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Ruger SR9c 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.

Ruger SR9c ShapeShift Modular Holster System


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.

Quality compacts such as the Ruger SR9C are practically do-it-all handguns, but it's a pity that most Ruger SR9C holsters can't be the same way. Most of the time, you have to get one for IWB carry and one for OWB carry. You may even get a paddle holster for easy on/easy off applications when you're only going to be out for a little bit.

But what if you didn't have to get different holsters? What if just one holster was able to do it all?

That is exactly what Alien Gear had in mind when designing the ShapeShift. A truly modular holster system capable of multiple carry methods, without compromising fit or function in any way.

The secret to the ShapeShift is the shells and the locking rail system. The friction-locking rails allow the holster shells, both the full-length and half-length trigger guard shells, to be assembled in any configuration without tools. The twist-locking system ensures that any holster configuration cannot come apart unless the user means it to. Along with the shells come a series of backers and belt attachments, allowing the user to assemble any manner of SR9C holster they wish.

To switch between carry styles, you assemble the appropriate shell, backer and belt attachment combination.

First you may notice a traditional hybrid IWB holster backer with belt clips that are adjustable for ride height and cant. Attach a full-length shell and a trigger guard shell to this backer for a more traditional Ruger SR9C IWB holster, perfect for concealed carry. You might notice the backer is composed of the same materials as our Cloak Tuck 3.0, with all the same features.

If you prefer an SR9C appendix carry holster, you can attach the same shell configuration to the smaller backer and then install the larger IWB belt clip. This, the first Alien Gear appendix holster, will allow you to appendix carry in comfort like no other AIWB holster on the market.

However, if you prefer to conceal outside the waistband, attach the belt slide attachments instead of the appendix carry clip. This gives you a high-riding belt slide Ruger SR9c OWB holster. This configuration is perfect for OWB concealed carry, as it disappears under an untucked shirt or light outerwear.

For those occasions when you prefer to open carry, the two half-shells can be assembled for a full wrap and the paddle attachment installed for an ultra-durable SR9c paddle holster.

Adjustable passive retention can be installed on all configurations of the ShapeShift by means of installing one of three included retention bars, which create passive resistance. Or, if you prefer, active retention can be employed as well including a finger lock, thumb-release or both.

Along with the features, the ShapeShift Ruger SR9C holster comes with Alien Gear's Iron Clad Guarantee, including both a 30-day "Test Drive" trial period and lifetime warranty. If you are unsatisfied by the holster within the first 30 days of ownership, contact us and we will buy it back.

Our lifetime warranty is fully comprehensive. Should any issue arise with your holster, however it happens, we will fix it. If we can't, we will send you a brand new holster. Period.

You may never carry with any other holster ever again.


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Bad holster Review by DOUGLAS
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I'm not happy with the owb holster weapon can not be reholsterd it bends to much and will not go back in. (Posted on 8/1/2020)
Over all a good product Review by Don
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the product is of good quality, one of the things I don't like the modular part is a good idea however it is bigger in size then a typical hybrid holster. I do like that you get 4 configurations in 1 package the inside the wast band are extremely comfortable especially when its in direct contact with your skin. (Posted on 7/30/2020)
Owned Shape Shift just over a year and I have 4 warranty claims and am waiting on my fifth!!! Review by Tom
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Love the idea but this is poorly executed. I carry everyday, At first I really loved this holster but let me tell you if you actually train with your firearm this holster really isn't worth it. Even in just everyday use in normal carry, the little twist locks that hold your firearm shell in place and attach the trigger guard to the holster. Well don't count on them staying together because they won't! And by the time you notice that they are gone you have lost the trigger guard and the twist lock. Which effectively turns this holster into a $167 turd... I will say that Alien gear has been super kind in sending me replacements for free, but now with the Covid stuff going on their phone lines are shut off and I still haven't heard back from the email. Which leaves me with a holster that I can't use... As an NRA instructor I cannot recommend this holster... When I talked with the guys at the Alien Gear booth at the NRA show in Indianapolis they didn't really seem to take the advice I offered. Sad because this holster has lots of potential for someone that trains with multiple weapon platforms. Very disappointed! (Posted on 7/25/2020)
great holsters Review by Mikeb
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great company fast shipping love my shapeshifter holster. M&p 9 fit perfect (Posted on 7/22/2020)
great all a round Review by Dandoe
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This is my first Alien Holster, it is by far the most comfortable holster I have had. There are so many different configurations you can make. I love the wall mount option as well. The only issue that I have found is that you have to take the holster almost completely apart when using the IWB to use the wall mount. Which makes it difficult when using this in my truck. Only way to get around this is to buy a extra shell. Other than that, It's amazing! (Posted on 7/21/2020)
Extremely pleased Review by Joe
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I have had many holsters in the past, but after many years of daily wear, the Kydex was about to give up the ghost with nearly full-length cracks on both sides on the edge of complete failure. All I wanted was another of the same.

I didn't *think* I'd be interested in the "kid-sy* Alien gear stuff -- what someone referred to in this thread as a "transformer" design. But boy... on a lark... I gave Alien Gear's 4.0 IWB a try and... I'm sold. I love this thing.

I had worried all this plastic would make it hang out too much. But that's not the case at all. It stays close to my body, same as my other holsters. And they couldn't be taken down to be cleaned as the Alien Gear can -- easily, smartly. I immediately valued that, since if I'm not in bed, I'm wearing my EDC.

The retention adjustment needed to be loosened to my likely -- and I see someone in the thread obviously had a case of "user error," reporting that the shell didn't cover his trigger and he couldn't get it to click -- no matter how much he "tightened" it. I'm guessing he needed to back it off a little to push his gun further in? Incredibly easy to do. (What a tard.)

In short, seeing some of the negative responses here took me back at first. WTH? What *isn't* to like about this system? Anything that doesn't suit you can be easily adjusted to your exact preferences -- and without requiring any tools.

And they sent extra parts? I didn't get the 4-holster pack, but the IWB version came with a few extras that get me thinking about the OWB and paddle holster expansion kits. I might check into those.

I loved my original holster, and I would have been totally happy with just another one, if not for the forecast Covid-19 delay in shipping. (Alien Gear got this one to me incredibly fast despite it). And though I won't likely be replacing my other holsters any time soon (since I almost never wear them and they're still like brand new), I would likely buy Alien Gear 4.0 rigs for my S&W's, CZ, and Berettas if I ever decide to.

The shell material seems so much superior to Kydex, and so less hostile to the gun's finish. I'm predicting much longer durability. But then... Alien Gear warranties this thing for life, right? Guessing I won't really need to worry about that. But let's see. (I'll get back to you in 5-10 years on that.)

I'm a fan. I love this thing (been wearing it daily for a few weeks now.) Highly recommend!!! (Posted on 7/21/2020)
Versatile 4-in-1 Holster Review by Nick
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Honestly, at first I was a little skeptical and overwhelmed. So many different parts and adjustments but after playing with it for a while, I fell in love. This will be my second Shapeshift holster ordered and both have been great. The first was for me and the second, my girlfriend. When I received the second one, however, the retention screw only turned about one whole turn. I contacted the live chat and they advised to use a socket wrench and it turned with ease. So if you are having issues with retention screw not turning, try a socket wrench before returning. Sure, not meant to be used with a socket but you use other tools to adjust other aspects of the holster. I love how quickly you can change from IWB to OWB and have 4 complete options for a fairly decent price. For me, it is really comfortable. My gun has some sandpaper like features on the grip but I ordered a rubber grip to prevent any discomfort when carrying and I can carry for many hours without discomfort. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 7/20/2020)
My Favorite Holster System Review by BillyBob61
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Bought my ShapeShift Core Package two years ago for my government 1911. It was so easy to carry that piece of steel around as it was truly comfortable IWB and OWB. Liked it so much I bough a shell for my Shield and the magazine clips as well for both firearms. I have used other brands, but the ShapeShfit system has been the most comfortable and versatile systems I have owned. I am a "believer", but only wish they had a shell for my S&W 5906 too! Great products, great versatility at a fair price. (Posted on 7/18/2020)
Great holster , poor belt clips Review by Shorty
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This is the best IWB holster that i have ever worn , I wear it even when wearing shorts , with no printing . I wear this holster system with my firearm every day , for yours at a time , complete comfort . However the belt clips leave a lot to be desired , one of mine has stretched out the the point of being almost unusable , for the money paid , I would think that this would be better addressed . Though I have the shape shift holster , I have never had a reason to go into any other carry option besides the IWB , because this holster is so comfortable . Everyone experience might be different but with my Ruger LC9S pro , this system is more than i expect .... once again , besides the belt clips ( which I think are cheesy) . (Posted on 7/12/2020)
Underwhelmed. Review by Aaron
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I recieved the shapeshifter holster as a gift from a friend and I was kind of excited to have a new holster for my 1911 para.
I tried each of the configurations and one after another left me disappointed and feeling like whoever designed it really likes transformers toys and doesn't carry a gun for a living.
I was so disappointed that I gave it back to my friend because it wasn't worth keeping even just to spare his feelings. (Posted on 7/9/2020)

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