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    Is it true most people avoid ankle holsters and holsters above the pelvic
    area because a lot of movies show gangs drawing concealed weapons from those two areas?


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    I've never heard of that. I've carried with a shoulder holster before very effectively. I figure percentage-wise some folks avoid those areas of carry simply because it may be more difficult to do, and not exactly the fastest methods of deployment. I don't think movies or gangs have anything to do with it.

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    IMHO, carrying a handgun in a ankle holster is fine for a BUG. The part that I & others have is how hard is trying to draw it from a standing position if you need your handgun. Seconds count! I carry my G26 in an ankle holster while I work. Until my smartcarry holster arrives my ankle holster will have to do for the time being.

    Carrying in an ankle holster is better than not carrying at all. Until my smartcarry arrives it's my only alternative.

    Again, ankle holsters are not the best way to go for a primary carry option. BUG, sure!
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    Forget about anything you have seen in a movie!

    Concerning carry positions, I think about accessibility, concealability, and my daily activity. For most people, certainly not all, and in most situations, somewhere on the waist is usually going to be the best location. That is not to say that some one may not just simply prefer to carry in an ankle rig.

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    If memory serves me at all, I cannot remember seeing gang members using holsters, even in movies. But if were talking about movies, it usually takes one shot and the individual is dead in about 2.5 seconds...it doesn't work that way.

    Forget the movies, and carry (in a holster) in a way that workd for YOU!
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    Most gang members do not use holsters at all.
    Rarely in the movies do you ever see anybody drawing a firearm from an ankle holster.

    Pretty much everybody that is a detective or LE wearing plain clothes either carries OWB at the waist or in an incorrectly configured shoulder holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Most gang members do not use holsters at all.
    Rarely in the movies do you ever see anybody drawing a firearm from an ankle holster.

    Pretty much everybody that is a detective or LE wearing plain clothes either carries OWB at the waist or in an incorrectly configured shoulder holster.
    Please define "an incorrectly configured shoulder holster".
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    Dunno. I just wouldn't carry in the ankle holster because I'm kind of a klutz, and if I'm running, or it's a question of how fast I can draw to save my life, trying to get a gun out of my ankle would be difficult and I'd probably land flat on my face.
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    I prefer mine IWB at 3 or 4 o'clock, quicker access.

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    I use an ankle holster occasionally. Generally I use my IWB at about 330-4 but there are days where it just feels to bulky or I'm not in the mood to deal with it being there and I will strap to the ol' ankle. Not a bad way to carry, just slower on the draw.
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    I've never carried around the ankle, it seem's kind of awkward, I usually carry in the pocket (Kahr PM-9) with an extra mag in the smaller watch pocket the smaller 7rd mag fits perfict, this only alowes me to carry 14rnds instead of 20 (two 10rd mags I live in California) but absolutley no one knows that im carrying, no accidental peekaboo from under my shirt when I carry on my belt and do a high reach for something at the store, and the draw from the pocket is verry fast, with practice.
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    I avoid an ankle holster because it's a slow draw. I do use one however for certain occasions or sometimes for my BUG.
    Appendix carry just plain hurts when bending at the waist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Appendix carry just plain hurts when bending at the waist!
    I agree entirely. Appendix is awesome for the flea market or anywhere I know I won't be sitting down; you could hide a cannon. But the second you sit down, I don't get it.
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    Defining An "Incorrectly Configured" Shoulder Holster

    Well, the vast majority of Movie & TV shoulder rigs are Galco.
    Galco International ships their shoulder holsters out with extra extra long harness straps & they put the holster and mag pouch way down at the end of the straps. That is just the way they ship them out in order to keep everything together in one unit.
    Most of the other makers do that also.
    It is because some men are very muscular & broad shouldered and some men are very thin and skinny. - Same with females.

    You are supposed to move the holster up to exactly where you want it positioned which is correctly up close to the support side armpit. then the accessories (mag pouch, cuff case) on the strong side are supposed to be positioned to where you can tilt the "gun hand" in (after switching the firearm to the support hand) and the extra mag should be right there.
    Anyway after the the shoulder rig is adjusted and properly positioned under the pit with the muzzle canted slightly up and the butt slightly angled down then all of that extra strap leather is supposed to be cut off and discarded.

    What they do on TV & some movies is put the rig on without moving or adjusting the holster or anything at all.
    And the shoulder holster is flopping all around 3" above the belt near the waist.
    It's ridiculous looking and it only ever got started because the actors assumed that the rigs must be "good to go" as they were shipped out and right out of the package.

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    Please define "an incorrectly configured shoulder holster".

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    I carry mostly behind my right hip IWB or OWB. I also have carried ankle, pocket, SOB, crossdraw, and left handed shoulder holster. As well as a few oddball ways such as in an armsling and holster vest. So far the only one I do not like at all is SOB, but it might be the cheapo holster I got to try it.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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