Best Ankle Gun


November 25, 2011, 03:16 AM
What are some of your picks for a good ankle gun? What kind of rig suits that gun? I've always liked my 1935 Beretta in 7.65. I have a nylon rig for it but does anybody know of another good ankle rig for that gun? All opinions welcome, but we don't care if you don't think the ankle is the best for concealment, so keep it to yourself rent-a-cops.


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November 25, 2011, 09:52 AM
I carry on the ankle a few days every week because one of my jobs is in a hospital and scrubs really don't allow for anything else. I like small revolvers for ankle carry, I use a Renegade ankle holster. Currently I'm carrying a Mag-na-port custom Charter Arms Bulldog .44spl.

I don't know that any company has ever made an ankle holster specifically for a 1935 Beretta.

November 25, 2011, 02:31 PM
If this is a lifetime investment for a gun you intend to keep, I highly recommend Kramer. Theirs is horsehide for durability and lighter weight, sheeplined for maximum comfort over long periods, and beautifully constructed. Not quite as expensive as a gun, but close. I have one they made about 8-9 years ago for my Colt Hammerless .32, and there is nothing better. I have owned and used Galco, Alessi, Sparks (no longer made), and the Kramer is the most comfortable.

November 25, 2011, 05:16 PM
Glock seventeen no doubt!

November 25, 2011, 05:46 PM
I'm a rent-a-cop and I carry a Desert Eagle .50AE on my ankle. Fortunately my AO is a 70's-era discotheque and working undercover I wear bellbottoms. A little more difficult to conceal when I moonlight at the swingers club.

November 25, 2011, 07:02 PM
S&W Model 37.

November 25, 2011, 08:39 PM
Nice WC145! I've had my eye on the charter .44 with the tiger stripes for a while. I'm assuming it's pretty comfortable for carry, and nothing says badass like having a .44 on your ankle! Sharps, that's a beautiful rig. I actually considered the colt hammerless when I got the beretta 1935. They had one there close to the price of the beretta, but the colt was really worn and the beretta was minty. I think I'll end up filling my .25acp/6.35 niche with either a colt or baby browning. I checked out Kramer. Too cool, that'll be coming soon, so thanks!

November 25, 2011, 10:01 PM
You may want to acquire an extra mag that you can trim the bottom finger rest off. I always liked the looks and feel of the Beretta 1934/35 with the flared mag bottom, but it may make drawing from the ankle and concealment a little harder. A flat bottom is less bulky.

November 25, 2011, 10:12 PM
Ruger LCP or Kel Tec P3AT I think is your best bet.

November 25, 2011, 10:23 PM
I have never carried a pistol on my ankle, but if I were going to do so, there's no doubt in my mind which one of my pistols it would be: Kel-Tec P32.

November 25, 2011, 10:57 PM
if you have alternant carry options, explore them first....i used an uncle mikes for several i am having circulation issues in that leg....just a word of wisdom...gary

November 25, 2011, 11:02 PM
I have a Kahr P9 Covert ( no longer made)on my ankle as I type.

I have ankle carried for years, mostly as a BUG but many times as a primary. I work construction and our company has a non carry policy on weapons. The ankle carry seemed the most logical. I climb ladders, crawl through hospital ceilings, under buildings, in pipe chases and such.
This is a Lou Alessi rig which, while comfy, did not cinch tight enough me to feel comfortable if I had to run.

I opted for a DeSantis Apache which did cinch tight enough, was reasonably priced but needs to be replaced about every 2 years or so. I'm on my 4th one.

Driving to work.

Waiting for a ferret to bite my ankles.

I've worn this rig upwards of 12 to 14 hours straight and hardly know its there.

Super Sneaky Steve
November 25, 2011, 11:29 PM
My 642 fits nicely in a Desantis ankle rig.

November 26, 2011, 09:51 PM
Well looks like Kramer doesn't have a fitted rig for the Beretta 1935, but that's not to say they can't custom make one. Definitely an investment holster. I'm currently carrying a Llama .380 1911 2/3 scale clone. I know Llamas are either really good or really bad, but I got a great one with a locked breech. For the Beretta I have not had a problem with the pinky grip on the mag, it draws really smooth and doesn't snag at all. I'm looking into the aftermarket mags for it which all have flat baseplates. Kinda pricy though, $44.99 sheesh!

Shadow 7D
November 26, 2011, 09:55 PM
DON'T trim the finger rest off the 1935 Beretta mag, If you want a smooth one, I got a commercial and will GLADLY pay postage both ways.

November 27, 2011, 12:02 AM
I'm also a J frame fan and I know at least one guy who carries on his ankle. He uses a DeSantis ankle rig...

November 27, 2011, 06:12 AM
As a purist I wouldn't dream of trimming my stock mag. It's an excellent condition WW2 (1944) German issued model and I love the look and feel as-is. I have read in several places that the Germans preferred the 7.65mm Browning to the 9mm Kurtz in their sidearms. It's solid and heavy, but very easy to conceal and quite accurate. My hands are huge so I think without a finger rest the Beretta would be less comfortable for me. As I said they make an aftermarket without pinky rest, and I might get one if the price is right. Mags with the pinky rest are also rare as a hen's teeth so another reason not to alter.

November 27, 2011, 07:46 AM
I did mention "extra mag" when I recommended trimming.......:)

November 27, 2011, 09:01 PM
I used to ankle carry a Colt Defender as my BUG, on twelve-hour patrol shifts.

November 27, 2011, 11:01 PM
I can carry the Lightweight Baby Browning loaded and locked in this rig 24/7 if I had to (less bathing of course) , But draw the line at S&W model 37s and alloy 380/9 MAK for a BUG on an ankle for a shifht.

November 29, 2011, 09:20 AM
I would only carry a revolver in an ankle rig for obvious reasons and I think one of the polymer framed guns like the Ruger LCR or the new S&W would be the way to go.

Long time ago I carried in a gun shop that had a no obvious carry policy and carried a Smith & Wesson nickled Model 37 in a Bianchi ankle rig.

Six months of that and I never had the will or desire to carry a gun on my ankle ever again!

November 29, 2011, 11:26 AM
I find the S&W 642 in a Galco Ankle Glove to be very comfortable.

November 29, 2011, 07:19 PM
I carry a S&W J frame (642) every week day all day in a Renagade Cozy Partner #500. I have skinny ankles but it works and is comfortable for 12 hours at a time.

November 30, 2011, 05:00 PM
The Kahr P9 Covert has a 3 1/2" bbl and the grip length of a PM9 which is nice to conceal and light enough to ankle carry. This one has factory night sights as well.
Along with ankle carry as a BUG or even primary, I carry this pistol IWB in a Mitch Rosen "Clipper"

OR, I pocket carry in a Kytac Pockit Lockit

I like this pistol so much, I had my pinky finger removed to get a better grip without pinky hangover. Ha. (works for compact Glock pistols as well).

November 30, 2011, 09:22 PM
Beretta 21A Bobcat.

December 1, 2011, 11:47 AM
I wear a BUG [ with VERY few exceptions ] on the ankle and have done so for about 30 years.

I was LEO and I still like the possibility of a NYC reload if any reload is needed.

I have worn
High Standard .22 derringer
North American mini .22 revolver
O/U .45/410 derringer
.38 S&W bodyguard [ mod 38 ]
.38 S&W 442
Glock 27
Kahr PM.40
Ruger LCP
Seecamp .32
Charter Arms custom bulldog [ .44 SP ]
Rohrbaugh 9 MM
As you can see I tried many different guns and the answer for me was,what do I want in hand if my primary is down and my LIFE IS AT STAKE.
I decided that it must be a gun that I might actually carry as a primary,that was my way to view the question.
Most of my BUG's are carried in original Lou Alessi's or now Ritchie Leather rigs.
And btw I do practice at the range with live ammo and in home with EMPTY gun.

December 1, 2011, 11:44 PM
Well I like the S&W Model 49 Bodyguard. I've been carrying mine in an ankle holster in the summertime for many years. Also carried it in an ankle holster as my backup when I was a detective. Now that I'm back on patrol I carry it in a holster attached to my ballistic vest under my uniform shirt.

December 2, 2011, 12:13 PM
I still have the SM&A Colt P-9 and the Alessi ankle holster.

Now, if I could just bend over w/o falling over or returning to a standing position w/o assistance, they might be of some use. If we're lucky, time happens.

A stout stick and a John Paul Jones attitude just might suit my perceived needs a tad better than ankle access.


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