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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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switching from iwb to aiwb  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people have made using the ShapeShift holster system out to be a whole lot more complicated than it is, and to prove it we're going to demonstrate changing a 4.0 IWB to the ShapeShift Appendix Carry Holster. These are two of the most popular models of ShapeShift holsters, and a lot of people are carrying with both.

folding glock  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A folding Glock will make concealed carry very easy, especially if carrying a folding Glock 19. But does that come at the cost of function, to the point where it's no longer a viable carry gun?

Top 10 1911 Upgrades

April 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

mods for 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

An aspect of the 1911 pistol that some people really appreciate is that you can take a gun that's basically average and - with a few 1911 upgrades - make it a tack-driving machine with surgical-grade accuracy that would stop the Incredible Hulk in his tracks.

beretta 92a1 vs m9a1  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're looking for a big double-stack but won't have a darn thing to do with tactical Tupperware, two guns you might wind up considering are the Beretta 92A1 vs. M9A1. You might further ponder just what the heck the difference actually is...and if it's worth paying for..

Why You Should Carry Concealed

April 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

If you carry, you should carry concealed  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're going to carry a gun, you should concealed carry. Not that open carry shouldn't be allowed; there is a time and place for it.

Should I Get The Kahr PM9 Vs CM9?

March 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

cm9 vs pm9r  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For those that like Kahr pistols, choosing a CCW pistol from their lineup often comes down to the Kahr PM9 vs. CM9. They don't always get the same amount of press as some of the other gun brands do, but Kahr pistols actually have a lot to offer believe it or not.

shield vs kahr  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Granted, a lot of people are going to gravitate toward the M&P Shield and for good reason. It's one of the most popular carry guns on the market. However, you shouldn't discount the Kahr; Kahr pistols are actually overlooked to a degree that some might consider criminal. They deserve a look, and for reasons we will get into.

Your Guide To Concealed Carry Holsters

March 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry holster guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What do you need to know aboutconcealed carry holsters? Everything you need to know will be right here. We'll go over what you need to know about the various types of concealed carry holsters and methods for concealed carry.

cloak tuck 3.0 vs 3.5  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Innovation is a three-part equation: a new idea solves a real problem to serve an end user or intent.

pcr vs compact  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you were leaning toward a CZ to CCW, two of the strongest contenders are going to come down to the CZ 75 Compact vs PCR. CZ makes some of the best pistols to be had, though their product lineup is a bit heavier on the full-size guns than on concealed carry pistols.

Common Handgun Features For Concealed Carry Guns

March 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ccw handgun features  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As you are likely aware, there are a number of handgun features that all pistols have. Certain features, like control mechanisms, are found on basically all handguns today. Others are found on only a few.

How To Concealed Carry In Summer

March 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

how to concealed carry in summer  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Inclement weather can make concealed carry a bit more of a chore than it is during other periods. Among the worst is summertime. Concealment is a little more tenuous, given that you'll be wearing fewer layers. Carrying is going to be a little more uncomfortable, given the heat.

Concealed carry and alcohol  

By James England | Contributing Editor

First thing's first – just because you're in a bar doesn't mean you can't legally protect yourself. However, depending on which state you're in, there are very specific prohibitions against you carrying your pistol on your person. Before you take a sip of that frosty brew or down a cowboy's shot of whiskey, here's a few things to keep in mind ...

FNP vs FNX 45: Battle Of The Belgian Big Bores

March 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

fnx-vs-fnp  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're mulling a decision between the FNP vs FNX in .45 - or any other caliber - then you probably know that they're both damn near the same gun. Or maybe you don't; we'll actually go over that.

ShapeShift Range Holster

March 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

shapeshift range holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Cloak Mag Carriers are compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System in two carry styles: drop leg and MOLLE. The point of modularity is to increase the options available so the carrier themself may control the end product according to their preferences.

shoulder holster guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A popular method of concealed carry is to use a shoulder holster. It's certainly been featured on television shows and films, as they've been worn by everyone from James Bond to "Dirty Harry" on the big screen, on "Miami Vice" to "Justified" on the small screen and so many points in between.

Should Teachers Carry Concealed Firearms?

February 27, 2018 11:45:00 AM PST

should teachers carry guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Over a dozen states specifically authorize teachers, principals, and other school officials from carrying concealed on school grounds.

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

February 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

Do Injection Molded Holsters Have Improved Quality?

February 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Injection molded holsters improve quality  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Injection-molded holster shells start as a blend of polymer pellets or fillings that are melted and compressed in a mold designed by tool and die makers. The end result is more precision, lower costs and in many cases stronger materials.

Browning Hi Power vs 1911: Full-Size Faceoff

February 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Browning Hi Power vs Browning 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Browning revolutionized the world of handguns with his 1911 and Hi Power models, with these two enduring choices of carry it leaves a prominent question... Which one is better for concealed carry?

The Concealed Carry Guns Of US Presidents

February 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

The concealed carry weapons of United States' Presidents  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most presidents have historically shown support and appreciation of firearms. Several have even concealed carried, so what handguns did they use?

Concealed Carry And Dating

February 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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 ...

Which CZ To CCW: CZ P07 vs P09

February 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

The CZ-P09 vs CZ P-07 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Two good options to narrow down your daily EDC for CCW are the CZ-P07 and CZ-P09. Featuring DA/SA, old-school operation with modularity, these two are sure to be difficult to choose between.

How Strong Are Alien Gear Holsters Materials?

February 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

durable alien gear holsters  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Every element of every Alien Gear holster is subjected to immense stress testing until failure. During the product development process. If the material fails, it's replaced with something more effective or redesigned into something more efficient.

Sig P238 vs Sig P938: Sorting The Small Sigs

February 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig P938 vs Sig P238 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

With the differences between the Sig P238 and Sig P938 varying little in size and round, choosing between them for a micro-sized everyday carry can be a challenge. Which of these small Sigs should you pick?

Castle Doctrine  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In society’s terms, it’s called “fight or flight.” In the courtroom, it’s discussed as Duty to Retreat or Castle Doctrine. In reality, it is knowing when to use deadly force in a situation or when not to. The lines aren’t always clear, but it is important to know the laws and how to train for these scenarios ...

Introducing The ShapeShift Ankle Holster

February 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Introducing the all-new Alien Gear ShapeShift Ankle Carry Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift Ankle Holster is an addition to the growing line of ShapeShift Modular Holster System. Its functionality, structure and materials directly target and resolve common issues with ankle carry. It doesn't shift on the leg during movement and can handle up to full size pistols.

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.

SHOT Show - New Innovations in the Gun Industry

January 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

shot show  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As if we weren't going to make an appearance, there just so happens to be an Alien Gear SHOT Show booth at this year's SHOT Show. We were at SHOT Show 2017, and we sure weren't going to miss SHOT Show 2018.

10 Best Selling Concealed Carry Holsters Of 2017

January 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What are some of the best-selling holsters at Alien Gear? Wondering what a lot of people are carrying? Here are the Top 10 best sellers...

What Happens After A Self-Defense Shooting?

January 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

self defense shooting  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

It's all well and good to discuss guns, shooting techniques, concealed carry and so on, but what happens after a self defense shooting? What does the aftermath look like?

Alien Gear ShapeShift Mag Carrier Guide

January 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

shapeshift mag carrier  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Cloak Mag Carriers are compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System in two carry styles: drop leg and MOLLE. The point of modularity is to increase the options available so the carrier themself may control the end product according to their preferences.

ruger lcp vs bodyguard  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're looking for a reasonably-priced micro gun, picking the best one is likely going to come down to deciding between the LCP vs Bodyguard. Both of these pistols are very common in stores, both chamber .380, both are fairly easily acquired (expect to pay around $300) and both are noted for shooting better than the Saturday Night Specials of years past.

9 Great Guns For Women

January 3, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

best guns for girls  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A huge problem with purported guns for women is that the typical pistols that get recommended to them are actually terrible for many female shooters. Why? Usually because the guns in question use a smaller round but are also usually subcompact or micro guns.

Because Sig Doesn't Make a .46: Sig P220 vs P227

January 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

sig p227 vs p220  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you wanted a big, old-school Sig Sauer but just can't be bothered with some lame old 9mm, that will inexorably lead you to deciding between the P220 vs P227. Trying to decide between these guns is actually rather difficult, because the difference between them is so slight that it's amazing that Sig actually sells both.

concealed carry training  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Mere target practice alone does not constitute concealed carry practice or training. While accuracy, precision and overall good marksmanship is definitely a good skill to have, it isn't enough. There are more skills that are needed when it comes to concealed carry.

shapeshift slide and cloak tuck slide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

This equipment is prototyped relentlessly, torture tested and rebuilt time and again until multiple teams are satisfied to release the product. There are two belt slide holsters that manifest Alien Gear Holsters' approach to improving everyday carry, and their features differ structurally, functionally and effectively.

M&P Shield vs. Ruger LC9s: Subcompact Shootout

December 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

ruger vs smith and wesson  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're after a subcompact striker gun, two of the most popular candidates on your list will likely be the M&P Shield vs Ruger LC9s. In fact, those happen to be two of the most popular holster models we sell here at Alien Gear and with good reason.

Best New Concealed Carry Guns Of 2017

December 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

2017 is rapidly approaching its close, but some fantastic concealed carry guns came out this year. In fact, a concealed carry pistol could be found for nearly any and every sensibility from 2017's crop of CCW guns.

VP9 vs P320

December 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

p320 or vp9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Thinking of a big 'ol striker gun but think Glocks are totally lame? You might end up torn between the VP9 vs. P320 and both would be solid choices.

handgun shopping for beginners  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

How do you know it's the right gun when handgun shopping? After all, if you're going to pick a gun to defend yourself with, you'd better pick one that you can rely on. You'll also want to pick one that you'll be able to use.

battle of the paddle holsters: shapeshift paddle vs cloak mod paddle holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster and Cloak Mod OWB Holster are built completely different. Although they have unique designs and capabilities, they each function similarly and are constructed to comfortably carry any size handgun. One, however, can be reconfigured into several carry styles.

Concealed Carry Tips For The Holidays

December 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

best concealed carry tips  

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...

Guide To Sig Sauer

December 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM 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.

Best Sig Sauer Concealed Carry Pistols

December 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM 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.

XDS vs XDM: Which Compact Springfield Should I Get?

December 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Which should I get, the springfield xdm or xds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Springfield makes many firearms that are great for concealed carry. Here, we focus on the two that most concealed carriers end up weighing together: the XD(M) and XD-S. Two of Springfield's most popular compact firearms... How do they stack up against each other?

What Should Concealed Carry Training Include?

December 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Recommended tips & exercises for your concealed carry training regiment  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's a lot to consider when it comes to concealed carry training. States have their own individual laws and requirements, and the shooter must be proficient with their weapon and constantly proactive with their training. Here, Alien Gear Holsters provides some tips for your concealed carry training regimen.

ATF Gun Serial Number Checks: What You Should Know

December 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

A modern ATF gun tracing workstation  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

ATF gun serial number checks is a topic that isn't brought up much, but they provide a glimpse into the life of firearms recovered in bona fide criminal investigations. However, the data will only get you so far. It has shortcomings.

Sig P320 vs. Sig P226: Which Should You Get?

December 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The Sig P320 vs Sig P226  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P320 and Sig P226 are strong contenders for a Sig 9mm, but how do they stack up against each other? Alien Gear Holsters stacks up two of the most popular firearms for concealed carry side-by-side so you can make the most informed decision.

Duty To Inform States: What You Need To Know

December 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry duty to inform  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The duty to inform states are those states having a legal requirement that any concealed carrier disclose that they are armed upon making contact with law enforcement. There variations on the duty to inform, of course, as some require disclosure if asked and others under certain other conditions.

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