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    Know Your Ruger Compact Pistol Models

    April 21, 2016 4:23:41 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Ruger is probably one of the biggest names in the handgun industry. Many concealed carriers probably took their first practice shots with a Ruger SR9 or LC9s. In this guide, we're going to discuss some of the differences between the compact class or Ruger pistols. Specifically, we'll discuss how the Ruger LCP varies from the LC380 and the LC9s. Hopefully, this will help you in choosing a great Ruger holster that works for your style of concealed carry.

    Lifetime Concealed Carry Permit

    April 20, 2016 8:00:46 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Recently, the Missouri legislature announced it would be hearing a bill that would effectively grant a lifetime concealed carry permit to eligible Missouri residents. The measure was proposed as a way to effectively eliminate the need for renewals. But, according to that bill, the lifetime permit would only be good for those staying in state. Due to reciprocity agreements enacted with other states, a separate Missouri permit would need to be used to carry across border lines...

    Make A Plan To Own And Carry A Firearm

    April 19, 2016 2:09:26 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Everyone needs a plan not just to own a gun but to carry it every single day. Your self defense handgun is your key to being ready for any situation. It all starts with a plan. In this article, we discuss moving past social stigmas, identifying essential knowledge you need, and most importantly: achieving it. This is a great beginner's guide to concealed carry for those just getting started.

    The Complete Concealed Carry Training Guide

    April 19, 2016 9:19:56 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Core competency in concealed carry practices is fundamental in not just getting the most out of your equipment, but prevailing in the rare instance you may be called upon to use your concealed carry firearm. In this guide, we will lay out several courses of training and rudimentary practice designed to take someone with little to no experience and get him prepared for more intermediate level training...

    Everyday Carry Requirements

    April 13, 2016 8:33:34 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Concealed carry is only effective if you're armed. It's impossible to know specifically the time, date, and location of a potential attack upon yourself, your family, or your property. Plenty of people get lulled into a sense of complacency because the vast majority of us go through our entire lives without any violent interruptions. That, however, is a luxury. The reality of the world is that is not the norm. There are desperate people in this world and they, at different times, will seek to take things that you may not be willing to give – your life being chief amongst them...

    Paddle Holster vs Belt Slide Holster

    April 11, 2016 12:55:49 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A paddle holster has a “paddle” or “duck bill” section of the holster that fits inside the waistband and the holster for the gun overlaps the waistband. A belt slide holster slides into the belt loops of a person's belt. There's a big difference that a lot of gun owners surprisingly don't know. A belt slide holster usually has a slightly lower profile while a paddle holster generally covers a majority of high-retention outside the waistband holsters. The reason why paddle holsters are more popular in recent years has to do with the retention and design elements a lot of companies have thrown into them.

    Concealed Carry With A Tucked In Shirt

    April 11, 2016 12:20:22 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not all of us like to have long, droopy clothing that hangs loose. Some people like to dress up, wear a nice button-up shirt, and maybe some good slacks. For those of you that do, you may have been traditionally stuck either carrying outside the waistband or wrapping your dress shirt over and around an inside the waistband concealed carry holster that clips directly onto your gun belt.

    Introducing The Cloak Mod OWB Paddle Holster

    April 8, 2016 8:09:44 AM PDT

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    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters is pleased to announce the new Cloak Mod OWB Holster, our very latest offering for outside the waistband carrying. The Cloak Mod is the next step in the evolution of Alien Gear Holsters, an owb holster that can be turned into a paddle holster or a belt slide holster. Take a look...

    1911 Pistol Shopping Guide

    April 4, 2016 2:50:26 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Thinking about buying a 1911 pistol but want to know more before you pull the trigger, so to speak? It is one of the most popular pistol designs ever made, with no signs of slowing down or losing much in the way of popularity more than a century after it was released...

    glock subcompacts for concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Anyone in the gun world is familiar with the ubiquity of Glock pistols. They've cost-efficient, striker-fired pistols that rely on good engineering and have a high standard of performance. Previously we discussed the best Glocks for concealed carry. Today we're going to discuss the sub-compact series of Glocks and briefly discuss the merits of each...

    Concealed Carry Permit - The Wait

    March 28, 2016 1:26:26 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    While delays can definitely occur, most times they are due to simple backlogs. If a lot of concealed carrier applicants have applied and handed in their paperwork all at once, you can generally see some delays. Here are the possible reasons why your concealed carry permit hasn't arrived yet.

    Concealed Carry Essentials

    March 28, 2016 12:23:03 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    At Alien Gear Holsters, we get a lot of questions about the concealed carry weapons permitting process. Sometimes concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) are called different things depending on the state you're in. In this article, we'll give an overview of the basics a person usually needs in order to obtain a concealed carry weapons permit and become an everyday concealed carrier...

    The Price of a Great Holster

    March 28, 2016 12:02:05 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    “Quality over quantity.” It's a phrase tossed about when discussing the cost of true quality holster craftsmanship versus the availability of mass produced inferior product. It's come up a lot in discussion about concealed carry because in addition to a good, reliable gun, every concealed carrier needs an equally reliable gun holster...

    concealed carry gun law changes  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    This past year, 2015, was monumental in a lot of ways for concealed carriers. We saw an expansion in of the number of university and college campus carry. Maine became one of the newest additions to the permitless “Constitutional” carry movement. But we've also seem some very heavy backlash, politically...

    Best Glocks for Concealed Carry

    March 22, 2016 9:21:22 AM PDT

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    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...

    Can You Concealed Carry In A Bank?

    March 22, 2016 9:02:40 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We all know our deposits are covered up to a certain amount. If you're in the middle of your local bank branch and a team of armed robbers hits the joint, your money is safe. However, your life and the lives of those around you may be placed into jeopardy. It's at this point, you have to make a decision as to whether you want to act. That's right – it's a decision. And it's a highly unlikely decision, statistically, but still one every concealed carrier may be placed within...

    Why Concealed Carry is Good For Law Enforcement

    March 22, 2016 8:25:48 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The difference between the police and the average person is a police officer is a sworn officer of the law. These brave men and women take a solemn obligation to defend, protect, and enforce the laws and regulations of their jurisdiction. As concealed carriers, we're mostly interested in just protecting ourselves, our family, and our property...

    how to buy gun holster  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Not everyone is satisfied by a cheap nylon pocket holster and not every concealed carrier needs some space-age Year 3000 monstrosity hanging off his shoulder. If you fall into the middle somewhere, you're probably looking for a specific type of holster that meets your everyday carry needs. In this article, we'll discuss five easy steps to identifying your perfect holster...

    How to Conceal Carry During Exercise

    March 18, 2016 8:04:31 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Working out is really important. It's great for your reflexes not to mention your mental and physical well-being. For those that prefer to carry concealed at the gym, this article will hopefully propose a couple useful tips for you to use...

    Concealed Carry On Campus

    March 14, 2016 12:34:54 PM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A lot of universities and college campuses around the country are designated “gun free zones” either by state legislation or by campus administrators. Just because a school has signs disallowing weapons on campus doesn't mean that bad guys will read those signs much less heed them...

    Concealed Carry Etiquette In Someone's Home

    March 14, 2016 9:37:12 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    When you're in your home, you're master of your domain. So long as you pay taxes and follow the law, the government pretty much leaves your home alone. Put yourself in those shoes for a second and now think about when you invite folks over. Whether it's a backyard barbecue or your wife's in-laws, you probably would want to know who's armed...

    Concealed Carry and Business Attire

    March 8, 2016 8:46:23 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    For those of us who carry in our place of work, we're probably used to business casual or professional attire. Indoor work environments are usually air conditioned and kept at temperatures that make wearing multiple layers slightly uncomfortable. Thus, let's discuss how best to carry concealed while in the workplace...

    kids and gun safety  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We've all heard of tragedies revolving around very young children and firearms. Often times, these incidents are attributable to a certain amount of neglect on behalf of the guardian. Firearms are an extremely important, serious affair. That is why we want to discuss some techniques and ideas towards keeping grabby hands off your concealed carry or open carry handgun...

    How to Tell If Someone Is Concealed Carrying

    March 4, 2016 1:10:36 PM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Police and law enforcement are trained to spot someone carrying a concealed handgun. In most cases, it's not a big deal. Police usually are just trying to stay aware of their situation – something concealed carriers also need to do. In this article, we'll outline a few of the ways that concealed carry handguns can “show” or “spot” themselves just through our regular routines...

    How to Stay Concealed While Sitting Down

    February 25, 2016 8:16:19 AM PST

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Modern life has us positioning our posteriors all over the place. When you're carrying a pistol in an inside the waistband concealed carry holster, you've likely experienced a certain degree of self-awareness you weren't expecting. When shirts slide up and trousers arc down, there can be a bit of gap coverage where a pistol grip can be revealed. In this article, we're going to head this off at the pass and discuss ways to stay concealed while sitting down...

    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.

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    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...

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    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

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    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...

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    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...

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