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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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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.

357 magnum concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Decided that .357 Magnum concealed carry is for you? Here are a few things to know before getting started...

7 Best Choices Of .40 Cal Pistol

January 14, 2019 7:00:13 AM PST

40 cal pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wanting to get on the .40 S&W bandwagon? Any one of these 7 .40 cal pistol models is a great starting point.

ShapeShift 1911 holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Sure, there's a ShapeShift 1911 holster...but since there's so many 1911 pistols out there, will it fit yours?

Sig P365 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig P365 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is the Sig P365 the perfect carry pistol that it gets billed as? Find out in the Alien Gear Holsters' Sig P365 review...

6 Awesome 1911 9mm Pistols

January 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

1911 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A 1911 9mm? Actually, it's a fantastic idea. The 9mm round gets more out of the platform than .45 ACP does, and makes it much more in-line with modern sensibilities.

Ruger GP100 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Ruger GP100 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for that first magnum revolver and wondering if what they say about Rugers is true? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Ruger GP100 review...

Walther PPQ Subcompact review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the Walther PPQ Subcompact is a worthy carry gun? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Walther PPQ Subcompact review...

Glock 34 Vs Glock 17: Going GaGa For Glocks

December 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Glock 34 vs Glock 17  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you want a big 9mm Glock, you'll likely find yourself torn between the Glock 34 vs Glock 17 pistols. Which should you get? Depends on what you're after...

What Glocks are the Best for Concealed Carry?

December 28, 2018 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...

Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

December 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

best ccw revolvers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For those who prefer to pack a sixgun (or five-gun...because they don't always hold six) the best concealed carry revolver is partially subjective. You'll find you like one more than the others. That said, what would the best concealed carry revolver look like?

CZ P10C Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

CZ P10c review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

CZ got into the polymer-frame striker gun game with the P-10C...but is it as good as the established models? Find out in Alien Gear's CZ P10C review!

Glock 42 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry

December 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM PST

which glock is better for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.

6 Best 9mm Ammo Brands For Concealed Carry

December 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the best 9mm ammo for concealed carry? The 9mm round is the most common, but what are the ammunition brands and boxes you should look for?

Remington RP9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Remington RP9 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the Remington RP9 makes a good budget pistol? Find out in the Alien Gear Holsters' Remington RP9 Review!

Remington R1 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Remington R1 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Remington R1 1911 promises GI pistol fun for a price that's very nice. Is it worth the investment? Find out in Alien Gear's Remington R1 1911 review...

The 7 Best Smith and Wesson 9mm Pistols

December 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Smith and Wesson 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want a Smith and Wesson 9mm? Good choice! Which one to get? Depends on what you're after...

Taurus G2S Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Taurus G2S review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is Taurus' new single-stack CCW pistol up to snuff? Find out more in Alien Gear Holsters' Taurus G2S review!

Guide to Appendix Carry - How to Carry AIWB

December 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

6 Best Ruger 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

December 3, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Ruger 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ruger does make some great guns, but what are the Ruger 9mm pistols for CCW that should be on a persons' shortlist? These 6 Ruger 9mm guns for a start.

What Are The Best Concealed Carry Methods?

November 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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...

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

November 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

CZ 75D PCR Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 23, 2018 7:00:09 AM PST

cz 75d pcr review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should you get the compact CZ with the decocker instead of the thumb safety? Read on to find out in Alien Gear Holsters' CZ 75D PCR review!

Wearing The ShapeShift Ankle Holster With Boots

November 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

ankle holster with boots  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering how to wear your ShapeShift Ankle Holster with boots? Read on to learn how....

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

2018's Best Handguns Under $400

November 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

buying a ccw pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The 9mm caliber is ubiquitous for pistols, which is why everyone and their brother makes 9mm handguns. However, not everyone is able (or willing) to drop the kind of cash that's often required for the big names.

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

November 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm glocks  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

So, you want to get a Glock 9mm...which one is best? Well, that depends a whole lot on what you're going to use it for. All Glocks are good, but some are good for some purposes and some are better for others.

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.

Alien Gear Holsters H&K VP40 Review

November 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

vp40 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering about H&K's populist wonder gun? Wonder no more, and read Alien Gear Holsters' H&K VP40 review!

How To Conceal While Driving

November 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

vehicle ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Better than a car holster is an actual holster mount. A holster mount is a docking station for a holster that attaches to an appropriate surface in the vehicle - the center console is a highly logical location, or under the steering wheel.

Glock 43 vs Sig P365

November 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

glock vs sig  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A person looking for a slim, svelte carry gun is likely to weigh the Glock 43 vs Sig P365. Both are wildly popular these days and for good reason.

How Does The Alien Gear Holster Shell Swap Work?

November 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

holster shell  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering how the Alien Gear holster shell swap program works? Here's the entire scoop, including how to do it and why we offer it.

6 Best 380 Pistols

October 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

best 380 pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Don't believe the comments section; .380 pistols are definitely viable concealed carry guns. If you can shoot accurately, and carry good ammunition, the .380 Auto is more than adequate.

10mm vs 45 ACP: Battle Of The Big Bore Bullets

October 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Battle of the Big-Bore with 10mm vs 45ACP  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to autoloading big-bore, 10mm and .45 ACP are the two mainstream choices. While there are others, you'll most likely end up choosing between 10mm vs the .45.

How To Concealed Carry On Halloween

October 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry halloween  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry on Halloween is rather easy. You just have to apply some basic ideas from carrying normally and plug them in. Read on for more...

Open Carry States: Where Can I Open Carry?

October 24, 2018 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.

Glock Gen 3 vs Glock Gen 4

October 22, 2018 7:05:26 AM PDT

glock gen 3 vs glock gen 4  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Weighing some poly pistols? How about the Glock Gen 3 vs Gen 4?

pocket holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holster's ShapeShift Pocket Holster has been designed to carry more easily and function better than previous pocket holster designs.

Ruger Security 9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

October 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ruger security 9 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Ruger Security 9 promises a lot of bang for not many bucks. Is it worth looking into? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Ruger Security 9 review...

Glock Gen 4 vs Glock Gen 5

October 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Glock Gen 4 vs Gen 5  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since they're both so new, which should I get between the Glock Gen 4 vs Glock Gen 5? Read on to learn more...

concealed carry holsters  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What are some common adjustments to concealed carry holsters from Alien Gear? Here are a few...

Springfield XD 40 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

October 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

springfield xd 40 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the Springfield XD 40 brings to the table? Find out in our Springfield XD 40 review!

The 7 Best Nightstand Guns For Home Defense

October 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

nightstand guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

California Concealed Carry

October 3, 2018 8:51:00 AM PDT

concealed carry in california  

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.

What Are The Glock Generations?

October 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

glock generations  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Glock generations have you confused? Alien Gear Holsters is here to guide you all the way from the first to the latest...

modular holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if there's a trade-off somewhere with a modular holster? Read on to find out...

The 6 Best Beretta 9mm Pistols

September 26, 2018 7:52:43 AM PDT

Beretta 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get a Beretta 9mm and find out what they're all about? Here are 6 Berettas to get you started...

Springfield XD40 vs Glock 22  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should you get a Springfield XD40 vs Glock 22 for a full-size 40 caliber? Read on to find out...

How To Adjust Your ShapeShift Shoulder Holster

September 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ShapeShift Shoulder Holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How to get a better fit with your ShapeShift Shoulder Holster revealed...

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