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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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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.

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...

paddle holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is a paddle holster good for concealed carry?

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...

holster shell  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering how the Alien Gear holster shell swap program works? Here's the entire scoop, including how to do it and why we offer it.

belt slide attachment  

You may have noticed that Alien Gear Holsters has updated our belt slide attachment. Read on to learn how...

6 Double Action Pistols For Easy EDC

May 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

double action pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In fact, plenty of double-action pistols make fantastic carry guns. Here are 6 solid choices...

.380 vs 9mm: Potent Totables

May 13, 2020 7:00:04 AM PDT

380 vs 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you had to choose between .380 vs 9mm, which is better? Good info to know if looking at a micro pistol...

Choosing Your First Concealed Carry Holster

May 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

best first gun holster  

By James England | Contributing Editor

You've heard of the equilateral triangle for workmanship? “Fast, cheap, good” Choose two, the old joke goes. When it comes to choosing a great first concealed carry holster, thankfully that triangle doesn't apply...

concealed carry holster  

Can you get a quality concealed carry holster on a budget? Yes! If, that is, you know what to look for...

dry fire  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Stuck in isolation? Great time for dry fire training. Here are 6 drills to work on...

star wars guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What were the actual "Star Wars" guns? Here are 6 of them...

iwb holster  

Which of the Cloak Tuck IWB holsters should you get? The classic Cloak Tuck? Or the more modern Cloak Tuck 3.5? That depends on you...

7 Best CZ Guns For Concealed Carry

April 29, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

cz guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a lot of CZ guns if you browse their catalog. Which are the best for concealed carry? Here are 7 solid picks...

A Hammerless Revolver? 3 Reasons To Consider it

April 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A hammerless revolver actually makes the most amount of sense if you're getting a wheel gun for defensive purposes.

The Best Sig Gun For CCW? 6 Top Choices

April 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

There are a lot of Sig guns for any purpose, but what are the best ones for concealed carry? Here are 6 solid choices.

concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get into concealed carry but you're stymied by isolation? Here's what you can do at home...

handgun calibers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Can't find 9mm or .45? Here are some alternative handgun calibers you'll find more ammo for during lean times...

universal holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You can definitely use a universal holster to carry with...but you need to get one that's made right.

self defense ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Does grain weight really matter all that much when it comes to your self-defense ammo?

new gun owner  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A whole lot of people just became gun owners and went into quarantine. What should you do once the national lockdown ends?

Can SHOT IQ Fix Your Handgun Shooting?

April 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

SHOT IQ  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is SHOT IQ what you're missing in your handgun training? Read on...

How To Wear A Drop Leg Holster

April 8, 2020 7:00:05 AM PDT

drop leg holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Could you get one holster for open carry, concealed carry and range use? You can, with a belt holster!

40 vs 9mm For Concealed Carry

April 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

40 vs 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For a couple decades, people have been debating 40 vs 9mm. You might be sick of hearing it, but we're covering it anyway! Both rounds have something to offer the right person.

Prefer Minimal Gear? Try A Belt Holster

April 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

best bug out bags  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Could you get one holster for open carry, concealed carry and range use? You can, with a belt holster!

The 6 Best Taurus Revolvers

April 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

taurus revolvers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the best Taurus revolver? Depends on what you have in mind. Here are 6 great Taurus wheel guns for nearly any purpose...

The 6 Best Beretta 9mm Pistols

March 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

Beretta 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get a Beretta 9mm and find out what they're all about? Here are 6 Berettas to get you started...

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

March 27, 2020 7:00:00 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.

springfield xd  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Could You Use A .22 Pistol For Self-Defense?

March 23, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

22 pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is a .22 pistol viable for self-defense?

FN 503 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

March 18, 2020 7:00:00 AM PDT

22 pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters reviews the FN 503!

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