October 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM PDT
A safer, slimmer, simpler pocket holster for everyday carry
Pocket holsters can be safe, but often require a tradeoff in accessibility.
Pocket holsters can be convenient, but often require a tradeoff in safety.
Pocket holsters can be compact, but often require a tradeoff in trigger guard coverage.
The ShapeShift Pocket Holster is safe, convenient and compact. It’s Alien Gear’s slimmest holster, and includes full, rigid trigger guard coverage. Its design allows for a swift draw stroke.
We’ve made a few tweaks to the traditional pocket carry design.
How we redesigned pocket carry
Many pocket carry options tend to be a soft textile folded in half and sewn in the shape of a given handgun.
We’re not a fan.
Others are a piece of plastic heated and molded over just the trigger guard.
There are flaws in that approach.
Most include some method of disguising the presence of a handgun.
The ShapeShift Pocket Holster is made (in USA) with a proprietary polymer blend — a material almost identical to that which is in the compact, striker-fired gun it’s made to hold.
We removed all soft textiles. It’s safer that way.
That polymer compound is injection molded into a thin shell that covers the front of the slide and trigger guard. Another molded piece locks beneath the trigger guard, fully enveloping it.
A single polymer hook is bolted to the underside of the trigger guard — the side resting against the body.
This hook attachment achieves four specific things:
- It extends sideways to remove the visibility of the handgun, eliminating printing.
- It pushes through the shell and inside the trigger guard to latch onto the gun for adjustable passive retention.
- It provides a textured space for the thumb to brace against and push off the shell when drawn.
- It latches onto the pocket during the draw stroke to keep the holster in the pocket.
We changed things. Not a lot. Nothing radical.
Just enough to make pocket carry safer, simpler and slimmer.
So, is pocket carry worth your time?
Why this new pocket holster could be for you