Sorry sir. No ankle carry for me. When the BG bends at the hip to retrieve his weapon from "way down there" is when I will insert my bootlaces in his teeth. I can't think of one "expert" that indorses ankle carry.(although I'm sure their are a few)
Do some one on one force training with one of your biggest strongest friends and try to retrieve a (red) weapon outta your sock(off your ankle). Let me know how it turns out. ---------
Yeah, in the post above I wuz being kinda sarcasamistic(new word??). I would say for a ankle stowed weapon it would have to be the lightest weapon possible to keep it from turning/spining on your ankle when walking. Also consider running,jumping,or rubbing/scrapeing,your ankle on something. A small light revo,possibly one of the S&W Sc/Ti models might work. Or a very small BUG's,BUG.I'd be looking for a weapon that was under 15oz.,with a short bbl and grip.
Also something that would be very important would be the holster(quality?) and the fit of the weapon into the holster.
Having said that...... reread my last para. in my above post.(with respect) ---------
Oooo....I forgot to mention a funny (well, it might not have been) story an ex-GF (and sergeant with a local county sheriff's office) told me happened to her: she was in a foot pursuit of some guy when her ankle holster gave up her gun. Her foot made contact with the gun which was kicked in the direction of the bad guy. She managed to retrieve the weapon and the bad guy was none the wiser over what happened....I think she managed to effect the arrest too.
Granted a poorly fitting belt holster can loose a gun too, but this situation was a special kind of not cool.
I carry my Colt Cobra BUG ankle carry. It's light but still packs a punch.
I participated in a simulated kidnapping scenario where I was snatched up in a bear hug from behind by a really big guy. I couldn't draw my main gun from the waistband because my arms were pinned down. I did, however, manage to draw my Colt and shoot him in the thigh (not for real, of course).
The problem I have with ankle carry is that I always wear cowboy boots. And, without a boot jack, it's quite a battle for me to get a boot off to even get to a handgun on my ankle.
Wait... even without cowboy boots, I'd have to bend over and that would be interesting if I didn't have a cane to help me back up.
Seriously - I'd use an airweight J-frame or similar if I needed an ankle gun. The sitting in a car comment from someone earlier does have merit, I think, but I've just never tried it.
If seated in a vech. or other place that waist carry would be difficult,for me the options would be shirt/vest/coat pocket or shoulder holster. Even hanging around your neck would be better than way down there.
How 'bout a discrete draw as we have discussed in another forum. How you gonna discretely reach down to your ankle or bring your leg up to where your arm is hanging. Remember also that when you reach down there you will have to expose the weapon by using both hands.
How about speed of the draw. Put a weapon on your ankle pull your pants down over it and try to reach down,draw,and return to a decent fireing position. Time youself and let us know. Also,dont all ankle rigs have some kind of snap or velcro? That should help boost your time.
Just guessing here, but I'd say a "quick" time would be 3-4 secs. -------
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