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Now Accepting Amazon Payments

amazonDefend Illinois [dot] com is now accepting payments via Amazon Payments.  This means that you can complete your purchase easily without entering your billing and shipping information manually.  During the checkout process you login to your Amazon account, and complete the checkout with just a few clicks.

Amazon payments uses your existing credit card information, and shipping information on file to complete your defend Illinois [dot] com purchase.  We hope that making the checkout process easier will make your visit, and purchases at defend Illinois [dot] com just a little bit better.

50 No Guns No Money Cards for $1

no-guns-scatteredIn an effort to raise awareness, and get No Guns No Money cards into as many hands as possible.  Defend Illinois [dot] com has decided to offer a special offer of 50 No Guns No Money cards for only $1.00!  Many like the idea of the cards, but haven’t felt the need to pull the trigger on a purchase.  This is an effort to motivate you to stand up for your right to self defense, and get cards of your own to hand out.

This offer will save you $6.50 so we hope you’ll shop around our other products. You might find the Criminal Protection Zone flyers or Thank You cards to your liking.  If you are so compelled please add them to your order, and add to your arsenal.  This offer is good until October 31st, so don’t wait any longer!

***UPDATE – October 31st

This promotion has ended, but No Guns No Money cards are still available at the regular price.  If you missed this opportunity, don’t miss the next one, sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out in the future.


Alien Gear Holsters – Review

Before we get to far, does Alien Gear make a holster for your gun? Check their list, and leave a comment, let me know what gun they don’t have a holster for that you plan to carry.  The list is extensive, but do they have YOUR carry gun?

As CCL holders pop up all over Illinois, including many of you, concealed carry holsters are a hot topic.  The hybrid inside the waistband (IWB) has gained a firm hold on the industry.  They are known for being comfortable, effective, and expensive.  After all a good holster is worth it’s weight in gold, just ask someone who has been carrying for years.  Alien Gear holsters has entered the holster game, with their spin on the hybrid holster.


If you are interested in buying a hybrid holster please continue reading before making your purchase.

The Leather:  The leather backer on an Alien Gear holster is said to be 10-12 ounce, sweat proof leather.  It is heavier leather than on most hybrid holsters, is this a bad thing?  No, but I don’t feel like it adds much to the overall product.  In fact I feel like the break in time is longer because of the thicker leather, but in extended wear it will likely prove to be very durable (see warranty).

The Kydex:  The Kydex shell on a Alien Gear holster is top notch.  The Kydex is thick and well molded to the firearm.  The shell size is larger than I’m used to seeing, which helps in smoothing out sharp corners further concealing your firearm.  The larger shell also ensures easy re-holstering, even when the holster is adjusted to ride lower, or have severe cant.

The Hardware:  The shell is not permanently attached like in many hybrid holsters, this approach has supporters and detractors.  The shells is attached to the leather with Chicago style screws and rubber spacers.  This means you can replace your shell (see warranty), and adjust the retention of the holster with a few turns on a screwdriver.  Your Alien Gear holster rides on two steel clips that go over your belt.  These clips are black in color, and are large enough to accommodate all common belt sizes.

The Warranty:  Alien Gear stands proud behind their holsters with more than your typical lifetime warranty.  To start you can “test drive” an Alien Gear holster for 30 days, don’t like it?  They will buy it back, no questions, no hard feelings.  Decide to keep it?  Buy a new carry gun?  Yes, and of course yes, they will trade your Kydex shell for a shell that fits your new gun.  They want this holster to be the last one you’ll ever buy.  On top of all that, should your holster break or become defective, they will replace it for free, FOREVER.

The Price:  Alien Gear holster is going to start at 29.88.  I know what you are thinking, they are going to nickle and dime you for addons and accessories.  Here’s the deal, want your leather backer dyed black?  Add $5.00, same leather sweat proof leather, just dyed black.  That’s it you’ve got a great hybrid holster for a great price.

In conclusion if you have never owned a inside the waistband holster, Alien Gear is a great place to start.  The best part is, as a new CCL holder it might likely be the LAST holster you buy.  Been carrying for a while and have the infamous “holster drawer” put Alien Gear on the short list for a great inside the waistband holster.

PROS:  Made in America, built tough from good materials, awesome warranty, and a good price.

CONS:  Retention screws take some fiddling to get just right, reccomend some thread lock to keep them in place.

Own a Alien Gear holster? Plan to buy one?  Leave a comment and share your opinion with others.

April Giveaway!

Defend Illinois [dot] com is excited to announce our first giveaway to Illinois gun owners.  Everyone who places an order with the coupon code “aliengear” in the month of April will receive 10% off and a chance to win a prize.  The winner will receive a FREE Alien Gear holster of their choice, and a T-shirt or additional kydex shell.  Second prize will be a Tannerite 1/4lb brick of four quarter pound exploding rifle targets.  Winner will be drawn May 1st, and notified via E-mail.


If you haven’t tried a IWB hybrid style holster Alien Gear is a great entry level holster for concealed carry.  They offer holsters for a huge list of gun, see if your’s is on the list?  What better than a nice holster for a great price? A nice holsters for FREE.  Alien Gear will also send you a T-shirt of your choice, or a second kydex shell for your holster!


Someone else will receive a brick of four 1/4 lb. Tannerite exploding rifle targets.  These “shot indicators” are great for long distance shooters who want to know when they hit the 10-ring.  But for most of us, they go BANG, and that’s just cool and fun.  These 1/4 lb. targets are a great way to spice up your range outing with your buddies.

Fine print: Each completed/paid order during the month of April in 2014 using the discount code “aliengear” will qualify.  Only one entry per household per contest will be accepted.  Winners are responsible for any applicable taxes, but shipping will be included in the prize value.  There is no minimum order value, and no purchase necessary to win.  Entries will be accepted via USPS postmarked during the month of April in 2014.  Contact defend Illinois [dot] com for mailing address, and further details.


New Use for No Guns No Money cards!

no-guns-no-money-walmart While Walmart is no longer posting their confusing No Guns sign, they are offering them for sale.  I am not going to get into the legality of this sign, or how it compares to the state police approved sign.  I did kindly place a No Guns No Money card from defend Illinois [dot] com in the price tag holder.  This is a preemptive warning to a potential customer about to buy a No Guns sign.  I frequent this Walmart, and will check up on it just like I do the ammo shelves.

Does anyone else have alternative uses for the No Guns No Money cards?  Share them with the community.  Some Illinois gun owners are skipping the businesses who post the No Guns signs, but returning with their reciept from the competition.  Showing the business owners that they actually lost a sale will ring home for many.