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I've been thinking of going with an ankle holster for my model 36. I've never tried that type of concealment before.

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What's the (overall) best holster to get? Both for quality and comfort.. and, most importantly, for holding the gun in place.

What are the good points of doing this?

What are the bad points of doing this?

Any and all comments welcome.
 

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Carl,

I wear an ankle holster but only during the months when there's no slush or snow.

As a self imposed rule I never wear a self-loading pistol below my waist, so only revolvers go in my ankle holster....

I really like the Rogers I once had, but gave away to a young officer in the family..... since then I've had pretty good luck with an Uncle Mike's nylon with the garter removed. Others have pooh-who'd it, but it does work for me and my 640-1 Centennial Magnums.

One man's opinion and experience.

Drew
 

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I haven't worn one in years but back when boot leg jeans and bell bottoms were in style in the 1970s I wore a Bianchi ankle holster with my model 60 but then straight legs came into style. nbvoALO That rig did not work as well after that. I sold the holster last year.
 

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I never cared for ankle carry.....especially with a 20 oz. + ammo
M-36. It might appeal to someone who likes to sit around all the time. But me......I do a good deal of walking and bicycle riding (in the warmer months). It's kinda like walking with one sneaker, and a heavy work boot on the other foot. Makes ya' walk kinda funny! :lol: ( 'course it might look natural for some of you guys! :lol: ) Bob
 

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Thanks for the advice given so far.. Please keep it coming.

Drew,
Would your old Rogers holster be similar to a Safariland model 4092? Any idea if this particular holster is any good?

Jim,
Figures you just sold one.. Just my luck!
 

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Carl,

Actually the Safariland model 4092 looks like it has more in common with my Uncle Mike's.... It looks rather like a cuff-type design and I have to wonder how it will stand up to alot of stretch..... nothing worse than a loose ankle holster that allows the gun to roll around as you walk.... doesn't look to me like the 4092 has any means of drawing it up tighter should the cuff stretch....

The Rogers was all leather and had a very thick Sheep Skin pad between your ankle and the gun. Was a thumbbreak design with a substantial backward rake so as to present the butt of the gun naturally as if drawing from a crouched position....

Hate to keep going back to it, but one of the things I like the most about the Uncle Mike's is the Velcro attachment for the thumbbreak.... I was leery of it at first, but it's still very secure after four years of regular summer service.

http://www.uncle-mikes.com/products/ankle_holsters.html

Good Luck!

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My 30+ year old Rogers is still giving great service.

If you want to skip the 3 day "limp" getting used to an ankle holster may I suggest starting out with an "Airweight" or "Airlight" J-frame.

I don't notice my M-642, but my M-60 takes a bit of getting used to.

There are times & situations (hot weather, but having to wear long pants) when nothing but an ankle holste will do.

When sitting down in restaurants, meetings, church etc, just be carefull not to cross your legs with the one toteing the gun, or you'll find someone across the room ducking for cover when they see the muzzle of your J-frame or Dective Special pointing at their face. ;)
 

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I've been wearing a Ken Null ankle holster for over 12 years now. It's all leather with a thick felt lining that really works well on soaking up the sweat from the summer's heat. I carry a model 49 in it and it is an idea combo for wearing jeans and sneakers. I notice the weight of the 49 however the 49 soaks up +p recoil much better than the Airweight version. With one of the Airweight model you could strap it on and probably forget that you were carrying concealed altogether. For the best fit ,I'll put my carry foot/ankle up on a chair, snug up the holster ankle strap, and then insert the gun into the holster which causes it to pull just a little bit tighter and giving a more secure fit.
 

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Carl, I used a Rogers for quite some time..good rig but I eventually replaced it with a Renegade....it is very comfortable, doesn't move around, and is more concealable than hard molded rigs....it's a simple pull thru design so there are no snaps to undo....i swear by mine. And as M58 pointed out, it does work much nicer with an air-weight....although I did cary a 36 in it for a few years....I paid 45 bucks for mine but that was 6 years ago....they might be a tad more today....




I can even tuck mine inside my half boots...

 

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Thanks, guys.. I very much appreciate the advise!

I'm also really surprised to see this thread revived after all this time..
 

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This reply will seem very vague but since there is no name on the holster I cannot brag on the manufacturer. I can tell you this, that when I was in law enforcement I wore an ankle holster for a little North American Arms TP-70. It made blood circulation very difficult and it was not very comfortable in the process. I am unable to advise the name of the manufacturer of the new holster I found. Not even sure where I found it but it is genuine leather lined with lambs wool and attaches to the ankle by velcro. Most comfortable holster for the ankle I have worn and I carry a Mod. 640-1 in it with no ill effects, of course, just one man's opinion.
 

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I've used the Alessi ankle rig for over twelve years and I've found it to be the best for the job. Before that I tried the nylon Uncle Mikes: nice if you like to lose your gun due to the cheap rig. I also tried a Kramer ankle holster, which worked well enough but the quality was abonimable. I've done everything imaginable wearing the Alessi holster and have never had a problem with comfort or security.
 
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