How To Wear And Use The Concealed Carry 4.0 IWB Holster

Using Your ShapeShift 4.0 Concealed Carry Holster Today we’re going to talk about the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB holster. We’re going to show you how to wear it, where to wear it, how to make it fit comfortably and more. But first, let’s start with the basics and answer the question… What Are IWB Holsters? The IWB holster is without question the most popular type for daily carry. It’s called that because it goes inside the waistband and against your body, where half the gun is concealed inside your pants. At Alien Gear Holsters, we have the 3.5 Cloak Tuck which is available for over 700 models of firearms and our upgraded 4.0 ShapeShift holster, which is now available for over 80 of the most popular firearms. Both are designed specifically to conceal in comfort with a hard shell and a soft neoprene backing. If we don’t have your model […]

Concealed Carry Gun Safety Tips

Gun Safety With Concealed Carry Do you remember the first time that you put a loaded firearm into your holster? That’s the way that you should feel every time you holster your weapon. Today we’re going to be talking about safety when it comes to concealed carry. You should have a basic understanding of the three main rules of gun safety, with those being keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re y to shoot, treating every firearm as if it’s loaded and keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times. Those basics are going to come up again. Safe Carry Starts With A Safely Holstered Gun One of the most popular forms of concealed carry is in an IWB holster, and this holster is going to go over your back pocket somewhere between 180 and at 90 degrees, with 90 degrees being on your hip. […]

Battle Of The Barrels: Standard Manufacturing Switch-Gun vs S333 Thunderstruck

Standard Manufacturing Switch Gun Vs S333 Standard Manufacturing produces some innovative firearms, two of which are the S333 (formerly called the S333 Thunderstruck) and their newly-released Switch Gun. Both are a bit of a departure from other compact .22 pistols and have a niche and purpose that they could fulfill as a concealed carry gun. If you wanted to carry something a little different, these two guns would certainly be different and interesting. But which would be better? As with anything else, it depends on you and what your needs and priorities are. We think there’s a role for both, and we’ll tell you why during this comparison. So let’s dig in. Standard Manufacturing Switch Gun The Switch Gun .22 Magnum Revolver is a folding single-action micro revolver chambered in .22 Magnum, aka .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, .22 WMR, etc. The gun has a five-shot cylinder, and a single-action […]

What Is A 2011? Double-Stack 1911 Pistols, Explained

A Quick Guide To 2011 And Other Double-Stack 1911 Pistols Every 2011 is a widebody/double-stack 1911, but not every widebody/double-stack 1911 is a 2011. While the term gets used colloquially to refer to any double-stack 1911, they just aren’t. The 2011 frame was invented by the founders of STI, the company now called Staccato…but it isn’t the only widebody 1911 frame that uses a double-stack magazine. So, let’s talk about what a 2011 actually is. We’ll go over what’s so great about them as well as some pitfalls to be aware of. While it’s an amazing handgun, it’s not necessarily for everyone. The Genesis Of The Double-Stack 1911 The 2011/double-stack 1911 was designed to keep the positive attributes of the 1911 (the trigger, ergonomics, etc.) while enhancing capacity, with the first examples emerging in the early 1990s. The idea mostly came from IPSC and USPSA shooters who wanted a […]

How To Practice One-Handed Shooting

The Basics Of One-Handed Shooting Today we’re going over engaging targets with only one hand instead of two. One-handed shooting in a practical sense is based on the assumption that maybe you’re recovering from an injury with your arm in a sling, maybe you’re in a gunfight in one of your hands gets wounded or your arm or your shoulder whatever and it renders you unable to do a two-handed grip. You might also have one hand occupied holding a shopping bag or your child or grandchild’s hand. One-handed shooting should be included in your practice regimen as you may have to shoot one-handed should you find yourself confronted with a serious threat. How To: One-Handed Shooting There’s there’s a couple different schools of thought for this. A lot of guys like to shoot squared to the range, with their hand on their chest or their belly, or maybe hook […]

How To Safely Load And Unload A Pistol

How To Unload A Pistol And Load It Safely In this video, Alien Gear Holsters was visited by Jason Beighley of Skeleton Key Tactical, who had some training tips for us. Today we’re going over the basic load sequence and unload sequence that you can do safely with your pistol. Safe gun handling is up to each of us to practice, so you need to know how to safely perform any adistrative tasks with your gun. Loading The Pistol There’s basically only three ways to do this, and all of them are acceptable. They all start with the slide locked to the rear. A lot of ranges require you to have your pistol with the slide locked to the rear when you’re not on the firing line just to know you’re safe, so it’s good to know how to load the gun from the slide locked back. The easiest is […]

GOA Criticizes Biden and Pritzker Comments Following Illinois Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2022 Washington, D.C. Today, Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President for Gun Owners of America, issued the following statement in response to calls from President Biden and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to enact more gun control in the wake of the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois: “Once again, all of the strict and onerous measures that anti-gun politicians claim will prevent shootings like we saw in Illinois yesterday utterly failed to stop this murderer from carrying out his evil act. Illinois has a “red flag” law, and despite being known to the authorities and demonstrating dangerous behavior, it failed to stop him. Additionally, the state has waiting periods for firearm purchases and bans concealed carry at public gatherings like parades. In addition, Highland Park has local prohibitions on AR-15 style rifles and magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds. Again, all of this gun control, on top […]

FPC and FPCAF File Supreme Court Brief Arguing Against “Special Needs Exception” for Gun Seizures

WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2022) Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) today announced the filing of a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Torcivia v. Suffolk County, which challenges the government’s ability to enter private homes and seize firearms from an individual suspected of no crime, and subject to no penal control or supervision. These seizures, which the Second Circuit categorized as a “special-needs exception” to our Fourth Amendment rights, are a clear violation of our rights and a perversion of justice. The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

State Guns — 9 States With Official Guns

State Guns — 9 States With Official Guns Home State Guns — 9 States with Official Guns July 5, 2022 Travis Pike When states choose various symbols to represent themselves,their choices are varied and often unique. Some states have official birds, others have official vegetables. But did you know about the relatively new trend of official state guns? Nine states in the Union have official guns and today, we will break down the states who have a ‘State Gun.’ Here’s a look at each one and a little bit of the history behind them. 1. Utah — M1911 Utah was the first state to have an official state gun, and they went big with their selection. They chose the M1911 and adopted it as their official state gun in 2011 which was the centennial of the M1911. John Browning, who hailed from Utah, held almost 150 firearm patents, but the […]

Winchester’s Model 1886 Saddle Ring Carbine

05/29/2022 As I get older, I spend more time working the property surrounding our home. Take today, as an example. I spent the morning cutting down some mature pear trees, a small oak and an elm tree to make way for a change in landscaping. Drought and cold resistant colorful ground cover, will replace a 7,200 sq.ft. sloping lawn adjacent to the driveway. That will remove a demand for 6,700 gallons of water per week when it doesn’t rain for weeks. The afternoon was spent digging up stumps with a backhoe. Chomping away, snapping progressively deeper layers of roots until the stump could be wiggled out. More dentistry than forestry. I found all of that very satisfying, gratifying, and much more so than say… talking to people. Around lunch time, I drove down the hill into town, about ten miles, to put gas in the car and fill a […]

Battle Of The Barrels: Sig P320 Vs. S&W M&P9 M2.0

The Sig P320 Vs. The S&W M&P9 M2.0 If you wanted a full-size 9mm pistol that isn’t a Glock, two of the most popular options are a Sig P320 or a S&W M&P9 M2.0. Both of these guns are almost identical on paper. They’re both polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols chambered in 9mm. Carrying capacity is the same. The features are almost the same. If one has to be crowned a winner, it’s probably going to be on preference. Which do YOU like more? Oh, make sure to vote for your pick in the Battle Of The Barrels on our Instagram page! So let’s talk about what might tip a person one way or another… Sig P320 And M&P9 2.0 Specs But…before we get into the talking points, here are the specifications of the Sig P320 and the M&P9 M2.0. As you will see, they’re very, very similar. Sig P320 (Full […]

How to Wear a Paddle Holster

A Quick Guide To Paddle Holsters What’s the difference between the paddle holsters that Alien Gear sells? Why are they even called paddle holsters? We’re going to explain. What Is A Paddle Holster? This kind of holster is called a paddle holster because of how it attaches to your belt. It’s the bracket on the side of the holster that gives it its name, and it’s used to flex and attach your holster to your belt. It’s a type of OWB holster or outside-the-waistband holster that has traditionally been popular with detectives, attorneys and other people who carry a gun but need to be able to take it on and off. Usually a paddle holster will stay in place seated on the belt with the help of a ledge like what you see here. The paddle holster itself can be worn just behind the belt or even behind the […]

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

We encourage viewers and those interested in American history to Georgetown Law Professor and constitutional scholar, Randy Barnett’s excellent, easy-to- short article explaining the Declaration here in conjunction with ing the Declaration below. [Note: Some paragraph breaks added to facilitate ing on mobile devices.] IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

The Declaration of Independence — and What It Really Claimed

We repost this article every year. If you’ve seen it before, and even if you haven’t, please share this important information with your friends and familyfor the Republic. We, like many of you, will enjoy today’s Fourth of July celebration with family, friends, food, and fireworks. And while those good things bring us close together as a people, it’s valuable to remember how we, as a uniquely free United States, came to be—and, especially, why. It has become a tradition for us to aloud the Declaration of Independence on July 4th to put our celebration into a proper historical, philosophical, and emotional context. As law professor Josh Blackman correctly notes, “while you are enjoying your hotdogs and fireworks, praise the Declaration, which even today retains legal vitality.” FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC to California AG: Revoke Your “Good Moral Character” Legal Alert and Comply with Bruen Before We Sue

SACRAMENTO, CA (June 30, 2022) Last night, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) sent a letter to California Attorney General Rob Bonta inforg him that if local concealed-carry issuing agencies use the state’s so-called “good moral character” requirement in the way he recently called for in response to NYSRPA v. Bruen, it will cause them “to defend far more Second Amendment claims than they have ever faced.” The letter can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

FPC Files Motion to Lift Stay in Lawsuit That Struck Down California “Assault Weapon” Ban Last Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 30, 2022) Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a motion to lift the stay that was imposed last year in Miller v. Bonta, its lawsuit challenging California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” that resulted in the district court striking down the ban under the Second Amendment. The motion, along with other case documents, can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition