Ankle Carry

I'm looking to carry a 442 on duty on my support side ankle. Unfortunately, Phlster doesn't make an ankle holster otherwise this question would already be answered. Dept. policy mandates ankle carry and a retention strap. Working in the hood mandates that it needs to be able to retain the gun through running, jumping, and gangster stuff.
What are you using and why?
 

HCL3

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For the last 3 years I've been using the leather version of the Renegade Ankle Holster from The Wilderness. I first heard about it from Steve Fisher talking about it on a P&S Modcast a couple of years back. I've been in multiple fights, foot chases, over walls and fences, etc. without any issues from the holster. The leather is molded to have some retention and there is an elastic retention strap that goes over the back of the trigger guard to provide additional retention. The leather has not gone soft even after wearing it for 43 hrs/week for the last 3 years.

I previously used a leather Galco Ankle Glove. It was fine but the leather lost all rigidity during the first few months of wearing it. I also developed a bad rash on my ankle that a dermatologist thinks was caused by the Galco's neoprene ankle band. The Wilderness holster has a nylon band and I have had no issues with it.

 

nyeti

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Ditto on the Wilderness. The original Renegade it is based on has decades of being regarded as one of the best ankle holsters made.
 

NCBeagle

Newbie
Another +1 for the Wilderness Tactical. I prefer the full elastic version. Feels like it hold the revolver closer / tighter and the elactic blends in with a black dress sock if pants leg rides up a bit.
 

PM07

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Another vote for the Wilderness Tactical. I've used one off and on for like `10+ years or so IIRC.
 

Jason M

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I am wearing a Wilderness Tactical full elastic version as I type this. It used to carry a 442 but now carries a 340PD. I am not sure what qualifies a gangster stuff but the strapless elastic is super secure. Wilderness may be able to add a retention strap to the full elastic version if you call and ask.
 

Erick Gelhaus

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Another vote for The Wilderness/Renegade option.
Just remember, that almost everything out there will wear out & require replacement as some point.
 
I run a 442 for a backup, support ankle for several years. Always used Galco. They leather ankle rig (with and without strap, I’ve used both) place the gun at (for me, at least), a neutral angle that doesn’t print bad or snag your pants leg. I went cheap when I needed a new one and got the Galco Ankle Lite (suede), and hated it. The angle was so extreme it printed badly and hung up on the pants leg whenever your get out of the car or from kneeling.
 
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