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Concealed Carry Blog

Welcome to the Alien Gear Holsters Concealed Carry Blog! Although we specialize in concealed carry holsters, we cover many other CCW topics here. Our gun writers discuss every facet of concealed carry best practices other gun tips! Whether you’re new or experienced carrier, you’ll be sure to find our gun blog helpful and informative. Check out any of our articles and remember to like, share, and comment!

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Can 18 to 20 Year Olds Concealed Carry?

April 22, 2019 7:03:00 AM PDT

underage concealed carry permit  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For the most part, concealed carry is relatively easy to do from a legal perspective but there are a few snags - one of which is an age barrier. For the most part, a person has to be 21 years of age in order to concealed carry.

Sig P320 vs. Sig P226: Which Should You Get?

April 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

The Sig P320 vs Sig P226  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Both the Sig P320 and Sig P226 are strong contenders for a Sig 9mm, but how do they stack up against each other? Alien Gear Holsters stacks up two of the most popular firearms for concealed carry side-by-side so you can make the most informed decision.

Guide to Appendix Carry - How to Carry AIWB

April 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

Appendix Carrying  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

In recent years, a growing number of people have resorted to a concealed carry method called appendix carry.

No Guns Allowed Signs, Force Of Law And You

April 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

no guns allowed  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Do "no guns allowed" signs have force of law? Actually yes, though the degree varies by state. Read on to learn how that works...

Glock 48 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

April 12, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

Glock 48 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Glock 48 is a slim version of the 19. Does it shoot as well while concealing more easily? Find out in our Glock 48 review...

ruger security 9 compact review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever hear of something called a press check and wonder just what it is? It's a simple technique for checking whether a firearm is loaded, in case you don't trust or don't have a loaded chamber indicator on your pistol.

How To Do A Pistol Press Check

April 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

pistol brass check  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever hear of something called a press check and wonder just what it is? It's a simple technique for checking whether a firearm is loaded, in case you don't trust or don't have a loaded chamber indicator on your pistol.

VP9sk vs P365  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Jonesing for a German pistol for carrying? Some people ponder the smart features of the VP9SK vs P365 handguns. Which is best? Read on...

Open Carry States: Where Can I Open Carry?

April 3, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

What states allow open carry?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Open carry of handguns - to distinguish it from open carry of ANY firearm - is currently permitted in 45 states, with limitations, depending on the state.

The S&W M&P Shield Vs. M&P Shield M2.0  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since S&W launced their M&P Shield M2.0, some have begun to wonder if the new model is going to improve upon the old Shield. Hence, folks will find themselves pondering over getting the original Shield, or the Shield M2.0.

G2 Research RIP Rounds: Are They Up To The Hype?

March 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

RIP rounds  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

With the advent of some pretty wild ammunition designs, some people wonder how effective they might be. RIP Rounds are one particular example. Are they up to the hype? Read on...

Ruger Security 9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

March 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

ruger security 9 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Ruger Security 9 promises a lot of bang for not many bucks. Is it worth looking into? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Ruger Security 9 review...

Best Handguns For Left Handed Shooters

March 25, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

best handguns for left handed shooters  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Most any pistol or revolver can be operated by either hand with sufficient training and practice. However, in this article, we're going over five different handguns that rock for lefties...

Springfield 911 9mm review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking at a slim single-action pistol? Check out Springfield's new hotness in our Springfield 911 9mm review!

The 6 Best Beretta 9mm Pistols

March 20, 2019 7:52:00 AM PDT

Beretta 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get a Beretta 9mm and find out what they're all about? Here are 6 Berettas to get you started...

Best 9mm Ammo Brands For Concealed Carry

March 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

9mm ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What's the best 9mm ammo for concealed carry? The 9mm round is the most common, but what are the ammunition brands and boxes you should look for?

Which Is Better: Sig P320 Vs Glock 19?

March 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

The Sig P320 vs the Glock 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you had to only have one, it would be the devil's own job of trying to choose between Sig P320 vs. Glock 19.

Glock 43X Vs Shield

March 13, 2019 7:00:00 AM PDT

Glock 43X vs Shield  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You might be mulling a Glock 43X vs. Shield now that Glock has a subcompact with more generous capacity. Which is better? Read on to find out...

.38 vs. 9mm For Concealed Carry

March 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm vs 38mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since the two cartridges share so many virtues, some wonder which is best between .38 vs 9mm. The short answer is both are very good for the same reasons.

6 Best Ruger 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

March 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Ruger 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ruger does make some great guns, but what are the Ruger 9mm pistols for CCW that should be on a persons' shortlist? These 6 Ruger 9mm guns for a start.

Springfield XDM 10mm Review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Pondering a 10mm pistol? Springfield makes a few, but their entry-level model, the Springfield XDM 4.5, has a lot going for it. Find out more in our Springfield XDM 10mm review...

Custom 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the difference is between a custom 1911 and a standard factory gun? If it's worth the extra cash? Read on to learn more...

Walther PPQ Subcompact Review by Alien Gear Holsters

February 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Walther PPQ Subcompact review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the Walther PPQ Subcompact is a worthy carry gun? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Walther PPQ Subcompact review...

glock 26 vs glock 43  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to a subcompact Glock, the eternal debate seems to be Glock 26 vs Glock 43. Each is a very popular CCW pistol, and each has a lot to offer the person who carries it which has led to both becoming a very popular CCW gun.

Walther PPQ M2 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

February 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Walther PPQ M2 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the Walther PPQ is really as good as they say? Find out in our Walther PPQ M2 review...

6 Best 380 Pistols

February 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

best 380 pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Don't believe the comments section; .380 pistols are definitely viable concealed carry guns. If you can shoot accurately, and carry good ammunition, the .380 Auto is more than adequate.

Glock Slimline pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering why Glock bothered with the Slimline pistols? What they're all about? Click here to find out...

Glock 43 vs Sig P365

February 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

glock vs sig  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A person looking for a slim, svelte carry gun is likely to weigh the Glock 43 vs Sig P365. Both are wildly popular these days and for good reason.

The 6 Best 1911 Pistols From SHOT Show

February 13, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

1911 pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

One thing that was clear from SHOT Show is that 1911 pistols are as popular as ever. What were the best of the 1911s at SHOT Show? Find out...

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

February 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

9mm glocks  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

So, you want to get a Glock 9mm...which one is best? Well, that depends a whole lot on what you're going to use it for. All Glocks are good, but some are good for some purposes and some are better for others.

Glock 42 vs Glock 43 For Concealed Carry

February 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

which glock is better for concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it's really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice.

Glock 43X Review by Alien Gear Holsters

February 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Glock 43X review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if Glock has made the 43 better with the 43X? Find out in our Glock 43X review...

Mossberg MC1sc Review by Alien Gear Holsters

February 4, 2019 10:21:00 AM PST

Mossberg Mc1sc review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Mossberg announced a shocker with a new subcompact striker gun for the CCW set. Is it up to snuff? Find out in our Mossberg Mc1sc review...

concealed carry pistols  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the best concealed carry pistols of SHOT Show 2019 are? Here are 6 solid candidates...

CZ P10F Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

CZ P10F review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

CZ has a new full-size striker pistol, but is it a worthy competitor in a sea of plastic fantastics? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' CZ P10F Review...

357 magnum concealed carry  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Decided that .357 Magnum concealed carry is for you? Here are a few things to know before getting started...

7 Best Choices Of .40 Cal Pistol

January 14, 2019 7:00:13 AM PST

40 cal pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wanting to get on the .40 S&W bandwagon? Any one of these 7 .40 cal pistol models is a great starting point.

ShapeShift 1911 holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Sure, there's a ShapeShift 1911 holster...but since there's so many 1911 pistols out there, will it fit yours?

Sig P365 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Sig P365 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is the Sig P365 the perfect carry pistol that it gets billed as? Find out in the Alien Gear Holsters' Sig P365 review...

6 Awesome 1911 9mm Pistols

January 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

1911 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A 1911 9mm? Actually, it's a fantastic idea. The 9mm round gets more out of the platform than .45 ACP does, and makes it much more in-line with modern sensibilities.

Ruger GP100 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

January 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM PST

Ruger GP100 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking for that first magnum revolver and wondering if what they say about Rugers is true? Find out in Alien Gear Holsters' Ruger GP100 review...

Glock 34 Vs Glock 17: Going GaGa For Glocks

December 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Glock 34 vs Glock 17  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you want a big 9mm Glock, you'll likely find yourself torn between the Glock 34 vs Glock 17 pistols. Which should you get? Depends on what you're after...

What Glocks are the Best for Concealed Carry?

December 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

top glocks for concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Made in Austria, Glock is one of the most reputable handgun producers on the market. Known for their unique design, superb functionality, and ardent fan base, Glock has made a name for itself as a “must have” brand of firearms. In this article, we'll discuss five different models of Glock pistols that are perfect for a concealed carrier...

best ccw revolvers  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

For those who prefer to pack a sixgun (or five-gun...because they don't always hold six) the best concealed carry revolver is partially subjective. You'll find you like one more than the others. That said, what would the best concealed carry revolver look like?

CZ P10C Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

CZ P10c review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

CZ got into the polymer-frame striker gun game with the P-10C...but is it as good as the established models? Find out in Alien Gear's CZ P10C review!

Remington RP9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Remington RP9 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if the Remington RP9 makes a good budget pistol? Find out in the Alien Gear Holsters' Remington RP9 Review!

Remington R1 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Remington R1 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The Remington R1 1911 promises GI pistol fun for a price that's very nice. Is it worth the investment? Find out in Alien Gear's Remington R1 1911 review...

The 7 Best Smith and Wesson 9mm Pistols

December 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Smith and Wesson 9mm  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want a Smith and Wesson 9mm? Good choice! Which one to get? Depends on what you're after...

Taurus G2S Review by Alien Gear Holsters

December 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

Taurus G2S review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Is Taurus' new single-stack CCW pistol up to snuff? Find out more in Alien Gear Holsters' Taurus G2S review!

What Are The Best Concealed Carry Methods?

November 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

concealed carry methods  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Everybody has a preferred method to concealed carrying a pistol. Whether it's a favorite shoulder holster, inside or outside the waistband concealed carry holster, or an ankle holster – one size certainly doesn't fit all for this community. In this article, we'll discuss some of the best and worst ways to conceal carry a pistol. More importantly, we'll discuss why they're the best and worst...

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