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    How You Know You're Carrying The Right Gun

    February 23, 2016 9:51:26 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's a lot that can change between getting that concealed carry permit and carrying for your first three or four months. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but it will be. In this article, we'll go over a couple simple steps to find out if you're carrying the right gun for you.

    Concealed Carry At Work

    February 22, 2016 8:17:08 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Every day carry means carrying everywhere you are legally allowed to, every single day of the year you're physically able. It's not so much a burdensome commitment as it is a great piece of mind for your daily activities. In a previous article, we discussed carrying concealed in business attire. In this article, we'll talk about broaching the topic of discussing concealed carry with your employer.

    Absolute Essentials For Every Concealed Carrier

    February 19, 2016 10:55:18 AM PST

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    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.

    Why More Sheriffs Advocate Concealed Carry

    February 17, 2016 8:16:01 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Concealed carry has gotten a lot of attention in this past recent year. Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have urged citizens to take up their lawful right to protect themselves with firearms. While not all sheriffs and police are as adamant about the right to defend one's self, there's a common core of logic running throughout most of these recent endorsements...

    Best Compact Concealed Carry Handguns of 2015

    February 12, 2016 10:00:59 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    SHOT Show 2016 came and went in January and we're already excited from what the gun manufacturers have in store for this year. In the meantime, we'll take some time to reflect on some of the recent additions to the firearms world. This article will be focused on which five compact concealed carry firearms caught our eye – and why.

    Concealed Carry - Facing A Gunman - What Now?

    February 10, 2016 9:51:51 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's forget about Hollywood or even our own imaginations for a second. Every single day, in the United States, somebody somewhere is being subjected to illegal violent force. There are three basic strategies to facing off against a violent opponent: flee, fight, or roll over.

    concealed carry instructions  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Self-defense situations out in the real world are anything but cut-and-dried. The only reason to draw your concealed handgun holster is if you have every intention of addressing a clear and present danger to yourself, your family, or your property. That said, when that gun comes out of your ccw holster, you're probably the only one who knows what you plan on doing with it...

    gun free zones  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The very term “gun free zone” is a misnomer. Unless every person entering and exiting an area is meticulously physically checked for weapons, there is absolutely no guarantee that someone in that room has a weapon he's not supposed to have. That means that person effectively has the advantage in either perpetrating violence or, conversely, defending his life from one.

    the best non resident ccw permits for travel  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    As a New Hampshire resident, I lament the fact that New Hampshire has dirt for reciprocity. In order to travel and obey the law in other states, it's necessary sometimes to pursue non-resident concealed carry permits. Many states offer non-resident permits and others stipulate you must be a resident in order to apply. In this article, we'll feature five tiers of different states that offer non-resident concealed carry permits so you know which one gets you the furthest for your time and energy.

    How Tactical Lights Improve Concealed Carry

    January 29, 2016 12:50:38 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Yes – Alien Gear and other companies do make high-retention plastic shells to work with certain models and brands of tactical mounted lights. So, we now live in a world where you can have a high degree of security, visibility, AND concealability. In this article, we'll discuss exactly why having a tactical light for your concealed carry pistol is a great idea.

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Concealed carriers, just like everyone else, sometimes get on the right side of the IRS and get a refund at tax time. The average American who receives a refund will net close to $3,000 from their respective state and the federal government in a tax refund, hardly an amount to sneeze at...

    How To Conceal Carry All Year Long

    January 25, 2016 8:36:56 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    No matter the season, no matter the weather – every day is a great day to carry concealed. In this article, we'll go over the major season changes and propose some recommendations to getting through the year while comfortably concealed...

    Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

    January 22, 2016 7:34:01 AM PST

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    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 Real Winners of SHOT Show 2016

    January 20, 2016 8:39:38 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    SHOT Show 2016 is an incredible experience for both gun enthusiasts and producers. It's a chance for everyone to meet up in sunny (and chilly) Las Vegas and showcase the next frontier of firearms, equipment, and accessories. From automated sentry guns to new holster designs, there's definitely new production lines coming out this Spring that grab all the attention and headlines.

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >Every state and local ordinance governing the legality of that pistol in your inside the waistband holster is important. There's too much idle chatter on the internet about people talking about carrying in places they know they're not supposed to, doing things they know they're not supposed to do. You know who else talks like that? Criminals. Are you a criminal or a law-abiding concealed carrier?

    A Closer Look at Gun Belt Durability

    January 15, 2016 8:57:35 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >The arguments for getting a high quality gun belt is simple: the right gun belt can last you a lifetime. While a department store belt can often be cheaper, they're usually made out of cruddier materials that can result in gun sag, deformation due to body posture, and discomfort. A big thing we always tell concealed carriers who are having a hard time of sticking with everyday carry due to comfort reasons is, “have you tried a good gun belt?”..

    IWB vs OWB – Which One Is Better?

    January 13, 2016 8:07:42 AM PST

    concealed carry vs open carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >In this concealed carry training video we raise an important question in the minds of both open carriers and concealed. Which one is better and why? Well, to tackle this question, we first have to take a step back and look at the relative advantages and disadvantages of both...

    Top 9 Resident Concealed Carry Permits For Travel

    January 11, 2016 8:07:30 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >In this article, we're just looking at resident concealed carry permit reciprocity. While it's possible to extend your reciprocity through non-resident permits, that process can be both expensive and annoying. So, if you're a resident from any of these states, you'll be happy to know that your state did a great job in getting recognition from a majority of the other states...

    safety for concealed carry handguns  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >There has been quite a bit of debate within the firearms community as to the role of a manual safety. For those unaware, some handguns and many rifles have manual safeties that can be selected or toggled on or off. The problem is that some manufacturers have found that their safeties aren't 100% fool-proof. We won't name names – but it's been shown that the only tried and true method of preventing a negligent discharge is by maintaining control over the firearm and keeping it properly holstered...

    how to avoid printing while ccw  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >We're visual creatures and we're susceptible to all sorts of suggestion. That's why we have advertising. And a success in advertising means convincing a person who may not be educated in an arena to make a choice of one product over the other through the belief that the product will make him or her happy...

    how to avoid printing while ccw  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >When you stretch, crunch, or squat, those are all opportune times to show your concealed carry handgun to the world. The problem? Not many people want to see it. And depending upon where you are in the course of your daily activities, you may not want them to see it. In this article, we'll go over some ways to reduce the chance of printing or showing your concealed carry handgun to others...

    shot show 2016  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >SHOW Show 2016 is a privately run event that has been annually held in Las Vegas for many years. Gun manufacturers, producers, firms, and others from all over the world come and see what the latest and greatest is from the firearms producing community. Much of the event is shrouded in secrecy as many manufacturers are showcasing never-before-seen equipment and firearms to a limited audience...

    concealed carry tips for new year 2016  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. It's an excuse to hang out with close friends and celebrate the dawn of a new year. People have their traditions and things they generally like to do on New Year's. Whether it's going into town to see the fireworks or going ice skating at midnight, there's a lot of fun to be had...

    alcohol and concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    >If you can't carry into a bar, that won't stop someone else from doing so. But if you're drinking, your judgement is impaired. What's the best solution for the sort of problems that only occur when people gather into tight spaces, listen to loud music, and drink?...

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    By James England | 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...

    how to gift a gun holster  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Shopping for that special someone is always a trick. Giving the gift of a great inside the waistband concealed carry holster that's backed by a lifetime warranty is certainly a wise decision. In this article, we'll go over some of the considerations you may want to consider when buying a holster for someone else...

    Should We Lower the Age of Concealed Carry to 18?

    December 18, 2015 9:31:30 AM PST

    should we lower ccw age  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There is no federal mandate on the minimum age a person needs to be to acquire a concealed carry permit. Each state has created their own age restrictions. While most states have a requirement to be 21 or older to obtain a concealed carry permit, states like New Hampshire have no clear age requirement on the books. Some states permit an 18 year old to obtain a concealed carry permit if he's in the military. Other states, like Indiana, set the age at 18 on the nose...

    best concealed carry articles  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Of course I'm a fan of my own work but here comes the time of the year where we look back at 2015 and start to cherry pick the few times I got to touch upon some important concealed carry topics within the ccw community. In no particular order, here we go...

    giving gun as gift  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    It's always hilarious walking into a gun store around the holidays. Husbands and wives moving through the aisles, trying to search for that perfect gift for this Christmas season. There's a lot of really good deals for gun owners out there but before you break out the plastic or the billfold, here's a couple important tips for transferring a firearm between parties...

    How To Get Friends And Family To Carry Concealed

    December 14, 2015 8:18:34 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    With the Holiday season already upon us, no doubt many concealed carriers are looking forward to a new year training and practicing with their friends and family. Carrying concealed is definitely a way of life – one that prioritizes safety, responsibility, and the right to self-defense. This holiday season, if you're gearing up to get your significant other into the concealed carry mentality, we have an article detailing all the steps you can take...

    texas open carry holsters  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Following the passage of several bills by the governor of Texas, concealed carry permit holders in the Lone Star state will be able to carry firearms openly come January 1, 2016. It's the product of several new pieces of legislation which have traditionally held Texans back from carrying openly. In order to do so legally, the person needs to be a resident of Texas and have a valid concealed handgun license. Non-residents with a concealed carry permit acknowledged by the state of Texas may be able to participate in this as well...

    Steel Core Leather Gun Belts

    December 2, 2015 12:48:48 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The gun belt phenomena is nothing new to the market for concealed and open carriers. While many new concealed carriers entering into this world for the first time may not understand the significance in investing in a proper gun belt, this article will bring to light all the reasons why gun belts needs to exist – and the benefits of owning one for yourself...

    firearm festival  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    This year marked a momentous turn for the newborn Texas Firearms Festival outside Austin, Texas. On November 14th, thousands of gun enthusiasts and hundreds of companies were present to educate, inform, and entertain each other. Looking back on the 2nd Annual Texas Firearms Festival, it's clear to see where this sort of event attracts a different audience than what normally attends SHOT Show...

    How To Develop A Lifelong Concealed Carry Habit

    November 25, 2015 2:12:59 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Too many people lock up the handgun when they get home. Ironically, a majority of violent crimes are skewed towards burglaries. Why? People are at their weakest because they're relaxed. There's nothing wrong with being relaxed. Relaxation is important. Getting used to carrying your concealed carry handgun around the house can help you to be relaxed with it on you. That way, if you need it, you know it will be there...

    How To Prepare For A Concealed Carry Class

    November 25, 2015 8:49:52 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Good news – you're on your way to becoming a concealed carrier. Whether you're in a constitutional carry state or one that requires mandatory training, a concealed carry handgun class is probably a good idea for just about anyone. As I discussed in a previous article, military and law enforcement training are trade-specific. Concealed carry, as a civilian, is a whole new animal and should be approached as such...

    Don't Take Concealed Carry For Granted

    November 23, 2015 8:11:06 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not everyone has the freedom to choose an ideal schedule. Whether it's working long hours at a place that doesn't allow concealed carry or a busy school schedule on a “gun free” campus – there's plenty of situations that promote putting concealed carry on autopilot. Don't. In this article, we'll go over 5 ways to keep concealed carry fresh, interesting, and relevant...

    Concealed Carry In The Real World

    November 20, 2015 8:35:43 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You can try all day to explain the actual speed in which a defensive gunfight takes place or you can show it. In this article, we're going to show three examples where concealed carriers and good guys turn the tide against armed, violent criminals. In each case, note how quickly that tide turns – and when it does, the consequences are pretty extreme...

    How To Overcome The Fear Of Concealed Carrying

    November 16, 2015 8:29:20 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's start this article by saying there are plenty of people that have legitimate concerns about concealed carrying – and no, it's not the political ones. In this article, we're going to address head-on some of the leading cases of “chornic concealaritis”. See if you have any of these ccw symptoms and find out more about treatment options...

    Things You Just Don’t Do While Carrying Concealed

    November 13, 2015 9:01:37 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A concealed carry pistol stays hidden and in its holster until you need to use it to protect your life, maintain it, lock it up, or do some target practice. There's no reason to draw your pistol as a point of a conversation with a stranger in a public place. If you're at the gun range or an acceptable place, by all means. But drawing your weapon can be interpreted as a threat depending upon where you are in the country...

    concealed carry tips for beginners  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You finally got your permit to carry a concealed handgun (or equivalent for constitutional carry states). With great power comes great responsibility. Let's go over what happens after you get your concealed carry handgun – and things to help you along this life-long journey...

    Will this Ruin My CCW?

    November 9, 2015 7:52:09 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There are a lot of practices that are necessary in order to maintain your concealed carry readiness. Exercises like dry firing, regular routine maintenance, and changing magazines are all essential. But what about when someone says, “eh, that'll ruin your gun?” We'll examine three different practices as it relates to the concealed carrier and see what the evidence shows...

    How To Lose Your Concealed Carry Permit

    November 6, 2015 8:44:07 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The majority of states are “shall permit” given the applicant meets all criteria. Nestled within those laws, though, are also the conditions under which a concealed carrier may lose his or her license. In the past year, Governor Rick Perry came under indictment for felony charges. It's unimportant what those charges were because the indictment was enough to have him stripped of his concealed handgun license, according to Texas law...

    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...

    How to Carry a 1911 Full size Handgun Concealed

    October 26, 2015 10:06:05 AM PDT

    how to carry a 1911 handgun  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Some people just don't want to compromise on performance and ammunition capacity. Others have a big enough frame where a full size pistol is all that fits comfortably in the hand. Whatever your reasons are, we'll discuss several tips and strategies for carrying a full size handgun on your person...

    Concealed Carry Best Practices

    October 26, 2015 9:19:21 AM PDT

    best concealed carry practices  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Your eyes and ears give you an incredible picture of the battlefield if you just let them. Most concealed carriers train to shoot at 12 o'clock (straight ahead). This can get us into some bad habits in terms of scanning, movement, and readiness. Your enemy will not always be exclusively placed right in front of you. And even if he is, you need to be sure what's in front of him and behind him...

    talking to wife about ccw  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    When you're in a long-term, committed relationship with someone, it only makes sense to make decisions with both parties involved. And when it comes to firearms – let's face facts – not everyone is a fan. That's okay. In this article, we'll go over some ways where you can approach your significant other about firearms and hopefully get them to see things your way...

    Situational Awareness for Concealed Carry

    October 23, 2015 8:16:51 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Your eyes and ears are always “on”. Your mind, however, may not be paying attention. In this article, we'll discuss five things that limit your situational awareness and allow a potential “bogey” to fly right past your air defense.. Continue reading at: http://aliengearholsters.com/blog/situational-awareness-for-concealed-carry

    concealed carry for winter time  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    For many, the cold weather hasn't really reared its ugly head just yet. One of the considerations – which we've discussed in previous articles – is dressing for concealed carry. That means taking into account the clothing you're wearing into your choice of how you carry...

    Concealed Carry For Big Guys

    October 19, 2015 8:17:56 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You can call it whatever you wish but some of us are carrying more than just a concealed pistol in our waistline. And for people with a bit extra around the waist, sometimes an inside the waistband concealed carry holster can be a bit uncomfortable.In this article, we'll discuss some concealed carry techniques and positioning that are helpful for us huskier gentlemen...

    Concealed Carry for Skinny Guys

    October 16, 2015 8:31:15 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Being skinny is great. Your inside the waistband concealed carry holster can pretty much be positioned at several points of the clock (previously described in: How to wear an IWB holster) that's convenient for you. Wait a minute – what's that you say? Depending on where you place it, your pistol or revolver shows easily under layers of clothing?

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