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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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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.

Sig P250 vs Sig P320: Sig Showdown

December 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig Showdown, Sig P250 vs Sig P320  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking to get a new Sig? You may end up having to choose between the Sig P250 and Sig P320. How do they stack up?

A Brief Guide To Getting Your Concealed Carry Permit

December 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

A quick overview to getting your concealed carry permit  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most literature and commentary presumes you have a concealed carry permit. But what if you don't? Here's a quick guide to obtaining a CCW.

FFL License Facts, Figures, and Findings

December 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

the data you need to know about ffl licensing  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Many gun owners have interacted with a Federal Firearms Licensee and they're discussed in media from time to time, but there's often context that is left out.

Walther PPQ vs H&K VP9 for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for a plastic fantastic but don't want a Glock? Two strong competitors are the Walther PPQ and H&K's VP9.

Sig P938 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry?

December 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry with g43 or p938?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When looking at single-stack 9mm subcompacts, you might find yourself deciding between the Sig P938 and Glock 43.

1911 vs Beretta M9: Battle Of The Service Guns

December 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Battle of the service pistol: 1911 vs Beretta M9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Two solid choices of service sidearm for carry are the 1911 and Beretta M9. Which one of these would be best for you?

Why You Should Carry Concealed

December 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

ShapeShift Polymer Holster Designed For Durability

December 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The Polymer ShapeShift Modular Holster System is designed to last a lifetime  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There are a multiple parts in each ShapeShift Holster. Here's a peek into how they're designed, made and tested for durability.

Best Handguns For Under $500

November 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Handguns Under $500  

By Ryan D | Contributing Editor

Check out our list of 5 handguns that can be purchased for less than $500! These will protect you and your bank account! Do you have a recommendation? Share it in our comments section ...

Best Concealed Carry Glocks

November 27, 2017 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...

The ShapeShift Backpack Holster improves your outdoor carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

You ever wanted a handgun holster that could be attached to a backpack strap and be changed into a different carry style within moments without tools? Well...

holster clips for concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Despite the invention of the striker-fire pistol – fast, responsive, and usually an extremely light trigger pull – there are a lot of concealed carriers who love their revolvers. Whether it's a Smith & Wesson J frame or a Ruger, these weapons have shown themselves to be reliable cornerstones of the handgun market...

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

Impact of 2016 Gun Sales On Jobs, Wages and Taxes

November 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The economic importance of guns  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The economic impact of the U.S. gun industry is immense, and since 2008 it has grown tremendously.

Common Misconceptions About Gun Owners

November 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Common Misconceptions: About Gun Owners  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you are an avid gun owner, chances are you have found yourself in at least one awkward conversation. You are having a conversation with a new acquaintance, it seems to be going so well. Then they begin to ask you about your hobbies. You begin to talk to them about your guns. You tell them which one is your favorite and why. This is the point that you notice a change in their demeanor. You watch them raise their eyebrows, change the subject, or simply end the conversation ...

When Can You Pull A Gun On Someone

November 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

when is it okay to draw gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Can a person be liable for drawing a gun? Absolutely, if it's done outside the bounds of legal justification for doing so. It can be a felony.

How Modular Holsters Save You Money

November 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The ShapeShift saves you money  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Modular holsters remove the need to buy multiple complete holsters for different carry styles. They also offer an affordable way to try new carry styles.

Concealed Carry for Veterans

November 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry for armed service memebers  

By James England | Contributing Editor

When I was in the Marine Corps, there were annual pistol qualifications for the M9 Beretta (P92 DA/SA). It was, in hindsight, a pretty cheesy course. The course was designed just to familiarize a servicemember with the pistol and ensure he or she could competently fire it at distance. We weren't drilled on drawing or re-holstering. We were given no specific verse on applicable federal or state ccw laws. There was no thought given to best practices for concealed carry because we weren't carrying concealed...

Concealed Carry Tips For The Holidays

November 6, 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...

Improving your open carry with the ShapeShift's paddle configuration  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster offers multiple levels of retention, modularity, improved accessibility, engineered materials and customized comfort.

Are Small Calibers Reliable for Concealed Carry?

November 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

small calibers for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For a lot of concealed carriers, there is the impression that a larger caliber bullet is more effective than a smaller one. The concept of “stopping power” has been dispelled over and over again. A .45 ACP round is no more effective than a .32 Auto if they're both placed poorly on target...

What Is A Trigger Reset And Why Is It Important?

October 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

trigger reset  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

After you depress the trigger and a round comes out, the trigger reset is the minimum space you have to let that trigger return before the sear re-engages the hammer or striker pin. The idea is that by just releasing to this point and no further, a concealed carrier can quickly fire follow-up shots...

The ShapeShift MOLLE Holster

October 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

The Shapeshift MOLLE Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The Alien Gear MOLLE Holster expands the compatibility of the ShapeShift and Cloak Mod Holsters to fit MOLLE PALS webbing.

9 Imported Guns You Should Know About

October 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

9 imported guns to know about for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's quite a few imported CCW pistols that many are already aware of, like Sig and Glock. Here are some others worth carrying day-to-day

Range Essentials

October 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

 

   

By Troy Touchstone | Contributing Author

Headed to the range this weekend? Then make sure you have everything needed. First and probably most obvious is, of course, your weapon and ammo. Some may laugh, but I have seen people pack everything but the kitchen sink and still somehow forget to grab all the guns they wanted to shoot, or even enough or any ammo for the day. Secondly, you also will want to bring your “ears and eyes” ...

7 Carry Guns You Shouldn't Overlook

October 20, 2017 7:07:00 AM PDT

concealed carry guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most people are familiar with the popular concealed carry guns. These pistols are in nearly every gun store and scads of material have been written about them.

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.

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