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    Concealed Carry Blog

    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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    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

    alien gear iwb holster guide  

    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

    new york concealed carry  

    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

    indiana concealed carry  

    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

    ccw during a riot  

    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

    guide to colt firearms  

    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

    iowa concealed carry  

    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

    alabama concealed carry  

    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

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    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

    required concealed carry classes  

    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

    guide to ammo  

    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.

    Kansas Concealed Carry

    March 23, 2017 10:37:26 AM PDT

    Kansas State Concealed Carry Guide  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Kansas Concealed Carry Guide - Constitutional carry for residents and nonresidents was added to Kansas gun laws in 2015, but there are still finicky statutes and regulations to consider. Let's take a look..

    Kentucky Concealed Carry

    March 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    H&K guns guide  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Kentucky Concealed Carry Guide - We cover how to obtain a permit, kentucy concealed carry laws, restricted premises and reciprocity information. lets see how to carry concealed in Kentucky State...

    Guide To H&K Handguns

    March 20, 2017 8:55:34 AM PDT

    H&K guns guide  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The German giant now serves militaries, civilians and law enforcement around the world, but before investing in them there are a few basic things to know...

    West Virginia Concealed Carry

    March 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Knowing your laws for concealed carry is a very important step for responsible carry. With that being said it may be difficult to keep up with the constant changes. Lets take a look at West Virginia concealed carry...

    Retention Holster Guide  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Holster retention in and of itself is a good thing to learn about, since knowing a bit about it can help a person know what to look for in a good open or concealed carry holster. Lets take a look...

    Guide To Springfield Handguns

    March 13, 2017 9:11:24 AM PDT

    Springfield Armory Guide  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Go to virtually any gun store and you're likely to see a few Springfields, and for good reason. If you need a good working handgun, Springfield has something for nearly everyone. Let's take a look...

    New Hampshire Concealed Carry

    March 10, 2017 12:39:53 PM PST

    New Hampshire Gun Carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Those who received a permit will benefit from New Hampshire concealed carry reciprocity agreements with nearly 30 states that recognize the state’s permit.

    Montana Concealed Carry

    March 8, 2017 7:44:24 AM PST

    montana state concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Montana concealed carry currently requires a concealed weapons permit at specific locations throughout the state beyond one’s home, business and vehicle. Take a look to learn more about how to ccw in Montana State.

    unsafe ccw behavior  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Just as with anything in life, there are certain unsafe behaviors when it comes to concealed carry that should be avoided. It's one thing to have somewhat sloppy habits, like slipshod concealment, but it's another thing entirely to be unsafe.

    Best Sig Sauer Concealed Carry Pistols

    February 28, 2017 1:34:10 PM 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.

    Guide To Sig Sauer

    February 27, 2017 3:09:06 PM 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.

    Concealed Carry With An OWB Holster

    February 27, 2017 11:56:08 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The original holster design – and according to some people, the best – is the outside-the-waistband or OWB holster. These holsters are secured to the waist via a belt, and are widely considered to be the most comfortable to wear.

    Guide To Ankle Carry

    February 24, 2017 1:46:48 PM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    One of the most popular carry methods besides carrying in a holster on the waistband is ankle carry. It isn't necessarily the most popular method and has mostly been reserved for law enforcement officers and soldiers carrying a backup gun.

    Guide To Smith And Wesson Handguns

    February 22, 2017 12:05:55 PM PST

    guide to smith and wesson  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Smith and Wesson is one of the oldest names in American handguns and one of the most popular makers to date. Here's everything you need to know about S&W...

    picking a home defense handgun vs picking a concealed carry gun  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Guns, in the end, are tools, and there is a right tool for every task - which is why a lot of people will tell you that picking a home defense handgun is different than choosing a concealed carry gun. Granted, there are some pistols that are equally suited to both roles, but a lot of guns may be better at the one than at the other.

    North Dakota Concealed Carry

    February 17, 2017 2:35:20 PM PST

     

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Although North Dakota concealed carry laws are being reconsidered with proposed permitless carry legislation, it’s important to understand the state’s not one, but two types of CCW permits.

    Louisiana Concealed Carry

    February 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Louisiana concealed carry laws require a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun, but this state provides a unique benefit for applicants: they may apply for a lifetime permit.

    Ammunition Capacity for a Concealed Carry Gun

    February 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    There may not be such a thing as too much ammunition for concealed carry…but then again, all you may need is one round. The amount of spare ammunition to carry is something everyone will have to work out for themselves, whether you wish to concealed carry a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun.

    The Best Springfield Handguns For Concealed Carry

    February 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

    best springfield guns for ccw  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Some of the most popular carry guns out there are Springfield handguns, and for good reason. They make something for almost everyone, handgun-wise, and the guns they make are known for being accurate, reliable, and for also delivering quite a good amount of value for money.

    mental health background check  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    President Donald Trump’s Second Amendment platform calls to attention an important consideration for gun owners: how do mental health background checks play into the firearms industry?

    Different Pistol Firing Mechanisms

    February 6, 2017 3:08:06 PM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When trying to choose a concealed carry gun, one element to consider is that of the firing mechanism, as there are significant differences between them. Each has inherent benefits and each has inherent drawbacks.

    Gun Sights for Concealed Carry

    February 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    Let’s start with some basic information about gun sights. More than likely, that new pistol you just purchased comes right off the showroom floor with a standard set of front and rear fixed sights.

    The Ultimate Glock Guide

    February 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

    your guide to glocks  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Arguably, the most popular gun maker of the past 30 years has been Glock, and for so many good reasons. There have been controversies as well, and deeply divided opinions among the gun-owning community.

    Choosing A Concealed Carry Gun

    January 30, 2017 9:35:03 AM PST

    picking a concealed carry gun  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Choosing a concealed carry pistol is not necessarily the easiest thing to do. There are a number of factors to consider, including the "on paper" specifications as well as the intangibles that a magazine or internet article can't tell you.

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