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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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guide to smith and wesson m and p pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular handgun lines out there is Smith & Wesson M&P pistols, and for a boatload of good reasons. These are the closest competitors to Glock in the domestic handgun market, and they are popular with police and civilians alike as implements of personal protection.

6 Concealed Carry Gun Myths Busted

July 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ccw handgun myths  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a whole lot of CCW gun myths out there that people keep repeating. Here are 6 that are complete bunk...

6 Best Home Defense Handguns

July 11, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

best home defense pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What makes for the best home defense gun? The same attributes that make for a great carry gun, like accuracy, reliability and being easy for you to shoot.

357 Magnum vs 9mm For Concealed Carry

July 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

9mm vs 357  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Handgun rounds in the .38 caliber family have always been the most popular, but since some (.38 Special, .380) are a bit weak the most popular are .357 Magnum vs 9mm. Each of these rounds has a long history and pedigree of efficacy in the realm of self-defense, so that both are good carry rounds is not in dispute.

Best New Concealed Carry Guns Of 2018

July 6, 2018 11:17:00 AM PDT

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

2018 is half-way through, 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 2018's crop of CCW guns.

Concealed Carry on July 4th

July 4, 2018 9:03:00 AM PDT

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concealed carry 4th of July 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are some special considerations that a person should be mindful of if carrying concealed on July 4th. Holidays tend to attract very large crowds, especially if doing the traditional activities such as watching fireworks. There is also something of a summer festival atmosphere and everything that entails...

What's The Best .380 Ammo?

July 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

380 ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Load selection is critical if carrying .380 ACP, but what's the best .380 ammo? After all, you want to carry the best carry ammo you possibly can.

Shoulder Holster Safety

June 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

safety for shoulder holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

A holster is used for safety. That's the primary reason it's there. That's what you need to be concerned with first and foremost when shopping for a leather shoulder holster.

Rimfire Vs Centerfire

June 27, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

rimfire vs centerfire  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the difference between rimfire vs centerfire? Bullet design, as well as the mechanics of how the bullet goes "bang!" Read on to learn more...

9mm Vs 45 For Concealed Carry

June 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

9mm vs 45  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Gun people have been arguing 9mm vs 45for decades. Let's settle this once and for all. Read on...

shapeshift shoulder holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters released a modular, hybrid shoulder holster, the 10th addition to the ShapeShift Modular Holster System.

springfield xd  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

40 vs 9mm For Concealed Carry

June 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

40 vs 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For a couple decades, people have been debating 40 vs 9mm. You might be sick of hearing it, but we're covering it anyway! Both rounds have something to offer the right person.

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straw purchase and background checks 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Prospective gun owners may be wondering a few things when seeking to buy a new weapon: what exactly are universal background checks, which states require them, what sort of background checks are in place now and consequently how are people still getting around background checks and committing crimes?...

6 Best 380 Pistols

June 11, 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.

.38 vs. 9mm For Concealed Carry

June 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

9mm vs 38mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since the two cartridges share so many virtues, some wonder which is best between .38 vs 9mm. The short answer is both are very good for the same reasons.

fathers day gifts  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for Father's Day gifts for the dad that conceals and carries? Here are 6 great gift ideas for your father or husband for this father's day...

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

June 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

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.

Sig P938 vs Kimber Solo For Concealed Carry

June 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

kimber solo vs sig p938  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Which between the Sig P938 vs Kimber Solo are better for concealed carry? It's very subjective. Both are slim, single-stack subcompact 9mm pistols so they're well suited to the task...

Sig 1911 vs Kimber 1911: Which Is Better?

May 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

kimber 1911 vs sig 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You've decided you want an upscale 1911 but not quite custom shop; thus, you're trying to decide between a Sig 1911 vs Kimber 1911. Both are known to be great pistols, but which exactly is going to be better?

Cover vs Concealment

May 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

cover vs concealement  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You need to know the difference between cover vs concealment. The base definition is rather simple; cover will stop a bullet, concealment only covers you up. However, that only tells you so much of the story.

driver seat holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift Driver Defense Holster is a holster mount with straps that loop over and below a car seat, buckling at its front and cinching an adapter for a full Shape Shift Shell configuration. It's a vehicle holster mount that doesn't require drilling into a surface.

Taurus Judge vs Governor For Concealed Carry

May 23, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

judge vs governor  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people just want a .410 revolver, and this leads some people to ponder whether to get the Taurus Judge vs Governor by S&W. Since Smith and Wesson is such a long-lasting and trusted brand, some people wonder if you can get the same gun, just made better, by opting to not get the Taurus.

Troubleshooting Bad Target Shooting

May 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

diagnosing bad target shooting  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering why you aren't getting the best groups while shooting? There could be a number of reasons, as a lot can throw off your shooting. Believe it or not, some very subtle errors in technique can pull, push or otherwise get shots off target.

Basic Marksmanship For Concealed Carry

May 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

basic marksmanship  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's a difference between traditional marksmanship and concealed carry marksmanship. The latter could also be expressed as "combat shooting." Put a bit differently, there's a difference between target shooting and defensive shooting skills.

Reloading Drills For Concealed Carry Practice

May 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ccw reloading drills  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A best practice for concealed carry practice is to incorporate some reloading drills into your practice routine. On the one hand, it is true that most defensive shootings are concluded very quickly with only a few shots fired, but it is also true that some are not. Therefore, it behooves you to train for both contingencies.

ccw daily routine  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You have made the decision that you want to concealed carry. Now you need to figure out how to make it part of your daily routine. After all, if you're going to carry you should do so as often as possible, rather than just on occasion.

Mother's Day Gifts For Gun Owners

May 11, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

gun related gifts for mothers day  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are all sorts of fantastic gun-related gift ideas for the moms in your life. Here's just a few ideas for both concealed carry and those beloved range days.

concealed carry tips  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The root of any highly successful concealed carrier's degree of success will inevitably stem from developing some basic rules. Here's some suggestions based upon experience and observation...

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?

ccw guns for old people  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people find as they age that they need to change concealed carry guns as the pistol they're used to just isn't to their liking anymore. Granted, some people have no issues; it's all really down to you in the end.

Ruger SP101 vs GP100 For Concealed Carry

May 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ruger sp101 vs gp100  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you want to carry a wheel gun but need something that's with a bit more beef than the standard snubby, two guns that will come up in your search are the Ruger SP101 vs GP100. Which is better as a concealed carry revolver?

cz-75 vs 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're into guns that have a touch of class, a couple of old-school service pistols that you may find yourself weighing might be the CZ-75 vs 1911. Granted, the real answer is BOTH because both are amazing..

Cloak Tuck 3.5 vs The ShapeShift 4.0

April 27, 2018 11:40:00 AM PDT

cloak tuck 3.5 vs shapeshift 4.0  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The difference between the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster and the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster rests within the shell, and what that shell can and cannot do. They both utilize the same comfortable backer that features twist-and-lock clips..

CZ P07 vs P01: Choice Of Czech Compacts

April 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

cz p01 vs cz p07  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you've decided you want to get a CZ for a CCW but want it as tactical as it is practical, the two choices that will quickly emerge are the CZ P07 vs P01. You'll have a hard time choosing between the two, because a lot of the on-paper aspects are like incredibly close...though some aren't.

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.

A Folding Glock 19 For Concealed Carry?

April 18, 2018 7:30:39 AM PDT

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.

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