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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.

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?

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.

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