Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact (9/40) 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.

XDM 3.8 Compact Modular Holster Kit


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.
Some people don't want to carry their pistol in just one way, and as a result having just one Springfield XDM 3.8 compact holster isn't going to cut it. Some people like to be able to have options. They want deep concealment one day, total open carry the next day. At some times, IWB carry is fine and at others, it's really not what you want.

Why settle for just one XDM 3.8 compact holster if multiple options for carry is something you demand of your carry setup?

You don't have to settle anymore. Alien Gear brings you the ShapeShift XDM holster - a reinvention of just what a holster is capable of.

The ShapeShift isn't merely a holster; it's an entire carry system with multiple holster configurations, allowing the user to carry their Springfield XDM 3.8 compact just about any way they want to. This holster system was painstakingly designed to give the user an unparalleled degree of modularity and versatility, unlike any other holster on the market to date.

The core of the ShapeShift is the shell system. Full-length and half-length shells - which cover only the trigger guard - are deployed with the appropriate holster backer and belt attachments to give you the holster configuration of your choice. The shells lock together via an interlocking rail system and a tool-less twist lock mechanism. Then you select the backer you want and the belt attachment you desire.

For instance, if you prefer a classic XDM IWB holster, fit a full shell and a half shell together, and install them on the larger backer included in the ShapeShift kit. The backer itself is a slightly smaller version of our Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB hybrid holster, and it has the same neoprene backpad and Alien Skin surface. Fit together and you have a traditional IWB holster - it's even compatible with our Cloak Dock IWB holster mount.

However, if you prefer appendix carry, mount the shells to the smaller backer and install the larger IWB clip. You now have a Springfield XDM 3.8 compact AIWB holster.

Rather wear it outside the waistband but still conceal? Install the belt slide attachment instead of the appendix clip, and you have a high-riding belt slide XDM OWB holster. This will let you conceal while wearing your gun outside the waistband under minimal outerwear.

Or, if you prefer, you can assemble both full-length shells and install the paddle attachment. This gives you an XDM 3.8 compact paddle holster made of ultra-durable polymer.

Adjustable retention is also part of the ShapeShift holster system, including adjustable passive retention and active retention devices being available for this holster system.

The ShapeShift comes with Alien Gear's Iron-Clad Guarantee. Just as with our other products, you get the first 30 days of ownership to decide if it's the holster system you've been searching for. During that period, you may contact us if unsatisfied and we will buy the holster back.

We think you won't want to take it off.

The ShapeShift XDM 3.8 compact holster also comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty. No matter how an issue with the holster arises, we will fix it or we will send you a brand new holster. Forever.

Are you ready for a whole new way to carry?


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Excellent Product Review by Delcie
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After researching holsters I decided on the ShapeShift 4.0 carry pack for my Sig P365 and I am so glad I did. It was simple to understand and easily put together. The holster was very defined in the molding and attention to details were obvious. (Posted on 2/13/2021)
Great product I've loved it. Review by Jay
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Its a good start to modularity, I'm in need of more clips, mounts and shells. (Posted on 2/2/2021)
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)

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