Are you a concealed carry firearm owner looking for a way to carry your firearm more and have it detected less? If so, an ankle holster may be the answer. But selecting an ankle holster, especially your first one, can be a daunting task. We are here to help. We have reviewed some available.
The ankle holster has long been seen as a gimmick, something made popular by Hollywood but not very practical in a real-world scenario. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it is true that an ankle holster is not the answer for every situation, it is perfect for many. It offers an excellent means of carrying your firearm comfortably and almost completely undetected. Best of all, it is versatile enough to be worn with a variety of outfits.
We have reviewed a wide range of ankle holsters, including some of the most popular brands available, and selected the best ankle holsters. Here are our recommendations and why they made our list.
TOP 10 Best Ankle Holsters
1.Alien Gear Shape Shift Ankle Holster
Are you looking for an ankle holster that provides a secure fit and superior weapon retention without the uncomfortable, and unreliable, garters and calf straps? If so, you are in luck. The Alien Gear Shape Shifter Ankle Holsters is a revolutionary design that incorporates comfort, fit and retention into a single, hard to beat package.
Unlike other ankle holsters, the Shape Shift does not rely on garters, calf straps or even an ankle band for an anchor point. Alien Gear has gone in a different direction – a two-piece design that anchors to the heel.
The first piece resembles a half sock and cups the heel while wrapping around the ankle. The second, which includes the holster itself, wraps around the ankle and secure to the first piece via a wide Velcro band. This provides an unbeatably secure fit. The holster is molded to fit your firearm and includes both and internal locking mechanism and adjustable retention system.
The rig is constructed from CoolVent Neoprene with every edge wrapped and stitched. This prevents overheating and chafing while feeling soft against the skin. Plus, the neoprene will not loosen over time and can be stretched to fit any wearer.
2.Holstermart USA TAGUA Premium Ankle Holster
Are you looking for an ankle holster but prefer to carry an old school revolver in a traditional leather holster? Well look no further, the Tagua by Holstermart USA is the one for you.
Unlike many ankle holsters that rely on nylon or neoprene the Tagua is all genuine leather. This includes both the holster and ankle band, which is then secured with a hook & loop closure. Soft Backside provides improved comfort and wicks sweat away. Finally, a full snap closure thumb break keeps your firearm secure yet allows you to access it quickly when needed.
This is a right-hand draw, left leg wear design that will fit most common modern small frame revolvers. Although it is only available in one size, the leather band allows for a wide range of adjustment so it will fit most shooters.
Because this is genuine leather there is a break in period, after which you will need to readjust for an ideal fit.
3.Gould & Goodrich Bootlock Ankle Holster
If you carry your back up weapon in an ankle holster you now important it is to have on that holds securely even during physical activity. The Bootlock Ankle Holster by Gould & Goodrich does just that and more.
At first glance this holster looks like most other ankle holsters on the market. There is a wide band, some hook & loop material and a molded leather holster. But on closer inspection you will see the band includes a series of 12 small holes between the hook & loop and holster. This is what makes the Bootlock special, and where it gets its name.
The holes in the band allow you to secure it to your boot via the laces. You can adjust placement hi or low for maximum comfort, but once laced in place is almost impossible to move.
This holster is available in either left or right-hand designs and sized to fit most modern firearms, including revolvers or semi-autos.
4.Fobus J Frame Ankle Holster
Do you like to carry a J Frame revolver but have experienced trouble finding a comfortable, reliable means of carrying it concealed? Fobus may just have your next, and maybe last, holster- the J Frame Ankle Holster.
This holster includes all the features needed to secure your firearm, allow you to access it easily, and carry it comfortably all day. The injection molded holster fits like a glove. An internal passive retention system secures the firearm without the need for a thumb break. This also allows quicker, hassle free access under stress. An ultra-thick nylon band with suede liner and Velcro strap provide a stable platform capable of keeping the holster in place all day. Thanks to extra width behind the holster the band also protects the user from chafing.
Despite having a molded holster, this design weighs in at only 4 ounces! This allows for all day wear without worry. No more unnatural gait, leg fatigue, or discomfort associated with many other holsters.
5.Galco Ankle Glove
Are you in search of an ankle holster that provides retention, quality, and comfort into a single package? If so, the answer is the Ankle Glove by Galco.
Galco is known for providing high-quality holsters trusted by some of the most experienced professionals worldwide. The Ankle Glove is a fine example of their craftsmanship.
The holster pocket is constructed of premium steerhide for long term durability. The leather is also less likely to scratch your firearm. It custom molded to your firearm and available to fit a variety of popular models. Galco has recently added many models that include red dot optics.
Other features include an extra wide, breathable neoprene band, optional calf strap and Velcro secured thumb break retention strap. This combination of features makes this one of the most comfortable, secure ankle holsters available.
6.Desantis Die Hard Ankle Rig
Are you looking for an ankle holster that combines comfort and security? If so, the Desantis Die Hard Ankle Rig is worth a look.
Desantis has a reputation for producing some of the finest holsters on the market. A reputation that is built providing superior workmanship and only the best in materials. The Die Hard Ankle Rig is no exception.
This holster provides an extra wide nylon strap that holds the holster firmly in place. An optional thigh strap provides additional security is so desired. But the real focus is the holster itself. It is constructed of genuine leather, coated for extra durability.
The interior is lined with smooth leather to prevent damage to your firearm. Plus, it is molded to fit your firearm. Finally, a full leather retention strap with snap closure not only holds the firearm securely, but it also provides additional protection.
This is this one of the most comfortable ankle holsters available, it provides a high level of comfort. Thanks to the wide nylon strap your firearm’s weight is well distributed for even a long day of wear.
7.BUGBite Concealment Holster
Do you find ankle holsters uncomfortable? Are you concerned your firearms is subject to being lost during physical activity? If so, BUGBite just may have the answer with their calf holster.
This holster takes the ankle holster to another level. Instead of relying on a small strap that secures low on the leg, which is also the thinnest portion of the leg, it utilizes a much wider platform that moves the holster higher on the leg. This design allows for a larger, more secure platform that not only reduces the likelihood of loss, buy also increases comfort.
The entire holster is constructed from lightweight, breathable neoprene. The firearm is securely carried in a side pocket with an angled access to reduce the chances your firearm will accidently come free. Plus, the entire unit is secured to your thigh with both rip-tape straps and a zipper safety.
Even is you wear your holster for hours at a time or during heavy physical activity this holster will provide superior comfort and security.
8. Uncle Mike’s Nylon Off-Duty and Concealment Ankle Holster
Do you want to try an ankle holster, but carry a variety of firearms and do not want a different holster for each? What you need is one holster that will fit all your concealed carry options. What you need is Uncle Mike’s Nylon Off-Duty and Concealment Ankle Holster.
This single holster will fit a wide range of firearms ranging from a small .38 revolver to a larger compact .45 semi-automatic. The expandable Kodra nylon material will stretch to accept larger firearms but maintain its shape, still able of securing your smaller models when needed.
Not only is this one of the most versatile ankle holsters available, it is also designed to provide superior security. The extra wide main strap is secured via a combination of Velcro and a buckle which is less likely to accidently release during physical activity. A removeable calf strap provides additional slip protection when needed. Plus, there is a heavy-duty thumb break retention strap which can also be adjusted to fit your specific firearm.
9.Blackhawk! Ankle Holster
For the firearms owner on a budget finding a reliable budget friendly ankle holster can be a challenge. Blackhawk!, a leader in CCW holsters, has the answer. Their Ankle Holster offers a high-quality design with many of the features found in top name competitor’s models at a fraction of the price.
Unlike other budget ankle holsters Blackhawk! offers much more than a simple elastic band and sewn in pouch for your firearm. This holster includes a holster constructed from closed cell foam, denier Cordura nylon band secured by a buckle/hook & loop system, calf strap and non-stretch retention strap.
This holster provides the wearer with a level of comfort unavailable in similarly priced models. The improved retention band can be easy adjusted to accommodate users of different sizes or to allow wear over a boot. Thanks to the full cover holster your firearm is not only secure and easy to access it is also protected from damage. In short, it is hard to find another holster this good at a similar price.
10.Bulldog Ankle Holster
If you routinely carry a small frame semi-automatic an ankle holster is a near perfect option. Unfortunately, many are too big, weighing almost as much as the firearm itself. The Bulldog Ankle Holster may be the perfect solution.
This holster is designed specifically for small frame semi-automatics. This allowed the designers to provide a secure, highly functional holster without the unnecessary features that add bulk and weight. The result is a simple elastic nylon band, heavy-duty nylon holster, and adjustable thumb break.
Although this is a simple, no frills design it does not sacrifice comfort or security. The extra wide body is constructed from elastic nylon for a comfortable fit. The wide Velcro security band allows for plenty of adjustment while still holding the holster securely in place. Despite being a “one size fits many” holster the incorporation of an adjustable thumb break retention strap hold the firearm securely.
There you have it, the best ankle holsters on the market today. Each of the reviewed holsters not only provide the ability to carry virtually undetected, they also do so safely.
While an ankle holster may not be the choice for every firearm owner, or every scenario, it is a nice option to have. They have long been a favorite among those professionals who need to carry, and hide, a small frame firearm. Concealed carry owners are recognizing their benefits as well.
Each of the above holsters provides any firearm owner the ability to carry almost anywhere, while wearing almost any manner of dress, and virtually undetected. We are sure that one of these choices will meet you needs and become your next holster option.
Brian Belko is a freelance writer and blogger. His primary areas of focus include the outdoors and shooting sports. In addition to his freelance work, Brian also writes for Wide Open Spaces and is on the Pro Staff at Military Hunting and Fishing. When he isn’t busy writing, Brian enjoys fishing farm ponds for bass and hitting the spring woods during turkey season.