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j-frame revolver holsters  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What should a person look for to determine what the best J-frame holster for concealed carrying is? There are a few different aspects, just as with a holster for a semi-auto, that a person should always look for in a holster.

Are CCW Classes Required?

November 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

taking a ccw class  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

We've gotten a surprising number of emails asking about whether a concealed carry class is truly needed or not. It's more than just safety – it's gaining trust in your abilities and your firearm. However, depending on the state – it may not be required

How Do I Find Out What Gun I Bought?

November 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

gun type  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people wonder which gun they actually have when it comes time to buy a holster for it. It might seem a stretch, but not everyone who owns a gun is a major firearms enthusiast and knows about all the makes and models.

Minnesota Concealed Carry

October 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

minnesota concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

One of the first distinctions to be made about Minnesota concealed carry is that the permit system does not split hairs between open and concealed, but rather encompasses and affords the right to both.

How To Become A CCW Instructor

October 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry instructor  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Interested in a career as a CCW instructor? It's definitely a good career field for a person that loves firearms, concealed carry, and advocates for a responsible armed citizenry.

How To Conceal While Driving

October 25, 2016 4:51:33 PM PDT

vehicle ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Better than a car holster is an actual holster mount. A holster mount is a docking station for a holster that attaches to an appropriate surface in the vehicle - the center console is a highly logical location, or under the steering wheel.

Can I Concealed Carry In A Polling Place?

October 24, 2016 8:20:25 AM PDT

Polling station concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Another voting season is here, and with that comes wondering about concealed carry in a polling place. It's certainly something to wonder about, since it wouldn't do to go and cast one's vote whilst armed and find that one is prohibited from voting while carrying, if indeed that was the case.

North Carolina Concealed Carry

October 21, 2016 10:50:32 AM PDT

concealed carry north carolina  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

At first glance, self-defense is rarely measured by paperwork, but lawfully relying on a deadly weapon in this state means understanding and following North Carolina concealed carry laws.

5 Best J Frames For Concealed Carry

October 17, 2016 8:53:46 AM PDT

j frame revolvers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If a person prefers a compact revolver to a slimmed down compact auto, then J-frame concealed carry may well be the way to go. Snub-nosed Smith and Wesson revolvers were THE concealed carry gun for a long time, and are still some of the best.

Utah Concealed Carry

October 14, 2016 9:21:05 AM PDT

utah-ccw  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Numbers paint a picture of how Utah concealed carry has advanced through the years. Despite the practice in Utah only being available to permit holders, a couple statistics illustrate the growth of gun rights, acceptance and visibility.

Can 18 to 20 Year Olds Concealed Carry?

October 12, 2016 9:03:03 AM PDT

underage concealed carry permit  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For the most part, concealed carry is relatively easy to do from a legal perspective but there are a few snags - one of which is an age barrier. For the most part, a person has to be 21 years of age in order to concealed carry.

South Dakota Concealed Carry

October 10, 2016 10:23:23 AM PDT

ccw south dakota  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

It is the private citizen’s job to protect their life and loved ones from harm, and a South Dakota concealed carry permit is the physical manifestation of that.

Can I Concealed Carry As A Security Guard?

October 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

ccw security guard  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

As it turns out, security guard concealed carry can be more complicated than for the average Joe. If a person is looking for jobs that allow concealed carry, armed security guard positions would be one of them.

New CCW Guns For 2016

October 5, 2016 10:40:31 AM PDT

to ten ccw guns of 2016  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're looking for an updated model, something different to add to the gun cabinet or the first of your concealed carry guns of many to come, here are a few models to think about. These firearms are new for this year, or are the latest model of a proven firearm to come out from a manufacturer.

5 Useless Gun Mods For Concealed Carry

October 3, 2016 9:16:05 AM PDT

gun modification  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a number of gun modifications out there, as not everyone is satisfied with the stock models - just like for cars. However, just like with upgrades for cars, not every aftermarket producer is as good as OEM and not every mod is worth it.

Oklahoma Concealed Carry

September 30, 2016 1:23:59 PM PDT

oklahoma concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Given that the state recognizes all valid out of state permits and has a handgun license that expires after 10 years, Oklahoma concealed carry is relatively relaxed and has minimal barriers to entry.

5 Jobs That Let You Concealed Carry

September 28, 2016 8:36:32 AM PDT

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the biggest worries regarding concealed carry is one's employer, as not every workplace is keen on allowing employees to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. What if your employer didn't have an issue with it?In fact, what if concealed carry was part of the job?

concealed carry near schools  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

At the moment, concealed carry near schools is not as permissible under current laws as carrying...well, almost anywhere else. The reason is that federally-mandated gun free zones were literally created FOR schools, or to be specific, primary and secondary schools.

Alaska Concealed Carry

September 23, 2016 10:58:54 AM PDT

concealed carry in alaska  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alaska. The Australia of the north. Bears, moose, crime rates in urban centers, drifters, weather -- whatever the threat, this state, which lies in both the eastern and western hemispheres and is as wide as the combined lower 48 states, is subject to “constitutional carry.”

Concealed Carry - Are you Ready for CCW

September 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

getting ready for ccw  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Don't let the title fool you – we're not trying to get you to evaluate yourself for various flaws and pin those flaws onto an inability to carry a gun. In this article, we're merely looking at a few caveats which we should all examine a bit more closely prior to carrying. A lot of “problem areas” for gun owners clear up with just a bit of patience and applied training.

Concealed Carry In Zoos And Other Animal Parks

September 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

zoo concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Can a person concealed carry at a zoo? Technically yes; there aren't too many laws that specifically prohibit carrying in a zoo. It's like any other business unless the zoo is considered a federal building.

Arizona Concealed Carry

September 16, 2016 9:37:04 AM PDT

arizona concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer dragged ink across Arizona Senate Bill 1108 on a spring day in 2010, signing it into law and enacting permitless Arizona concealed carry in July 2010.

The Complete Guide to Gun Safety

September 14, 2016 11:15:00 AM PDT

gun safety guide  

By Alien Gear Holsters

It is the responsibility of the carrier or owner of a firearm to properly observe gun safety. Firearms have destructive potential, and safe gun handling cannot be overstated. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete novice looking to get a handle on safe firearms practices, this guide from Alien Gear Holsters has the tips, tricks, and knowledge that you need to understand basic firearm safety.

Magazine Holster Guide - All About Mag Carriers

September 12, 2016 9:53:42 AM PDT

extra mag holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In this guide, we'll go over just about everything you'll need to know about magazine carriers, magazine holsters, magazine pouches and any other implement of carrying more rounds upon your person, how it's done and the reasons why you want to.

concealed carry in Massachusetts  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Current Massachusetts concealed carry laws are among the most restrictive in New England, as the state heavily regulates whom is allowed to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights outside of the home.

Why Keep And Bear Arms?

September 6, 2016 3:27:23 PM PDT

right to keep and bear arms  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a number of reasons a person should keep and bear arms, despite what some might opine are reasons not to. In truth, being able to be armed is one of the things that makes Americans arguably the freest people on the globe.

How To Do A Pistol Press Check

September 5, 2016 9:44:23 AM PDT

pistol brass check  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever hear of something called a press check and wonder just what it is? It's a simple technique for checking whether a firearm is loaded, in case you don't trust or don't have a loaded chamber indicator on your pistol.

Wyoming Concealed Carry - How to CCW In Wyoming

September 2, 2016 9:12:51 AM PDT

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wyoming state concealed carry guide 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

No permit, no problem -- legislators changed Wyoming concealed carry laws to remove the need for state residents to jump through legal hoops in order to practice Second Amendment rights, meaning less control and more carrying.

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concealed carry around felon 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

With each progressive landmark Supreme Court case related to firearms, the American public and legal system examines the nature and scope of the Second Amendment. Though some seek to blind the matter by unconstitutionally stripping those rights.

What is Molon Labe? - Come, Take

August 29, 2016 8:40:03 AM PDT

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molon labe meaning 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The phrase "Molon Labe," or using Greek script, ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛABE, since the phrase is actually Greek, is popular among concealed carry and gun rights activists. It's also a slogan for a number of military units around the world, including some in the American armed forces and, naturally, the Greek military.

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mississippi concealed carry guide 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

At present, Mississippi concealed carry is something of a hybrid, involving a certain amount of permitless carry with restrictions. Residents can conceal without a license, but may be better off doing so as the permit allows one to carry in more locations.

10 Gun Myths Exposed

August 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM PDT

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gun myths debunked 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The wheel gun was the standard EDC gun for much longer than the automatic pistol, and concealed carry revolvers are still very popular. Whether one wants one as their primary carry gun or as a backup, here are 5 concealed carry revolvers for under $500.

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rhode-island-ccw-guide 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Only a few states in New England are known for making it easy on concealed carriers, but Rhode Island concealed carry has become much easier in recent years.

5 Revolvers For Less Than $500

August 17, 2016 9:53:56 AM PDT

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low cost revolver carry 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The wheel gun was the standard EDC gun for much longer than the automatic pistol, and concealed carry revolvers are still very popular. Whether one wants one as their primary carry gun or as a backup, here are 5 concealed carry revolvers for under $500.

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hunters safety good for concealed carry 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

What was once for subsistence is now heavily for recreation, but the skills and morals behind hunting still remain important educational tools and serve today’s potential concealed carriers by reaffirming gun safety and an unyielding respect for life -- dangerous or otherwise.

Illinois Concealed Carry - How To CCW In Illinois

August 12, 2016 9:20:11 AM PDT

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Illinois concealed carry guide 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The last state to legalize concealed carry is also one of the most regulated, making Illinois concealed carry a crucial case study on firearms regulation...

Best Handgun Mods For Concealed Carry

August 10, 2016 8:18:18 AM PDT

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gun mods for concealed carry 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are some gun mods that are very helpful for concealed carriers, and there are some that really aren't. Granted, the purpose of a CCW gun is different than that of a range-only gun, a hunting gun and a dedicated home defense gun...

Can I Concealed Carry In a Hospital?

August 8, 2016 8:16:14 AM PDT

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concealed carry in hospital 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry in a hospital is similar to any other concern about location and legality of CCWs. Outside the Second Amendment’s straightforward, albeit debated, language, there are multiple state and local laws that dictate when and where one may or may not carry a concealed firearm...

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indoor gun range vs outdoor shooting range 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When selecting a place to do one's shooting, there are two choices - an indoor shooting range or outdoor shooting range. Some people prefer one to the other overall, some prefer different ranges for different purposes...

Idaho Concealed Carry - How to CCW In Idaho

August 3, 2016 9:47:45 AM PDT

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idaho concealed carry guide 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Gem state is one of the most amenable states to gun owners and carriers, and as a result Idaho concealed carry is actually very easy. Just recently, Idaho became a constitutional carry state...

Best Concealed Carry Guns With Little Recoil

August 1, 2016 8:47:24 AM PDT

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best low recoil ccw guns 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Firearms users who prefer a low recoil defensive carry gun may be subject to age restraints, arthritis, bodily injury or low experience. Some just don’t like recoil. No one should feel ashamed of their personal preferences on recoil and though they may feel inhibited by them, there are definitely options to consider and a community that has their back along the way...

Are Online CCW Classes Legit?

July 29, 2016 12:06:31 PM PDT

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are online ccw classes legit 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Thirty minutes, 20 questions, a PDF certificate -- online concealed carry classes make basic firearms instruction a matter of point and click instead of point and shoot...

CCW Positions for Concealed Carry

July 27, 2016 9:42:11 AM PDT

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ccw positions 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a number of CCW positions, or the spots on the body where one carries a handgun. There are a few classic positions for concealed carry and they've stayed popular for good reason. Each has benefits and drawbacks and every person's shape is different, so the one that will work best for each individual is something they'll have to discover on their own...

How to Minimize Your CCW Recoil

July 25, 2016 10:33:10 AM PDT

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How to minimize recoil 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A lot of people look for methods of recoil reduction as a way to shoot a gun for longer, thereby increasing practice time. Naturally, there are many applications; becoming better at shooting is equally beneficial for the defensive carrier, sport shooter and hunter alike.

Best Kahr Pistols for Concealed Carry

July 22, 2016 10:55:14 AM PDT

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kahr ccw pistols 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Though it isn't perhaps one of the biggest names, a good number of people wonder what Kahr concealed carry pistols might be. These days, slim, single-stack, hammerless pistols are all the rage, and these pistols fit that to a T...

Can Foster Parents Own Guns?

July 13, 2016 11:12:37 AM PDT

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can foster parents own guns 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the last frontiers for gun rights is regarding adoption and fostering, as the laws regarding concealed carry, adoption and foster parenting are - as with other aspects of gun rights - inconsistent. At present, the matter is delegated to the various states...

How to Interact with Police While Carrying CCW

July 11, 2016 9:28:00 AM PDT

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concealed carry and police 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Occasionally, a person will have interactions with law enforcement while concealed carrying. This presents a question about whether or not - or how to go about - disclosing that one is armed...

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Keep Alien Gear on Facebook 

Facebook is constantly adjusting their algorithm and we want our fans to still continue to get the great content that we put out every single day. With those changes, a lot of our posts, pictures, and videos are just not being seen by our fans. We have a great way to fix that! How do you do that? It’s super simple and easy and we’ve made a little guideline on how to keep seeing us in your news-feed...

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straw purchase and background checks 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Prospective gun owners may be wondering a few things when seeking to buy a new weapon: what exactly are universal background checks, which states require them, what sort of background checks are in place now and consequently how are people still getting around background checks and committing crimes?...

7 Experts Share Why They Carry A Gun

June 29, 2016 9:48:40 AM PDT

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why do you carry a gun 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Many CCW supporters carry concealed weapons after heartbreak. Others look at the reality of the world around them, having been hardened by years spent exposed to environments where danger is not just a statistic on a fact sheet, but a facet of daily life...

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