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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.

double vs single stack magazine  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When choosing what gun to carry on a daily basis, one of the attributes that divides opinion is whether to carry a double stack or single stack pistol. It is worth thinking about, as that directly impacts the number of rounds that you have in your carry gun.

How to Get The Most Out Of CCW Shooting Practice

April 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

practicing ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're going to concealed carry, a certain amount of concealed carry shooting practice is going to be necessary. The reason is that if a person is going to carry a gun, they should know how to use it if needs be as well as carry safely.

Guide To Ruger Firearms For Concealed Carry

April 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to ruger  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ruger is one of the best-known names in American guns, and Ruger concealed carry guns are some of the most popular ccw pistols on the market. They make some of the best guns at mid-level prices that one can buy for multiple purposes, including concealed carry, target shooting and plinking, as well as some of the best hunting rifles and handguns available at the price-point.

The Complete Guide To 1911 Pistols

April 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Complete Guide to the 1911 Pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Whilst the past couple decades have been dominated by Glock, there can be no doubt that the most popular and enduring pistol design of all time is the 1911 pistol. Even today they are among the most popular for daily carry, competition shooting, target shooting, other sporting uses and also for collectors. Few guns are as iconic.

how to concealed carry at church  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Unfortunately, there is nowhere safe or sacred to criminals and maniacs which leads some to wonder about concealed carry in church. During the past few years, there have been a number of mass shooting incidents at and around churches and temples of multiple religions and denominations.

New Mexico Concealed Carry

April 7, 2017 3:46:10 PM PDT

new mexico ccw  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

New Mexico concealed carry regulations remained unchanged after the state’s Senate Public Affairs Committee voted in early 2017 to indefinitely table Senate Bill 56, a bill outlining concealed carry without a license, otherwise known as constitutional carry, for those 18 and older.

Guide to Taurus Firearms

April 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to taurus  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

A historic flood ripped through the streets and marketplace of Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941, which was coincidentally the same year another destructive power poured through the city’s factories: the first Taurus firearm, a revolver called the Model 38101SO.

State Concealed Carry Training Requirements

April 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

required concealed carry classes  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to mandatory CCW training, there are differing standards between states - though almost all states have a baseline. That said, you will need to sit for a course that satisfies the training requirements in your state in order to receive your concealed carry permit.

Pennsylvania Concealed Carry

April 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

pennsylvania concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Given it’s a “shall issue” state, county law enforcement must issue Pennsylvania concealed carry permits to applicants who meet all the required criteria.

How Much Training Is Needed To Carry Concealed?

March 31, 2017 8:23:41 AM PDT

concealed carry training  

By James England | Contributing Editor

In many states, it's simply a right of passage. Being a responsible gun owner and citizen allows many to pursue a resident concealed carry permit in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and plenty others. But is that truly enough? At what point do we decide who is and isn't qualified to carry a concealed firearm?...

A Complete Guide To Ammunition

March 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Obviously a person should learn to choose a gun, but also know how to choose ammunition for it. Ammunition, just like a pistol, is a tool and every tool has an ideal purpose. As a result, certain kinds of ammunition have a definite purpose.

SCCY Handguns Guide

March 27, 2017 8:26:11 AM PDT

sccy handguns guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

SCCY Industries, the self-titled “king of concealed carry,” built its kingdom in Florida -- but it was initially known as Skyy Industries when it was started in September 2003, much to the chagrin of that one vodka company named the same thing who soon requested a name change.

Kansas Concealed Carry

March 23, 2017 10:37:26 AM PDT

Kansas State Concealed Carry Guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Kansas Concealed Carry Guide - Constitutional carry for residents and nonresidents was added to Kansas gun laws in 2015, but there are still finicky statutes and regulations to consider. Let's take a look..

Kentucky Concealed Carry

March 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Kentucky Concealed Carry Guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Kentucky Concealed Carry Guide - We cover how to obtain a permit, kentucy concealed carry laws, restricted premises and reciprocity information. lets see how to carry concealed in Kentucky State...

Guide To H&K Handguns

March 20, 2017 8:55:34 AM PDT

H&K guns guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The German giant now serves militaries, civilians and law enforcement around the world, but before investing in them there are a few basic things to know...

West Virginia Concealed Carry

March 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

west virginia concealed carry info  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Knowing your laws for concealed carry is a very important step for responsible carry. With that being said it may be difficult to keep up with the constant changes. Lets take a look at West Virginia concealed carry...

How to Determine a Holster's Retention Level

March 15, 2017 8:47:34 AM PDT

Retention Holster Guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Holster retention in and of itself is a good thing to learn about, since knowing a bit about it can help a person know what to look for in a good open or concealed carry holster. Lets take a look...

Guide To Springfield Handguns

March 13, 2017 9:11:24 AM PDT

Springfield Armory Guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Go to virtually any gun store and you're likely to see a few Springfields, and for good reason. If you need a good working handgun, Springfield has something for nearly everyone. Let's take a look...

New Hampshire Concealed Carry

March 10, 2017 12:39:53 PM PST

New Hampshire Gun Carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Those who received a permit will benefit from New Hampshire concealed carry reciprocity agreements with nearly 30 states that recognize the state’s permit.

Montana Concealed Carry

March 8, 2017 7:44:24 AM PST

montana state concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Montana concealed carry currently requires a concealed weapons permit at specific locations throughout the state beyond one’s home, business and vehicle. Take a look to learn more about how to ccw in Montana State.

unsafe ccw behavior  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just as with anything in life, there are certain unsafe behaviors when it comes to concealed carry that should be avoided. It's one thing to have somewhat sloppy habits, like slipshod concealment, but it's another thing entirely to be unsafe.

Concealed Carry With An OWB Holster

February 27, 2017 11:56:08 AM PST

concealed carry with an owb holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The original holster design – and according to some people, the best – is the outside-the-waistband or OWB holster. These holsters are secured to the waist via a belt, and are widely considered to be the most comfortable to wear.

How to Ankle Carry Effectively: The Complete Guide

February 24, 2017 1:46:48 PM PST

alien gear holsters guide to ankle carry  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular carry methods besides carrying in a holster on the waistband is ankle carry. It isn't necessarily the most popular method and has mostly been reserved for law enforcement officers and soldiers carrying a backup gun.

Guide To Smith And Wesson Handguns

February 22, 2017 12:05:55 PM PST

guide to smith and wesson  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Smith and Wesson is one of the oldest names in American handguns and one of the most popular makers to date. Here's everything you need to know about S&W...

picking a home defense handgun vs picking a concealed carry gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Guns, in the end, are tools, and there is a right tool for every task - which is why a lot of people will tell you that picking a home defense handgun is different than choosing a concealed carry gun. Granted, there are some pistols that are equally suited to both roles, but a lot of guns may be better at the one than at the other.

North Dakota Concealed Carry

February 17, 2017 2:35:20 PM PST

North Dakota concealed carry guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Although North Dakota concealed carry laws are being reconsidered with proposed permitless carry legislation, it’s important to understand the state’s not one, but two types of CCW permits.

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