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 system Review by Jim
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Quality and versatile holster system. (Posted on 11/20/2020)
Love the shape shift holster Review by Daniel
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I recieved my shape shift holster and already plan on getting a shell for more of my firearms. The customer service is excellent. I will definitely be recommending alien gear holsters to all my friends and family (Posted on 11/20/2020)
Great holster so far! Review by Kelly
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I just received my order today (the Shape Shift Core Carry Pack), and have tested it out with both my 1911 and my M&P .40. I love the comfort I have when sitting, standing or walking with the IWB holster. My only complaint is that the belt clips are just a little TOO secure, making it extremely difficult to remove the holster without taking off my pants and detaching the clip from the IWB pad before I can take the clip off of the belt. Other than that, I am very happy with my purchase so far. As soon as I get my license to carry, I will be testing it out every time I leave the house, getting more comfortable with it and figuring out exactly how I want it positioned to properly conceal and still function well if I ever need to draw my weapon. (Posted on 11/18/2020)
good but not perfect Review by Adam
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I recently received shapeshift core carry pack after about 3 weeks after placing an order. The packaging is very impressive and well organized, which was unexpected. Due to the flexible nature of the kit, there are quite a few parts included in the box, some small and some tiny. The plastic appears for the half shells to be sturdy and pieces fit together ok except the small twist locks are a bit of a challenge due to their size and the manufacturing tolerances. On the IWB pad stitching was not perfect and threads were loose that I trimmed myself.

I am not a big guy, 5'7" about 165lb with 32 inch waist so the only workable config for my CCW, became IWB setup. My pistol is Glock 48, so the appendix option is just too bulky and takes too much space up front near the belt buckle. It does not offer enough adjustability to make it work for me. The clip sticks out a bit far so I did not really like that. I also tried OWB holster configurations, and I liked the features and retention, however the geared swivel quick release mechanism keeps the gun and the holster about half an inch from the body which again proves a bit too bulky. It is possible to remove the the pivot quick connect setup , and bolt the full holster to the belt clip, which I preferred more. The only other comment I wanted to add, is that only IWB configuration has adjustable ride height. All the other setups are pretty much fixed with some tilt tweaks possible. I am also a little concerned that the retention tabs can mar the finish on the trigger guard after repeated use, especially on the polymer pistols, if made too tight.

In summary, the comfort for all the setups proved to be good, just the size and bulkiness can be a hindrance for smaller folks. The kit provides a lot of options, but will require some significant trial and error to find the config that works best for you. (Posted on 11/17/2020)
Quality, comfort, versatile convenience Review by Bill
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I've worn the IWB holster from the Core pack several hours a day for over 4 months before writing this review. From fit to features, comfort to quality I've not found a better holster for my needs. The versatility to change modes when needed is terrific and very easy. I'm ordering additional products and don't hesitate to recommend Aliengear. (Posted on 11/9/2020)
The Quality Isn't What it Once Was Review by TWS 607
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I bought the Shape Shift Core Carry Pack based on my experience with a Shape Shift IWB holster that I purchased for another gun a few years back. I still have and use that holster and it is one of the best holsters that I have. The Core Carry Pack that I purchased this past summer is horrible. quality. It took Alien Gear about 4 weeks to ship my holster out because they were so far behind manufacturing their products, I do not believe there was any quality control in the process. It is very difficult to slide my gun into the holster and removing it as well. I have adjusted the tension to the point that it is at the least amount without the shell falling off. I paid a lot of money for the Core Carry Pack and I am very unhappy with it. I do not recommend this product. (Posted on 11/8/2020)
Fantastic option for those figuring out how they want to carry Review by Nick
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I bought this holster after I had gotten my concealed carry license, and I wasn't sure how I would want to carry. This is more expensive than any single holster option, but given that I wanted to experiment with a variety of carry positions, it is FAR cheaper than buying even just two dedicated holster options.

I'm very happy with the fit and comfort, and changing configurations is pretty simple, made even easier with the included instructions (I recommend you look through them at least once).

FWIW, I settled on appendix carry, and I can confirm that this holster is quite comfortable in that configuration. (Posted on 11/8/2020)
very cool Review by none
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the shape shift core carry pack is a very cool idea and priced just right .everything works great and does what they says it does
thanks again for a great product ..... (Posted on 11/7/2020)
Good product only 1 issue Review by Tesh
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I am very pleased with my rig. I carry IWB it sits nicely at the 4-5 position i really never notice it when sitting. The only issue i have had is it slips down on my underwear so I end up wearing it inside my underwear on my skin to get the grip to keep it from sliding. I wish it had an option to add some kind of grip material to the rig to help with the grip. (Posted on 10/14/2020)
dissapointed Review by jesse
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i was really excited about receiving this product. unfortunately when i did i was extremely disappointed. i would say that this system seems to be fairly durable. however after using this system i encountered major issues drawing and holstering. i am using a full size p320 m17. and in the iwb configuration it is almost impossible to draw without bringing my pants with it. now i did try loosening the retention to the point the gun would fall out when tilted upside down, this did not help the problem seems to be with the grippy backing and the length of the barrel. also holstering is also an issue when you tighten the belt the trigger gaurd seems to get distorted and tends to rack the slide when trying to holster. (Posted on 10/7/2020)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Hello Jesse, Thank you so much for your feedback and we do apologize for the drawing and holstering issues here and we do want to make things right! With our IWB holsters the option with out the thumb release is called Passive retention. This type of retention relies on the retention from the adjustable retention unit and the retention from your belt. If you wear your belt tighter we recommend to loosen the retention unit to give it a good draw. Because these are passive retention holsters, this will cause the holster to be loose when you turn it upside down. We hope this helps!

(Posted on 10/9/2020)

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