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Single-Stack Showdown: M&P Shield vs XD-S

August 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Springfield XDs Series  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Certain you don't want a Glock, but definitely a single-stack subcompact striker gun? That'd be between the M&P Shield or Springfield XDs.

Customize to Your Preferred Holster Retention

August 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Adjusting your Concealed Carry Alien Gear Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

How to personalize your holster to improve its fit, retention and comfort. Alien Gear's holsters include individual passive retention points.

Alien Gear Holsters ShapeShift AIWB Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift appendix carry holster was designed to resolve common issues like placement, comfort, safety and trigger guard protection.

Modern Gun Owner Profile According to Statistics

August 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM PDT

Who conceal carries in America  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Gun owner demographics are a paint by number visualization of who the modern American gun owner is.

Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

August 4, 2017 2:35:05 PM PDT

The Sig P320 vs the Glock 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you had to only have one, it would be the devil's own job of trying to choose between Sig P320 vs. Glock 19.

Close up of the Alien Gear Holsters ShapeShift  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

An allen wrench or similar tool is necessary when altering a holster for a personalized draw or for its placement on the waist, but what if that wasn't a requirement?

American Gun Sales and Manufacturing Statistics

August 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

American Gun Sales & Manufacturing Statistics  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Who exports to the U.S. and imports from the U.S.? How many people are federally licensed to transfer and manufacture firearms?

Concealed Carry Tips From CCW Instructors

July 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Make CCW A Habit With These Tips  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

They are educational authorities who've spent time honing their control over deadly weapons meant to defend hearth and home.

fbi background check  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

NICS background checks are the product of 1980s gun control legislation. As a system, it is one of the largest (and still growing) gun control tactics in effect in the U.S.

Washington D.C. Concealed Carry

July 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

washington dc concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Washington D.C. concealed carry regulations are some of the most severe in the nation, comparable to New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and Maryland.

Ohio Concealed Carry

July 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDT

ohio concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Ohio concealed carry, which became a reality in 2004 as the 46th state to create a program for permits, is an examination of weapons oversight with a history of questionable choices.

Shapeshift's adjustable belt clips  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the most persistent flaws with modern holster design is that threads back out, requiring LocTite or other thread locker to be used.

Beretta 92 vs Glock 17: The Wonder Nines

July 18, 2017 2:02:13 PM PDT

beretta 92 vs the glock 17  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both of these guns have track records that speak for themselves. Both are iconic. Who will come out on top in this matchup?

How to Carry Concealed When It’s Hot Outside

July 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry tips for summer  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry is immeasurably easier spring, fall, and winter than it is in summer. Here are some tips to enjoy the warmth without revealing your firearm...

Georgia Concealed Carry

July 13, 2017 11:13:24 AM PDT

georgia concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The South loves guns, which makes Georgia concealed carry laws an important consideration for members of the Peach State.

Wisconsin Concealed Carry

July 12, 2017 9:30:36 AM PDT

wisconson concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

New Wisconsin concealed carry laws, specifically Wisconsin Act 35, became effective in 2011, establishing a legal system for everyday concealed carry.

How Have Gun Duels Affected American Society?

July 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Gun Duels in American History  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Gun duels, or "mutual combat" these days, have been a part of American society in some shape or form since the birth of this nation.

guns and no fly list  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The terrorist watch list and its effect on gun sales and federal background checks is unsuccessfully brought up from time to time when the debate on gun ownership is factored into terrorism prevention.

Florida Concealed Carry

July 7, 2017 9:15:50 AM PDT

florida concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Florida concealed carry permits, which are mandatory in order to carry concealed weapons in the state, were recently promoted by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in response to mass shootings.

Oregon Concealed Carry

July 5, 2017 4:17:12 PM PDT

oregon concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Oregon concealed carry rights are a mixed bag, and the state's lackluster 2017 legislative session did little to help improve them — the most notable bill, HB 2127, would have mandated the Department of Justice to create and maintain a CCW permit reciprocity list.

Glock 43 vs S&W M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The big debate these days for which carry pistol to get is Glock 43 vs Shield. Both are great choices for a CCW gun, but which should a person get?

California Concealed Carry

July 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry in california  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Just mentioning California gun laws elicits an emotional response from gun owners, no matter what side of the political aisle that may be on.

Hawaii Concealed Carry

June 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

hawaii concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Hawaii concealed carry rights are borderline nonexistent. The Hawaii license to carry provides minimal freedom to carry a firearm, but only within the county the permit is issued for.

confronting an aggressive dog  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just as dealing with aggressive persons, it is important to know not only how but when to shoot. Merely having the permit and a carry gun isn't all a person needs, after all.

Constitutional Carry Explained

June 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

constitutional carry explained  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is at odds with state gun laws and their application. There have been numerous legal battles concerning the language used within the Second Amendment.

Delaware Concealed Carry

June 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

delaware concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Delaware concealed carry laws are clear: it is a class D felony to carry a concealed firearm upon or about the person without a license to carry concealed deadly weapons.

How to Concealed Carry With a Threaded Barrel

June 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT


Alien Gear Holster's How To Carry With Threaded Barrel

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

It might seem like a faux pas, but a number of people do concealed carry with a threaded barrel. Given the surging popularity of suppressors, a lot of people have been getting a carry gun with a bit extra on the end to use them. Read on…

What Makes Good Every Day Carry Gear?

June 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Everyday Carry Gear  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Everyday carry (EDC) is exactly what it sounds like: what people carry in daily situations for utility, ease, aesthetic, communication and identity.

Father's Day: Gifting a Handgun

June 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

fathers day how to buy a gun  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Things get complicated when buying guns — so many options for so many uses. Things get even more complicated when buying a gun as a gift for your father.

Gun Quiz - Guess the Gun

June 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT


alien gear holsters gun quiz

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Think you can guess the gun on sight? Test out your handgun knowledge on this gun quiz from Alien Gear Holsters! You'll want to bring your A game. Read on…

Missouri Concealed Carry

June 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

missouri concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Senate Bill 656 altered Missouri concealed carry laws in late 2016 to remove the permit requirement for anyone 19 or older who may lawfully own a firearm, but was initially vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon in June 2016 — the state's Senate and House overrode his veto, however, and the law became effective on January 1, 2017.

Vermont Concealed Carry

June 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

vermont concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The Vermont Supreme Court established in the 1903 case State v. Rosenthal that the requirement for citizens to carry a concealed pistol only with permission of a mayor or chief of police is "repugnant to the Constitution."

M&P Shield 45 vs Officer Frame 1911

June 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

1911 vs shield 45  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If a person is set on carrying a compact big-bore, two very popular choices are the M&P Shield 45 and an Officer 1911, as both are easily concealed and chamber the .45 ACP round. Both are known as strong choices.

Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact

June 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

compact vs shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Smith and Wesson make some of the best CCW pistols around, and what a number of people come down to is choosing a Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact. Both guns have their merits, and it would be hard for a person to go wrong with either one.

Arkansas Concealed Carry

May 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

arkansas concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Arkansas concealed carry regulations were altered in March of 2017 when House Bill 1249 was signed into law as Act 562, which created an enhanced concealed carry permit by fulfilling an additional eight hour training course.

New Jersey Concealed Carry

May 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

new jersey concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

References of New Jersey concealed carry laws circulated within news reports on proposed national concealed carry reciprocity movements in early 2017, given that New Jersey does not recognize other states’ permits.

How To Maintain A Concealed Carry Gun

May 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

how to clean a pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Guns are machines, after all, and just like other machines they require a certain amount of maintenance such as cleaning your gun and other regular maintenance tasks. Something that a lot of concealed carriers may forget at times is that the more they carry their gun, the more wear it's actually being subjected to.

shield pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Obviously the deluxe model of anything has benefits to it, which leads some people to ponder if they should spring for the M&P Shield Performance Center over the stock M&P Shield. It's like buying a car: the base model seems great, but is it that much better if you add the powered seats, infotainment suite and the rich Corinthian leather?

Guide to Finding the Best IWB Holster

May 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

alien gear iwb holster guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The standard for concealed carry is the IWB holster, or inside the waistband. These holsters tuck inside the waistband and are easily covered up with a shirt, whether tucked in or not.

New York Concealed Carry

May 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

new york concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

New York concealed carry laws differ at the state, county and city levels, making it a complicated maze for gun owners to navigate, with multiple types of permits one can apply for.

glock 26 vs glock 43  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to a subcompact Glock, the eternal debate seems to be Glock 26 vs Glock 43. Each is a very popular CCW pistol, and each has a lot to offer the person who carries it which has led to both becoming a very popular CCW gun.

Beretta Firearms Guide

May 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

beretta guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

“How could one have such ties with an inanimate object,” James Bond asked in the 1958 novel Dr. No in reference to his .25 caliber Beretta firearm — a question that has been introduced hundreds of ways when the public by and large reflects on the firearms industry.

Indiana Concealed Carry

May 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

indiana concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Indiana concealed carry and firearms laws were altered after the 2017 legislative session adjourned, removing the license to carry requirement for up to 60 days for victims of domestic violence with a civil protection order (House Bill 1071) and also redefining Indiana’s legal definition of “armor piercing ammunition,” which previously prohibited plastic coated ammunition (House Bill 1095).

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

May 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

glock 17 vs 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won't go wrong with either...but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

Maine Concealed Carry

May 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

maine concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Maine concealed carry laws changed in 2015 when the state legislature passed LD 652, which amended Titles 12 and 25, removing the state’s concealed carry permit requirement for those over the age of 21.

new springfield pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Springfield Armory, one of the most popular handgun makers on the market, has announced the new Springfield XD-E pistol series as a new addition to their lineup. The XD-E is a radical departure for Springfield Armory, as the XD-E is a hammer-fired, double/single action subcompact.

A Guide To Colt Firearms

May 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to colt firearms  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The idea behind the first Colt handguns was inspired more by sea spray and carved pine than by metal and gunpowder. Sixteen-year-old Samuel Colt, aboard the swaying deck of Corvo en route to Calcutta, was inspired by the wooden mechanics of the ship and translated that idea, a revolving cylinder repeater for firearms, into whittled pine.

Iowa Concealed Carry

April 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

iowa concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Iowa’s concealed carry rights were expanded in April of 2017 when Governor Terry Branstad (R), who will soon serve as ambassador to China for the Trump administration, signed House File 517 into law.

Guide To Walther Firearms

April 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to walther firearms  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Consider how many hands have held Walther firearms — everyday law-abiding civilians, military units, police forces, British secret agent James Bond (although he initially carried a Beretta) and even the German Reich.

Alabama Concealed Carry

April 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

alabama concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Senate Bill 24 may change the core of Alabama concealed carry laws if passed, positioning the state to potentially become the next with constitutional carry laws.

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