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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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    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...

    Concealed Carry Tips For The Holidays

    November 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

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    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...

    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...

    What Is A Trigger Reset And Why Is It Important?

    October 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    trigger reset  

    By Sam Hoober | 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...

    The ShapeShift MOLLE Holster

    October 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    The Shapeshift MOLLE Holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The Alien Gear MOLLE Holster expands the compatibility of the ShapeShift and Cloak Mod Holsters to fit MOLLE PALS webbing.

    9 Imported Guns You Should Know About

    October 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    9 imported guns to know about for concealed carry  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    There's quite a few imported CCW pistols that many are already aware of, like Sig and Glock. Here are some others worth carrying day-to-day

    Range Essentials

    October 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

     

       

    By Troy Touchstone | Contributing Author

    Headed to the range this weekend? Then make sure you have everything needed. First and probably most obvious is, of course, your weapon and ammo. Some may laugh, but I have seen people pack everything but the kitchen sink and still somehow forget to grab all the guns they wanted to shoot, or even enough or any ammo for the day. Secondly, you also will want to bring your “ears and eyes” ...

    7 Carry Guns You Shouldn't Overlook

    October 20, 2017 7:07:00 AM PDT

    concealed carry guns  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Most people are familiar with the popular concealed carry guns. These pistols are in nearly every gun store and scads of material have been written about them.

    Absolute Essentials For Every Concealed Carrier

    October 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    concealed carry essentials  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Every concealed carrier has a concealed carry essentials list. He checks it twice. He doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice. Okay, sorry, Holidays theme music is spilling over a bit. No matter what, there are things that every concealed carrier needs to have to ensure he's effective. A handgun is just a tool and by itself, it is unsupported in the world of concealed carry. Using an effective gun holster, gun belt, and carrying back-up magazines are all important fundamentals that we'll go over in this article.

    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...

    What's So Important About Dry Firing?

    October 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    dry fire training  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Outside of every chow hall and firing range in the military there are two things you'll likely see – a barrel and a sign. The barrel is usually half full of sand but the sign is the big thing we all need to pay attention to. It says, “Clear All Weapons Here.” ...

    Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro 9: Mini 1911 Comparison

    October 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro9  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Both the Sig P938 and Kimber Micro9 are excellent CCW pistols or bite-size backups to bigger guns, but which is better? Which should a person get?

    Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

    October 9, 2017 8:01:00 AM PDT

    concealed carry caliber  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In this episode, we learn about the most common styles of ammunition used in concealed carry handguns as well as how they compare to each other. This is by no means an exhaustive comparison of ammunition types and we save discussing the role of specialty defensive ammunition for another episode.

    The Cloak Mod Paddle Holster vs the Cloak Slide OWB Holster  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Looking to OWB carry, but don't have a ShapeShift compatible firearm? Stuck between our Cloak Mod and Cloak Slide holsters? We can help you decide.

    S&W J-Frame vs Ruger LCR: Best Of The Snubbies

    October 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Ruger LCR vs S&W J-Frame 2 inch for concealed carry  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When considering a CCW snubbie Revolver, two come to mind. Which is better, the Ruger LCR or S&W J-Frame?

    Outdoor Shooting Locations - Where Can You Shoot A Gun

    September 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Shooting in the woods  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The thing about whether you can fire a gun in the woods is that it depends on just who controls said parcel of forest and where it's located.

    M&P Shield vs. Sig P938: Battle of the Subcompacts

    September 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Battle of the Subcompacts: Sig P938 VS M&P Shield  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Both have so many strong points in their favor that a person deciding between the two would have the devil's own job of figuring which was better to get.

    When's A ShapeShift Holster Coming Out For My Gun?

    September 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    When is the shapeshift going to be out for my gun?  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Since we released the ShapeShift Modular Holster System, the most common question we get is "When is the ShapeShift coming out for MY gun?"

    Guide to Drop Leg Holsters

    September 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    The ShapeShift Drop Leg Holster  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    One of the best methods for open carry is using drop leg holsters, and it's been gaining traction in the tactical community.

    ShapeShift IWB Holsters Reduce Bulk And Printing

    September 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster has reduced bulk  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    One of the criticisms some people have about IWB holsters is that of holster bulk, the ShapeShift fixes that issue.

    Concealed Carry – 3 Iron Clad Reasons for CCW

    September 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    arguments for concealed carry guns  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The Second Amendment affords law abiding citizens of the United States to keep and bear arms. The ability to conceal those firearms for our own defense is what keeps us safe. In this article, we're going to go over...

    Guide to .45 Caliber

    September 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Your guide to .45 caliber handguns  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    For those desiring a bigger round, a .45 is definitely one of the best routes to the bigger bores.

    Which States Have Universal Background Checks?

    September 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    What are universal background checks?  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Universal background checks in and of themselves are a recent phenomenon, as most universal background check laws have been passed in the past 20 years.

    Which States Allow Open Carry?

    September 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    What states allow open carry?  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Open carry of handguns - to distinguish it from open carry of ANY firearm - is currently permitted in 45 states, with limitations, depending on the state.

    Your Guide To CZ And CZ Handguns

    September 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Your Guide to CZ Pistols  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod, or CZ, is the best-known gun maker that you may keep hearing about but have never really gotten to know.

    Concealed Carry in the Workplace

    September 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    workplace concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Better than trying to write an all encompassing piece detailing out the different laws in fifty states alongside court specific statutes – we're running down a list of questions you should ask yourself prior to entering your workplace with a concealed firearm. This is not only for your own safety but also for legal purposes. As was the case recently in Tampa, FL, a bank manager for Wells Fargo was fired for legally carrying a concealed firearm into her workplace. The decision is expected to have its day in Florida courts but the issue still remains: can you conceal carry at work? ...

    Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 vs S&W M&P Shield  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    For the person looking for a quality concealed carry gun on a budget, two that get brought up a lot are the S&W Shield and the Taurus PT111 Millennium G2.

    Can You Concealed Carry At A Concert?

    September 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    What you need to know about concealed carry at a concert  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    There is no definitive universal answer to this question, but there is a definitive process of finding out the local and state concealed carry laws to determine if you can concealed carry at a concert.

    Self-Defense In The Wake Of Natural Disaster

    August 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    How do I defend myself after a natural disaster?  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Natural disasters can bring out some of the best in humankind, but also some of the worst - which is why self-defense in the wake of natural disasters is certainly something a person should be aware of.

    What Is A Holster Mount And How To Use It

    August 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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    holster mount review 

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters is pleased to announce the latest in product evolution - the Cloak Dock holster mount. The Cloak Dock is a mounting station that is designed to anchor a holster to any location one wishes - be it inside the car, on a desk, by one's bedside or anywhere else...

    Cloak Tuck 3.0 vs ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster

    August 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Alien Gear ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster vs the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster features several enhanced characteristics that were improved when we updated our flagship IWB holster.

    Guide to Appendix Carry - How to Carry AIWB

    August 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Appendix Carrying  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    In recent years, a growing number of people have resorted to a concealed carry method called appendix carry.

    How To Maintain A Holster

    August 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Cleaning your holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Holsters smell. They get dirty. Sweat builds up. Dirt collects. Dust works its way in. That's life.

    OWB Concealment Holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The comfort of open carry, the benefits of concealed carry — the ShapeShift OWB Slide Holster offers the best of both worlds.

    Springfield XDs Series  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The IWB holster design is the standard for concealed carry, as this type of holster is the easiest to conceal. Provided good design and construction, it's also one of the most comfortable.

    Riots Or Violent Protests And Concealed Carry

    August 16, 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.

    Single-Stack Showdown: M&P Shield vs XD-S

    August 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Springfield XDs Series  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Certain you don't want a Glock, but definitely a single-stack subcompact striker gun? That'd be between the M&P Shield or Springfield XDs.

    Customize to Your Preferred Holster Retention

    August 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Adjusting your Concealed Carry Alien Gear Holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    How to personalize your holster to improve its fit, retention and comfort. Alien Gear's holsters include individual passive retention points.

    Alien Gear Holsters ShapeShift AIWB Holster  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The ShapeShift appendix carry holster was designed to resolve common issues like placement, comfort, safety and trigger guard protection.

    Modern Gun Owner Profile According to Statistics

    August 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM PDT

    Who conceal carries in America  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Gun owner demographics are a paint by number visualization of who the modern American gun owner is.

    Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

    August 4, 2017 2:35:05 PM PDT

    The Sig P320 vs the Glock 19  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If you had to only have one, it would be the devil's own job of trying to choose between Sig P320 vs. Glock 19.

    Close up of the Alien Gear Holsters ShapeShift  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    An allen wrench or similar tool is necessary when altering a holster for a personalized draw or for its placement on the waist, but what if that wasn't a requirement?

    American Gun Sales and Manufacturing Statistics

    August 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    American Gun Sales & Manufacturing Statistics  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Who exports to the U.S. and imports from the U.S.? How many people are federally licensed to transfer and manufacture firearms?

    Concealed Carry Tips From CCW Instructors

    July 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    Make CCW A Habit With These Tips  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    They are educational authorities who've spent time honing their control over deadly weapons meant to defend hearth and home.

    fbi background check  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    NICS background checks are the product of 1980s gun control legislation. As a system, it is one of the largest (and still growing) gun control tactics in effect in the U.S.

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