Thinking about trying an ankle holster...


Corner Pocket
July 8, 2008, 07:40 AM
I've been carrying my Ruger P345 using an IWB holster since I got my CHL last year. However, I've lately been thinking of carrying my SP-101 wheel gun inside my left ankle. Before I shell out for such a rig, I thought I'd ask for insights from those who either carry or have carried in this manner. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

Corner Pocket

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El Tejon
July 8, 2008, 08:00 AM
Are you asking about the legal ramifications of ankle carry?:confused:

Corner Pocket
July 8, 2008, 05:12 PM
No, not the legal yeas and nays. Sorry, wrong area.


Harley Quinn
July 8, 2008, 10:01 PM
If you are going to ankle carry it takes some time to get used to. I am not sure which holster you are getting, but cheap is not the way to go on that model. I would do some more investigation, search the web and find what you are going to be using, and then ask others about it, specific.


Jeff White
July 8, 2008, 10:16 PM
I carried either a Colt Agent or a S&W Model 36 in an ankle holster as an on duty BUG for years. Buy a good holster and you won't know you are wearing it. buy a cheap holster and it will literally be a pain.


July 8, 2008, 10:19 PM
if you try one, make sure it has an adjustable garter....some thing like an uncle mikes is about $40...gpr

July 8, 2008, 10:37 PM
I carried a Smith 637 in an Galco Ankle Glove at a previous job where I could not carry any other way. I don't recommend it as a primary method of carry, as it takes a lot of practice to draw from. However, there are those times when an ankle gun is all you can conceal, so it can be a valuable tool in the tool box if you practice with it as you should.

As stated above, don't buy a cheap holster, you will regret it. As with any other holster you buy, do it right the first time.

July 9, 2008, 03:53 AM
I find the SP101 to be a little heavy for ankle carry.

I carry a 442 in a Galco Ankle Glove as an off duty BUG, the SP101 is on my weakside hip and the GP100 is on my strongside in an IWB Holster. As already stated, it's not where I would carry my Primary weapon, but it's a great location for a BUG, especially if accessable to the weakhand.


July 9, 2008, 02:57 PM
I carry my Glock 27 in a Galco Glove Ankle holster. It takes a week to get used to - but it works really good.

July 9, 2008, 03:03 PM
I find the SP101 to be a little heavy for ankle carry.+1

SP101 seems to heavy to me for ankle carry.

July 9, 2008, 03:46 PM
I've carried my 642 and my PM9 in an ankle rig. I do not do it often. I only do it when it's the only way to conceal or when I'm driving on a long road trip - it's easy to reach down and draw from an ankle holster.

July 9, 2008, 03:51 PM
+1 on an SP101 being too heavy.

Even with a steel S&W J-frame you will be walking like Chester for awhile.


July 9, 2008, 04:04 PM
Even with a steel S&W J-frame you will be walking like Chester for awhile.

Ooooh, Gunsmoke reference! You date yourself RCmodel. :D BTW, I grew up in Eastern Kansas. What city are you in or near?

Harley Quinn
July 9, 2008, 04:33 PM
You know I was reading a novel "series" and the guy always carried a 25 auto, it was a Beretta as I recall, ankel carry, 10 shot. The thing was always with him and he packed another pistol when he felt it was needed, the 25 was like I said, always there.

I knew many who carried the little 25 and they were not permitted on "LAPD" but they figured they were a last resort. Many carried it as a 3rd gun if you can believe that. Stems from some guys saving their own life and taking a few days off, and still being around after the smoke cleared.

Police officers in LA get days off for spitting on the side walk in uniform ;) Shooting to save your life with an unauthorized pistol is a no brainer for some also sticking a knife into another is considered ok.

They are not as heavy to have on your ankle, but some like the revolver better.


1 old 0311
July 9, 2008, 04:38 PM
I wear a S&W 340pd in a cheap Assault Systems holster EVERY DAY. It is so light, and comfortable, I have to 'bump' it from time to time to make sure it is still there.

My sp101 is too big, and too heavy, for extended wear.

July 17, 2008, 05:48 PM
I asked a salesman what he thought of ankle holsters.

He replied that he would be kicking out my teeth while I reached for my gun.

July 17, 2008, 06:11 PM
The SP101 is too big/heavy for an ankle rig. They tend to be uncomfortable even with a smaller weapon.

Your best bet is a .38 snubbie or a subcompact 9mm/.40/.45 semi-auto.

From a standing position, they're one of the slowest holsters to draw from. As previously mentioned in another post, if the perp is close enough you may very well get a good kick in the head when you reach down for it.

If you decide to use one, practice your draw regularly to build up speed.

Harley Quinn
July 20, 2008, 05:39 PM
I asked a salesman what he thought of ankle holsters. He replied that he would be kicking out my teeth while I reached for my gun.

He is honest must be MA guy it is a good answer. But the thing is he may be the one you are helping because he is shot. :what:


July 20, 2008, 05:42 PM
only use ankle carry for BUG in my humble opinion. expend ammo in your main gun, hit cover, retreive BUG from ankle carry.

July 21, 2008, 09:19 AM
My wife tried ankle carry and absolutely hated it. She said she felt like she walked like Frankenstein with the gun on her ankle.

Harley Quinn
July 21, 2008, 05:50 PM
Well most women don't carry that way, and most don't get use to boots either LOL:uhoh:
Purse is the location most of them carry. Many men now also.


July 23, 2008, 03:59 PM
Harley my wife wears boots every work day(we are both Fire/EMS).

Her complaints with the ankle holster were that it would be too slow and it made her ankle look fat.

I think the fat ankle look was her biggest concern.

July 23, 2008, 04:19 PM
i carry a S&W model 640-1 .357 on my ankle almost every day for 12+ hours a is about as heavy and big as the SP101....

i use a DeSantis model 044 ankle rig without the fine, holds in place when running, and the thumb snap adds the extra measure of security when jumping fences and what not....oh, and the best part is that it is about $50.00, made of leather and cushioned well with a reverse pull strap to ensure there is no slop when the gun settles in that sweet spot on your leg....

BTW, if you decide to draw your ankle BUG when the bad guy is close to you/rushing you....drop down like going to a seated position but allow yourself to roll onto your back, use "off leg" as a kicker/blocker as you draw and fire your ankle BUG....there are a few ways to access it other than the b.s. kick in the head stuff....surely no one is simply going to drop to a knee to draw thier ankle BUG as a bad guy is upon must come up with other options.....

Wild Deuce
July 25, 2008, 04:32 PM
I asked a salesman what he thought of ankle holsters.

He replied that he would be kicking out my teeth while I reached for my gun.

Without any other details exchanged, that is a pretty stupid reply on the salesman's part. Is he assuming that you would always be drawing your weapon while standing next to your antagonist? What if he was forty feet away? He would need pretty long legs. What if he wasn't even looking at you when you went for your weapon (you're hiding out in back of a convenience store during a robbery)? What if you were seated in your vehicle as he approached you? He would have to kick pretty hard to get through the car door.

Ankle holsters are just another tool for the toolbox. They'll work for some (truck driver?) and not work for others (gymnast?).

To the OP ... I've been researching ankle rigs since I am planning a trip in the next few weeks. I will be on the road for several days with many long hours at the wheel. Feedback has directed me towards the Alessi Ankle Holster (, Desantis "Die Hard" ( and Desantis Model 44 ( I think the Desantis models have the option of a leg support strap. People that have tested and use these holsters made these recommendations to me. If you will note, they are not cheap. I guess the price beats watching your BUG go bouncing across the pavement.

JB Books
July 30, 2008, 07:26 PM
Buy a good quality ankle holster. I have two; one for a PPK and one for J frame smiths, depending on what I want to carry.

You have to practice drawing it. I am a big guy and it's taken a while to get good at getting it out quickly.

I would recommend buying a SW 642 and carrying it in your trouser pocket. A Ruger is too heavy for ankle carry.

Harley Man
August 6, 2008, 02:20 PM
You know what they say about opinions...well here's mine:
First I would NOT use that method as my first gun, maybe it will work for a backup. Second get a ankle holster that you can run in without the thing sliding down around you lower ankle. Third, what kind of pants are you going to wear, anything that is tight around you ankle forget it, boots I don't think so depends how high they come up, slacks maybe will work. Keep in mind you might have retrive this gun quickly, and you don't want to shot in the butt as you fish for it.

Ben Shepherd
August 10, 2008, 08:39 PM
How bout this:

I've carried my sp101 almost daily in an ankle rig for about 7 years. Too big? Too heavy? In a 50-60 dollar rig(galco ankle glove etc) yes.

In a high quality rig(Lou Allessi) it's comfortable all day long(12ish hours).

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