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Point Blank Life: The Pros and Cons of Ankle Holsters

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Thinking of switching to ankle carry?

Ankle holsters are a pretty popular method for concealing a backup firearm — which is what most shooters use it for. But, just like with any holster, it comes with its own pros and cons.

If you’re still not sure about whether an ankle rig is the right choice for you, keep reading. I’ll be breaking down all of the disadvantages and advantages of ankle rigs below.

(As a bonus, you can also find answers to the most commonly asked questions about ankle holsters at the very end — which will include tips on where to find the best ankle holster rigs).

Best Way to Use Ankle Holsters:

Ankle Holsters
Self-Defense (taken by: Rock Staar, Unsplash)

Ankle holsters are an attractive option for shooters who require a conceal carry method for their backup weapon as well as regular people who want to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense.

I’m pointing this out now, despite it being a pretty obvious fact, because it should be said that one’s circumstances may not necessarily match another’s.

For example, the experienced shooter who wants to use ankle holsters for their backup weapon, would not necessarily be affected by the delayed draw style that the positioning of ankle rig holsters require. After all, they are likely to have their main weapon holstered more conveniently, eliminating most of the risk.

Anyway, the point of this intro is to remind you to carefully consider your own situation! The pros and cons listed below may or may not have much of an effect on you, and it’s up to you to figure out which ones apply:

Pros & Cons of Using An Ankle Holster:

Let’s finally get to the point of this article! What are the advantages and disadvantages of using an ankle holster? Will it be a benefit to you or a hindrance? Find out below:

The Benefits of Using An Ankle Holster:

There are several benefits that can be considered when choosing an ankle rig over other holster systems. These benefits are as follows:

1. Comfort

Ankle (taken by: Specna Arms, Unsplash)

Although comfort may not be the first thing shooters think about when looking at an ankle holster, it is still a pretty good advantage.

Pinching is usually restricted to the early stages when the shooter is still unfamiliar with the sensation of wearing extra weight on their leg. After a while, this discomfort should pass — unless there’s an issue with the fit or the material used.

Holsters these days come in a variety of styles so the latter problem is not that big of a deal. If you’re still struggling with the extra weight, you can choose a lighter holster made out of synthetic material and avoid leather holsters (which are not only heavier but also hotter).

2. Quick Draw

Although drawing from the ankle is not as quick as drawing from the waist, the positioning still allows for a relatively quick draw it will just take a couple of additional steps.

  1. Bending forward
  2. Pulling up your pants leg
  3. Disengaging the retention strap

Just think of it as a more preferable option for storing your backup firearm in your pocket, bag, drawer, etc. which is 100% unsafe and even more difficult to access.

Pocket Gun
Pocket Gun (taken by: Bermix Studio, Unsplash)

One must also take into account their position. For example, if the shooter is standing, then a waistband or shoulder holster may promote a faster draw. However, if the shooter just so happens to be sitting, ankle rigs would definitely allow you to access your pistol faster.

3. Flexibility

For those that are unfamiliar with ankle holsters, you might be surprised to know that some ankle holsters do not necessarily stop at the ankle. Some will extend up to the knee and attach to your calf. This, as you might imagine, is to allow shooters to carry extra magazines along with their firearms more conveniently.

4. Concealment

Last but definitely not least: ankle holsters are a great option for concealed carry. The size of the firearms that you can carry may be restricted based on your size, and a good covering garment is definitely necessary, but that doesn’t change the fact that these rigs are a comfortable and compact way for concealed carry.

The Disadvantages of Using An Ankle Holster:

Since most of the general stuff has been addressed in the previous section, I’ll keep this section, which will cover the cons, relatively short:

  1. Awkward Positioning! As mentioned earlier, ankle carry is considerably more awkward when in a standing position. You’ll have to bend over considerably or kneel just to be able to access your pistol.
  2. Size Limitations! You’ll have to be very careful when you go out to purchase an ankle holster for yourself, as there are limits to what you can carry based on your size — for the most part, it’s only suitable for carrying subcompact pistols and the like.
  3. Pinching! Earlier, I mentioned that there is very little reason for pinching when using an ankle rig, but there are still some shooters who find it uncomfortable when used for prolonged periods of high activity. It’s something that you can get used to overtime, but it should still be accounted for.
  4. Debris! Because of its lower position, it’s very easy for dust and dirt to find their way into your pistol, which can cause your firearm to malfunction if not regularly maintained.

Ankle Holsters: Roundup!

To finish off, we’re going to be answering some of the more commonly asked questions about ankle holsters, just to make sure that everyone is on the same page:

Q: Are ankle holsters the best for concealed carry?

Answer: It’s better to wear your gun close to the ground for concealment. The legs are not something most people will pay attention to. Furthermore, it’s easier to keep a gun concealed inside of pants than it is with a jacket or coat (which is required for both shoulder holsters and OWB holsters), which are more easy to remove.

Q: How to find the best ankle holster?

Answer: In order to find the best holster, the most important thing is to first get your details right:

  • Style: What’s your personal style? Is it more comfortable for it to be worn on the right leg or the left leg? How about the size of your preferred leg? Your build can greatly affect the kind of holster rigs you can use comfortably, so that needs to be taken into account.
  • Firearm: After checking on your personal style, the next thing to do is to take a look at your gun and pick apart the details. Size, material-used, weight, etc.

After collecting all the required data, it should be easier to find a rig that would suit your needs.

Q: Where to find high-quality holsters for concealed carry?

Answer: Premium sources are a bit hard to find and can be rather subjective. You may or may not find something that you can use from the first, second, third, etc. source. So, my advice is that you start with an established online resource first, like Point Blank Life.

Point Blank Life: Online Tactical Enthusiast Store
Point Blank Life: Online Tactical Enthusiast Store

There, you can find out what high-quality goods look like and then start shopping around according to your needs.

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