Frequently Asked Holster Questions

Thank you for visiting Alien Gear Holsters. The below FAQ covers our revolutionary Shapeshift Modular Holster System. If you have questions about any of our other conceal carry products take a look at the links below.

Cloak Series FAQ

ShapeShift Expansion Pack FAQ

Other FAQ

ShapeShift FAQ

What does the ShapeShift Core Carry Pack cost?

The Core Carry Pack includes everything you need to carry in four distinct ways and is available for just $99.88! You can also purchase an additional Shift Shell to use with an extra handgun for $33.88.

The ShapeShift is not available for my gun. What’s next?

We plan to keep adding firearms to our new ShapeShift Modular Holster System! The next wave of Shift Shells will be released in approximately 60-90 days! Our intention is to eventually release new compatible firearms every week. If you subscribe to our newsletter on our website, we will keep you updated with all the newest products we offer.

What is included in the ShapeShift Core Carry Pack?

The Core Carry Pack includes everything you need to carry in four distinct ways. With its fully modular design, you can carry IWB Holster, AIWB Holster or OWB using a paddle or slide. This Core Carry Pack also includes a thumb release, Adjustable Retention Unit, and a free Holster Mount!

When will I receive my ShapeShift Core Carry Pack?

For those who purchase the ShapeShift during the pre-order, your purchase will ship sometime in July 2017. Please note these time frames are an approximation and may change due to order volume.

Is the ShapeShift covered by a warranty?

You bet! Once you have registered your warranty on our website, you can rest assured knowing your ShapeShift is backed for life. If you purchased on our website, you are automatically registered based on the information you supplied us at checkout. The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is fully backed by a Forever Warranty and a 30-Day Test Drive. If you are not completely satisfied by your new gun holster, send it back within 30 days for a hassle-free refund.

Are the new Shift Shells swappable?

Due to the advanced nature of the Shape Shift shells, they do not take part in our life time shell exchange program that we offer for the Cloak Series. However, if you purchase additional shells for your ShapeShift you can use your existing ShapeShift holster system with the new shells.

Can I upgrade from my current Alien Gear Holster?

The ShapeShift marks a new age of concealed carry holsters, therefore we are not able to offer an upgrade from previous holster models. However, you can send in your holster for an exchange if you are still within the 30-Day Test Drive. Some additional costs may apply. If you have any questions about exchanges, please contact the Customer Service mothership at (208) 215-2046.

Can I track my ShapeShift order?

You sure can! When your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email, and you will also receive a second tracking email when the order is shipped.

Are the IWB and AIWB positions sweat resistant?

Yes. The updated Alien Skin surface prevents moisture from reaching you pistol, and the new perforated neoprene improves your modular holster’s breathability.

What is the Alien Gear ShapeShift made out of?

Wondering what makes the ShapeShift the next evolution in concealed carry. The ShapeShift Modular holster is made with a proprietary blend of polymer to enhance durability and ensure that your holster serves you and your gun for a lifetime. By utilizing polymers that are similar to the ones used in production of firearms we ensure that the holster will last through hot weather unlike many other holster options which may deform in such conditions. And in case anything does happen to your holster we back every product with a life-time warranty.

What guns are available for the ShapeShift?

The following guns are now available for the ShapeShift Modular Holster System. For the most up-to-date guns list, please visit the Core Carry Pack page and view the guns in the dropdown box. If you are unable to find your firearm on this list or on the Core Carry Pack product page, please know we are working diligently to add more handguns to this list. View the ShapeShift Release Calendar for more information.

Glock - 19, Glock - 22, Glock - 23, Glock - 26, Glock - 27, Glock - 31, Glock - 32, Glock - 17, Glock - 43, Glock - 42, Glock - 29, Glock - 30, Glock - 30sf

Ruger LC9, Ruger SR40c, Ruger SR9c, Ruger LC380, Ruger LC9s, Ruger LC9s Pro, Ruger LCP II, Ruger LCP

Springfield XDs 3.3, Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact 9mm/40cal 3 inch, Springfield XDM 3.8, Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact, Springfield XD 4 inch barrel, Springfield XD Subcompact 3 inch barrel, Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact 45ACP 3.3 inch, Springfield XD-E, Springfield XD-E .45ACP

S&W M&P Shield 9mm, S&W M&P Shield 40 caliber, S&W M&P Shield Performance Center, S&W SD9 VE, S&W SD40 VE, S&W M&P9 4.25 inch barrel, S&W M&P40 4.25 inch barrel, S&W M&P9c Compact 3.5 inch barrel, S&W M&P40c Compact 3.5 inch barrel, S&W M&P Shield 2.0 9mm, S&W M&P Shield 2.0 40 caliber, S&W M&P Shield 45 Caliber, S&W M&P380 Shield EZ

Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 (fits G2C), Taurus PT140 Millennium G2, Taurus PT709 Slim, Taurus PT740 Slim, Taurus G2S

Sig P938, Sig P238, Sig P320 Compact/Carry 9mm, Sig P320 Compact/Carry .40 cal, Sig P229r Railed 9mm, Sig P229r Railed 40 cal, Sig P365

Kimber Micro 9, Kimber Micro

1911 - 5 inch


Walther PPS, Walther PPS M2, Walther PPQ 4 inch, Walther PPQ M2 4 inch, Walther PPQ M2 4.2 inch


CZ - PO7

Beretta 92 - Full Size (Also fits M9)

What improvements have been made from previous Alien Gear Holsters?

The groundbreaking ShapeShift Modular Holster System blends enhanced comfort, concealment and flexibility to provide the ultimate concealed carry experience. Here’s a look at the specific improvements we have achieved with the ShapeShift:

4.0 IWB Holster The ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster is designed with an all-new perforated neoprene and a flexible steel core, which offers enhanced comfort and improved flexibility. The new IWB holster also sports a pair of adjustable holster clips, so you can adjust your holster’s cant and ride height with zero tools! To achieve the next level of concealment, the ShapeShift IWB Holster is designed with the slim Shift Shell.

OWB Paddle Holster The ShapeShift OWB Paddle Holster is now designed with 360-degree cant rotation, allowing you to choose your preferred carry angle. This innovative paddle holster also includes a removable thumb release. Additionally, this improved OWB Paddle Holster is fully compatible with the ShapeShift Holster mount, which allows you to attach your holstered handgun to a variety of surfaces.

OWB Slide Holster With its slim design and upgraded CoolVent Neoprene backer, the all-new OWB Slide Holster is far more concealable and will conform to your side in seconds. This holster is the most comfortable, concealable OWB holster on the planet. Period.

Appendix Carry Holster You asked for it, and we listened! The brand new ShapeShift Appendix Carry Holster allows you to conceal safely and comfortably all day long. With its versatile design, you can wear this holster anywhere on your waistband.

Thumb Release FAQs

What are the benefits of a thumb release, and how do they work?

Thumb releases are designed to deliver extra security when carrying your firearm. They also provide Level II retention when combined with a friction-based passive retention unit.

To operate our thumb releases, simply place your hand in the drawing position and depress the release button with your thumb in order to release your firearm from the holster.

Is the thumb release compatible with Cloak Series Holsters?

The Thumb Release Holster Part is exclusively compatible with the ShapeShift Modular Holster System, but the Cloak Series does provide adjustable passive retention. To fine-tune the retention on your Cloak Series Holster, simply tighten or loosen the screws connecting your shell to the holster base.

How do I attach my thumb release to my ShapeShift holster?

To attach your thumb release, please check out this helpful video tutorial: ShapeShift Instructional Video. We also provide detailed step-by-step instructions with your ShapeShift holster or expansion pack order.

What if I have more questions?

We have answers! Please reach out to our helpful customer service team at (208) 215-2046 (Monday - Friday: 5am - 8pm PST Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 6pm PST), or email us at with any questions you may have.