Glock - 43 ShapeShift Core Carry Pack

$99.88

Please note: The ShapeShift Core Carry Pack, formerly known as the Starter Kit, has been renamed to better represent the four most popular “core” carry styles within our growing modular holster system.

Glock 43 ShapeShift Modular Holster System


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.

Not everyone wants just one Glock 43 holster. Why be confined to just one method of carry if you don't want to? At that, why go broke chasing that perfect holster for IWB concealed carry, another one for appendix carry, and OWB holsters for easy concealment or range use? It isn't unheard of for people to spend almost as much on holsters as they did on their gun!

But what if you didn't have to? What if there was a modular Glock 43 holster that was able to do all of the above?

Just such a G43 holster exists: the ShapeShift by Alien Gear.

The ShapeShift is a culmination of more than two years of research and development in devising not a holster but an entire carry system that allows the user to configure it to carry in whatever manner they wish when they want to. How this is able to be done comes down to the unique shell system. The ShapeShift Core Carry Pack includes one full Shift Shell and two trigger guards. These fit together using our proprietary locking rail and twist locks.

Included along with these shells are two backers and several types of belt attachment. These allow you to create the holster of your choice, whether it's a Glock 43 IWB holster, appendix holster or OWB holster that you want to assemble.

For a traditional IWB Glock 43 concealed carry holster, select the larger IWB backer. Attach a trigger guard shell and a full-length shell and dock them to the backer. This configuration is the traditional hybrid IWB holster style that many are used to. Just like our other IWB holster, the belt clips are adjustable for ride height and cant. Additionally, the materials are the same as our Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster, and will likewise conceal and carry in incredible comfort.

The smaller backing pad, which accepts the same half-shell and full shell, gives you two holster options. Attach the larger belt clip for a Glock 43 appendix holster.

However, if you prefer to primarily or on occasion concealed carry with a high-ride Glock 43 OWB holster, attach the belt slide clips and you'll have created a high-ride belt slide hybrid OWB holster that pulls tight to the body and carries comfortably.

If you prefer to open carry on occasion, you can also assemble the two full-length shells and insert the paddle attachment into the attachment port on either side. This gives you a robust Glock 43 paddle holster, which is also adjustable for cant.

Wondering about retention? The ShapeShift has both passive and active retention devices. The trigger guard shells can have a retention bar installed on them to provide passive retention. Choose light, moderate or heavy passive resistance. Active retention devices, such as a finger-lock and thumb release, are also included with the ShapeShift, giving you the option of passive or active retention - or both.

Just like our other holsters, this Glock 43 holster system comes with Alien Gear's Iron Clad Guarantee. This includes our 30-day "Test Drive" trial period. During the first 30 days of ownership, you can return the holster for a full refund if unsatisfied.

We also cover the ShapeShift with a lifetime warranty. So long as you own this holster, we will fix any issue that should arise with it or send you a brand new one.

Welcome to the last holster you may ever need.


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4.75 / 5 (Based on 529 Reviews)


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Very disappointed with the comfort of the IWB/OWB holsters. To bulky, and very noticeable unless you're wearing a jacket. I tried every configuration supplied and all were uncomfortable and bulky. Every time I sat down or stood up I had to readjust the holster (IWB&OWB) just to find a spot that was less uncomfortable. I position the holsters in many different spots, but none worked or made me feel comfortable. I bought these for my SIG P365, which is a small carry gun. Direction were a little confusing and not up to date (color would help), but once I figured it out, still wasn't satisfied. I contacted customer support and was given a return slip to fill out, which I did and sent back for a refund. That cost me $20 to ship back; Alien should stand behind their product and send me a prepaid mailing label. (Posted on 12/28/2020)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Thank you so much for this review, we're very sorry to hear that our holsters didn't work for you. We have forwarded your feedback to our engineering team to review as well as our higher-ups. We hope that you are able to find a holster to suit your needs and that you will consider us for future concealed carry product needs.

(Posted on 12/30/2020)
Shape Shifter after 1 month Review by Chas
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I am very happy with my new holsters !! Quality and price are great, after one month the value is well worth the price. One product with 3 options, hope I don't wear it out before I pick a favorite position. (Posted on 12/23/2020)
Very comfortable and well made Review by Trucker Tim
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As a flatbed truck driver I do a lot of load securement, so I'm always lifting, bending, climbing, squatting and twisting. Very physical work! I'm also sitting in the driver's seat for hours at a time. I sometimes put in 12-14 hour days. I tried a bunch of different holsters I borrowed from my NRA training instructor but couldn't find anything I really liked. My buddy Brian (a longtime CCW holder whose advice re:firearms I always trust) showed me his Shapeshifter holster and told me to look at Aliengear. I ordered one and I've been wearing my IWB Shapeshifter with my Walther PPS M2 for a couple months now. It's so comfortable I hardly notice it. It has a very smooth draw, stays very secure, doesn't dig into my side and provides excellent concealment. I wore it for a whole day running errands with my wife and she couldn't tell I was carrying. I wore right out of the box without having to do any adjustments. Excellent holster, best I ever had! Highly recommend it. (Posted on 12/20/2020)
Excellent system Review by Jim
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Quality and versatile holster system. (Posted on 11/20/2020)
Love the shape shift holster Review by Daniel
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I recieved my shape shift holster and already plan on getting a shell for more of my firearms. The customer service is excellent. I will definitely be recommending alien gear holsters to all my friends and family (Posted on 11/20/2020)
Great holster so far! Review by Kelly
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I just received my order today (the Shape Shift Core Carry Pack), and have tested it out with both my 1911 and my M&P .40. I love the comfort I have when sitting, standing or walking with the IWB holster. My only complaint is that the belt clips are just a little TOO secure, making it extremely difficult to remove the holster without taking off my pants and detaching the clip from the IWB pad before I can take the clip off of the belt. Other than that, I am very happy with my purchase so far. As soon as I get my license to carry, I will be testing it out every time I leave the house, getting more comfortable with it and figuring out exactly how I want it positioned to properly conceal and still function well if I ever need to draw my weapon. (Posted on 11/18/2020)
good but not perfect Review by Adam
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I recently received shapeshift core carry pack after about 3 weeks after placing an order. The packaging is very impressive and well organized, which was unexpected. Due to the flexible nature of the kit, there are quite a few parts included in the box, some small and some tiny. The plastic appears for the half shells to be sturdy and pieces fit together ok except the small twist locks are a bit of a challenge due to their size and the manufacturing tolerances. On the IWB pad stitching was not perfect and threads were loose that I trimmed myself.

I am not a big guy, 5'7" about 165lb with 32 inch waist so the only workable config for my CCW, became IWB setup. My pistol is Glock 48, so the appendix option is just too bulky and takes too much space up front near the belt buckle. It does not offer enough adjustability to make it work for me. The clip sticks out a bit far so I did not really like that. I also tried OWB holster configurations, and I liked the features and retention, however the geared swivel quick release mechanism keeps the gun and the holster about half an inch from the body which again proves a bit too bulky. It is possible to remove the the pivot quick connect setup , and bolt the full holster to the belt clip, which I preferred more. The only other comment I wanted to add, is that only IWB configuration has adjustable ride height. All the other setups are pretty much fixed with some tilt tweaks possible. I am also a little concerned that the retention tabs can mar the finish on the trigger guard after repeated use, especially on the polymer pistols, if made too tight.

In summary, the comfort for all the setups proved to be good, just the size and bulkiness can be a hindrance for smaller folks. The kit provides a lot of options, but will require some significant trial and error to find the config that works best for you. (Posted on 11/17/2020)
Quality, comfort, versatile convenience Review by Bill
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I've worn the IWB holster from the Core pack several hours a day for over 4 months before writing this review. From fit to features, comfort to quality I've not found a better holster for my needs. The versatility to change modes when needed is terrific and very easy. I'm ordering additional products and don't hesitate to recommend Aliengear. (Posted on 11/9/2020)
The Quality Isn't What it Once Was Review by TWS 607
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I bought the Shape Shift Core Carry Pack based on my experience with a Shape Shift IWB holster that I purchased for another gun a few years back. I still have and use that holster and it is one of the best holsters that I have. The Core Carry Pack that I purchased this past summer is horrible. quality. It took Alien Gear about 4 weeks to ship my holster out because they were so far behind manufacturing their products, I do not believe there was any quality control in the process. It is very difficult to slide my gun into the holster and removing it as well. I have adjusted the tension to the point that it is at the least amount without the shell falling off. I paid a lot of money for the Core Carry Pack and I am very unhappy with it. I do not recommend this product. (Posted on 11/8/2020)
Fantastic option for those figuring out how they want to carry Review by Nick
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I bought this holster after I had gotten my concealed carry license, and I wasn't sure how I would want to carry. This is more expensive than any single holster option, but given that I wanted to experiment with a variety of carry positions, it is FAR cheaper than buying even just two dedicated holster options.

I'm very happy with the fit and comfort, and changing configurations is pretty simple, made even easier with the included instructions (I recommend you look through them at least once).

FWIW, I settled on appendix carry, and I can confirm that this holster is quite comfortable in that configuration. (Posted on 11/8/2020)

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