S&W M&P9c Compact 3.5 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.

ShapeShift Modular Holster System


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.
Some people like to have options with how they carry their M&P compact, but very few M&P9C holster models out there will give you many. Sure, there are a few that let you change OWB loops for IWB clips, but some people still want a bit more. Also, not all such holsters are designed to carry comfortably - after all, a huge amount of plastic strapped to your waist isn't the most comfortable thing in the world.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Given the versatility of the S&W M&P9C, it's well-suited for both concealed and open carry. It also works well in the appendix position. Unfortunately, very few S&W M&P9C holsters do too.

But this one does.

The ShapeShift M&P9C edition is not a holster. It's a concealed carry system, which is perfectly adapted to the carry lifestyle by offering numerous modes and configurations of carry including both open carry and also serving expertly as an M&P9C concealed carry holster.

The shell system of the ShapeShift - devised by Alien Gear - is what allows for the versatility of usage. Both full-length and half-length shells (both included in your base kit) can be interchanged, fitting together by means of a friction-locking rail and twist lock, which lock together without the use of tools. You can assemble two half-shells for a full wrap, or use a full shell and half shell with a backer and your choice of belt attachment.

For instance, the larger backer included in the kit can be fitted with a full shell and half shell to create a traditional hybrid M&P9C IWB holster, much like the kind you're used to seeing such as our award-winning Cloak Tuck 3.0. In fact, the backer is of the same construction, right down to the neoprene backpad and Alien Skin surface. The belt clips are also adjustable for ride height and cant.

However, you can attach that same shell configuration to the smaller shell for two possible carry modes. First, if you attach the larger IWB clip, is an M&P9C appendix IWB holster, should you prefer the "grab and go" convenience and deep concealment of appendix carry.

You can also attach the belt slide attachments and create a high-riding hybrid M&P9C OWB holster. It rides high and tight to the body, all but disappearing under an untucked shirt or light outerwear.

Or, you can assemble the full-wrap shell configuration and deploy the paddle attachment for an ultra-durable M&P9C paddle holster.

Retention is fully adjustable, as you can elect for adjustable levels of passive retention or install the included active retention devices.

As with our other holsters, the ShapeShift comes with our Iron Clad Guarantee - including a 30-day "Test Drive" trial period and lifetime warranty. During the first 30 days of ownership, you can return the holster for a full refund if unsatisfied. We think you won't want to take it off.

Lastly, should any issue arise with your ShapeShift holster at any point during its lifetime, we will fix the problem or we will give you a brand new holster. Period.

You can launch yourself into a whole new world of carry possibilities...


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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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