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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. Top 10 Things You Need At The Shooting Range [2022]

    things to bring to the range

    Shooting Range Essentials: What You Need To Bring

    If you're new to shooting, there are a number of essentials you absolutely need to have on hand at the range. You might find instances where you may not need every item on this list, but you'll need all of them at some point.

    The good news is a lot of range essentials are fairly cheap and very common. You can get them at most hardware or "mart" stores. Some are not.

    So, let's talk about what you're going to need for range

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  2. Is a .22 Pistol Good for Practice?

    Man shooting 22 pistol at the shooting range

    Would A .22 Caliber Pistol Be Good For Cheaper Practice?

    Some people get the idea of shooting a .22 pistol for practice as a way to get more reps for drastically lower cost. Its also thought to be a better way to onboard new shooters, as the lighter recoil of .22 LR will make them a little less likely to flinch like they might with a 9mm or .45.

    Is a .22 pistol good for practice?

    It definitely can be! More repetitions are more repetitions, and it's an excellent

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  3. Csx vs Shield Plus

    Csx vs Shield Plus

    Csx Vs Shield Plus

    When the CSX was released, Smith & Wesson made it known that they had put another double-stack subcompact into their lineup by starting from scratch. With all their successes with their M&P series of compact pistols, the new CSX naturally begged for a comparison with the S&W Shield Plus. They are similar in size, capacity, weight and many other metrics, therefore, they are similar in function… but i

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  4. S&W CSX: An Improved Micro 1911

    S&W CSX Micro 1911

    New Smith and Wesson CSX Makes The Micro 1911 Much Better

    The CSX is a new spin on the micro 1911, which might make the format a little more relevant. Here's what you need to know…

    S&W CSX: Double-Stack, Single Action

    The micro 1911 is nothing new; Colt originated the concept with the Mustang back in 1983, although that gun was chambered in .380 ACP and was never a strong seller. The format had a resurgence with guns like the Sig Sauer P238 and Kimber Micro, which w

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  5. Walther PDP Compact vs Canik TP9 SF Elite: Battle of the Barrels!

    Canik Pistol Giveaway

    For those who are looking for a new handgun, be it your first gun or your thirty-first, but are looking for something other than a Glock or M&P, you have only to look as far as your local gun counter to see some other names entering the conversation. Should you go for a name with all the bells and whistles by getting a Walther PDP Compact? Or how about that interesting new gun with the little red trigger safety called the Canik TP9 SF Elite? You see the price tag and think “Hey, I could get t

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  6. What’s The Best Handgun Light?

    As a police officer, I have been using a light mounted to my handgun for over a decade. The first weapon light itself dates back to 1902 but there were problems keeping the filament from breaking due to recoil. The next advancement came during a banner year in the firearms industry: 1911. That’s when George Seely filed a patent for a weapon-mounted light with rubber and springs to cushion the bulb.

    Mounting a light source to a firearm became something manufacturers and the military tried u

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  7. Best Big Game Handgun Hunting Cartridges

    With more folks being interested in hunting in recent years, they are exploring different types of hunting.  Most big game hunters new and old will be grabbing their rifles as they head into the woods, mountains or the back 40.  Archery also has a robust number of hunters picking up their compound or traditional bows as they head into the field.  There are even a small number of hunters who choose to head out to harvest game with a handgun.

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  8. Hand Dominance, Eye Dominance and Shooting

    Since almost all firearms are made for right-handed shooters, hand dominance and eye dominance for anyone who is not right-handed can make things difficult. You may find yourself asking “Wait, what's the difference, and what do I do about it?!” 

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  9. The Complete 50 State Guide to Concealed Carry Laws

    For many people exploring the idea of concealed carrying for the first time, the first step is to determine how to do so legally. This may seem a daunting task, as gun laws and the laws pertaining to carrying a concealed weapon vary from state to state.

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  10. IWB vs OWB Holsters For Concealed Carry: Which Is Better?

    iwb vs owb holsters for concealed carry  

    By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

    In or out of the waistband for concealment?

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