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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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Colt Python Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 27, 2020 11:00:04 AM PST

colt python review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What is the new Python like?! Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Colt Python review...

How To Tell If A Concealed Carry Gun Is A Good Fit

January 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The fit of a concealed carry gun can sometimes get overlooked in form of what's "in" at the moment. It shouldn't be...

Everything You Need To Know About Ballistics Gel

January 22, 2020 7:00:09 AM PST

ballistics gel  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What IS ballistics gel? Why do we use it? How come it's the default medium for testing self-defense ammo? Read on...

7 Best Choices Of .40 Cal Pistol

January 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

Sig 1911 vs Kimber 1911: Which Is Better?

January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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?

357 Magnum vs 9mm For Concealed Carry

January 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

January 13, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

Is .22 Magnum Sufficient For Concealed Carry?

January 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

22 magnum  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people wonder if .22 Magnum is a good low-recoil round for concealed carry. Is it?

Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

January 8, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

Walther PPK Vs Makarov: CCW From The Old Country

January 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

walther ppk vs makarov  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Weighing the Walther PPK vs Makarov as an old-school CCW? Both have their good points...and failings. Read on...

Beretta PX4 Storm Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

Beretta PX4 Storm review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How good can a 21st century Wonder Nine be? Find out in our Beretta PX4 Storm review...

The 6 Best Beretta 9mm Pistols

January 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST

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...

What Does Molon Labe Mean?

December 30, 2019 8:40:00 AM PST

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molon labe meaning 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The phrase "Molon Labe," or using Greek script, ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛABE, since the phrase is actually Greek, is popular among concealed carry and gun rights activists. It's also a slogan for a number of military units around the world, including some in the American armed forces and, naturally, the Greek military.

7 Best Concealed Carry Guns For Use With Gloves

December 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering which concealed carry guns also happen to work well with gloves? Here are a few that do...

Glock 42 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry

December 25, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

which glock is better for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.

7 Best Colt 1911 Pistols For CCW Or Any Purpose

December 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Colt 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want a Colt 1911 pistol? Don't know which one to get? Here are 7 killer Colt 1911 pistols to consider.

SAR 9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

SAR 9 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You might have discovered this bargain-priced striker pistol and wondered if the bargain was too good to be true. Is it? Find out in our SAR 9 review!

A Brief Guide To TLR Lights

December 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

tlr  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

TLR lights sure are popular, but which model should I look at? Depends a lot on what application you have in mind...

Canik TP9 Elite SC Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

canik tp9 elite sc review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is this totable Turkish terror the feature-packed wonder people say? Find out in our Canik TP9 Elite SC review...

Smith and Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Saw the news and can't wait to read a Smith and Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ review? Read ours here...

Glock 43 vs Sig P365

December 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

glock vs sig  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A person looking for a slim, svelte carry gun is likely to weigh the Glock 43 vs Sig P365. Both are wildly popular these days and for good reason.

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

December 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

glock 17 vs 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won't go wrong with either...but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

What Is An FBI Cant Holster?

December 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm vs 45  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Do you need an FBI cant holster? What the heck is that, anyway? These questions and more about the "FBI cant," answered!

How Does A Red Dot Sight Work?

December 4, 2019 7:00:00 PM PST

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...

6 Best Handguns For Home Defense

December 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

best home defense pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What makes for the best home defense gun? The same attributes that make for a great carry gun, like accuracy, reliability and being easy for you to shoot.

9mm Vs 45 For Concealed Carry

November 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm vs 45  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Gun people have been arguing 9mm vs 45 for decades. Let's settle this once and for all. Read on...

Rimfire Vs Centerfire

November 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

rimfire vs centerfire  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the difference between rimfire vs centerfire? Bullet design, as well as the mechanics of how the bullet goes "bang!" Read on to learn more...

FN 509 Tactical Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 25, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

fn 509 tactical review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Find out if FN's tactical wonder pistol is worth the look in our FN 509 Tactical review...

6 Best Bear Guns

November 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

bear guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Thinking of getting one or more bear guns to keep in case of bruins that are bad news? Here are 6 heavyweight bear guns that pack plenty of medicine...

flat trigger vs curved  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if there's any benefits to a flat trigger vs curved trigger? It might not add up to as much as you'd think...

Beretta APX Combat Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Beretta APX Combat review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The titillating tactical model of Beretta's APX line, the APX Combat, was in the office. How good is it? Find out in our Beretta APX Combat review...

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...

Sig P320 XCompact Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 13, 2019 8:14:43 AM PST

sig sauer p320 xcompact review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the upgraded model is worth it? Find out in our Sig P320XCompact review...

How To Find A Duty Holster

November 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

duty holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what you should look for in a duty holster? Here are some of the basics...

IWI Masada Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

IWI Masada review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Masada is a fantastic new striker pistol from Israeli Weapons Industries. Find out why you should give it a look in our IWI Masada review...

Springfield Hellcat Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Springfield Hellcat review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

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

A Quick Guide To Shooting Ear Protection

November 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

shooting ear protection  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How do you clean your Alien Gear holster? Here's how it's done...

Background Checks And Straw Purchases Explained

October 30, 2019 7:03:00 AM PDT

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straw purchase and background checks 

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Prospective gun owners may be wondering a few things when seeking to buy a new weapon: what exactly are universal background checks, which states require them, what sort of background checks are in place now and consequently how are people still getting around background checks and committing crimes?...

7 Best .38 Special Revolvers For CCW

October 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

38 special revolver  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get started with wheelguns but don't know where to start with a .38 Special revolver? Here are the 7 best to get into, perfect for CCW and other purposes.

How To Clean Your Alien Gear Holster

October 25, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How do you clean your Alien Gear holster? Here's how it's done...

10mm vs 9mm: Is 1 Extra MM Better...Or Worse?

October 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

10mm vs 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

10mm vs 9mm...does that 1mm make the round better, or worse? It kind of depends on what you have in mind...

mag carrier  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters has two models of mag carrier, the Grip Tuck and Cloak Mag Carriers. Which should you get? Well, that depends...

holster magazine carrier  

By Sam 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 Sam 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 Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering which is better between 10mm vs 40? The truth is it kind of depends on what you have in mind...

What You Need In A Car Gun Safe

October 7, 2019 7:00:12 AM PDT

car gun safe  

By Sam 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 Sam 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.” ...

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