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American Handgunner May/June 2012 Digital Edition - Page 44
CARRYOPTIONS remember it like it was yesterday. The jackrabbit-quick driver of the stolen SUV bailed out and took off so fast I was sure he would lose us. That’s when I heard it — the sickening sound of metal sliding across asphalt. I wasn’t sure what it was at first, until I heard cussing followed by yelling: “That was my ankle gun.” Lucky for us, Mr. Car thief was a sprinter and not a long distance runner. He pooped out before he made it across the parking lot. The left side of the once-perfectly shiny Smith and Wesson Bodyguard was now… well, a lot less shiny, and the veteran cop was red faced. I wish I could say this was the only time I had heard of an ankle gun leaving its holster, but it’s not. I remember the sick look on another cop’s face as we retraced his steps in a foot pursuit looking for his, which ended up in the bushes. Luckily, the K9 working that night was a great tracker and found the gun. While you may not be a cop, you still might find yourself running to catch a bus, or after a kid who’s about to dash into James yeager of tactical response Shooting School, helped Sammy demo an ankle rig draw. note how he keeps his eyes on the threat, but the draw “stroke” is very definitive and safe, with good muzzle control. It would be easy to shoot yourself in the knee if you didn’t practice — so practice, safely. Ankle Rig Realities I fromclassicstocuttingedgeincarrymethods sammyreese the street in front of a car. In a fight on the ground? You don’t need to be losing your ankle gun then. The moral of the story here is use a quality holster and if it wears out — buy a new one. Ankle holsters aren’t for everyone. Our very own Mike Venturino says he can wear one as long as he takes a stool with him everywhere he goes, so he can put his foot up in order to draw and re-holster the pistol. Body type and physical ability means this holster isn’t for everyone. Mike knows his limitations and sticks with modes of carry that work for him. Tauris M 44 GalCo ike Taurisano has been making holsters for longer than most have been alive. His Tauris line of holsters have a reputation for being built to last — like a full 30-year police career. He told me a while back, “Most people wear ankle holsters incorrectly. It’s an ankle holster, not a calf holster. They’re meant to be worn low and secure.” Mike’s ankle holsters have thumb retention straps, and he adds a tension screw to take up any slack as the holster stretches over time. The sheep-shearling padding and battle-tank tough mounting system makes for all-shift or all-day comfort. e-mail requesting an ankle rig for a G26, so I sent him mine. I’ve since replaced it with a new one. The really cool part is it doesn’t require a break-in period. The wide Velcro band keeps it in place, and the retention snap makes sure I won’t be watching my gun slide across the pavement. Regardless of the ankle holster you choose, make sure you’re wearing it properly. For instance, His Editorship Roy swears by Renegade Holsters, and wore ‘em his entire police career, even drawing from it in backup gun matches. So, find something you like — then get lots of practice with it. When you’re standing on the “X” facing the big bad wolf, it’s not the time you want to find out you can’t get to your backup gun. alco’s Ankle Glove is made in the Galco factory, but its made by hand in the G factory — which makes it “factory custom,” if you will. I’ve had my Glock 26 riding in one for a long time. During a friend’s last deployment, I received an * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/product-index and click on the company name, or call: Galco Gunleather (800) 874-2526; Tauris Holsters (315) 7350530; Renegade Holsters (602) 482-6777 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2012