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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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Good product only 1 issue Review by Tesh
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I am very pleased with my rig. I carry IWB it sits nicely at the 4-5 position i really never notice it when sitting. The only issue i have had is it slips down on my underwear so I end up wearing it inside my underwear on my skin to get the grip to keep it from sliding. I wish it had an option to add some kind of grip material to the rig to help with the grip. (Posted on 10/14/2020)
dissapointed Review by jesse
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i was really excited about receiving this product. unfortunately when i did i was extremely disappointed. i would say that this system seems to be fairly durable. however after using this system i encountered major issues drawing and holstering. i am using a full size p320 m17. and in the iwb configuration it is almost impossible to draw without bringing my pants with it. now i did try loosening the retention to the point the gun would fall out when tilted upside down, this did not help the problem seems to be with the grippy backing and the length of the barrel. also holstering is also an issue when you tighten the belt the trigger gaurd seems to get distorted and tends to rack the slide when trying to holster. (Posted on 10/7/2020)

Alien Gear Holsters responded:

Hello Jesse, Thank you so much for your feedback and we do apologize for the drawing and holstering issues here and we do want to make things right! With our IWB holsters the option with out the thumb release is called Passive retention. This type of retention relies on the retention from the adjustable retention unit and the retention from your belt. If you wear your belt tighter we recommend to loosen the retention unit to give it a good draw. Because these are passive retention holsters, this will cause the holster to be loose when you turn it upside down. We hope this helps!

(Posted on 10/9/2020)
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)

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