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Impact of 2016 Gun Sales On Jobs, Wages and Taxes

November 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The economic importance of guns  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The economic impact of the U.S. gun industry is immense, and since 2008 it has grown tremendously.

Common Misconceptions About Gun Owners

November 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

Common Misconceptions: About Gun Owners  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you are an avid gun owner, chances are you have found yourself in at least one awkward conversation. You are having a conversation with a new acquaintance, it seems to be going so well. Then they begin to ask you about your hobbies. You begin to talk to them about your guns. You tell them which one is your favorite and why. This is the point that you notice a change in their demeanor. You watch them raise their eyebrows, change the subject, or simply end the conversation ...

When Can You Pull A Gun On Someone

November 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

when is it okay to draw gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Can a person be liable for drawing a gun? Absolutely, if it's done outside the bounds of legal justification for doing so. It can be a felony.

How Modular Holsters Save You Money

November 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

The ShapeShift saves you money  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Modular holsters remove the need to buy multiple complete holsters for different carry styles. They also offer an affordable way to try new carry styles.

Concealed Carry for Veterans

November 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PST

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...

Improving your open carry with the ShapeShift's paddle configuration  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster offers multiple levels of retention, modularity, improved accessibility, engineered materials and customized comfort.

Are Small Calibers Reliable for Concealed Carry?

November 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

small calibers for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For a lot of concealed carriers, there is the impression that a larger caliber bullet is more effective than a smaller one. The concept of “stopping power” has been dispelled over and over again. A .45 ACP round is no more effective than a .32 Auto if they're both placed poorly on target...

What Is A Trigger Reset And Why Is It Important?

October 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

trigger reset  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

After you depress the trigger and a round comes out, the trigger reset is the minimum space you have to let that trigger return before the sear re-engages the hammer or striker pin. The idea is that by just releasing to this point and no further, a concealed carrier can quickly fire follow-up shots...

The ShapeShift MOLLE Holster

October 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

The Shapeshift MOLLE Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The Alien Gear MOLLE Holster expands the compatibility of the ShapeShift and Cloak Mod Holsters to fit MOLLE PALS webbing.

9 Imported Guns You Should Know About

October 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

9 imported guns to know about for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's quite a few imported CCW pistols that many are already aware of, like Sig and Glock. Here are some others worth carrying day-to-day

Range Essentials

October 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

 

   

By Troy Touchstone | Contributing Author

Headed to the range this weekend? Then make sure you have everything needed. First and probably most obvious is, of course, your weapon and ammo. Some may laugh, but I have seen people pack everything but the kitchen sink and still somehow forget to grab all the guns they wanted to shoot, or even enough or any ammo for the day. Secondly, you also will want to bring your “ears and eyes” ...

7 Carry Guns You Shouldn't Overlook

October 20, 2017 7:07:00 AM PDT

concealed carry guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most people are familiar with the popular concealed carry guns. These pistols are in nearly every gun store and scads of material have been written about them.

Absolute Essentials For Every Concealed Carrier

October 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry essentials  

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.

What's So Important About Dry Firing?

October 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

dry fire training  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Outside of every chow hall and firing range in the military there are two things you'll likely see – a barrel and a sign. The barrel is usually half full of sand but the sign is the big thing we all need to pay attention to. It says, “Clear All Weapons Here.” ...

Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro 9: Mini 1911 Comparison

October 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Sig P938 vs Kimber Micro9  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P938 and Kimber Micro9 are excellent CCW pistols or bite-size backups to bigger guns, but which is better? Which should a person get?

Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

October 9, 2017 8:01:00 AM PDT

concealed carry caliber  

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 Cloak Mod Paddle Holster vs the Cloak Slide OWB Holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking to OWB carry, but don't have a ShapeShift compatible firearm? Stuck between our Cloak Mod and Cloak Slide holsters? We can help you decide.

S&W J-Frame vs Ruger LCR: Best Of The Snubbies

October 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Ruger LCR vs S&W J-Frame 2 inch for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When considering a CCW snubbie Revolver, two come to mind. Which is better, the Ruger LCR or S&W J-Frame?

Outdoor Shooting Locations - Where Can You Shoot A Gun

September 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Shooting in the woods  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The thing about whether you can fire a gun in the woods is that it depends on just who controls said parcel of forest and where it's located.

M&P Shield vs. Sig P938: Battle of the Subcompacts

September 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Battle of the Subcompacts: Sig P938 VS M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both have so many strong points in their favor that a person deciding between the two would have the devil's own job of figuring which was better to get.

Guide to Drop Leg Holsters

September 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

The ShapeShift Drop Leg Holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the best methods for open carry is using drop leg holsters, and it's been gaining traction in the tactical community.

ShapeShift IWB Holsters Reduce Bulk And Printing

September 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster has reduced bulk  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the criticisms some people have about IWB holsters is that of holster bulk, the ShapeShift fixes that issue.

Concealed Carry – 3 Iron Clad Reasons for CCW

September 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

arguments for concealed carry guns  

By James England | Contributing Editor

The Second Amendment affords law abiding citizens of the United States to keep and bear arms. The ability to conceal those firearms for our own defense is what keeps us safe. In this article, we're going to go over...

Guide to .45 Caliber

September 15, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Your guide to .45 caliber handguns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For those desiring a bigger round, a .45 is definitely one of the best routes to the bigger bores.

Which States Have Universal Background Checks?

September 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

What are universal background checks?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Universal background checks in and of themselves are a recent phenomenon, as most universal background check laws have been passed in the past 20 years.

Your Guide To CZ And CZ Handguns

September 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Your Guide to CZ Pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod, or CZ, is the best-known gun maker that you may keep hearing about but have never really gotten to know.

Concealed Carry in the Workplace

September 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

workplace concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Better than trying to write an all encompassing piece detailing out the different laws in fifty states alongside court specific statutes – we're running down a list of questions you should ask yourself prior to entering your workplace with a concealed firearm. This is not only for your own safety but also for legal purposes. As was the case recently in Tampa, FL, a bank manager for Wells Fargo was fired for legally carrying a concealed firearm into her workplace. The decision is expected to have its day in Florida courts but the issue still remains: can you conceal carry at work? ...

Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 vs S&W M&P Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For the person looking for a quality concealed carry gun on a budget, two that get brought up a lot are the S&W Shield and the Taurus PT111 Millennium G2.

Can You Concealed Carry At A Concert Event?

September 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

What you need to know about concealed carry at a concert  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

There is no definitive universal answer to this question, but there is a definitive process of finding out the local and state concealed carry laws to determine if you can concealed carry at a concert.

Self-Defense In The Wake Of Natural Disaster

August 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

How do I defend myself after a natural disaster?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Natural disasters can bring out some of the best in humankind, but also some of the worst - which is why self-defense in the wake of natural disasters is certainly something a person should be aware of.

What Is A Holster Mount And How To Use It

August 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

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holster mount review 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters is pleased to announce the latest in product evolution - the Cloak Dock holster mount. The Cloak Dock is a mounting station that is designed to anchor a holster to any location one wishes - be it inside the car, on a desk, by one's bedside or anywhere else...

Cloak Tuck 3.0 vs ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster

August 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Alien Gear ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster vs the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster features several enhanced characteristics that were improved when we updated our flagship IWB holster.

How To Maintain A Holster

August 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Cleaning your holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Holsters smell. They get dirty. Sweat builds up. Dirt collects. Dust works its way in. That's life.

OWB Concealment Holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The comfort of open carry, the benefits of concealed carry — the ShapeShift OWB Slide Holster offers the best of both worlds.

Springfield XDs Series  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The IWB holster design is the standard for concealed carry, as this type of holster is the easiest to conceal. Provided good design and construction, it's also one of the most comfortable.

Riots Or Violent Protests And Concealed Carry

August 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

ccw during a riot  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

No country or civilization is immune from civil unrest, and there are occasional instances of rioting and violent protests that take place. How to survive a riot is not complicated, but does require a certain amount of awareness and knowledge.

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...

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