Ankle carry question.
This is a discussion on Ankle carry question. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've never carried anything in an ankle holster. But I'm thinking more and more about trying this method for when I'm driving my truck.
January 10th, 2007 11:12 PM
Ankle carry question.
I've never carried anything in an ankle holster. But I'm thinking more and more about trying this method for when I'm driving my truck.
I have practiced and I am very capable of reaching my left ankle with my right hand, I don't have any physical impediment like being overweight, and I'm tall (long arms).
I assume the left ankle is better as it enables me to still use the right foot to control the vehicle. I drive an automatic.
So my question is this, what can go wrong that I haven't thought of?
Is an ankle holster a good idea for a subcompact for truck carry?
January 10th, 2007 11:19 PM
Make sure you buy a good quality holster. There are a lot of cheap ones out there, and you cannot get away with going the cheap route with this method of carry. Also, make sure your holster is compatable with your boot, shoe or snoopy slippers.
You might run into a little bit of trouble depending on what type of pants you wear, you will need something with a little more room on the ankle to allow you to draw easy.
Getting in and out of the truck will take a little more care too. What kind of truck are we talking about? A large CDL type, or a pick-em-up?
January 10th, 2007 11:39 PM
I was planning on getting a good holster,I don't like cheap ones too much. Any recommendations?
January 10th, 2007 11:55 PM
Take a look at Null, and Alessi. Theres another out there I can suggest, but the name is not coming to me right now... I'll get back with you when my memory decides to start working again.
January 11th, 2007 06:48 AM
I don't like ankle carry myself. I thought you were driving a big rig, why not a shoulder holster? Much quicker on the draw and you don't have to go through a Gumby maneuver when you need to draw. Besides what about when you stop for lunch and are sitting at Wendy's and the pant leg creeps up and everyone can see the rig? Unless you are going to wear bell bottoms from the 70's that are 3 sizes to big. You need to do what works for you, but ankle carry would probably be my last choice.
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January 11th, 2007 12:29 PM
I just ordered a DeSantis leather ankle holster. When it comes in, I'll post how I like it/comfort, etc. My work dress code pretty much dictates ankle carry is the only feasible option.
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January 11th, 2007 01:45 PM
Ankle holsters are good if you're sitting down quite a bit. They're easy to get to that way. Aside from pants that are looser at the bottom, you don't have to change your wardrobe, like a shoulder holster.
The Alessi & Null's are great, I'm sure (I never used them, but have heard nothing but praise). I had good luck with the Renegade with my S&W 442. It was retained by a nylon strap over the front of the trigger guard. You just grip the gun & pull. It never came out during any foot pursuits either, unlike some others.
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January 11th, 2007 01:53 PM
I use an Alessi ankle holster, and yes a right handed holster attatches to your left leg. I carry a j-frame airweight .357 smith in it. It's very comfortable and I love it. I think ankle carry is definitely one of the fastest drawing methods in a vehicle if you tuck your pantleg behind the gun while you're in the vehicle (which we have to do in Ohio anyway). Only prob is it's a very slow draw location if you're standing and the gun is concealed (which is what the 1911 in an IWB is for).
January 11th, 2007 03:36 PM
Since you drive an automatic truck the ankle holster probably is do able. I think all the comments are right on though, and if you're thin, you have more torso options that would probably be allow a faster draw, since the probability of most unwanted encounters will be outside your rig. Many who spend a good portion of their lives seated prefer a cross draw holster (IWB or OWB), left appendix, or even a belly band with a shirt button open for better access.
The ankle is a good place for a BUG (back up gun) of small size and little weight. If you decide on an ankle holster, go for the good stuff, it will be much more comfortable.
Keep us posted and good luck.
January 11th, 2007 04:54 PM
Ditto SIXTO on the Alessi. It's about as good as they get.
January 11th, 2007 05:08 PM
+1 on Alessi!
There's about a 24 week wait though. (I still have 14 to go!) Well worth the wait too but you may want to get a Galco Ankle Glove to hold you over!
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January 11th, 2007 05:27 PM
24 weeks...that's not bad. One holster site I was on yesterday was quoting a 52 week wait for Alessi holsters not already in stock.
January 11th, 2007 05:55 PM
I do ankle carry some , with a " no name nylon" rig in the past I have had good rigs from some of the major makers , and come to the conclusion that for me the expense does not justify the holster . for myself ankle comes into play when I cannot hide a p3at in a pocket . and I do understand the changes needed to effectively deploy an ankle gun , for your average person i would say Dont carry this way . If you have to well take lfi , or re read some of aayobs books he has a good protocal for it
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January 11th, 2007 06:58 PM
Galco Ankle Glove. Very comfortable. I carry ankle style a couple of days out of the week when Im in a shirt and tie but not a suit. Ankle is a pain as far as draw, and it is my least favorite mode of carry, but as I stated I carry that way 1-3 times a week; it is better than not having it or it being in my briefcase etc... I am a little weary of drawing while driving from an ankle position, not as easy as it sounds. I prefer iwb 3-4:00 and when I take my seatbelt off if being carjacked, which would be a natural move unlike reaching for your ankle, I come with a little surprise. Cant speak for the Alessi, but after research between the two, I went for the Galco, (the one with sheepskin inside for ankle comfort) and have been very happy with it.
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January 11th, 2007 07:46 PM
Alessi and Galco are both great rigs...but I went with a Renegade for one reason...the soft leather is more concealable than a molded holster...the wide band is very comfortable with tons of sheepskin padding...the strap is a pull thru design so it holds it in firm but comes out with a good tug...for 2/3 the price of the alessi and no wiating, i would check it out...this one is 3 years old and still going like new.
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