As you change clothes and seasons, your carry methods change. Going to a school? Need a thumb break? Want to mount a holster in your car or on your desk? One kit does all of this and more. I have had other holsters which were adjustable. There has never been anything like the tool free ease of change brought by ShapeShift. The video does a great job of showing how things go together.
I opened the box and started trying to put things together. There are some odd things that I had to get my head around, like the half holster. To make this belt slide holster, you split your shell in half, easy to do, slides apart with to closures and no tools.
You put a trigger guard on your half shell and the attach it to the base. Attach the parts for the attachment system you want and you have what you need. Because you only use half the shell, the holster is as thin as it can be, but comfortable and secure because of the base and trigger guard.
Put it on the base and it looks like this.
For appendix carry there is a center attachment clip.
If to want to use a paddle or the holster mount for cars or furniture, you use both halves of the shell. I have two shells so I had some extra parts and started experimenting. This is the beauty of modular.
This is not in the book, so don’t blame Alien Gear. As an instructor, I have to teach right and left handed so I sometimes wear two holsters creating a clown like effect. The kit came a holster mount which may rigged with a belt slide and a paddle mount. These parts are ambidextrous. There is a rotating adapter which goes toward the shooters body and into the mount. I took an extra rotating adapter and made a holster which I can unclip and move from right to left with the push of a button and a click.
It is a little thick, but perfect for range use. One gun, one holster, two sides and I can switch with the gun in the holster in absolute safety.
I have worn the Inside the Waist Band version a bit and find it very comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing the new shells and carry options.
Here is a list of ShapeShift shells available currently:
Glock – 17 Glock – 19 Glock – 22 Glock – 23 Glock – 26 Glock – 27 Glock – 31 Glock – 32 Glock – 37 Glock – 38 Glock – 43
Ruger LC380 Ruger LC9 Ruger LC9s Ruger LC9s Pro Ruger SR40c Ruger SR9c
S&W M&P Shield 40 caliber S&W M&P Shield 9mm S&W M&P Shield Performance Center
Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact 9mm/40cal 3 inch Springfield XDs 3.3
Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 Taurus PT140 Millennium G2.
Alien Gear promises more shells coming soon.