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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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    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

    shooting someone in self defense  

    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

    ccw during winter activities  

    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

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    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.

    Minnesota Concealed Carry

    October 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    One of the first distinctions to be made about Minnesota concealed carry is that the permit system does not split hairs between open and concealed, but rather encompasses and affords the right to both.

    How To Become A CCW Instructor

    October 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Better than a car holster is an actual holster mount. A holster mount is a docking station for a holster that attaches to an appropriate surface in the vehicle - the center console is a highly logical location, or under the steering wheel.

    How To Conceal While Driving

    October 25, 2016 4:51:33 PM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Better than a car holster is an actual holster mount. A holster mount is a docking station for a holster that attaches to an appropriate surface in the vehicle - the center console is a highly logical location, or under the steering wheel.

    Can I Concealed Carry In A Polling Place?

    October 24, 2016 8:20:25 AM PDT

     

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Another voting season is here, and with that comes wondering about concealed carry in a polling place. It's certainly something to wonder about, since it wouldn't do to go and cast one's vote whilst armed and find that one is prohibited from voting while carrying, if indeed that was the case.

    North Carolina Concealed Carry

    October 21, 2016 10:50:32 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    At first glance, self-defense is rarely measured by paperwork, but lawfully relying on a deadly weapon in this state means understanding and following North Carolina concealed carry laws.

    Which Are The Duty To Inform States?

    October 19, 2016 9:40:18 AM PDT

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    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.

    5 Best J Frames For CCW

    October 17, 2016 8:53:46 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If a person prefers a compact revolver to a slimmed down compact auto, then J-frame concealed carry may well be the way to go. Snub-nosed Smith and Wesson revolvers were THE concealed carry gun for a long time, and are still some of the best.

    Utah Concealed Carry

    October 14, 2016 9:21:05 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Numbers paint a picture of how Utah concealed carry has advanced through the years. Despite the practice in Utah only being available to permit holders, a couple statistics illustrate the growth of gun rights, acceptance and visibility.

    Can 18 to 20 Year Olds Concealed Carry?

    October 12, 2016 9:03:03 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    For the most part, concealed carry is relatively easy to do from a legal perspective but there are a few snags - one of which is an age barrier. For the most part, a person has to be 21 years of age in order to concealed carry.

    South Dakota Concealed Carry

    October 10, 2016 10:23:23 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    It is the private citizen’s job to protect their life and loved ones from harm, and a South Dakota concealed carry permit is the physical manifestation of that.

    Can I Concealed Carry As A Security Guard?

    October 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    As it turns out, security guard concealed carry can be more complicated than for the average Joe. If a person is looking for jobs that allow concealed carry, armed security guard positions would be one of them.

    New CCW Guns For 2016

    October 5, 2016 10:40:31 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    If you're looking for an updated model, something different to add to the gun cabinet or the first of your concealed carry guns of many to come, here are a few models to think about. These firearms are new for this year, or are the latest model of a proven firearm to come out from a manufacturer.

    5 Useless Gun Mods For Concealed Carry

    October 3, 2016 9:16:05 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    There are a number of gun modifications out there, as not everyone is satisfied with the stock models - just like for cars. However, just like with upgrades for cars, not every aftermarket producer is as good as OEM and not every mod is worth it.

    Oklahoma Concealed Carry

    September 30, 2016 1:23:59 PM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Given that the state recognizes all valid out of state permits and has a handgun license that expires after 10 years, Oklahoma concealed carry is relatively relaxed and has minimal barriers to entry.

    5 Jobs That Let You Concealed Carry

    September 28, 2016 8:36:32 AM PDT

     

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    One of the biggest worries regarding concealed carry is one's employer, as not every workplace is keen on allowing employees to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. What if your employer didn't have an issue with it?In fact, what if concealed carry was part of the job?

    concealed carry near schools  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    At the moment, concealed carry near schools is not as permissible under current laws as carrying...well, almost anywhere else. The reason is that federally-mandated gun free zones were literally created FOR schools, or to be specific, primary and secondary schools.

    Alaska Concealed Carry

    September 23, 2016 10:58:54 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Alaska. The Australia of the north. Bears, moose, crime rates in urban centers, drifters, weather -- whatever the threat, this state, which lies in both the eastern and western hemispheres and is as wide as the combined lower 48 states, is subject to “constitutional carry.”

    Concealed Carry - Are you Ready for CCW

    September 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

     

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Don't let the title fool you – we're not trying to get you to evaluate yourself for various flaws and pin those flaws onto an inability to carry a gun. In this article, we're merely looking at a few caveats which we should all examine a bit more closely prior to carrying. A lot of “problem areas” for gun owners clear up with just a bit of patience and applied training.

    Concealed Carry In Zoos And Other Animal Parks

    September 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Can a person concealed carry at a zoo? Technically yes; there aren't too many laws that specifically prohibit carrying in a zoo. It's like any other business unless the zoo is considered a federal building.

    Arizona Concealed Carry

    September 16, 2016 9:37:04 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    In this guide, we'll go over just about everything you'll need to know about magazine carriers, magazine holsters, magazine pouches and any other implement of carrying more rounds upon your person, how it's done and the reasons why you want to.

    The Complete Guide to Gun Safety

    September 14, 2016 11:15:00 AM PDT

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    By Alien Gear Holsters

    It is the responsibility of the carrier or owner of a firearm to properly observe gun safety. Firearms have destructive potential, and safe gun handling cannot be overstated. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete novice looking to get a handle on safe firearms practices, this guide from Alien Gear Holsters has the tips, tricks, and knowledge that you need to understand basic firearm safety.

    Magazine Holster Guide - All About Mag Carriers

    September 12, 2016 9:53:42 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    In this guide, we'll go over just about everything you'll need to know about magazine carriers, magazine holsters, magazine pouches and any other implement of carrying more rounds upon your person, how it's done and the reasons why you want to.

    concealed carry in Massachusetts  

    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    Current Massachusetts concealed carry laws are among the most restrictive in New England, as the state heavily regulates whom is allowed to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights outside of the home.

    Why Keep And Bear Arms?

    September 6, 2016 3:27:23 PM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    There are a number of reasons a person should keep and bear arms, despite what some might opine are reasons not to. In truth, being able to be armed is one of the things that makes Americans arguably the freest people on the globe.

    How To Do A Pistol Press Check

    September 5, 2016 9:44:23 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Ever hear of something called a press check and wonder just what it is? It's a simple technique for checking whether a firearm is loaded, in case you don't trust or don't have a loaded chamber indicator on your pistol.

    Wyoming Concealed Carry - How to CCW In Wyoming

    September 2, 2016 9:12:51 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    No permit, no problem -- legislators changed Wyoming concealed carry laws to remove the need for state residents to jump through legal hoops in order to practice Second Amendment rights, meaning less control and more carrying.

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    With each progressive landmark Supreme Court case related to firearms, the American public and legal system examines the nature and scope of the Second Amendment. Though some seek to blind the matter by unconstitutionally stripping those rights.

    What Does Molon Labe Mean

    August 29, 2016 8:40:03 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The phrase "Molon Labe," or using Greek script, ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛABE, since the phrase is actually Greek, is popular among concealed carry and gun rights activists. It's also a slogan for a number of military units around the world, including some in the American armed forces and, naturally, the Greek military.

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    At present, Mississippi concealed carry is something of a hybrid, involving a certain amount of permitless carry with restrictions. Residents can conceal without a license, but may be better off doing so as the permit allows one to carry in more locations.

    10 Gun Myths Exposed

    August 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The wheel gun was the standard EDC gun for much longer than the automatic pistol, and concealed carry revolvers are still very popular. Whether one wants one as their primary carry gun or as a backup, here are 5 concealed carry revolvers for under $500.

    Can I Conceal Carry Around a Felon?

    August 22, 2016 9:41:22 AM PDT

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    By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

    The words “possession” and “control” can be the difference between a legal battle and lawful gun ownership when considering concealed carry around a felon.

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Only a few states in New England are known for making it easy on concealed carriers, but Rhode Island concealed carry has become much easier in recent years.

    5 Concealed Carry Revolvers For Less Than $500

    August 17, 2016 9:53:56 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    The wheel gun was the standard EDC gun for much longer than the automatic pistol, and concealed carry revolvers are still very popular. Whether one wants one as their primary carry gun or as a backup, here are 5 concealed carry revolvers for under $500.

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