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Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« on: December 17, 2011, 05:29:46 PM »
It looks like my BUG is going to be a Taurus TCP, carried on my ankle. I have acquired neither and am opening this thread for comments and suggestion. Please, if you have experience with any ankle holster, let your opinions be known.

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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 05:49:59 PM »
Bianchi makes a wide variety of holsters in leather and other materials that last a long time.


http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/CatList.php?numSubCat=6
http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=4750

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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 10:07:46 PM »
Here's another one I just read about in Shooting Illustrated.  It appears to work with revolvers and compact to sub-compact semi autos.  www.crossbreedholsters.com

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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 04:02:09 AM »
Here is a quality ankle rig from Desantis, I have one for my taurus pt-145 but I rarely use it.
I recommend the calf strap to go with it also as it keeps it upright and close to the leg.
 
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http://www.desantisholster.com/store/SEARCH-BY-GUN-MANUFACTURER/TAURUS/738-TCP-380cal/ANKLE-RIGS/Apache-Ankle-Rig
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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 05:14:38 AM »
Ankle rigs are a different proposition altogether.  I used one to carry my MP 340 but I don't have a specific rig I can recommend.  In my case, while I wore one regularly for quite awhile, I found them a bit ackward and uncomfortable.  In addition to that I realized that I could spot most of the ankle rigs the guys I worked with wore. 

To make it more comfortable and less detectable I made some changes.  I took sheepskin and velcro and made a cushioned strap to go around my leg just below my knee and above my calf.  From it I added another cushioned strap to drop from it to hold the holster.  I backed the holster with pads of sheepskin at the chafe spots.  Next I bought a couple pair (brown and black) of zipper sided dress boots and positioned the holster so it was held in the boot so the weapon handle rode just above the top of the boot and slightly to the rear of my leg.

As Chief of Security I was always on the move, and by pedometer logged between 5-8 miles on a regular day.  At times that movement required running to get to the scene of an emergency.  Through it all, over several years, the rig was secure and undetectable. 

All that said, with modifications, for a backup an ankle rig can be an acceptable method of carry, but is slow to draw from.
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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 07:39:49 AM »
Here is a quality ankle rig from Desantis, I have one for my taurus pt-145 but I rarely use it.
 
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http://www.desantisholster.com/store/SEARCH-BY-GUN-MANUFACTURER/TAURUS/738-TCP-380cal/ANKLE-RIGS/Apache-Ankle-Rig

Too bad the photo of it isn't working for me.  Think you can modify your post to include the photo? 




When I carried my S&W .38 Airweight in an ankle, it had a setup like this with the calf strap, which I highly recommend.  This holster is from: 
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ankle+holsters&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=8219432787180855499&sa=X&ei=jazwTsPGHoSMigKw25mlDg&ved=0CKYBEPMCMAQ


Also a google search will reward you with many, as well as reviews. 

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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 09:30:32 PM »
Like Tom, I have added sheepskin (with the wool still on it) to an ankle holster similar to the one pictured above to make it more comfortable. I used the following source for sheepskin scraps:

http://www.sickafus.com/sheepskin/SHSCR.html

Ace Case http://acecase.com/ankle-holster-nylon.html and Blackhawk http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Ankle-Holster,779,34.htm make cheap nylon holsters that work fairly well for occasional wear. The TCP should be light enough to work ok in an ankle holster but a heavy gun will need better support and become uncomfortable very quickly in the wrong holster.

By the way, the size charts for both holsters above are not going to give you the best fit to your gun. It is best to try the gun in the holster first if you can. For instance, a Blackhawk in size 01 seems to work well for a Ruger LCR or a S&W J frame instead of size 00. Ace Case size B works for S&W J frame but does not work for the Ruger LCR. The Ace Case size B works ok with my Ruger LCP 380 however.

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Re: Ankle holster recommendations and advice
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 09:23:35 AM »
Here's a place I was just checking out and they also have
ankle holsters. 

For what its worth:  http://www.activeprogear.com/ankle.html