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Ankle carry?
Tried it, like it516.67%
Tried it, hate it826.67%
Never tried it1756.67%
 

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It seems to me the majority or CC'ers prefer strong-side IWB or OWB carry when a healthy mix of concealment and accessibility is needed. I am wondering if anyone here has any experience with ankle carry, likes/dislikes about particular holsters, etc. I am considering getting an ankle holster to use when concealment is more imperative (i.e. church). Also, does anyone know why the consensus is to wear the holster on the inside of your support side leg?
 

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I carry strong side IWB/OWB most the time and Smart carry when needed, but I do sometimes ankle carry. It is not bad for a backup, but kind of slow and awkward for a primary carry. I feel in most the scenarios I would have to draw my gun having to reach down to my ankle, pull up my pant leg, draw, stand up, then aim and fire takes way to long. Now it is better than nothing, but not my primary choice. When I do choose ankle carry it is on my weak side inside the leg.
 

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I didn't vote for the simple fact that as a Police officer I carried my backup on the ankle. For a back up, Its not bad... If you are driving in a car A LOF its great, becasue all you have to do is raise your foot a bit and you have access to it, especially since your pant legs cume up a bit when you sit anyways. As far as my liking it, its not bad, as for hating it... Its not my favorite. When I carry, its on my strong side outside the waste band on my Blackhawk belt and holster....
 

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Ok, I voted for tried it and hated it even though I only disliked it. The ankle carry just didn't work for me as my primary because it would take a bit to pull the pant leg up. If I wore loose slacks, it would be better but jeans? No, my calves are too big. The other problem is that the holster would slide down to the shoe and become loose. This isn't supposed to happen with some ankle holsters as they have a strap that goes around the leg above the calf. I might do it again if and when I start carrying IWB.

As for standing back up to take aim and shoot, I was told not to, just stay kneeling. It should be a bit more stable and present less of a target to the BG.

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I voted "Tried it, hated it." I only use ankle carry when I wear my suit (normally Sundays only) at church and need deep concealment.
 

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ian husford said:
As for standing back up to take aim and shoot, I was told not to, just stay kneeling. It should be a bit more stable and present less of a target to the BG.
+1. case of typing before thinking
 

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Not my favorite but it beats being unarmed.

I can get to my pocket gun faster, but there's more room on my ankle - so it's the larger backup to the 6 rounds I have in the pocket gun.

I vastly prefer strong side IWB, but I cannot have my shirt untucked at work, and if I wore a suit everybody would think I was interviewing or going to court....

Practice is key, obviously. Very different than on your belt.

As noted, choose pants you can get over the holster quickly. Jeans are out.

Calf straps are mandatory. The ankle bit simply keeps the gun from wiggling around, it does not and cannot keep it up unless you have it above a boot. The calf strap keeps it up. This works good for those of us w/ thick calves.
 

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Maladjusted said:
Not my favorite but it beats being unarmed.
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Practice is key, obviously.
+1
 

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Thanks for the responses. PW, that was a useful article, I just had to go home to see the pics.
 

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It's not my first choice, but with a calf strap it works for me. Just make sure your pants are long enough to not expose it when you sit down. Having footwear/socks the same color as the holster helps too. Long length/loose cut cargo jeans and fatigues work well, nothing tight fitting, though I suspect most of us already get pants a size too big for IWB anyway. :wink:

Tactically you're usually ok, just act like a sheeple and dive for cover, (if it's in your face, fake a heart attack and go down on one knee using your torso to conceal your carry ankle) draw and then let your situational awareness guide you from there. It's also one of the better methods to draw from while driving, when I use that carry method it's inside of my left ankle making RH draw while driving very easy without interfering with my driving.

On windy days printing can be a problem.

My vote was like it.
 

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i'm thinking of an ankle holster so that i can tuck my shirts in and so that i can have it concealed a littler better.

whats running like? i don't mean jogging or longer 'runs' but say running 20-30 meters, or even sprinting?
 

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lockout said:
i'm thinking of an ankle holster so that i can tuck my shirts in and so that i can have it concealed a littler better.
Just get a Smart Carry!
 

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lockout said:
whats running like? i don't mean jogging or longer 'runs' but say running 20-30 meters, or even sprinting?
I have heard of police pursuits being called off due to losing an ankle firearm when chasing a BG on foot. I'm not a LEO so I would have to stop - not that I would necessarily be chasing a BG anyways, but I don't like the idea of it slipping down or falling out - it feels really uncomfortable when it slides down. I need to see about getting one with a calf strap, so until then, I voted tried it and hated it (wasn't really hate, just dislike).
 
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