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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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Excellent product Review by Chris
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I have been using this product with my S&W M&P Shield 9 2.0 PC every day for several months now and I am very satisfied with it. Everything fits well and has stayed in good working order. Very little wear noted. I generally use the AIWB appendix in warm weather and will probably switch to the IWB or belt slide when we hit jacket weather.
I have since added a second shell for my 1911, which I generally use the OWB paddle for and have also ordered a drop-leg expansion to run with the same pistol.
Just a quick note on the 1911 shell - the belt slide half-shell option does not work on the Springfield Ronin 1911, as the safety pushes the pistol out from the holster base and this messes up the retention. It does fit perfectly in the full shell, so you gain the thumb release but you do loose the option to run that particular gun tighter to your body.
It's a little pricey, but works great and is well made, so overall a 5* from me. (Posted on 9/21/2020)
Works as advertised. Review by Ron
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Box came with everything that was advertised. Assembly was a little tricky, but I managed to figure it out. My biggest concern was that the Glock 17 holster wouldn't fit my Glock but there gun fits fine with no retention issues. (Posted on 9/18/2020)
Not available for my carry guns Review by tom
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Would love to try the ShapeShift Core Carry Pack. But NA for Bersa and Kahr. Seems like a limited applicability base. Ratings are random just to get the review submitted. (Posted on 9/12/2020)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Hello Tom, Thank you so much for your feedback and we do apologize not having your firearms in our Shapeshift series. Please keep your eye on us for the future as we do plan to carry more firearms in our Shapeshift series in the future! Thank you for your patience!

(Posted on 9/24/2020)
The best I have bought Review by Pickle
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I own a lot of holsters IWB, OWB and appendix The Alien Gear holster core carry pack is my favorite I carry daily everywhere the holsters are so comfortable you can forget you are carrying I especially like how easy it is to swap holsters and adjust to my preference without tools (Posted on 9/12/2020)
Very satified with my Shape Shift Holster Review by Flex
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It is such a versatile holster. The quality and the simplicity of it all is amazing! Although I have only had it for a very short time I am really liking it a bunch. Thank you Aliengear for a great product. I would recommend this unit to anyone out there. (Posted on 9/11/2020)
Great purchase. Review by Hoov
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Great quality and very comfortable. Awesome value for the price. (Posted on 9/9/2020)
Great product Review by BigBill67
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The core carry pack is a great bundle very versatile, the holster fits my Glock model 19 perfectly. The instructions are easy to follow to switch platforms that come in the core set. I am very happy with Alien Gear. (Posted on 9/1/2020)
Fantastic holster system Review by Daryl
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When I received the ShapeShift Core Carry Pack I never expected I would use all the different combinations.. My favorite is the IWB Cloak tuck, l wear this everyday possible. I like having the ability to switch it up with the appendix and the paddle holster. I have bought other ShapeShift shells so I can carry any of my guns by making a few quick changes.. This is the best holster I have ever purchased! It is very comfortable and durable, I never leave home with out it! Now I'm waiting for the ShapeShift shoulder holster to get here. (Posted on 8/30/2020)
been using the g2s holster with my g3c with very little modification to the trigger gaurd area and love it. Review by Kelly
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Been using the g2s appendix holster for my g3c and love it. The adjustable retention is perfect and the pad is comfortable to the skin. Highly recommend. My girl loves her leg holster for her g2c as well. (Posted on 8/19/2020)
Almost, but not quite there. Review by Mr.E
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For both the IWB holster and the appendix carry holsters, I would like for them to be able to ride lower than they do. You can adjust it down on the IWB, but not low enough & for appendix, there isn't any option at all. The only way I'm able to wear these comfortably, the way I want, is to put it on with a second belt, under my pants & that's ridiculous.

A cheap, easy fix would be to offer belt clips that are about 1.5 inches longer for the IWB holster.
For the appendix holster, make a clip that slides up & down at the belt loop part & then locks into place.

If I had that option to buy, I would be happy with this product. Without it, it just doesn't meet my needs. (Posted on 8/17/2020)

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