Ankle holsters (also called “boot” holsters) are much like they sound as they are designed to be worn on the ankle. History seems to indicate that the ankle holster approach was born in the Old West where small guns were routinely stored in the boot for emergency use. They became more mainstream in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when law enforcement officers of that era started carrying a back-up pistol in an ankle holster.
Today, ankle holsters are used as a method for both primary and secondary carry. Most ankle holster models consist of a holster attached to a harness of some type that is worn around the ankle. Most also feature a thumb break for added retention, and a stabilizer strap or belt that mounts higher up on the calf.
This method of carry is most effective with smaller semi-auto’s and revolvers such as:
Most CCW experts recommend wearing the holster on the outside ankle of the shooting hand, although many people also find it equally effective being worn on the inside ankle of the weak hand.
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