Pros and Cons of Ankle Holsters
In today’s concealed carry world, ankle holsters can be a viable option for gun owners, provided they do some homework. They should also be realistic about their own needs and physical abilities to effectively draw and use a firearm should a situation require them to do so. If you are seriously thinking about this method of concealed carry, there are a few things that must be taken into consideration before taking that leap.
First, you must determine if an ankle holster carry will be used to conceal a primary or secondary (backup) weapon. Most research has shown the latter to be the case. As with most things in life, there are benefits and drawbacks to everything and ankle holster carry is no exception.
A closer examination of the good, the bad and the ugly of ankle carry should be helpful in your decision-making process. So, let’s take a closer look.
Good Aspects Of Ankle Holsters
Today’s ankle holsters can be quite comfortable for users. New technologies and synthetic components are making great strides in adjustability and security. Leather holsters may be fine for you but some folks find them to be heavier and hotter than some of the new composite models. You should shop around and try on as many different styles as possible before you buy to see which works best and is most comfortable for you.
Ankle holsters are a very effective method of concealing a backup weapon when your primary firearm has, for whatever reason, been rendered useless, you know – the gun goes “click” not boom, or you’ve lost control of it somehow.
This type of holster is an effective means of concealment in certain places and situations. Say you are seated at a table in a restaurant and some bad characters are threatening you and other patrons with weapons during a robbery. If push comes to shove, and there are no other options, you have the last option. Consider a car jacking scenario as well. You get the picture.
Drawbacks of Ankle Carry
One drawback of ankle carry is that holsters tend to attract dust and dirt that may cause the firearm to malfunction. That’s bad. A regular routine of cleaning is required to ensure that the holster and firearm will operate as they are supposed to. Plan on spending some cleaning time at least every two weeks if not more often depending on the terrain you are operating in.
Additionally, drawing the firearm from the holster from a standing position, you are going to have to put all your weight on your dominant leg while you raise your carry leg, pull the pants leg up and facilitate the draw. Either that, or drop to your knee to reach your firearm. Also, you can forget about trying to reach your ankle holster if you are running.
These are not ideal positions to find yourself when an attack is imminent or worse, in progress.
Also, ankle holsters are only well-suited for the smallest of firearms. The bigger the better does not apply to ankle holster carry. For a compact or full-size pistol, carry with a holster and gun belt is absolutely necessary.
More Drawbacks Of Ankle Holsters
Ankle holsters take more time to effect a draw than a shoulder or an IWB holster. If you find yourself in a life or death situation, time isn’t your friend more often than not and ankle carry is not conducive to a quick draw. If really want to ankle carry, you must be willing to put in the time practicing your draw. A lot of time.
Ankle holsters are all about concealment. Normally worn on the inside of the ankle on your weak side, unless you are wearing boots or a baggier style of pants, you run the risk of exposing your firearm. If you wear the wrong length of pants (too short) and you sit and cross your legs, you may inadvertently reveal that you are carrying. Can you think of a situation where you really, really don’t want that to happen?
Making the decision to conceal carry at the ankle comes with a lot of responsibilities. Be sure to shop around for the holster that best suits your needs for comfort and the model of firearm you wish to carry. Drawing a pistol from an ankle holster isn’t rocket science but it does take practice. A lot of practice. Most experts recommend that you practice for 10 minutes, 2-3 times a week working on your draw from various positions until it becomes second nature, and when you practice, always, always practice with an UNLOADED firearm. If you are willing to do a bit of research, and put in the practice time, ankle carry could be a good choice for your concealed carry
About The Author
Filled with Aloha, Michael Cambron has lived in the Newman Lake area with his wife and 2 golden retrievers for the past 16 years. He graduated Cum Lauda from Gonzaga University in 2014 with a degree in Public Relations and Promotions. When he’s not writing, he can be found in the gym, on the golf course, kayaking on the lake, or at the gun store.