If you already own a ShapeShift holster or the Core Carry Pack, you can expand your carry options with our Expansion Packs. These Expansion Packs have everything you need to carry your existing ShiftShell in a different configuration, except for the, pistol specific, ShiftShell itself. Expansion Packs are less expensive than the full holster option because you should already have the part that holds your firearm i.e. the Shift Shell. You can view our selection of Expansion Packs and extras here.
Bear in mind that the draw hand from the Shift Shell must match the draw hand of the expansion pack, if applicable. Additionally, some configurations may ask for your firearm barrel length as a frame of reference to ensure the neoprene backing is sized correctly. Here, we'll cover how to configure your existing ShiftShell to accept the expansion packs for open and conceal carry.
NOTE: Any full ShapeShift holster purchase (not expansion) should include BOTH halves of the shell. The "strong side" of the shell can be identified by the adjustable retention unit attached to the trigger guard area. The other side can be identified by the removable gear shaped spline sticking out from it. This part is called the rotating adapter. This other side of the shell is not an extra part or sent by mistake.
Configuring your shell
Depending on what ShapeShift holster you started with, you may have to re-configure your shell. Open Carry Holsters (OWB Paddle, Drop Leg, MOLLE, Backpack Carry, Driver Defense or Holster Mount) will need to be in the Full Shell configuration.
Hint: Aim for the middle rail, which sits under the barrel and in front of the trigger guard when sliding the shell halves together. Once that is aligned, the rail under the trigger guard and at the back of the slide should match up easier.
Once the shell halves are secured with the 2 Twist Locks, the ShiftShell can be used on any of the compatible open carry expansion packs mentioned above.
Half Shell Configuration
This configuration is used for all concealed carry holster options, including IWB, OWB Belt Slide, Pocket and Ankle Carry. To keep the profile of the holster as slim as possible, this configuration uses the shell half that has the Adjustable Retention Unit and the smaller trigger guard piece.
From here, the shell can be utilized on most any conceal carry expansion packs. The exceptions are the OWB Belt Slide and the Pocket Carry, since those holster configurations require a part to be screwed onto the trigger guard. Once the Pocket Carry Expansion or the Belt Slide Holster Part is screwed onto the trigger guard, it can be assembled as described above. These two holster configurations are the only two holster options that will not support the thumb release for active retention.
ShapeShift OWB Slide
This configuration uses the half shell. The belt loop will need to be screwed onto the trigger guard before assembled.
With the purchase of the Core Carry Pack, a preassembled belt slide with trigger guard is included. If you plan to swap between this Expansion Pack and another configuration that uses the Half Shell, you might consider purchasing a dedicated trigger guard to save time.
The configuration also mounts to the trigger guard before the Half Shell is assembled.
Since the Pocket Holster and OWB Belt Slide configuration both mount to the trigger guard, it is not possible to utilize the thumb break.