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weekly handgun cleaning and maintenance inspection 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

For those who don't mind adding a routine chore to his or her weekly cycle, this shouldn't be much of an issue. For many concealed carriers, overlooking the importance of weekly and routine inspection and maintenance of their firearms can become a bad habit...

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concealed carry while backpacking and hiking 

By David Humphreys | Contributing Editor

 

Let’s get down to business. You want to know what happens behind the scenes at Alien Gear Holsters, and we’d like to fill you in. Ask us anything, and we’ll give you the dirt. As we’ve grown tremendously within the last few years, we have noticed some recurring questions asked by you to our customer service department...

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concealed carry while backpacking and hiking 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

For those just going for a day long hike, CCW is extremely important. The best configuration will likely be an OWB holster because it offers the least amount of friction while keeping the weapon at a comfortable grip distance. For those who prefer to stay CCW through and through, an IWB inside the waistband holster is still possible. Lets take a look...

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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...

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Concealed Carry On Vacation

May 18, 2015 8:05:45 AM PDT

concealed carry while vacationing= 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

It's that time of the year again! No, not tax time. This is where the Griswolds of the world pack it all up into a station wagon (or Ford F-150) and head off to parts unknown. Having a great summer vacation doesn't mean leaving one's concealed carry weapons at home. Quite the opposite – this is an opportunity to get to know to turning this summer vacation into a CCW adventure....

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Concealed Carry At The Gym

May 12, 2015 2:43:16 PM PDT

concealed carry gym 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Ever try running with an inside the waistband concealed carry holster attached to your jogging shorts? It's a pleasure that mostly only the Secret Service really have to deal with. And depending on the weather, it's nearly impossible to keep a compact or sub-compact concealed carry handgun hidden...

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first time ccw advice 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

It's a big step getting a concealed carry holster. Taking that time in the morning or evening to put on that holster and gun is taking personal responsibility for that day. Part of that decision should include the sort of holster you'd trust your life to...

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first time ccw advice 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Every concealed carrier starts off in the same place – learning to get comfortable walking around with a concealed weapon on them. No matter what your particular reasons, it's a major step in taking personal responsibility for your own welfare and that of your family. Now, let's go over some basic points of ccw advice for first timers...

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Glock 43 Holster review 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The Glock 43 is still an excellent gun for first-time CCW permit holders looking to get used to carrying around a firearm in their daily activities. So, Glock was late to the market but at least brought a reliable firearm and that's really what counts. Lets take a closer look at the G43 Pistol...

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holsters with laser light 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

In a dark alley, in the middle of the night, that's when a concealed carry handgun comes in real handy. There's a delay from the moment a pistol is drawn from its holster to being on target that can mean life and death. What's better than having a nice red dot illuminating the area where the first round is going?...

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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...

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concealed carry calibers 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

When choosing a concealed carry sidearm, there's a bit of debate looming over which caliber has the best “stopping power”. As previously discussed in an earlier article, the myth of “stopping power” is just that – a myth. While undoubtedly a .45 caliber bullet will displace more soft tissue than a 9mm, both can be equally fatal...

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form factors for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

For those in the concealed carry community, the question gun developers are always asking is what form factor makes the most sense for concealed carry. The problem? One size never fits all. It's a question of a person's own style of movement, their shape, and the clothing they prefer to wear that dictates which form factor is going to make it...

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clothing options for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

A concealed carry permit allows a person to keep a firearm on his person without having to tell anyone else about it. It's a special privilege to be in one of the very few countries in the world that allows nearly any citizen this ability. As such, the concealed portion of this argument is important...

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how often to clean handgun for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

A concealed carrier has his or her weapon stuffed into an inside the waistband concealed carry holster on almost a daily basis. For comparison, look at a wallet. It holds the signs of extended exposure to perspiration, dirt and grime, wear and tear. Thankfully, most firearms are made of metal and polymer – not leather. But that doesn't alleviate the exposure to perspiration, dirt or grime...

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transporting concealed carry firearm by airplane 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Getting ready for summer? Nothing beats getting out there and traveling to new locales. No matter where your travels take you – here are some good tips about flying with your concealed carry firearms...

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concealed carry full size handguns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

What's the definition between brandishing a firearm and simply being spotted? What about showing an outline of a concealed carry pistol beneath a layer of clothing? These questions and more we'll address in this article...

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Full Size Pistols For Concealed Carry

April 17, 2015 9:00:37 AM PDT

concealed carry full size handguns 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Just because concealed carriers prefer the stealth and sleekness of many of the modern compact pistols out there doesn't mean there isn't a place for full size concealed carry pistols as well. In this article, let's examine three full size pistols that deliver full size performance in a form factor that's still great for concealed carrying ...

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single stack or double stack for concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Emergency situations are exactly that – potentially dangerous, unplanned events. It's the reason why concealed carry is such an important thing! Being able to react to a hostile situation is having the power to survive. The downside to emergency situations is not knowing when the danger will go away ...

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how to conceal carry with only a t-shirt on 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Summer is almost here! For a lot of the country, it's t-shirt weather already. A big question we get from a lot of our readers is how to properly conceal a firearm with just a t-shirt on. And it's understandably a rough point of contention. The whole point of having a concealed firearm is to not disclose it's there. T-shirts don't offer a lot of concealment ...

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how to deal with cross eye dominance for shooting 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

In the military, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when firing a rifle for the first time is zeroing in on the target. While the fundamentals of breathing, trigger control, and stability are all important to hone a better technique, many marksmen discover a frustrating incongruity in their shot groupings. For an estimated 1/3 of all right handed shooters, they'll discover they're actually left eye dominant ...

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Do I Need To Take A Concealed Carry Class?

April 8, 2015 7:53:27 AM PDT

ccw concealed carry class 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

We've gotten a surprising number of emails asking about whether a concealed carry class is truly needed or not. It's more than just safety – it's gaining trust in your abilities and your firearm. However, depending on the state – it may not be required ...

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Concealed Carry To The Rescue

April 6, 2015 8:10:18 AM PDT

ccw conceal carry for self defense 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

On March 22nd, an argument that started in a West Philadelphia barber shop turned unexpectedly violent when a forty year old man drew his pistol and opened fire indiscriminately. Barbers, kids, and bystanders were quickly drawn into the line of fire. An unidentified man to whom authorities have identified as a legally permitted concealed carrier, quickly responded to the sound of shots fired. With one well placed hit to the chest, he brought the entire rampage to a dead standstill...

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nationwide conceal carry reciprocity 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

With the Senate proposing its S 498 bill designed to expand reciprocity of concealed carry permits across all states and House of Representatives proposing their own version in HR 402 – is nationwide concealed carry closer than we think?...

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Constitutional Carry Passed in Kansas!

April 1, 2015 8:19:53 AM PDT

constitutional carry in kansas state 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

It's looking like the concept of Constitutional Carry is beginning to gain plenty of traction in states across the Union as Kansas passed their permitless concealed carry bill through the Senate. While gun rights advocates claim that this is a great step forward in allowing residents to conceal carry a pistol, there is still plenty of contention amongst political groups opposed to the bill....

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concealed carry holsters glock 19 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The Glock 19 is not the best handgun on the face of the earth. But for many concealed carry enthusiasts, it's the firearm they won't leave the house without. Why?...

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Places That Restrict Concealed Carry

March 27, 2015 8:22:53 AM PDT

concealed carry restricted premises 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

While each state has the ability to extend or loosen their parameters for where a person may or may not carry a concealed firearm (or what class of people are authorized to do so) – there are three major conceal carry restrictions that apply nearly unanimously across the board...

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concealed carry and seniors 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The old adage, “With age brings wisdom”, apparently has basis according to a recent study completed by the University Geriatrics Institute of Montreal in Quebec. But does this extend to senior citizens and their ability to properly handle a concealed carry firearm? While perhaps wisdom is a gift of experience, so isn't decreased mobility, diminished flexibility, and motor reflexes ...

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smart gun tech for ccw 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

National headlines love to cover a grisly shooting incident. It makes for big headlines and huge celebrity appeals for tougher laws regulating guns. The downside is that more and more legislators are looking to make laws governing the technology that operates firearms. Additional, unnecessary parts like an electronic firing mechanism, establishing geo-location, and even where the bullet is being fired – they all sound like good ideas if the perspective is that everyone, everywhere operated with those same constraints...

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Dangerous Concealed Carry Practices

March 20, 2015 8:23:12 AM PDT

dangerous concealed carry practices to avoid 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The power of the firearm is that of life and death. That's a pretty heavy thing to consider when dealing with real life situations. However, there are some dangerous ideas that creep in. Whether it's somebody trying to rationalize his or her decision to use a handgun or ways to make it “feel better” − here's three concepts that are downright absurd and dangerous when actually considered....

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How Often Should I Empty My CCW Magazine?

March 18, 2015 8:24:20 AM PDT

how often unload ccw magazine 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

This is a pretty common question for those who may leave a weapon stored with a magazine in it. While compressing a spring will inevitably degrade it given enough time – that time may be a bit longer than gets estimated. Some gun owners strongly advocate for routinely unloading a magazine and reloading it for a pistol that doesn't get fired often. It seems like it may be good practice to check a magazine's operation to ensure it is serviceable....

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concealed carry four rules of safety 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

We all know the four fundamental safety principles of shooting. Don't point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Keep your finger clear and off the trigger until ready to fire. Always know what is before and behind your target. And, of course, treat every weapon as if it is loaded. Now what happens when we apply these solid shooting principles to concealed carrying of firearms? Do they change or adjust?...

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concealed carry no permit 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

We all recall the recent news article about a CCW carrier being assaulted and improperly detained until police could arrive. Well, it naturally struck a deep nerve in the concealed carried weapon permit holder community. It's a natural fear we all have when carrying a firearm – we'll be mistaken for the bad guys. And it couldn't be further from the truth! Concealed carry permit holders are usually carrying because they believe in self-defense ...

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Concealed Carry Without A Permit?

March 11, 2015 8:38:21 AM PDT

concealed carry no permit 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Joining a growing number of states loosening the restrictions on concealed carry of firearms, Utah recently passed a law allowing concealed carry without a permit according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The initial law, HB76, has been amended by the Utah House of Representatives to remove the provision requiring a permit for the carrying of an unloaded concealed carry firearm. But what does this really mean for those pushing for constitutional carry? ...

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What's So Important About Dry Firing?

March 9, 2015 8:09:06 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.” ...

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concealed carry training 

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?...

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carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Trains are possibly one of the most fuel efficient modes of ground transportation in the country. And for those living in densely populated areas, they're also the safest. However, that doesn't stop crime from happening on the platform or rail car. A big question a lot of concealed carry permit holders ask us is, “can I take my gun on an Amtrak train?” ...

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Having The Right Mentality For Concealed Carrying

February 27, 2015 11:37:25 AM PST

carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Everybody has the right to protect themselves and their family from harm – gun or no gun. However, those who can have a concealed carry firearm are in a unique position to be able to protect themselves and their family with the power of a fully loaded handgun. That truly is unique when we look at everywhere else in the world where the common citizen is not eligible to wield a firearm much less conceal it legally on his or her person ...

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Top 5 Jobs That Should Allow Concealed Carry

February 24, 2015 10:56:27 AM PST

carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The fundamentals of a good firearm owner begin when we're young. In some places, it's getting increasingly difficult to find the right programs, though, that foster the basics of marksmanship and above all – safety. This is why we've compiled a few programs to look for when scouting for good youth shooter programs in your area ...

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4 Great Nationwide Youth Shooting Programs

February 23, 2015 8:31:26 AM PST

carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The fundamentals of a good firearm owner begin when we're young. In some places, it's getting increasingly difficult to find the right programs, though, that foster the basics of marksmanship and above all – safety. This is why we've compiled a few programs to look for when scouting for good youth shooter programs in your area ...

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carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

It's a classic problem in the concealed carry world – we have a legally valid permit and we're allowed to use it. Yet daily things like taking off our coat or bending down to pick up the newspaper can inadvertently reveal that we're armed. While in an ideal world, those who legally conceal carry can simply nudge off the added exposure – there's other incidents where it simply turns irrationally bad...

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Concealed Carry Handgun Techniques

February 17, 2015 1:54:57 PM PST

concealed carry shooting techniques 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

There are no secrets of combat hand gunnery that cannot be deduced by experience. However, the point of combat handgun drills is to acclimate a shooter in a simulated environment whereby he or she can learn these principles without having to worry about survival. This is why we're including several techniques that are extremely effective with concealed carry pistols to increase your chances of accurately responding to threats in tense environments. Take a look ...

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workplace concealed carry 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

To paraphrase the Marine Corps Close Combat Manual, on the battlefield anything can and should be used as a weapon. Bringing that concept back to the world of concealed carry firearms, it's important to dispel some myths that cloud what is otherwise a matter of self preservation. Take a look ...

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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 ...

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Can I Conceal Carry At Work?

February 10, 2015 12:15:27 PM PST

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? ...

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Concealed Carry On Motorcycles

February 9, 2015 8:14:57 AM PST

carry concealed on motorbike 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

There are a couple requirements that need to be met before an inside the waistband concealed carry holster becomes a good option for a motorcycle rider. First, the holster itself must have a tight grasp of the pistol. That pistol needs to be firmly secure prior to riding down the road at 60 mph. Secondly, it's highly recommended that an adjustable clasp system is used for securing the holster to the waistband. While some riders will swear that simply a stand-alone holster tucked into the waistband is perfectly sufficient – it still poses an unnecessary risk if the rider has a forward leaning drive position ...

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States Push For Concealed Carry On Campus

February 5, 2015 3:32:23 PM PST

carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Many colleges and campuses across the United States have seen tragedy after tragedy unfold as active shooters enter from any number of avenues – classrooms, dormitories, cafeterias, libraries – and proceed to cause untold amounts of grief and sadness. While state run campuses have placed an increased focus on reaction drills for campus police forces, there is still major concerns that students and faculty are left woefully unprepared to handle an active shooting crisis ...

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Keep Calm And Carry Concealed

February 3, 2015 3:28:01 PM PST

carry concealed 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

In the entrance of a Walmart in Brandon, Florida, Clarence Daniels walked in looking for coffee creamer. A law abiding citizen with a concealed carry permit, the Tampa Bay Times reported that once inside the building, a concerned citizen saw him place his pistol into his inside the waistband concealed carry holster and decided to take matters into his own hands ...

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Concealed carry in Illinois 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Do you recall that scene from Unforgiven where the Schofield Kid ambushes Quick Mike in the outhouse? If not that scene than certainly the part in Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis discovers John Travolta's fully automatic SMG while he's indisposed. Going to the bathroom is a fact of life and as a concealed carrier, we have to make additional considerations for how we handle our firearms in these situations. While it's extremely unlikely any of us will ever be ambushed in a similar situation, we must be cognizant of where our firearm is situated...

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5 Cinema Characters Who Conceal Carry

January 30, 2015 8:20:51 AM PST

 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Sure, Dirty Harry is the quintessential bad-guy/good-guy cop who takes justice into his own hands on and off duty. However, for the majority of us wandering around with a concealed carry permit, we're not wondering if today will be our lucky day. Let's take a look at popular cinema and see how concealed carrying is depicted versus reality ...

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