1911 - 5 inch ShapeShift Core Carry Pack

$99.88

Please note: The ShapeShift Core Carry Pack, formerly known as the Starter Kit, has been renamed to better represent the four most popular “core” carry styles within our growing modular holster system.

1911 Modular Holster Kit


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.
The beauty of the 1911 is that it's equally at home in concealment as it is with open carrying - but very few, if any, 1911 holster models are able to do the same. Not everyone wants to carry the exact same way all the time, which would typically require one to have multiple holsters in order to have the freedom of choice.

Until now.

The Alien Gear ShapeShift 1911 holster is a not just a holster - it's a complete carry system, designed to allow you to carry your firearm in any manner you wish. If you prefer 1911 concealed carry, you can do that. If open carry on occasion is your preference, it will do that too. If you want an ultra-durable holster with active retention for daily open carry, wear around the house or in the outdoors, it will also do that.

The core of the ShapeShift is the shell system. Our new injection-molded polymer shells, instead of merely bolting onto a backer, are equipped with an interlocking rail of our design, which lock together via a tool-less twist lock. Included with your base ShapeShift 1911 holster kit includes one full Shift Shell and two trigger guards.

For the ultimate in OWB holsters, put the two full shells together and install the paddle attachment for a 1911 paddle holster that can withstand more punishment than you can likely dish out. You can also equip this holster configuration with active retention devices for incredible security.

However, if IWB carry is more to your liking, attach a half-shell to a full shell and install them on the included inside-the-waistband backer for a traditional 1911 IWB hybrid holster. Just like our IWB holster, the belt clips are fully adjustable for ride height and cant. The backer itself is much like our Cloak Tuck 3.0, with the same neoprene backing pad and Alien Skin top surface.

This holster configuration is also compatible with our Cloak Dock IWB holster mount.

Prefer a 1911 appendix holster? Attach the shells to the smaller backer instead, and install the larger IWB belt clip.

You can also deploy the belt slide attachment with the smaller backer to assemble a high-ride belt slide 1911 belt slide holster. This will disappear under an untucked shirt or light outerwear, if you prefer OWB concealment.

Retention is also customizable with the ShapeShift, as you can opt for passive or active retention.

Just like our other products, the ShapeShift comes with our Iron-Clad Guarantee. This includes our 30-day "Test Drive" trial period, which lets you take the first month of ownership to determine if this is the holster system you wanted. If not, contact us before your first month is up and let us know. We'll buy the holster back.

We also offer a lifetime warranty on your ShapeShift 1911 holster. For as long as you own it, we will fix any issue that should arise, whether due to defect or damage. If we can't fix it, we will give you a brand new ShapeShift. That's Alien Gear's guarantee.

Once you try it, you might find any other holster to be universally disappointing.


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NOTE: The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is designed to replicate and fit your specific firearm. The 1911 is available in multiple generations and variations. To ensure your 1911 fits this holster, please refer to the compatibility chart below.

Questions? Please contact customer service at:
(208) 215-2046 Monday - Friday 5am - 8pm PST, or Saturday - Sunday 9:30am - 6pm PST

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Excellent!! Review by Commander
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This was my second purchase with Alien Gear Holsters. I was very pleased with my shoulder holster and now again with the Core Carry Pack. The quality of craftmanship, and their customer service is beaten by none... (Posted on 2/25/2021)
Core Pack Review by Tom
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Ordered my pack got it in about a week. Awesome shipping time... Also bought this to have options for all situations opened the package and went through all configurations very easy to set up and use. Not too bulky on IWB Glock 19 is concealed well hardly prints at all. OWB is really nice mainly because all of the equipment is there to use already. This is a great option for all the carry situations you may have and is definitely more cost effective than purchasing 4 separate holsters. Oh and by the way padded backing is very comfortable I would say its a win win... (Posted on 2/23/2021)
Absolutely love the whole package Review by wege
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Several things that I love about Alien Gear Core Pack. I loved getting all options in one package as I was able to try many methods, not really knowing which I would like the most. It turns out that the one I liked the most was not what I initially thought I would like, all at a discount price. I also have various situations that allow for varied carry methods, and I kind of enjoy changing setups. I also bought expansion packs (ankle holster and belly band) and have enjoyed both of those methods as well. I had refrained from wearing sweatpants because I had no way to carry securely, but the belly band is outstanding! Ankle holster needs a pad/cushion to protect ankle bone though. I also love that they show all reviews, good or bad. Honorable! (Posted on 2/19/2021)
Excellent Product Review by Delcie
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After researching holsters I decided on the ShapeShift 4.0 carry pack for my Sig P365 and I am so glad I did. It was simple to understand and easily put together. The holster was very defined in the molding and attention to details were obvious. (Posted on 2/13/2021)
Great product I've loved it. Review by Jay
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Its a good start to modularity, I'm in need of more clips, mounts and shells. (Posted on 2/2/2021)
Perfect for all around carry Review by Ryan
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All-in-one need for different carry conditions either inside or outside. (Posted on 1/16/2021)
day night sights Review by david
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Ordered the holsters, waited about a month. gun does not fit. if your kimber micro 9 has day night sights, the gun will not fit there holster and the website does not reflect that. (Posted on 1/16/2021)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Greetings, David! Our holster systems are specifically designed to work with the basic stock sights for the selected firearms. However, if you are within your 30-Day Test Drive, please contact our Customer Service team via live chat or over the phone at (208) 215-2046, for more information on our returns and exchanges!

(Posted on 1/18/2021)
10/10, will and have buy again. 1 issue... Review by Tony
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The ONLY issue I have, is that there is no adjustable carry height with the core carry pack, specifically for the paddle/belt loop attachments. I myself have monkey like long arms, and the carry height is a bit....too high (Posted on 1/14/2021)
Single use not big guy friendly Review by Rick
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I purchased this for my 1911 in hopes I could go from holster to vehicle mount, not the case it is one carry form and thats it. Also its not meant for a big guy, only can carry external but it sticks out so far its useless for concealed. Bad buy.. very rigid plastic doesn't form to hip at all. (Posted on 1/2/2021)
Not happy Review by disappointed
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Very disappointed with the comfort of the IWB/OWB holsters. To bulky, and very noticeable unless you're wearing a jacket. I tried every configuration supplied and all were uncomfortable and bulky. Every time I sat down or stood up I had to readjust the holster (IWB&OWB) just to find a spot that was less uncomfortable. I position the holsters in many different spots, but none worked or made me feel comfortable. I bought these for my SIG P365, which is a small carry gun. Direction were a little confusing and not up to date (color would help), but once I figured it out, still wasn't satisfied. I contacted customer support and was given a return slip to fill out, which I did and sent back for a refund. That cost me $20 to ship back; Alien should stand behind their product and send me a prepaid mailing label. (Posted on 12/28/2020)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Thank you so much for this review, we're very sorry to hear that our holsters didn't work for you. We have forwarded your feedback to our engineering team to review as well as our higher-ups. We hope that you are able to find a holster to suit your needs and that you will consider us for future concealed carry product needs.

(Posted on 12/30/2020)

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