Common Adjustments To Concealed Carry Holsters by Alien Gear

One thing you might notice is that your double-stack compact carry gun is a little loose in your CCW holster. Some people have reported “flopping” a bit as they move around with their gun carried inside the waistband, notably the trigger guard in our Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB holster and other non-ShapeShift products.

This is a sure sign that your concealed carry holster needs a bit of tweaking.

Why does this happen? Well, it’s fairly simple. Take a look at your gun. What you might notice is a thin trigger guard relative to the slide. This is much more common with pistols that employ a double-stack magazine. A S&W Shield or even a 1911 pistol are almost uniform in width if you look at them, but – say – a Glock 19, Beretta 92 or CZ 75 are going to have a pretty narrow trigger guard relative to the rest of the gun. Since the shell presses down mostly on the slide, this leaves a bit of play.

So, what to do in this instance?

Adjust the retention! You’ll notice an included hex key. Tighten the retention screws on the trigger guard side. This might resolve the issue. However, it might not quite do the trick.

If you still find the trigger guard is moving, you’ll need to make further alterations. Get out your Parts Pack, which ships with every holster. You’ll notice two complete sets of hardware, one shorter and one longer than the standard set. Get two of the short length rubber washer, and two of the short length hex bolts.

Loosen the trigger guard retention bolts until they come free. Take the washer off and set them aside. Remove the standard length rubber washers, and replace them with the shorter length washers. Press firmly to set them over the nut.

Insert the shorter length hex bolt through the metal washer and thread through the bolt holes in the retention shell. Seat in the nut through the rubber washer, and tighten. You may have to tighten them down pretty far to get the trigger guard to stay more stationary in the holster, but the shorter length of hardware will usually do the trick.

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