Alien Gear Holsters Blog

Concealed Carry Blog

Welcome to the Alien Gear Holsters Concealed Carry Blog! Although we specialize in concealed carry holsters, we cover many other CCW topics here. Our gun writers discuss every facet of concealed carry best practices other gun tips! Whether you’re new or experienced carrier, you’ll be sure to find our gun blog helpful and informative. Check out any of our articles and remember to like, share, and comment!

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holster magazine carrier  

By San Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people have asked why not, so we'll tell you.

Concealed Carry Pistols - Buying your first CCW

October 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

choosing your first ccw concealed carry gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

That first step towards becoming a daily concealed carrier begins with selecting the right gun. This can be surprisingly difficult for both first time carriers and veteran CCWs alike. Why? Because it's not just a pistol or revolver – it's an investment in security. That's why we're going to discuss several things that can help you make the best call for your first concealed carry handgun...

handgun mods ccw pistol  

By San Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're thinking of modifying your concealed carry handgun, you might want to hit the pause button before proceeding...

6 Best 380 Pistols

October 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

best 380 pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Don't believe the comments section; .380 pistols are definitely viable concealed carry guns. If you can shoot accurately, and carry good ammunition, the .380 Auto is more than adequate.

10mm vs 40 For Concealed Carry

October 9, 2019 7:55:25 AM PDT

10mm vs 40  

By San Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for safe storage in your car? Read up on car gun safe basics...

What You Need In A Car Gun Safe

October 7, 2019 7:00:12 AM PDT

car gun safe  

By San Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for safe storage in your car? Read up on car gun safe basics...

Beretta APX Carry Review by Alien Gear Holsters

October 4, 2019 11:52:39 AM PDT

Beretta APX Carry review  

By San Hoober | Contributing Editor

Beretta has a striker-fired subcompact...is it any good? Find out in our Beretta APX Carry review...

What's So Important About Dry Firing?

October 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

dry fire training  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Outside of every chow hall and firing range in the military there are two things you'll likely see – a barrel and a sign. The barrel is usually half full of sand but the sign is the big thing we all need to pay attention to. It says, “Clear All Weapons Here.” ...

Guide to Finding the Best IWB Holster

September 27, 2019 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.

shooting distance  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What shooting distance should you practice at? Whichever distance is hard for you.

The Alien Gear Holsters' Guide To Ruger Revolvers

September 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

ruger revolvers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Learn about Ruger Revolvers, in Alien Gear Holsters' guide to Ruger's wheelguns.

The Caliber Wars Are Over

September 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

calibers  

By Travis Pike | Contributing Editor

The Caliber wars were a brutal time, a bloody time, a messy time. The caliber wars were waged across the internet, through the videos of Youtube, on the forums of places like Defensive Carry and AR15.com. Articles proclaiming the new wonder gun in this caliber or that caliber, would have comment sections that devolved into full blown wars. These wars were waged most often by the proponents of 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP, and occasionally the revolver aficionados ...

A Guide To Colt Firearms

September 18, 2019 8:54:00 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.

Wearing Gloves And Concealed Carry

September 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

Winter is Coming: Can You Shoot with Gloves?  

By Sam Hoober | Senior Editor

It is reasonable to assume that time spent at a range, for most people, has them shooting under very ideal conditions. Perhaps they are rested, have a perfect stance, and are barehanded. But winter is coming, and that means more layers on your body, and not only jackets and hats, but gloves too. ...

Bear Spray Vs. Gun: Which To Carry In The Woods?

September 13, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

area 51  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Bear spray vs gun...which should you carry in the woods? Turns out...it's actually kind of complicated. Both are effective. Read on for more...

Why Wear A Shoulder Holster?

September 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

shoulder holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Why wear a shoulder holster? Like any holster style, it's a tool - so there's a definite task and user in mind. Read on...

Just For Fun: A Brief Guide To Area 51

September 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

area 51  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just for fun, just this one time...Alien Gear Holsters talks about Area 51.

How To Shop For A Chest Holster

September 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

chest holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What should you look for in a chest holster? Read on to learn more about what to shop for...

6 Tips For Concealed Carry Success

September 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry and ccw tips  

By James England | Contributing Editor

It's always the goal to be a responsible everyday concealed carrier. In order to do that, there's a couple good habits to pick up. Not only do they all play well together, but they are important to develop the right mindset to react if danger pops up. In this article, we're going over a couple “everyday” tips for those who carry a concealed firearm...

Concealed Carry With Less Than Perfect Eyesight

September 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry with bad eyesight  

By James England | Contributing Editor

There is a recent, reoccurring article published in the Des Moines Register about how Iowa has no restrictions on issuing concealed carry permits to the visually impaired. It's created a bit of a stir because many people believe that if you can't see the target, you shouldn't be shooting. And they do have a point – it fundamentally violates two of the basic safety principles governing the safe usage of firearms...

center of mass  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what size of Grip Tuck Universal Holster you should order for your gun? Read on to get a better feel for it...

7 Best Left-Handed Pistols For Southpaws

August 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

best handguns for left handed shooters  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Most any pistol or revolver can be operated by either hand with sufficient training and practice. However, in this article, we're going over some handguns that rock for lefties...

Center Mass Shooting: Why is it Important?

August 23, 2019 11:27:00 AM PDT

center of mass  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Why train to shoot center of mass? Is it really a viable tactic? If it has a failure rate, why do people continue to teach and learn to do so? Read on...

A Quick Guide To Gun Sights For Concealed Carry

August 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM PDT

gun sights for concealed carry  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

Let’s start with some basic information about gun sights. More than likely, that new pistol you just purchased comes right off the showroom floor with a standard set of front and rear fixed sights.

Are Guns Drop Safe?

August 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

drop safe  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Most firearms are said to be drop-safe...but reports of drop fires keep emerging. Just how drop safe ARE they? Read on...

shooting with cover  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you have to shoot in defense of yourself, it is always a good idea to be shooting from cover if at all possible. Obviously, it won't necessarily be in the extremely rare event that you'll ever have to use your gun in defense of your own life or that of others.

how to buy used ccw guns  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Not everyone buys brand new ccw firearms off the rack. Used firearms – like the Glock 26 – can be picked up for hundreds of dollars less than they retailed. While gun manufacturers are always making the “latest and greatest” version of the same old gun they've made since the 80s, often times the older handgun models incorporated better metal alloys or polymer composites...

how to prevent a gun from going off  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Negligent firearm discharges happen more often than they should. And very few times do they end without damage to property or person. That's why it's important to understand what a negligent weapons discharge is, what it entails, and how you can always avoid one...

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just how good are Beretta's striker guns? Find out in our Beretta APX Centurion review...

Reloading Drills For Concealed Carry Practice

August 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

ccw reloading drills  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A best practice for concealed carry practice is to incorporate some reloading drills into your practice routine. On the one hand, it is true that most defensive shootings are concluded very quickly with only a few shots fired, but it is also true that some are not. Therefore, it behooves you to train for both contingencies.

 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the Kriss Sphinx SDP Compact is like? Find out in our Sphinx SDP Compact review...

Concealed Carry in the Workplace

July 26, 2019 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? ...

How To Use The Grip Tuck Universal Holster

July 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

universal holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters has just released the Grip Tuck Universal Holster...but what does it do?

Why Use A Chest Holster?

July 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

chest holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What would a person get a chest holster for? Read on...

Best Concealed Carry Guns With Little Recoil

July 19, 2019 7:00:00 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...

Springfield XDM 10mm Review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Pondering a 10mm pistol? Springfield makes a few, but their entry-level model, the Springfield XDM 4.5, has a lot going for it. Find out more in our Springfield XDM 10mm review...

RIP rounds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

With the advent of some pretty wild ammunition designs, some people wonder how effective they might be. RIP Rounds are one particular example. Are they up to the hype? Read on...

Sig 1911 vs Kimber 1911: Which Is Better?

July 12, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

kimber 1911 vs sig 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You've decided you want an upscale 1911 but not quite custom shop; thus, you're trying to decide between a Sig 1911 vs Kimber 1911. Both are known to be great pistols, but which exactly is going to be better?

Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

July 10, 2019 8:01:00 AM PDT

concealed carry caliber  

By James England | Contributing Editor

In this episode, we learn about the most common styles of ammunition used in concealed carry handguns as well as how they compare to each other. This is by no means an exhaustive comparison of ammunition types and we save discussing the role of specialty defensive ammunition for another episode.

357 Magnum vs 9mm For Concealed Carry

July 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

9mm vs 357  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Handgun rounds in the .38 caliber family have always been the most popular, but since some (.38 Special, .380) are a bit weak the most popular are .357 Magnum vs 9mm. Each of these rounds has a long history and pedigree of efficacy in the realm of self-defense, so that both are good carry rounds is not in dispute.

Concealed Carry For Big Guys

July 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry for overweight men  

By James England | Contributing Editor

You can call it whatever you wish but some of us are carrying more than just a concealed pistol in our waistline. And for people with a bit extra around the waist, sometimes an inside the waistband concealed carry holster can be a bit uncomfortable.In this article, we'll discuss some concealed carry techniques and positioning that are helpful for us huskier gentlemen...

Which should I get, the springfield xdm or xds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Springfield makes many firearms that are great for concealed carry. Here, we focus on the two that most concealed carriers end up weighing together: the XD(M) and XD-S. Two of Springfield's most popular compact firearms... How do they stack up against each other?

Concealed carry and alcohol  

By James England | Contributing Editor

First thing's first – just because you're in a bar doesn't mean you can't legally protect yourself. However, depending on which state you're in, there are very specific prohibitions against you carrying your pistol on your person. Before you take a sip of that frosty brew or down a cowboy's shot of whiskey, here's a few things to keep in mind ...

Concealed Carry With A Tucked In Shirt

June 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

best iwb holster for t shirt  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Not all of us like to have long, droopy clothing that hangs loose. Some people like to dress up, wear a nice button-up shirt, and maybe some good slacks. For those of you that do, you may have been traditionally stuck either carrying outside the waistband or wrapping your dress shirt over and around an inside the waistband concealed carry holster that clips directly onto your gun belt.

Shooting in the woods  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The thing about whether you can fire a gun in the woods is that it depends on just who controls said parcel of forest and where it's located.

7 Best Choices Of .40 Cal Pistol

June 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

40 cal pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wanting to get on the .40 S&W bandwagon? Any one of these 7 .40 cal pistol models is a great starting point.

cz 75 vs beretta 92  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you've decided you want to get a CZ for a CCW but want it as tactical as it is practical, the two choices that will quickly emerge are the CZ P07 vs P01. You'll have a hard time choosing between the two, because a lot of the on-paper aspects are like incredibly close...though some aren't.

6 Awesome 1911 9mm Pistols

June 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

1911 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A 1911 9mm? Actually, it's a fantastic idea. The 9mm round gets more out of the platform than .45 ACP does, and makes it much more in-line with modern sensibilities.

7 Best Lightweight Concealed Carry Pistols

June 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

lightweight concealed carry pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for a carry pistol with fewer onboard ounces? Start with these 7 lightweight concealed carry pistols...

vp9 vs glock 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is an H&K VP9 vs Glock 19 comparison a foregone conclusion? Is the VP9 really that much better? Read on to find out...

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