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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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Why A Holster Is A Piece Of Safety Equipment

November 20, 2020 7:00:16 AM PST

holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Your holster isn't just a piece of gear...it's a critical piece of safety equipment.

ammunition safety  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should I keep ammo in my safe? This and other ammunition safety questions, answered...

magazine holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is using +P ammo safe?

The Complete Guide to Gun Safety

October 29, 2020 7:00:00 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.

How To Carry A Magazine Holster

October 22, 2020 7:00:07 AM PDT

magazine holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How are you supposed to wear a magazine holster for concealed carry? Here's how...

Guide to Drop Leg Holsters

October 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

The ShapeShift Drop Leg Holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One of the best methods for open carry is using drop leg holsters, and it's been gaining traction in the tactical community.

Getting A Better Draw From Your Shoulder Holster

October 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

shoulder holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you set it up correctly, you can get an efficient, smooth draw from a shoulder holster. Here's how...

The 6 Best IWB Holster Tips For Concealed Carry

September 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

best iwb holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get the best from your IWB holster? Check out these best IWB holster tips...

1911 iwb holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What do you need to look for in an 1911 IWB holster?

6 Must-Know Tips For 1911 Concealed Carry

September 16, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

1911 concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

It's true that 1911 concealed carry is not for everyone, but here are some must-know tips that will help you make it work...

Is A Paddle Holster Good For Concealed Carry?

September 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

paddle holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is a paddle holster good for concealed carry?

paddle holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What is a paddle holster used for? Is this a good holster to use everyday or to have for range use?

concealed gun holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What sort of concealed gun holster is best to wear when you can't wear the typical belt and IWB/OWB? Here are the best solutions for carrying without a belt...

Magazine Holster Guide - All About Mag Carriers

August 24, 2020 7:00:00 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.

How Can I Use A Belly Band Holster?

August 19, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

belly band holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Discover nearly everything you need to know about belly band holsters...

Springfield Hellcat review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you want to ankle carry, what are the best ankle holster guns?

waistband holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What are the best type of waistband holster for daily concealed carry? Find out...

Springfield Hellcat Review by Alien Gear Holsters

August 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

Springfield Hellcat review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if Springfield can really take on the P365? Find out in our Springfield Hellcat review...

desert eagle holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the best type of Desert Eagle holster if you're actually going to carry one? Read on to find out...

shoulder holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Don't give in to the frustration. Check out these must-see tips for using a shoulder holster...

boot holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the best kind of .38 Special holster for daily carry?

How to Stay Concealed While Sitting Down

July 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry and sitting down  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Modern life has us positioning our posteriors all over the place. When you're carrying a pistol in an inside the waistband concealed carry holster, you've likely experienced a certain degree of self-awareness you weren't expecting. When shirts slide up and trousers arc down, there can be a bit of gap coverage where a pistol grip can be revealed. In this article, we're going to head this off at the pass and discuss ways to stay concealed while sitting down...

boot holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How do you use a boot holster? Learn these 6 must-know tips to get started...

Open Carry States: Where Can I Open Carry?

July 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

What states allow open carry?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Open carry of handguns - to distinguish it from open carry of ANY firearm - is currently permitted in 45 states, with limitations, depending on the state.

Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A second micro double-stack has emerged. Find out which is better as we weigh the Sig P365 vs Springfield Hellcat...

How Should A Leather Shoulder Holster Fit?

July 22, 2020 7:05:00 AM PDT

leather shoulder holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Getting a leather shoulder holster and wondering how it should fit? Here's how...

holster clips for concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters offers a wide selection of fastening clips for their holsters. The reason is simple – different applications demand different fastening methods. If you're an off-duty police officer or emergency worker, you may need a leather loop configuration to go over your duty belt. Or perhaps you know you'll need to adjust your holster before you sit in your vehicle – That's the perfect job for a C or J clip. Maybe you don't wear a belt at all – here's where steel clips come in handy...

shoulder holster  

Should you get a shoulder holster or chest holster for off-body carry?

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

July 14, 2020 11:58:00 AM PDT

9mm glocks  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

So, you want to get a Glock 9mm...which one is best? Well, that depends a whole lot on what you're going to use it for. All Glocks are good, but some are good for some purposes and some are better for others.

Paddle Holster vs Belt Slide Holster

July 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

paddle holster vs belt holster  

By James England | Contributing Editor

A paddle holster has a “paddle” or “duck bill” section of the holster that fits inside the waistband and the holster for the gun overlaps the waistband. A belt slide holster slides into the belt loops of a person's belt. There's a big difference that a lot of gun owners surprisingly don't know. A belt slide holster usually has a slightly lower profile while a paddle holster generally covers a majority of high-retention outside the waistband holsters. The reason why paddle holsters are more popular in recent years has to do with the retention and design elements a lot of companies have thrown into them.

1911 concealed carry holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Lots of holster designs are out there, but which make the best 1911 concealed carry holster?

Taurus 44 Mag Review by Alien Gear Holsters

July 6, 2020 7:00:48 AM PDT

taurus 44 mag  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Does Taurus make a good entry-level .44 Magnum? Find out in our Taurus .44 Mag review...

Concealed Carry on July 4th

July 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

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concealed carry 4th of July 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are some special considerations that a person should be mindful of if carrying concealed on July 4th. Holidays tend to attract very large crowds, especially if doing the traditional activities such as watching fireworks. There is also something of a summer festival atmosphere and everything that entails...

Taurus Raging Hunter 44 Magnum Review

July 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

Taurus Raging Hunter 44 mag  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just how good are Taurus' big irons? Find out in this Taurus Raging Hunter 44 Mag review!

shoulder holster concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the tips and tricks for shoulder holster concealed carry are? Here are a few solid bits of advice...

Desert Eagle  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Desert Eagle is a cult favorite, but it's actually an interesting pistol once you get past the cool factor...

A Brief Guide To The CZ-75

June 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

CZ 75  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Why is the CZ 75so beloved? It's so old! But...it's also very good. Learn why this old-school Wonder Nine has stayed so darned popular...

1911 shoulder holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Here's some great tips on what to look for in a 1911 shoulder holster...

VP9sk vs P365  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Jonesing for a German pistol for carrying? Some people ponder the smart features of the VP9SK vs P365 handguns. Which is best? Read on...

Taurus G3C Review by Alien Gear Holsters

June 15, 2020 8:35:00 AM PDT

taurus g3c review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There's a new Taurus pistol in town. Find out more in our Taurus G3C review...

Ammunition Capacity for a Concealed Carry Gun

June 12, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

ammo capacity  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

There may not be such a thing as too much ammunition for concealed carry…but then again, all you may need is one round. The amount of spare ammunition to carry is something everyone will have to work out for themselves, whether you wish to concealed carry a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun.

pocket holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holster's ShapeShift Pocket Holster has been designed to carry more easily and function better than previous pocket holster designs.

best concealed carry handgun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There is no best concealed carry handgun, but there is a best one for you.

browning hi power  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Browning Hi Power is the archetype of modern handguns. Learn why...

6 Best Bug Out Bags For Emergencies

June 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

best bug out bags  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for a bug out bag to get prepared for emergencies? Start with these 6 stellar contenders...

Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

June 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

The Sig P320 vs the Glock 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you had to only have one, it would be the devil's own job of trying to choose between Sig P320 vs. Glock 19.

Advice To Give To New Gun Owners

May 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

new gun owners  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a bunch of new gun owners out there. What do you tell them if they ask for advice?

The 7 Best Walther Guns For Concealed Carry

May 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

Walther guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Here are the best Walther guns for concealed carry...

How Does A Red Dot Sight Work?

May 25, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

red dot sights  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The red dot sight is the future of handgunning. We all know it. How do the darn things work? Read on...

How Could You Use a Holster Mount?

May 21, 2020 12:00:00 AM PDT

holster mount  

What could you use a holster mount for? Here's what you do with one...

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