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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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    Guide To Ankle Carry

    February 24, 2017 1:46:48 PM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    One of the most popular carry methods besides carrying in a holster on the waistband is ankle carry. It isn't necessarily the most popular method and has mostly been reserved for law enforcement officers and soldiers carrying a backup gun.

    Guide To Smith And Wesson Handguns

    February 22, 2017 12:05:55 PM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    In the late 1990s, S&W moved to the polymer-frame, striker-fired design that has become the industry standard with the Sigma platform of pistols. They received a lukewarm reception and a lawsuit from Glock, which resulted in S&W having to pay royalties for every Sigma pistol sold. Eventually, the Sigma line was discontinued though it lives on somewhat through the SD VE pistols currently available.

    picking a home defense handgun vs picking a concealed carry gun  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Guns, in the end, are tools, and there is a right tool for every task - which is why a lot of people will tell you that picking a home defense handgun is different than choosing a concealed carry gun. Granted, there are some pistols that are equally suited to both roles, but a lot of guns may be better at the one than at the other.

    North Dakota Concealed Carry

    February 17, 2017 2:35:20 PM PST

     

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Although North Dakota concealed carry laws are being reconsidered with proposed permitless carry legislation, it’s important to understand the state’s not one, but two types of CCW permits.

    Louisiana Concealed Carry

    February 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Louisiana concealed carry laws require a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun, but this state provides a unique benefit for applicants: they may apply for a lifetime permit.

    Ammunition Capacity for a Concealed Carry Gun

    February 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    There may not be such a thing as too much ammunition for concealed carry…but then again, all you may need is one round. The amount of spare ammunition to carry is something everyone will have to work out for themselves, whether you wish to concealed carry a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun.

    The Best Springfield Handguns For Concealed Carry

    February 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Some of the most popular carry guns out there are Springfield handguns, and for good reason. They make something for almost everyone, handgun-wise, and the guns they make are known for being accurate, reliable, and for also delivering quite a good amount of value for money.

    mental health background check  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    President Donald Trump’s Second Amendment platform calls to attention an important consideration for gun owners: how do mental health background checks play into the firearms industry?

    Different Pistol Firing Mechanisms

    February 6, 2017 3:08:06 PM PST

    selecting the right firing mechanism  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    When trying to choose a concealed carry gun, one element to consider is that of the firing mechanism, as there are significant differences between them. Each has inherent benefits and each has inherent drawbacks.

    Gun Sights for Concealed Carry

    February 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

    Let’s start with some basic information about gun sights. More than likely, that new pistol you just purchased comes right off the showroom floor with a standard set of front and rear fixed sights.

    The Ultimate Glock Guide

    February 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Arguably, the most popular gun maker of the past 30 years has been Glock, and for so many good reasons. There have been controversies as well, and deeply divided opinions among the gun-owning community.

    Choosing A Concealed Carry Gun

    January 30, 2017 9:35:03 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Choosing a concealed carry pistol is not necessarily the easiest thing to do. There are a number of factors to consider, including the "on paper" specifications as well as the intangibles that a magazine or internet article can't tell you.

    Maryland Concealed Carry

    January 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Maryland concealed carry laws give the state a reputation that rivals even California’s strict firearm policies, specifically with four words echoed skeptically within the Second Amendment community: good and substantial reason.

    Why Concealed Carry Is Relevant

    January 25, 2017 11:37:44 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Why does concealed carry matter? After all, some might opine, you don't need to go around armed all the time. For most people, the risk that they'll be involved in an armed robbery or car jacking or mass shooting or something is so low, that there's practically no point.

    7 Outstanding Gun Guides by Alien Gear Holsters

    January 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    You might have noticed an Alien Gear guide at some point, as we have published a number of them. Each one covers a particular topic in greater detail than the typical blog post, going into greater depth on every point and covering far more ground than normal.

    Tennessee Concealed Carry

    January 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Because Tennessee concealed carry laws recently relaxed, 130 faculty members at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville walked into the fall 2016 semester able to legally carry a handgun on campus, according to media reports.

    What's Happening At The Alien Gear SHOT Show Booth

    January 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    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 2016, and we sure weren't going to miss SHOT Show 2017.

    Connecticut Concealed Carry

    January 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

     

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The Connecticut pistol permit has an extra step that many other states’ permit programs don’t require — technically speaking, the state-resident applicant has to get two permits.

    Has Concealed Carry Impacted Officer Safety?

    January 13, 2017 12:09:29 PM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    An aspect of the recent rise of concealed carry that doesn't always get discussed is that of officer safety, or in other words, additional risks faced by police officers as a result of more civilians carrying. Has concealed carry made officers safer? Has it put them at greater peril? Or has there been no impact?

    How To Tell If Someone Is Armed

    January 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Situational awareness is part of the defensive mindset, and one thing to be aware of in any environment is if someone is armed.

    Colorado Concealed Carry

    January 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Whether the individual is new to the state or to the practice, it’s important to understand that Colorado concealed carry regulations require a permit (with some exceptions) in order to legally carry a concealed handgun.

    Do You Have A Summer Gun And A Winter Gun?

    January 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    A fairly well-known practice within the concealed carry community is to have a winter gun and a summer gun.

    What's Coming At SHOT Show 2017

    January 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    One of the biggest events in the firearms industry every year is the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade expo or SHOT Show, and SHOT Show 2017 is right around the corner.

    how to overcome issues with concealed carry  

    By Travis Box | Contributing Author

    People often cite many reasons why they choose to carry a handgun. While that is fine and dandy, many often do not discuss why they CHOOSE NOT TO carry a handgun. I believe we need to look at both sides of the spectrum and identify the causes and reasoning for both ...

    Michigan Concealed Carry

    December 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    An application can be declined based on about 44 types of misdemeanors within the past 8 years of the application’s submission and an additional 22 types of misdemeanors within the past 3 years. There are 15 total criteria to fulfill in order to qualify for a concealed pistol license and there are several locations where firearms are prohibited in Michigan.

    Car Holsters Guide - Everything You Need To Know

    December 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Ever wondered about using a car gun holster for easier access while driving? It's certainly a good idea, as it is not easy to draw while sitting, and especially while belted into a seat.

    South Carolina Concealed Carry

    December 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Given that there were more than 276,000 active concealed weapon permits in the state in the beginning of 2016, those looking to understand South Carolina concealed carry laws will find themselves in good company.

    The 9 Best Alien Gear Gun Blogs Of 2016

    December 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

    the 9 best alien gear gun blogs of 2016  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on all the gun blogs on Alien Gear. We strive to put together the best-written, most-useful and hopefully entertaining concealed carry articles on the web.

    Alien Gear 2016 Products: What We Did This Year

    December 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    This year has been the best so far in our existence, and the Alien Gear 2016 product lineup was certainly amazing. We are very proud of the work we did, and we hope that you have enjoyed using them...or will do. (We think you'll love them.)

    A Guide To Handguns For The Total Beginner

    December 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Don't know a single thing about handguns and you'd like to change that? Look no further. This handy guide to handguns is the basic information you need. After you get to the end, you'll have the knowledge you need to find a handgun you want to purchase, or understand them better.

    Nebraska Concealed Carry

    December 16, 2016 8:45:38 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Nebraska concealed carry laws were established in 2007, being the 48th in the U.S. to extend the right to its citizens with the passage of LB454 in 2006, which created the Concealed Handgun Permit Act.

    Concealed Carry in the Military

    December 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

    concealed carry in the military  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The Armed Services weren’t quite so armed under previous military concealed carry policies. Concealed carry with personal firearms on military bases (or areas otherwise under the Department of Defense’s control) was unauthorized for DoD personnel. That changed.

    Washington Concealed Carry

    December 12, 2016 9:45:11 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    When it comes to Washington concealed carry guidelines and procedures, recreational marijuana is just one of many legal concerns.

    best concealed carry holster mount  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    You can scour the universe for signs of intelligent holster mount life, but find scant evidence...until now, that is. Alien Gear Holsters is pleased to announce the latest innovation in concealed carry systems, the Cloak Dock IWB holster mount.

    Knowing When To Shoot Someone In Self Defense

    December 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    A good practical question for people who concealed carry or have a gun in the home for defense purposes is when to shoot or not to shoot. It's not terribly different from knowing when to draw your gun and when not to.

    Concealed Carry While Ice Skating

    December 5, 2016 10:19:23 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    A simple answer as to how to safely concealed carry while ice skating: don’t fall.

    Texas Concealed Carry

    December 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Texas Republican Rep. Jonathan Stickland introduced HB 375 -- another push for Texas concealed carry laws to remove the need for a handgun license.

    Mag Carriers By Alien Gear Have Arrived

    November 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If there is one thing that our customers have been asking for over the past few years, it has been magazine carriers. Good things come to those who wait, as Alien Gear mag carriers have now entered the orbit of the concealed carry marketplace and are ready for you to take them to your magazines.

    The Various Types Of Shooting Targets

    November 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    While shooting at bottles and cans are great, cheap fun, more serious shooting is going to involve some shooting targets. While perhaps not strictly necessary (more on that in a minute) the fact is that paper targets let a person dial in their accuracy to an even greater degree and also keep track of groupings.

    Virginia Concealed Carry

    November 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    In late 2015, Virginia concealed carry laws were subject to an abrupt shift when the governor announced all out-of-state permits were to be no longer recognized, however that decision was soon reversed.

    guide to ccw reciprocity  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    For the total novice, new handgun owner or anyone that's just curious about it, ccw reciprocity is a legal mechanism where by one government agrees to honor, recognize or otherwise accept something granted by another state. It could be almost anything; driver's license, credit card laws, whatever.

    Glock 42 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry?

    November 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

    which glock is better for concealed carry  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.

    Nevada Concealed Carry

    November 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    In a state where a mother was cuffed and then banned from a library for openly carrying a firearm, despite no prohibiting open carry laws, Nevada concealed carry laws should be of equal concern, if not more so, to the average gun owner.

    The Best Way To Carry A Gun In The Car

    November 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    What's the best way to carry while driving? It's a perplexing question. Carrying while walking is easy, as is concealing, but while seated - let alone in a vehicle - that adds a whole other layer of complexity.

    when to draw for self defense  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If a person should ever have to shoot in self-defense, when is the right time to draw? There may be instances when drawing a gun may not only be premature, but possibly illegal.

    5 Concealed Carry Shooting Drills for Self-Defense

    November 11, 2016 8:15:18 AM PST

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If a person is going to concealed carry, shooting drills and other practice is warranted and on a more regular basis than recreational shooting. Shooting skills, like other skills, degrade and thus a person should be doing a certain amount of shooting every year to keep them honed.

    j-frame revolver holsters  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    What should a person look for to determine what the best J-frame holster for concealed carrying is? There are a few different aspects, just as with a holster for a semi-auto, that a person should always look for in a holster.

    Are CCW Classes Required?

    November 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    We've gotten a surprising number of emails asking about whether a concealed carry class is truly needed or not. It's more than just safety – it's gaining trust in your abilities and your firearm. However, depending on the state – it may not be required

    When is it Okay to Pull Your Gun?

    November 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

    when is it okay to draw gun  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Every concealed carrier should be aware that they potentially face liability for their actions, including for brandishing if drawing a pistol is not appropriate. Just like the use of lethal force by means of firing, a person cannot draw unless it's appropriate to do so and may face charges if they do outside the scope of the law.

    How Do I Find Out What Gun I Bought?

    November 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Some people wonder which gun they actually have when it comes time to buy a holster for it. It might seem a stretch, but not everyone who owns a gun is a major firearms enthusiast and knows about all the makes and models.

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