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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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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...

6 Best 9mm Ammo Brands For Concealed Carry

December 12, 2018 9:27:00 AM PST

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?

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!

Guide to Appendix Carry - How to Carry AIWB

December 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

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.

6 Best Ruger 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

December 3, 2018 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.

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...

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: Which is Better?

November 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

glock 17 vs 19  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won't go wrong with either...but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

CZ 75D PCR Review by Alien Gear Holsters

November 23, 2018 7:00:09 AM PST

cz 75d pcr review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should you get the compact CZ with the decocker instead of the thumb safety? Read on to find out in Alien Gear Holsters' CZ 75D PCR review!

Wearing The ShapeShift Ankle Holster With Boots

November 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

ankle holster with boots  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering how to wear your ShapeShift Ankle Holster with boots? Read on to learn how....

The Glock 19 vs Glock 26  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some people will take nothing less than a 9x19 Glock. If you're one of those people, eventually you'll have to pick between the Glock 19 and Glock 26

2018's Best Handguns Under $400

November 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

buying a ccw pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The 9mm caliber is ubiquitous for pistols, which is why everyone and their brother makes 9mm handguns. However, not everyone is able (or willing) to drop the kind of cash that's often required for the big names.

The 7 Best Glock 9mm Pistols

November 14, 2018 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 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.

Alien Gear Holsters H&K VP40 Review

November 9, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

vp40 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering about H&K's populist wonder gun? Wonder no more, and read Alien Gear Holsters' H&K VP40 review!

How To Conceal While Driving

November 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PST

vehicle ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Better than a car holster is an actual holster mount. A holster mount is a docking station for a holster that attaches to an appropriate surface in the vehicle - the center console is a highly logical location, or under the steering wheel.

Glock 43 vs Sig P365

November 5, 2018 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.

How Does The Alien Gear Holster Shell Swap Work?

November 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

holster shell  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering how the Alien Gear holster shell swap program works? Here's the entire scoop, including how to do it and why we offer it.

6 Best 380 Pistols

October 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

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.

10mm vs 45 ACP: Battle Of The Big Bore Bullets

October 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Battle of the Big-Bore with 10mm vs 45ACP  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to autoloading big-bore, 10mm and .45 ACP are the two mainstream choices. While there are others, you'll most likely end up choosing between 10mm vs the .45.

How To Concealed Carry On Halloween

October 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

concealed carry halloween  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry on Halloween is rather easy. You just have to apply some basic ideas from carrying normally and plug them in. Read on for more...

Open Carry States: Where Can I Open Carry?

October 24, 2018 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.

Glock Gen 3 vs Glock Gen 4

October 22, 2018 7:05:26 AM PDT

glock gen 3 vs glock gen 4  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Weighing some poly pistols? How about the Glock Gen 3 vs Gen 4?

pocket holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holster's ShapeShift Pocket Holster has been designed to carry more easily and function better than previous pocket holster designs.

Ruger Security 9 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

October 17, 2018 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...

Glock Gen 4 vs Glock Gen 5

October 15, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Glock Gen 4 vs Gen 5  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since they're both so new, which should I get between the Glock Gen 4 vs Glock Gen 5? Read on to learn more...

concealed carry holsters  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

What are some common adjustments to concealed carry holsters from Alien Gear? Here are a few...

Springfield XD 40 Review by Alien Gear Holsters

October 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

springfield xd 40 review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the Springfield XD 40 brings to the table? Find out in our Springfield XD 40 review!

The 7 Best Nightstand Guns For Home Defense

October 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

nightstand guns  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

California Concealed Carry

October 3, 2018 8:51:00 AM PDT

concealed carry in california  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Just mentioning California gun laws elicits an emotional response from gun owners, no matter what side of the political aisle that may be on.

What Are The Glock Generations?

October 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

glock generations  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Glock generations have you confused? Alien Gear Holsters is here to guide you all the way from the first to the latest...

modular holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering if there's a trade-off somewhere with a modular holster? Read on to find out...

The 6 Best Beretta 9mm Pistols

September 26, 2018 7:52:43 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...

Springfield XD40 vs Glock 22  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Should you get a Springfield XD40 vs Glock 22 for a full-size 40 caliber? Read on to find out...

How To Adjust Your ShapeShift Shoulder Holster

September 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ShapeShift Shoulder Holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

How to get a better fit with your ShapeShift Shoulder Holster revealed...

Browning Hi-Power Review by Alien Gear Holsters

September 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Browning Hi Power review  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Looking into classic pistols? Learn what you need to know from Alien Gear Holsters' Browning Hi Power review...

SCCY 9mm vs Glock 26

September 17, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

SCCY 9mm vs Glock 26  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You might mull a budget-conscious SCCY 9mm vs Glock 26 for an easy-toting double-stack 9. Here's what you need to know...

How Are ShapeShift Shells Different From Kydex?

September 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

ShapeShift shell  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Wondering what the difference is between a ShapeShift shell and Kydex? Let's get into that...

Guide To The Sig P320 by Alien Gear Holsters

September 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Sig P320  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Curious about the Sig P320? It is a mighty popular pistol and with good reason. Learn more about the P320 here...

7 Best .38 Special Revolvers For CCW

September 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

38 special revolver  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want to get started with wheelguns but don't know where to start with a .38 Special revolver? Here are the 7 best to get into, perfect for CCW and other purposes.

When's A ShapeShift Holster Coming Out For My Gun?

September 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

When is the shapeshift going to be out for my gun?  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Since we released the ShapeShift Modular Holster System, the most common question we get is "When is the ShapeShift coming out for MY gun?"

7 Best Colt 1911 Pistols For CCW Or Any Purpose

September 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

Colt 1911  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Want a Colt 1911 pistol? Don't know which one to get? Here are 7 killer Colt 1911 pistols to consider.

3 Myths About Handgun "Stopping Power"

August 31, 2018 8:43:00 AM PDT

Stopping power  

By James England | Contributing Editor

When we walk into a gun store, almost everyone naturally gravitates towards the .45s, .40s, and the coveted .44 when thinking about stopping power. The natural instinct ingrained in so many intermediate shooters is that a bigger round equates to neutralizing a target faster. In a defensive situation, no one wants to second guess whether or not the rounds they're exchanging will stop an aggressor. In this article, we'll dispel the myth but keep the fact about several misconceptions about the lethality of firearms ...

How to Interact with Police While Carrying CCW

August 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

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concealed carry and police 

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Occasionally, a person will have interactions with law enforcement while concealed carrying. This presents a question about whether or not - or how to go about - disclosing that one is armed...

Walther PPK Vs Makarov: CCW From The Old Country

August 27, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

walther ppk vs makarov  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Weighing the Walther PPK vs Makarovas an old-school CCW? Both have their good points...and failings. Read on...

two gun shoulder holster  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

You'll likely consider carry style, concealment, caliber, capacity and size. Often, an ankle holster is a go-to, but if you choose to shoulder carry two guns, things suddenly get a lot simpler.

What Happens After A Self-Defense Shooting?

August 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

self defense shooting  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

It's all well and good to discuss guns, shooting techniques, concealed carry and so on, but what happens after a self defense shooting? What does the aftermath look like?

6 Awesome 1911 9mm Pistols

August 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT

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.

What You Need For Everyday Carry

August 17, 2018 9:35:00 AM PDT

requirements for carrying a gun  

By James England | Contributing Editor

Concealed carry is only effective if you're armed. It's impossible to know specifically the time, date, and location of a potential attack upon yourself, your family, or your property. Plenty of people get lulled into a sense of complacency because the vast majority of us go through our entire lives without any violent interruptions. That, however, is a luxury. The reality of the world is that is not the norm. There are desperate people in this world and they, at different times, will seek to take things that you may not be willing to give – your life being chief amongst them...

ccw instructor  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Alien Gear Holsters sat down recently with Bob Houzenga and Andy Kemp, CCW instructors with Midwest Training Group. Read the exclusive interview...

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