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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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    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.

    Washington D.C. Concealed Carry

    July 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

    washington dc concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Washington D.C. concealed carry regulations are some of the most severe in the nation, comparable to New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and Maryland.

    Ohio Concealed Carry

    July 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDT

    ohio concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Ohio concealed carry, which became a reality in 2004 as the 46th state to create a program for permits, is an examination of weapons oversight with a history of questionable choices.

    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...

    Georgia Concealed Carry

    July 13, 2017 11:13:24 AM PDT

    georgia concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The South loves guns, which makes Georgia concealed carry laws an important consideration for members of the Peach State.

    Wisconsin Concealed Carry

    July 12, 2017 9:30:36 AM PDT

    wisconson concealed carry  

    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

    florida concealed carry  

    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.

    Oregon Concealed Carry

    July 5, 2017 4:17:12 PM PDT

    oregon concealed carry  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Oregon concealed carry rights are a mixed bag, and the state's lackluster 2017 legislative session did little to help improve them — the most notable bill, HB 2127, would have mandated the Department of Justice to create and maintain a CCW permit reciprocity list.

    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

    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.

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