S&W M&P40 4.25 inch barrel 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.

S&W M&P40 ShapeShift Modular Holster System


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.

You don't have to invest in multiple holsters to be able to carry your S&W M&P40 however you want - you just need the right M&P40 holster. A versatile holster that allows for any type of carry the user wants. Sounds like a tall order, right?

Not really - but you'd be asking too much from other holster companies that are only interested in making holsters that are conventional. It's not their fault; it's just that they can't imagine making a Smith and Wesson M&P40 holster that takes effort to create.

Status quo is not good enough for Alien Gear and it shouldn't be good enough for you. That is exactly why we created the ShapeShift. It isn't a holster; it's an entire carry system, that allows you to carry exactly how you want, when you want. Carry as several iterations of an M&P40 concealed carry holster, or M&P40 open carry holster. It's designed to let you carry as you wish, with a few changes of components in a matter of seconds.

The ShapeShift starts with the holster shells. We created a new shell design, featuring interlocking rails and a tool-less twist lock system which allows assembly of either side of the Shift Shell, left or right half-shells, and the two trigger guards included in your ShapeShift base kit. From there, you choose how you want to carry. You can also install the amount of passive or active retention that you desire.

After an M&P40 appendix carry holster? Assemble one full shell and one half shell, and attach to the smaller included backing pad, then install the appendix carry belt clip. Install anywhere on the front of the waistband you wish.

If you prefer a more traditional Smith and Wesson M&P40 IWB holster, attach the same shell assembly to the larger backer. You may recognize it as being similar to our Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster, which it is descended from. It has the same neoprene backing pad and Alien Skin surface, as well as belt clips that are adjustable for ride height and cant. It's also compatible with the Cloak Dock IWB holster mount system.

If an M&P40 OWB holster is more to your liking, the base kit comes with two possible OWB configurations. If you prefer OWB concealment, follow the same steps to create the appendix carry configuration but install the belt slide attachment. This gives you a high-riding belt slide OWB holster, which conceals easier than you might think with minimal layering.

Should you prefer a much more robust design for open carry, assemble both full length shells and insert the paddle attachment to create an M&P40 paddle holster. This design gives you a full wraparound of our nearly-indestructible polymer, and can also be equipped with one or more active retention devices.

You also get our guarantee, Alien Gear's Iron-Clad Guarantee - one of the most comprehensive in the industry.
From the get-go, you get a 30-day "Test Drive" trial period. Take the first month of ownership to wear and evaluate your ShapeShift holster system. If you don't like it, if you aren't satisfied, contact us before the first 30 days have elapsed and we'll buy it back.

You also get a lifetime warranty. Whatever issue arises with your ShapeShift holster, regardless of how it happens, we will fix it or we will give you a brand new holster for as long as you own it.

We think once you try the ShapeShift, you won't be able to carry any other way...


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Perfect for all around carry Review by Ryan
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All-in-one need for different carry conditions either inside or outside. (Posted on 1/16/2021)
day night sights Review by david
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Ordered the holsters, waited about a month. gun does not fit. if your kimber micro 9 has day night sights, the gun will not fit there holster and the website does not reflect that. (Posted on 1/16/2021)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Greetings, David! Our holster systems are specifically designed to work with the basic stock sights for the selected firearms. However, if you are within your 30-Day Test Drive, please contact our Customer Service team via live chat or over the phone at (208) 215-2046, for more information on our returns and exchanges!

(Posted on 1/18/2021)
10/10, will and have buy again. 1 issue... Review by Tony
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The ONLY issue I have, is that there is no adjustable carry height with the core carry pack, specifically for the paddle/belt loop attachments. I myself have monkey like long arms, and the carry height is a bit....too high (Posted on 1/14/2021)
Single use not big guy friendly Review by Rick
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I purchased this for my 1911 in hopes I could go from holster to vehicle mount, not the case it is one carry form and thats it. Also its not meant for a big guy, only can carry external but it sticks out so far its useless for concealed. Bad buy.. very rigid plastic doesn't form to hip at all. (Posted on 1/2/2021)
Not happy Review by disappointed
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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)
Best Thing I seen Review by Hillbilly
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I just been told that I would not be able to walk again... well being in a wheel chair causes a problem caring so when I seen the shapeshif core carry pack with four different way to carry I thought this is it..well made and easy to change to different modes of carry I should find one ...Thank You for you great product (Posted on 12/13/2020)
VERY SATISFIED Review by TIM
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RECIEVED SHAPESHIFT CORE CARRY PACK QUICKLY AFTER ORDERING AND AM VERY HAPPY. VERY HIGH QUALITY AND EASY TO CHANGE COMPONENTS AROUND. WHY BUY MORE THAN ONE CARRY HOLSTER WHEN THIS HAS THEM ALL IN ONE PACK ? (Posted on 12/10/2020)
Love this product Review by Jdouglas
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I now have four weapons that I use the shapeshifter for I have a 1911 that I use it and I have to Walters a p p q and a p p s and now I have it for my Smith & Wesson Shield 9 m m I have to say this is a great product I have had no problems with it and it fits perfectly against my body and I'm a big guy actually called customer support today to find out how to get more stuff for it and they talk me through how to find it on the web page excellent customer support and a great concept of a product if you want a holster this is the great thing to get and it's great for me because I'm left-handed it's hard to find left-handed holsters with this much versatility (Posted on 12/9/2020)

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