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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!

  1. The Purpose And Importance Of The NRA

    What Does The NRA Do? 

    What does the NRA actually do? Not everyone necessarily understands the current mission and purpose of the National Rifle Association…especially if all they see are the clickbait headlines…so let's talk about what the scope of this organization actually is. 

    And it's bigger than you'd think. 

    So, let's talk about what the

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  2. The History Of The NRA

    The National Rifle Association 

    The National Rifle Association is the oldest and largest organization of its kind in the United States, and one of the few organizations of its type in the world. 

    Few other organizations exist outside the US that openly advocate for the right of the common person to have and bear arms in their own defense as well as for sport. The dual mission of the NRA has been

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  3. Battle Of The Barrels: Staccato P 2011 vs 1911

    2011 Vs 1911: Is More Gun More Better? 


    Is a 2011 better than a 1911? 

    Yes. But also no. Actually, it really depends on what you're looking for in a gun. Inevitably, the question is going to come up but the answer really isn't as simple as the numbers on paper would make it seem.  

    Both have a place, but it really becomes

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  4. How To Safely Load And Unload A Pistol

    How To Unload A Pistol And Load It Safely

    In this video, Alien Gear Holsters was visited by Jason Beighley of Skeleton Key Tactical, who had some training tips for us.

    Today we're going over the basic load sequence and unload sequence that you can do safely with your pistol.

    Safe gun handling is up to each of us to practice, so you need to know how to safely perform any administrative tasks with your gun.

    Loading The

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  5. How To Practice One-Handed Shooting

    The Basics Of One-Handed Shooting

    Today we're going over engaging targets with only one hand instead of two. One-handed shooting in a practical sense is based on the assumption that maybe you're recovering from an injury with your arm in a sling, maybe you're in a gunfight in one of your hands gets wounded or your arm or your shoulder whatever and it renders you unable to do a two-handed grip.

    You might also have one hand occupied holding a shopping bag or your child or

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  6. What Is A 2011? Double-Stack 1911 Pistols, Explained


    A Quick Guide To 2011 And Other Double-Stack 1911 Pistols

    Every 2011 is a widebody/double-stack 1911, but not every widebody/double-stack 1911 is a 2011. While the term gets used colloquially to refer to any double-stack 1911, they just aren't.

    The 2011 frame was invented by the founders of STI, the company now called Staccato…but it isn't the only widebody 1911 frame that uses a

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  7. Battle Of The Barrels: Standard Manufacturing Switch-Gun vs S333 Thunderstruck


    Standard Manufacturing Switch Gun Vs S333

    Standard Manufacturing produces some innovative firearms, two of which are the S333 (formerly called the S333 Thunderstruck) and their newly-released Switch Gun. 

    Both are a bit of a departure from

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  8. Concealed Carry Gun Safety Tips


    Gun Safety With Concealed Carry

    Do you remember the first time that you put a loaded firearm into your holster? That's the way that you should feel every time you holster your weapon.

    Today we're going to be talking about safety when it comes to concealed carry. You should have a basic understanding of the three main rules of gun safety,

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  9. How To Wear And Use The Concealed Carry 4.0 IWB Holster


    Using Your ShapeShift 4.0 Concealed Carry Holster

    Today we're going to talk about the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB holster. We're going to show you how to wear it, where to wear it, how to make it fit comfortably and more. But first, let's start with the basics and answer the question...

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  10. How to Wear a Paddle Holster

    A Quick Guide To Paddle Holsters

    What's the difference between the paddle holsters that Alien Gear sells? Why are they even called paddle holsters?

    We're going to explain.

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