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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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    Shapeshift's adjustable belt clips  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    One of the most persistent flaws with modern holster design is that threads back out, requiring LocTite or other thread locker to be used.

    Beretta 92 vs Glock 17: The Wonder Nines

    July 18, 2017 2:02:13 PM PDT

    beretta 92 vs the glock 17  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Both of these guns have track records that speak for themselves. Both are iconic. Who will come out on top in this matchup?

    How to Carry Concealed When It’s Hot Outside

    July 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    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...

    Wisconsin Concealed Carry

    July 12, 2017 9:30:36 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    New Wisconsin concealed carry laws, specifically Wisconsin Act 35, became effective in 2011, establishing a legal system for everyday concealed carry.

    How Have Gun Duels Affected American Society?

    July 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Gun Duels in American History  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Gun duels, or "mutual combat" these days, have been a part of American society in some shape or form since the birth of this nation.

    guns and no fly list  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The terrorist watch list and its effect on gun sales and federal background checks is unsuccessfully brought up from time to time when the debate on gun ownership is factored into terrorism prevention.

    Florida Concealed Carry

    July 7, 2017 9:15:50 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Florida concealed carry permits, which are mandatory in order to carry concealed weapons in the state, were recently promoted by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in response to mass shootings.

    Glock 43 vs S&W M&P Shield  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The big debate these days for which carry pistol to get is Glock 43 vs Shield. Both are great choices for a CCW gun, but which should a person get?

    California Concealed Carry

    July 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Just mentioning California gun laws elicits an emotional response from gun owners, no matter what side of the political aisle that may be on.

    Hawaii Concealed Carry

    June 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Hawaii concealed carry rights are borderline nonexistent. The Hawaii license to carry provides minimal freedom to carry a firearm, but only within the county the permit is issued for.

    confronting an aggressive dog  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Just as dealing with aggressive persons, it is important to know not only how but when to shoot. Merely having the permit and a carry gun isn't all a person needs, after all.

    Constitutional Carry Explained

    June 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is at odds with state gun laws and their application. There have been numerous legal battles concerning the language used within the Second Amendment.

    Delaware Concealed Carry

    June 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Delaware concealed carry laws are clear: it is a class D felony to carry a concealed firearm upon or about the person without a license to carry concealed deadly weapons.

    How to Concealed Carry With a Threaded Barrel

    June 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT


    Alien Gear Holster's How To Carry With Threaded Barrel

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    It might seem like a faux pas, but a number of people do concealed carry with a threaded barrel. Given the surging popularity of suppressors, a lot of people have been getting a carry gun with a bit extra on the end to use them. Read on…

    What Makes Good Every Day Carry Gear?

    June 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

     

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Everyday carry (EDC) is exactly what it sounds like: what people carry in daily situations for utility, ease, aesthetic, communication and identity.

    Father's Day: Gifting a Handgun

    June 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    fathers day how to buy a gun  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Things get complicated when buying guns — so many options for so many uses. Things get even more complicated when buying a gun as a gift for your father.

    Gun Quiz - Guess the Gun

    June 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT


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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Think you can guess the gun on sight? Test out your handgun knowledge on this gun quiz from Alien Gear Holsters! You'll want to bring your A game. Read on…

    Missouri Concealed Carry

    June 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Senate Bill 656 altered Missouri concealed carry laws in late 2016 to remove the permit requirement for anyone 19 or older who may lawfully own a firearm, but was initially vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon in June 2016 — the state's Senate and House overrode his veto, however, and the law became effective on January 1, 2017.

    Vermont Concealed Carry

    June 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The Vermont Supreme Court established in the 1903 case State v. Rosenthal that the requirement for citizens to carry a concealed pistol only with permission of a mayor or chief of police is "repugnant to the Constitution."

    M&P Shield 45 vs Officer Frame 1911

    June 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    1911 vs shield 45  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If a person is set on carrying a compact big-bore, two very popular choices are the M&P Shield 45 and an Officer 1911, as both are easily concealed and chamber the .45 ACP round. Both are known as strong choices.

    Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact

    June 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    compact vs shield  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Smith and Wesson make some of the best CCW pistols around, and what a number of people come down to is choosing a Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact. Both guns have their merits, and it would be hard for a person to go wrong with either one.

    Arkansas Concealed Carry

    May 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Arkansas concealed carry regulations were altered in March of 2017 when House Bill 1249 was signed into law as Act 562, which created an enhanced concealed carry permit by fulfilling an additional eight hour training course.

    New Jersey Concealed Carry

    May 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    References of New Jersey concealed carry laws circulated within news reports on proposed national concealed carry reciprocity movements in early 2017, given that New Jersey does not recognize other states’ permits.

    How To Maintain A Concealed Carry Gun

    May 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Guns are machines, after all, and just like other machines they require a certain amount of maintenance such as cleaning your gun and other regular maintenance tasks. Something that a lot of concealed carriers may forget at times is that the more they carry their gun, the more wear it's actually being subjected to.

    shield pistol  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Obviously the deluxe model of anything has benefits to it, which leads some people to ponder if they should spring for the M&P Shield Performance Center over the stock M&P Shield. It's like buying a car: the base model seems great, but is it that much better if you add the powered seats, infotainment suite and the rich Corinthian leather?

    Alien Gear Guide To IWB Holsters

    May 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The standard for concealed carry is the IWB holster, or inside the waistband. These holsters tuck inside the waistband and are easily covered up with a shirt, whether tucked in or not.

    New York Concealed Carry

    May 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    New York concealed carry laws differ at the state, county and city levels, making it a complicated maze for gun owners to navigate, with multiple types of permits one can apply for.

    glock 26 vs glock 43  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When it comes to a subcompact Glock, the eternal debate seems to be Glock 26 vs Glock 43. Each is a very popular CCW pistol, and each has a lot to offer the person who carries it which has led to both becoming a very popular CCW gun.

    Beretta Firearms Guide

    May 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    “How could one have such ties with an inanimate object,” James Bond asked in the 1958 novel Dr. No in reference to his .25 caliber Beretta firearm — a question that has been introduced hundreds of ways when the public by and large reflects on the firearms industry.

    Indiana Concealed Carry

    May 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Indiana concealed carry and firearms laws were altered after the 2017 legislative session adjourned, removing the license to carry requirement for up to 60 days for victims of domestic violence with a civil protection order (House Bill 1071) and also redefining Indiana’s legal definition of “armor piercing ammunition,” which previously prohibited plastic coated ammunition (House Bill 1095).

    Riots Or Violent Protests And Concealed Carry

    May 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    No country or civilization is immune from civil unrest, and there are occasional instances of rioting and violent protests that take place. How to survive a riot is not complicated, but does require a certain amount of awareness and knowledge.

    Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

    May 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    glock 17 vs 19  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won't go wrong with either...but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

    Maine Concealed Carry

    May 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    maine concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Maine concealed carry laws changed in 2015 when the state legislature passed LD 652, which amended Titles 12 and 25, removing the state’s concealed carry permit requirement for those over the age of 21.

    new springfield pistol  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Springfield Armory, one of the most popular handgun makers on the market, has announced the new Springfield XD-E pistol series as a new addition to their lineup. The XD-E is a radical departure for Springfield Armory, as the XD-E is a hammer-fired, double/single action subcompact.

    A Guide To Colt Firearms

    May 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The idea behind the first Colt handguns was inspired more by sea spray and carved pine than by metal and gunpowder. Sixteen-year-old Samuel Colt, aboard the swaying deck of Corvo en route to Calcutta, was inspired by the wooden mechanics of the ship and translated that idea, a revolving cylinder repeater for firearms, into whittled pine.

    Iowa Concealed Carry

    April 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Iowa’s concealed carry rights were expanded in April of 2017 when Governor Terry Branstad (R), who will soon serve as ambassador to China for the Trump administration, signed House File 517 into law.

    Guide To Walther Firearms

    April 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    guide to walther firearms  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Consider how many hands have held Walther firearms — everyday law-abiding civilians, military units, police forces, British secret agent James Bond (although he initially carried a Beretta) and even the German Reich.

    Alabama Concealed Carry

    April 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Senate Bill 24 may change the core of Alabama concealed carry laws if passed, positioning the state to potentially become the next with constitutional carry laws.

    double vs single stack magazine  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When choosing what gun to carry on a daily basis, one of the attributes that divides opinion is whether to carry a double stack or single stack pistol. It is worth thinking about, as that directly impacts the number of rounds that you have in your carry gun.

    How to Get The Most Out Of CCW Shooting Practice

    April 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    practicing ccw  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If you're going to concealed carry, a certain amount of concealed carry shooting practice is going to be necessary. The reason is that if a person is going to carry a gun, they should know how to use it if needs be as well as carry safely.

    Guide To Ruger Firearms For Concealed Carry

    April 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Ruger is one of the best-known names in American guns, and Ruger concealed carry guns are some of the most popular ccw pistols on the market. They make some of the best guns at mid-level prices that one can buy for multiple purposes, including concealed carry, target shooting and plinking, as well as some of the best hunting rifles and handguns available at the price-point.

    The Complete Guide To 1911 Pistols

    April 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

     

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Whilst the past couple decades have been dominated by Glock, there can be no doubt that the most popular and enduring pistol design of all time is the 1911 pistol. Even today they are among the most popular for daily carry, competition shooting, target shooting, other sporting uses and also for collectors. Few guns are as iconic.

    how to concealed carry at church  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Unfortunately, there is nowhere safe or sacred to criminals and maniacs which leads some to wonder about concealed carry in church. During the past few years, there have been a number of mass shooting incidents at and around churches and temples of multiple religions and denominations.

    New Mexico Concealed Carry

    April 7, 2017 3:46:10 PM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    New Mexico concealed carry regulations remained unchanged after the state’s Senate Public Affairs Committee voted in early 2017 to indefinitely table Senate Bill 56, a bill outlining concealed carry without a license, otherwise known as constitutional carry, for those 18 and older.

    Guide to Taurus Firearms

    April 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    A historic flood ripped through the streets and marketplace of Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941, which was coincidentally the same year another destructive power poured through the city’s factories: the first Taurus firearm, a revolver called the Model 38101SO.

    State Concealed Carry Training Requirements

    April 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When it comes to mandatory CCW training, there are differing standards between states - though almost all states have a baseline. That said, you will need to sit for a course that satisfies the training requirements in your state in order to receive your concealed carry permit.

    Pennsylvania Concealed Carry

    April 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Given it’s a “shall issue” state, county law enforcement must issue Pennsylvania concealed carry permits to applicants who meet all the required criteria.

    How Much Training Is Needed To Carry Concealed?

    March 31, 2017 8:23:41 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In many states, it's simply a right of passage. Being a responsible gun owner and citizen allows many to pursue a resident concealed carry permit in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and plenty others. But is that truly enough? At what point do we decide who is and isn't qualified to carry a concealed firearm?...

    A Complete Guide To Ammunition

    March 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Obviously a person should learn to choose a gun, but also know how to choose ammunition for it. Ammunition, just like a pistol, is a tool and every tool has an ideal purpose. As a result, certain kinds of ammunition have a definite purpose.

    SCCY Handguns Guide

    March 27, 2017 8:26:11 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    SCCY Industries, the self-titled “king of concealed carry,” built its kingdom in Florida -- but it was initially known as Skyy Industries when it was started in September 2003, much to the chagrin of that one vodka company named the same thing who soon requested a name change.

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