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    Best Concealed Carry Blog Posts of 2015

    September 2, 2015 10:37:06 AM PDT

    best ccw blog 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's certainly a lot of hurdles the average person has to overcome towards being comfortable carrying a concealed firearm. But if you're able to identify the issues that hinder you in your daily carry, you can make steps to overcome them...

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    ccw daily concealed carry 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's certainly a lot of hurdles the average person has to overcome towards being comfortable carrying a concealed firearm. But if you're able to identify the issues that hinder you in your daily carry, you can make steps to overcome them...

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    Revolvers for Concealed Carry - A Closer Look

    August 28, 2015 9:56:48 AM PDT

    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...

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    holster clips for concealed carry 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters offers a wide selection of fastening clips for their holsters. The reason is simple – different applications demand different fastening methods. If you're an off-duty police officer or emergency worker, you may need a leather loop configuration to go over your duty belt. Or perhaps you know you'll need to adjust your holster before you sit in your vehicle – That's the perfect job for a C or J clip. Maybe you don't wear a belt at all – here's where steel clips come in handy...

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    small calibers for concealed carry 

    By James England | 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...

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    alien gear 2 vs 3 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The Alien Gear Holster’s Cloak Tuck series sets the bar for the concealed carry industry. As time moves on and guns become more advanced, so do our concealed carry holsters. With every successful holster product comes slight tweaks to their design to meet the demands of the people-in this case the concealed carrier. To best explain the differences between our Cloak Tuck 2.0 and the 3.0, let’s take a look at the materials used and most importantly, why we chose to use them in the first place...

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    Best Holster Warranty Of Them All

    August 19, 2015 7:54:52 AM PDT

    best gun holster warranty 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters isn't just about setting records in terms of product reliability, usability or concealability – it's a holster that we want you to trust. And that's why we offer the Forever Warranty which backs every single part of our holsters from wear, tear, breakage or cracks. If the clips break, the grommets wear, or a bolt gets threaded – send in the offending part and we'll send you back a brand new one...

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    What Are The Benefits Of Joining A Gun Club?

    August 17, 2015 7:52:27 AM PDT

    how to join a gun club 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In almost every town and city where law-abiding gun owners live, there's a gun club. That gun club may specialize in just hunting and rifles or it may extend to pistols or more. Each gun club provides some very basic advantages: a place to train and meet others whom are like-minded in self-defense...

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    how to wear a iwb gun holster 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's break this apart real quick. The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck (or nearly any other inside the waistband holster) will operate in a couple very predictable ways. Some other inside the waistband holsters have one clip which either clasps over your gun belt (any belt of sturdy construction will do) or – in some cases – directly to the side of your pants...

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    cheap concealed carry guns 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The basic question any concealed carrier asks himself when selecting his everyday carry is: how much is my life worth? Because, essentially, that's the question being answered when selecting the make and model of your daily carry firearm...

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    prevent and clear gun jam 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    First off – there's no 100% guarantee you can prevent a gun jam. That's when a round fails to feed properly into the chamber, fails to eject after its been fired or fails to fire at all. This topic comes on the tragic heels of a murder in North Carolina where a woman was attempting to defend herself with her concealed carry pistol and it jammed after one round. Her attacker, though hit with the first shot, pressed his advantage and killed her...

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    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...

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    how to prevent a gun from going off 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Negligent firearm discharges happen more often than they should. And very few times do they end without damage to property or person. That's why it's important to understand what a negligent weapons discharge is, what it entails, and how you can always avoid one...

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    concealed carry and ccw tips 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    It's always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there's a couple good habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we're going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm...

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    concealed carry stress shooting 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    When a person begins training with firearms, every effort is made to focus on breathing and the fundamentals of marksmanship. The conditions are usually low stress. You line up your target, you aim, and when ready – fire. Rinse and repeat. There's a practical reason behind this: it's safe...

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    concealed carry with two guns 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    If you think you may be heading into a really rough area, reconsider what you're doing. It's your legal responsibility to avoid situations where you know violence or escalation of violence is imminent. That's not to say you shouldn't defend your home or your family – but truly do consider whether what you are doing is necessary. If you think having a second handgun is better than just carrying another magazine, you're probably not thinking through the scenario realistically...

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    best 9mm handguns for concealed carry 2015 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    While we all have our favorite everyday concealed carry pistol or revolver, almost every firearm owner knows the importance of maintaining a good full size or compact back-up chambered in 9mm. The 9x19mm round is versatile, comes in a lot of great options such as hollow point (HP) or overpressurized (+P), and has a lot less recoil than the bigger S&W .40 round...

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    concealed carry wins 2015 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    aily bicycle commutes tend to range anywhere from 5-20 miles one way. While you do your best to obey the rules of the road, there's never any way to know how fellow motorists will handle the situation. Being on the road and exposed can also be perceived as being an easy target...

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    What Careers Deal With Guns?

    July 22, 2015 8:36:25 AM PDT

    concealed carry wins 2015 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

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    Big Concealed Carry Wins For 2015

    July 20, 2015 8:14:51 AM PDT

    concealed carry wins 2015 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

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    trigger reset 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The best part about hitting the great outdoors is having the freedom to wander where you want. But for those who prefer to take a concealed carry firearm with them – there's a few pieces of advice to make the wilderness just a bit friendlier...

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    trigger reset 

    By James England | 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...

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    how to buy used ccw guns 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not everyone buys brand new ccw firearms off the rack. Used firearms – like the Glock 26 – can be picked up for hundreds of dollars less than they retailed. While gun manufacturers are always making the “latest and greatest” version of the same old gun they've made since the 80s, often times the older handgun models incorporated better metal alloys or polymer composites...

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    carry ccw permit with you 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    For states that aren't constitutional carry, having a concealed carry permit can come in pretty handy. As a general rule, if you're carrying concealed – have your permit on you. And here's three very great reasons why...

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    concealed carry in suit or business attire 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Whether it's going to a business meeting or just dressing fashionably – it all begins with learning the proper way to carry concealed in a suit. In any outfit, the goal is always to break up the outline of the handle of the firearm – more especially with business attire and dress suits...

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    should ccw holders intervene 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    This isn't a question you can get the answer from a second authority. Only you and you alone can make that decision. The legal consequences, the decisions, and the risk are yours and yours alone to bear the burden. That said, it's definitely good to assess the situation in the moment and decide if your involvement would be beneficial or not..

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    5 Mistakes New Concealed Carriers Make

    July 3, 2015 8:24:12 AM PDT

    common concealed carry mistakes 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Everyone is new when they start carrying a concealed firearm. What separates the competent carriers from the incompetent ones is by solving these five mistakes – which we are all prone to make at some point. If you find any of these statements apply to you, just know every other person out there is faced with them, too. What can you do to improve your ability to defend the lives of yourself and others?..

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    concealed carry with bad eyesight 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There is a recent, reoccurring article published in the Des Moines Register about how Iowa has no restrictions on issuing concealed carry permits to the visually impaired. It's created a bit of a stir because many people believe that if you can't see the target, you shouldn't be shooting. And they do have a point – it fundamentally violates two of the basic safety principles governing the safe usage of firearms...

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    Staying Alive With a Self Defense Mindset

    June 29, 2015 8:30:02 AM PDT

    self defense for concealed carry 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Having a concealed carry permit, being a daily carrier, and regularly training with your sidearm are all very important to staying alive. With those pieces in place, let's discuss five more parts of what composes a self-defense mindset necessary to survive confrontation...

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    Lost Your Concealed Carry Gun? What Now?!

    June 26, 2015 8:14:49 AM PDT

    what to do when gun is lost 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    It's the big unthinkable that scares us the most – what happens if we reach down to our inside the waistband concealed carry holster and find a big nothing? After your heart has a chance to recover, here's a few recommendations for how to handle a lost concealed carry firearm...

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    Should Teachers Carry Concealed Firearms?

    June 24, 2015 8:24:41 AM PDT

    should teachers carry guns 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Over a dozen states specifically authorize teachers, principals, and other school officials from carrying concealed on campus. While some districts may not specifically provision it, many of those teachers aren't required to disclose whether or not they are carrying...

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    best first gun holster 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You've heard of the equilateral triangle for workmanship? “Fast, cheap, good” Choose two, the old joke goes. When it comes to choosing a great first concealed carry holster, thankfully that triangle doesn't apply. In this case, we have a square and each quadrant is essential...

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    concealed carry tips 

    By Alien Gear Holsters Fans | Contributing Editors

    Some of the best material on the web comes in the form of Facebook comments left by you fine, comical people. Check out these chuckle-givers in our new “Comments of the Week”, and you’re guaranteed a hearty laugh. Feast your gun-login’ eyes on these viral gems...

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    concealed carry tips 

    By James England | 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...

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    benefits of concealed carry for businesses 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Every single day we hear about robberies at convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants. For those that are wary about guns, it's prompted a lot of businesses to place up No Weapons placards. But as it turns out, concealed carriers may be exactly the people businesses ought to be bringing in...

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    ccw shooting tips 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Even expert marksman are still never completely satisfied with their shooting abilities. There's always room to improve. And in the world of concealed carry, it's all the more important to address the issues that may hinder us in an actual hostile event...

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    Denied a Concealed Carry Permit?

    June 12, 2015 8:17:07 AM PDT

    why ccw permits are denied 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Life is simple. The law isn't. And unfortunately, for many people looking to obtain a concealed carry permit, there are a number of hoops that need to be jumped through prior to obtaining one...

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    should i get a ccw 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Before many people get a concealed carry permit, there's a list of questions they tend to ask themselves. While the only person who truthfully knows the answers to these questions is you – take a quick moment and ask yourself the following...

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    best states for ccw and gun owners 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    With summer upon us in full force, it's time to turn an eye towards places where folks just seem to get the idea that defending one's self is for the betterment of all. Alien Gear Holsters is proud to present the top 5 CCW friendly states...

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    how to improve defensive shooting skills for self defense 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There is no substitute for muscle memory. Repeating an action will ingrain that skill – no matter the skill. This is especially true for firearms. The concept that a person who doesn't regularly fire his or her pistol suddenly being able to put rounds on target at 25 yards...

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    choosing your first ccw concealed carry gun 

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    That first step towards becoming a daily concealed carrier begins with selecting the right gun. This can be surprisingly difficult for both first time carriers and veteran CCWs alike. Why? Because it's not just a pistol or revolver – it's an investment in security. That's why we're going to discuss several things that can help you make the best call for your first concealed carry handgun...

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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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