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    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

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    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

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    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?

    CCW Ammo - Whats in your Concealed Carry Pistol?

    October 14, 2015 8:43:17 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In this article, we'll discuss the pros and cons of various types of ccw ammunition and then go further into where they apply best. If this is a topic that's popped up into your mind, your questions are about to be answered...

    We Don't Talk About Concealed Carry Club

    October 12, 2015 8:08:24 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    You completed your state-mandated training, applied, had your background check and bam – the sheriff (or some other authority) has given you your concealed carry permit. Wow! What an incredible day! From this day until it needs to be renewed again, you're legally allowed to carry a firearm hidden on your body...

    Concealed Carry Continues To Grow

    October 9, 2015 9:27:11 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Getting an exact concealed carry numbers, state-by-state, is next to impossible because not all states record or report their ccw numbers. Some states have constitutional concealed carry and thus it's impossible to know how many out there are taking advantage of that. What we do know is that some select counties and states are reporting record turn-outs for CCW applications. Concealed Carry training classes are filling up like crazy and people are earnestly taking to heart the concept that they may just be their own best first-line of defense...

    Best Handguns For Left Handed Shooters

    October 5, 2015 8:19:48 AM PDT

    best handguns for left handed shooters  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Most any pistol or revolver can be operated by either hand with sufficient training and practice. However, in this article, we're going over five different handguns that rock for lefties...

    concealed carry checklist before leaving the house  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Life is hectic and often times it's hard to keep track of everything going on. That's why we've come up with a handy concealed carry checklist to remind yourself if you're ready and equipped to carry your concealed firearm...

    How To Conceal Carry In A Restaurant

    September 30, 2015 8:24:35 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    If you've ever seen a guy at Buffalo Wild Wings, sitting on a high bar-stool, with the clear outline of his pistol grip showing through his tanktop, you've probably taken a mental note to avoid that behavior. First off, it's childish. If you're going to be armed in a bar (something that's often restricted in most states), don't be so immature you want to advertise to the rest of the audience...

    Why Should You Own And Carry A Concealed Carry Gun?

    September 28, 2015 8:19:49 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The first two amendments of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights are two of the principal reasons why we're different than the rest of the world. Each American has an unfettered right to speak his mind, believe in his faith of choice, and bear arms. Why? Because those are required elements of a free, civil society...

    Concealed Carry - How To Protect Yourself At An ATM

    September 25, 2015 8:38:47 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The very nature of an ATM requires you to have your back facing away. With your back exposed, it's a great opportunity for someone to walk up and take advantage of that weakness. In this article, we'll discuss some strategies you can use to protect yourself while you're at an ATM machine...

    concealed carry self defense tips  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    A lot of criminals depend upon a good person's automatic extension of courtesy to a stranger. Whether it's an armed robber who rings the doorbell of your house or someone who approaches your car while you are refueling waving his arms for help – don't fall for it...

    How To Safely Re-holster A Handgun

    September 21, 2015 8:40:31 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Before using a concealed carry IWB holster for the first time, always unload the pistol. And while holstering said pistol, if you feel the holster compresses in any way, shape, or form on the trigger – adjust that holster or get rid of it....

    Don't Ignore These Concealed Carry Tips!

    September 18, 2015 8:30:51 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Stay up to date with concealed carry blogs, websites, and local news so you know when new gun legislation is in the works or ready to take effect. States like Texas, Maine, California, and others saw massive changes take place just this year. Covering these topics in local news is commonplace but there are plenty of concealed carry gun blogs and websites which keep on top of these news stories...

    concealed carry training  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    If you go to the range regularly and like to fire off some rounds at paper targets – good on you. Practicing the principles of marksmanship is important. But don't confuse practicing firing your weapons as concealed carry training. Concealed carry training encompasses a number of components not found just by plinking targets...

    All American Made Handguns

    September 11, 2015 8:53:37 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Whether it's an overall good thing or not – we live in a globalized economy. Almost nothing is made 100% in the United States anymore. But what about firearms? As one of the few countries that affords its citizens the right to bear arms, you'd think more firearms manufacturers would be exclusively based out of here...

    concealed carry for family protection  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    If you hadn't heard, national brand theater chains across the nation are tightening up their weapons policies to reflect a growing concern of illegal firearms being brought into theaters. Regal Cinemas is only one of the more recent national chains which has instituted a “stop and frisk” policy for bags and containers of guests. What's more hilarious than a 16-year-old finding a box of wine and some smuggled M&Ms in a soccer mom's purse is the idea that national theater chains are in any way equipped to deal with theater attacks...

    The Armed Private Citizen Keeps His Family Safe

    September 7, 2015 8:46:48 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In this article we're going to discuss what being armed entitles us to – and what it doesn't. As many of you know, the 2nd Amendment affords us the liberty to keep and bear arms. It's something that has allowed us to develop and innovate all sorts of ways to carry – concealed or open. We also have a wide variety of rights and responsibilities associated with that liberty...

    handgun sights for concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Even though a lot of concealed carriers train to fire instinctively at center mass – handgun sights still play a pivotal role in good marksmanship. Fast reflexes aren't enough to save the day – you have to focus on the threat in front of you and the ones that could be right around the corner. Handgun sights are one of the most overlooked parts of pistol or revolver selection but they are arguably a crucial piece as anything else...

    Best Concealed Carry Blog Posts of 2015

    September 2, 2015 10:37:06 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's certainly a lot of hurdles the average person has to overcome towards being comfortable carrying a concealed firearm. But if you're able to identify the issues that hinder you in your daily carry, you can make steps to overcome them...

    How to Manage Daily Concealed Carry Challenges

    August 31, 2015 8:20:06 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    There's certainly a lot of hurdles the average person has to overcome towards being comfortable carrying a concealed firearm. But if you're able to identify the issues that hinder you in your daily carry, you can make steps to overcome them...

    Revolvers for Concealed Carry - A Closer Look

    August 28, 2015 9:56:48 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Despite the invention of the striker-fire pistol – fast, responsive, and usually an extremely light trigger pull – there are a lot of concealed carriers who love their revolvers. Whether it's a Smith & Wesson J frame or a Ruger, these weapons have shown themselves to be reliable cornerstones of the handgun market...

    holster clips for concealed carry  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters offers a wide selection of fastening clips for their holsters. The reason is simple – different applications demand different fastening methods. If you're an off-duty police officer or emergency worker, you may need a leather loop configuration to go over your duty belt. Or perhaps you know you'll need to adjust your holster before you sit in your vehicle – That's the perfect job for a C or J clip. Maybe you don't wear a belt at all – here's where steel clips come in handy...

    Are Small Calibers Reliable for Concealed Carry?

    August 24, 2015 9:13:13 AM PDT

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    By James England | 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...

    alien gear 2 vs 3  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The Alien Gear Holster’s Cloak Tuck series sets the bar for the concealed carry industry. As time moves on and guns become more advanced, so do our concealed carry holsters. With every successful holster product comes slight tweaks to their design to meet the demands of the people-in this case the concealed carrier. To best explain the differences between our Cloak Tuck 2.0 and the 3.0, let’s take a look at the materials used and most importantly, why we chose to use them in the first place...

    Best Holster Warranty Of Them All

    August 19, 2015 7:54:52 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Alien Gear Holsters isn't just about setting records in terms of product reliability, usability or concealability – it's a holster that we want you to trust. And that's why we offer the Forever Warranty which backs every single part of our holsters from wear, tear, breakage or cracks. If the clips break, the grommets wear, or a bolt gets threaded – send in the offending part and we'll send you back a brand new one...

    What Are The Benefits Of Joining A Gun Club?

    August 17, 2015 7:52:27 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    In almost every town and city where law-abiding gun owners live, there's a gun club. That gun club may specialize in just hunting and rifles or it may extend to pistols or more. Each gun club provides some very basic advantages: a place to train and meet others whom are like-minded in self-defense...

    how to wear a iwb gun holster  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Let's break this apart real quick. The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck (or nearly any other inside the waistband holster) will operate in a couple very predictable ways. Some other inside the waistband holsters have one clip which either clasps over your gun belt (any belt of sturdy construction will do) or – in some cases – directly to the side of your pants...

    cheap concealed carry guns  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The basic question any concealed carrier asks himself when selecting his everyday carry is: how much is my life worth? Because, essentially, that's the question being answered when selecting the make and model of your daily carry firearm...

    prevent and clear gun jam  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    First off – there's no 100% guarantee you can prevent a gun jam. That's when a round fails to feed properly into the chamber, fails to eject after its been fired or fails to fire at all. This topic comes on the tragic heels of a murder in North Carolina where a woman was attempting to defend herself with her concealed carry pistol and it jammed after one round. Her attacker, though hit with the first shot, pressed his advantage and killed her...

    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...

    how to prevent a gun from going off  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    Negligent firearm discharges happen more often than they should. And very few times do they end without damage to property or person. That's why it's important to understand what a negligent weapons discharge is, what it entails, and how you can always avoid one...

    Concealed Carry Tips for Responsible Gun Owners

    August 3, 2015 7:53:44 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    It's always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there's a couple good habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we're going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm...

    concealed carry stress shooting  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    When a person begins training with firearms, every effort is made to focus on breathing and the fundamentals of marksmanship. The conditions are usually low stress. You line up your target, you aim, and when ready – fire. Rinse and repeat. There's a practical reason behind this: it's safe...

    concealed carry with two guns  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    If you think you may be heading into a really rough area, reconsider what you're doing. It's your legal responsibility to avoid situations where you know violence or escalation of violence is imminent. That's not to say you shouldn't defend your home or your family – but truly do consider whether what you are doing is necessary. If you think having a second handgun is better than just carrying another magazine, you're probably not thinking through the scenario realistically...

    What Five 9mm Handguns Should Everyone Own?

    July 27, 2015 8:35:06 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    While we all have our favorite everyday concealed carry pistol or revolver, almost every firearm owner knows the importance of maintaining a good full size or compact back-up chambered in 9mm. The 9x19mm round is versatile, comes in a lot of great options such as hollow point (HP) or overpressurized (+P), and has a lot less recoil than the bigger S&W .40 round...

    concealed carry wins 2015  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    aily bicycle commutes tend to range anywhere from 5-20 miles one way. While you do your best to obey the rules of the road, there's never any way to know how fellow motorists will handle the situation. Being on the road and exposed can also be perceived as being an easy target...

    What Careers Deal With Guns?

    July 22, 2015 8:36:25 AM PDT

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    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

    Big Concealed Carry Wins For 2015

    July 20, 2015 8:14:51 AM PDT

    concealed carry wins 2015  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    We're only half way through 2015 and it's already shaping up to be a monumental win for concealed carriers. In this article, we're going to go through some of the major CCW wins this thus far in 2015...

    trigger reset  

    By James England | Contributing Editor

    The best part about hitting the great outdoors is having the freedom to wander where you want. But for those who prefer to take a concealed carry firearm with them – there's a few pieces of advice to make the wilderness just a bit friendlier...

    What Is A Trigger Reset And Why Is It Important?

    July 15, 2015 11:05:14 AM PDT

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    By James England | 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...

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