying? Here are the Top 10 best sellers...

What Happens After A Self-Defense Shooting?

January 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

self defense shooting  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

It's all well and good to discuss guns, shooting techniques, concealed carry and so on, but what happens after a self defense shooting? What does the aftermath look like?

Alien Gear ShapeShift Mag Carrier Guide

January 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

shapeshift mag carrier  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Cloak Mag Carriers are compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System in two carry styles: drop leg and MOLLE. The point of modularity is to increase the options available so the carrier themself may control the end product according to their preferences.

ruger lcp vs bodyguard  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're looking for a reasonably-priced micro gun, picking the best one is likely going to come down to deciding between the LCP vs Bodyguard. Both of these pistols are very common in stores, both chamber .380, both are fairly easily acquired (expect to pay around $300) and both are noted for shooting better than the Saturday Night Specials of years past.

9 Great Guns For Women

January 3, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

best guns for girls  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A huge problem with purported guns for women is that the typical pistols that get recommended to them are actually terrible for many female shooters. Why? Usually because the guns in question use a smaller round but are also usually subcompact or micro guns.

Because Sig Doesn't Make a .46: Sig P220 vs P227

January 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

sig p227 vs p220  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you wanted a big, old-school Sig Sauer but just can't be bothered with some lame old 9mm, that will inexorably lead you to deciding between the P220 vs P227. Trying to decide between these guns is actually rather difficult, because the difference between them is so slight that it's amazing that Sig actually sells both.

concealed carry training  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Mere target practice alone does not constitute concealed carry practice or training. While accuracy, precision and overall good marksmanship is definitely a good skill to have, it isn't enough. There are more skills that are needed when it comes to concealed carry.

shapeshift slide and cloak tuck slide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

This equipment is prototyped relentlessly, torture tested and rebuilt time and again until multiple teams are satisfied to release the product. There are two belt slide holsters that manifest Alien Gear Holsters' approach to improving everyday carry, and their features differ structurally, functionally and effectively.

M&P Shield vs. Ruger LC9s: Subcompact Shootout

December 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

ruger vs smith and wesson  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're after a subcompact striker gun, two of the most popular candidates on your list will likely be the M&P Shield vs Ruger LC9s. In fact, those happen to be two of the most popular holster models we sell here at Alien Gear and with good reason.

Best New Concealed Carry Guns Of 2017

December 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

2017 is rapidly approaching its close, but some fantastic concealed carry guns came out this year. In fact, a concealed carry pistol could be found for nearly any and every sensibility from 2017's crop of CCW guns.

VP9 vs P320

December 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

p320 or vp9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Thinking of a big 'ol striker gun but think Glocks are totally lame? You might end up torn between the VP9 vs. P320 and both would be solid choices.

handgun shopping for beginners  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

How do you know it's the right gun when handgun shopping? After all, if you're going to pick a gun to defend yourself with, you'd better pick one that you can rely on. You'll also want to pick one that you'll be able to use.

battle of the paddle holsters: shapeshift paddle vs cloak mod paddle holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster and Cloak Mod OWB Holster are built completely different. Although they have unique designs and capabilities, they each function similarly and are constructed to comfortably carry any size handgun. One, however, can be reconfigured into several carry styles.

Concealed Carry Tips For The Holidays

December 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

best concealed carry tips  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

With the holidays upon us, there will be plenty of excuses to be out and about in the nice winter air. Whether it's caroling with friends and family or sitting down for a big meal, we're covering some of the big considerations concealed carriers should have in mind when engaging in the festive holiday season...

Guide To Sig Sauer

December 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

guide to sig  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular handgun makers of the past four decades is Sig Sauer. Sig Sauer, often just called Sig, has carved out a reputation for itself making some of the most accurate and reliable service arms available. Military personnel and law enforcement officers around the world carry Sig pistols and Sig rifles, so the reputation is there for good reason.

Best Sig Sauer Concealed Carry Pistols

December 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

best sig ccw pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's no doubt that Sig Sauer makes some of the finest pistols available, but Sig Sauer concealed carry is not necessarily an easy proposition with some of their larger offerings. Let's face it - not everyone wants to conceal a service pistol everyday.

XDS vs XDM: Which Compact Springfield Should I Get?

December 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Which should I get, the springfield xdm or xds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Springfield makes many firearms that are great for concealed carry. Here, we focus on the two that most concealed carriers end up weighing together: the XD(M) and XD-S. Two of Springfield's most popular compact firearms... How do they stack up against each other?

What Should Concealed Carry Training Include?

December 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Recommended tips & exercises for your concealed carry training regiment  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's a lot to consider when it comes to concealed carry training. States have their own individual laws and requirements, and the shooter must be proficient with their weapon and constantly proactive with their training. Here, Alien Gear Holsters provides some tips for your concealed carry training regimen.

ATF Gun Serial Number Checks: What You Should Know

December 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

A modern ATF gun tracing workstation  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

ATF gun serial number checks is a topic that isn't brought up much, but they provide a glimpse into the life of firearms recovered in bona fide criminal investigations. However, the data will only get you so far. It has shortcomings.

Sig P320 vs. Sig P226: Which Should You Get?

December 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The Sig P320 vs Sig P226  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P320 and Sig P226 are strong contenders for a Sig 9mm, but how do they stack up against each other? Alien Gear Holsters stacks up two of the most popular firearms for concealed carry side-by-side so you can make the most informed decision.

Duty To Inform States: What You Need To Know

December 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry duty to inform  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The duty to inform states are those states having a legal requirement that any concealed carrier disclose that they are armed upon making contact with law enforcement. There variations on the duty to inform, of course, as some require disclosure if asked and others under certain other conditions.

Sig P250 vs Sig P320: Sig Showdown

December 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig Showdown, Sig P250 vs Sig P320  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking to get a new Sig? You may end up having to choose between the Sig P250 and Sig P320. How do they stack up?

A Brief Guide To Getting Your Concealed Carry Permit

December 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

A quick overview to getting your concealed carry permit  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most literature and commentary presumes you have a concealed carry permit. But what if you don't? Here's a quick guide to obtaining a CCW.

FFL License Facts, Figures, and Findings

December 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

the data you need to know about ffl licensing  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Many gun owners have interacted with a Federal Firearms Licensee and they're discussed in media from time to time, but there's often context that is left out.

Walther PPQ vs H&K VP9 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for a plastic fantastic but don't want a Glock? Two strong competitors are the Walther PPQ and H&K's VP9.

Sig P938 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry?

December 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry with g43 or p938?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking at single-stack 9mm subcompacts, you might find yourself deciding between the Sig P938 and Glock 43.

1911 vs Beretta M9: Battle Of The Service Guns

December 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Battle of the service pistol: 1911 vs Beretta M9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Two solid choices of service sidearm for carry are the 1911 and Beretta M9. Which one of these would be best for you?

Why You Should Carry Concealed

December 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

If you carry, you should carry concealed  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're going to carry a gun, you should concealed carry. Not that open carry shouldn't be allowed; there is a time and place for it.

ShapeShift Polymer Holster Designed For Durability

December 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The Polymer ShapeShift Modular Holster System is designed to last a lifetime  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There are a multiple parts in each ShapeShift Holster. Here's a peek into how they're designed, made and tested for durability.

Best Handguns For Under $500

November 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Handguns Under $500  

By Ryan D | Contributing Editor

Check out our list of 5 handguns that can be purchased for less than $500! These will protect you and your bank account! Do you have a recommendation? Share it in our comments section ...

What Glocks are the Best for Concealed Carry?

November 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

top glocks for concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Made in Austria, Glock is one of the most reputable handgun producers on the market. Known for their unique design, superb functionality, and ardent fan base, Glock has made a name for itself as a “must have” brand of firearms. In this article, we'll discuss five different models of Glock pistols that are perfect for a concealed carrier...

The ShapeShift Backpack Holster improves your outdoor carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

You ever wanted a handgun holster that could be attached to a backpack strap and be changed into a different carry style within moments without tools? Well...

holster clips for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Despite the invention of the striker-fire pistol – fast, responsive, and usually an extremely light trigger pull – there are a lot of concealed carriers who love their revolvers. Whether it's a Smith & Wesson J frame or a Ruger, these weapons have shown themselves to be reliable cornerstones of the handgun market...

The Glock 19 vs Glock 26  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people will take nothing less than a 9x19 Glock. If you're one of those people, eventually you'll have to pick between the Glock 19 and Glock 26

Impact of 2016 Gun Sales On Jobs, Wages and Taxes

November 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The economic importance of guns  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The economic impact of the U.S. gun industry is immense, and since 2008 it has grown tremendously.

Common Misconceptions About Gun Owners

November 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Common Misconceptions: About Gun Owners  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you are an avid gun owner, chances are you have found yourself in at least one awkward conversation. You are having a conversation with a new acquaintance, it seems to be going so well. Then they begin to ask you about your hobbies. You begin to talk to them about your guns. You tell them which one is your favorite and why. This is the point that you notice a change in their demeanor. You watch them raise their eyebrows, change the subject, or simply end the conversation ...

When Can You Pull A Gun On Someone

November 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

when is it okay to draw gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Can a person be liable for drawing a gun? Absolutely, if it's done outside the bounds of legal justification for doing so. It can be a felony.

How Modular Holsters Save You Money

November 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The ShapeShift saves you money  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Modular holsters remove the need to buy multiple complete holsters for different carry styles. They also offer an affordable way to try new carry styles.

Concealed Carry for Veterans

November 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry for armed service memebers  

By James England | Contributing Editor

When I was in the Marine Corps, there were annual pistol qualifications for the M9 Beretta (P92 DA/SA). It was, in hindsight, a pretty cheesy course. The course was designed just to familiarize a servicemember with the pistol and ensure he or she could competently fire it at distance. We weren't drilled on drawing or re-holstering. We were given no specific verse on applicable federal or state ccw laws. There was no thought given to best practices for concealed carry because we weren't carrying concealed...

Improving your open carry with the ShapeShift's paddle configuration  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster offers multiple levels of retention, modularity, improved accessibility, engineered materials and customized comfort.

Are Small Calibers Reliable for Concealed Carry?

November 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

small calibers for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For a lot of concealed carriers, there is the impression that a larger caliber bullet is more effective than a smaller one. The concept of “stopping power” has been dispelled over and over again. A .45 ACP round is no more effective than a .32 Auto if they're both placed poorly on target...

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