Originally Posted by Frank
In warm weather months I carry a Sig P239 9mm in an unkle mikes ankle holster and 2 spare mags. Although after a range session 2 days ago and shooting a friends Taurus 617 I must admit I am considering getting one of these as well, just something about 7 shots of .357 that is appealing.
I've been a big fan of ankle holsters also, I've used one for nearly 30 years. I found one I liked, it's been so long I no longer remember the brand, but it had the extended calf strap which I hated and removed, but moved the wrap around velcro band down to the top part of the holster and sewed it back on, so I have two sturdy Velcro straps now and it's very comfortable. I forget I have it on even.
I carry a Smith & Wesson Model 36, the little 5 shot Chiefs Special, during the summer or warmer months, that thing has gotten me out of two bad spots in its 30 years with me, I just thank God I've never had to fire it at anyone.
During the Winter months I prefer a 1911, I'm a big fan of .45's though I've yet to find a holster I'm totally pleased with. I invested, and I don't use that term lightly .. lol .. in a Mitch Rosen shoulder holster, his holster quality is amazing, yet I found I wasn't particually pleased with the horizontal positioning of the full framed .45, so I'm still looking for something that will fit me better. I would prefer one that carries the .45 pointed downward instead of horizontal, but that's just my preference, Mitch Rosen's holsters are phenomenal never the less!
For a long time I carried my 1911 in a Bianchi X15 holster, but there's several things I didn't care for with this holster, one being that the shoulder strap weaves itself into the actual holster, I've had that work loose before and actually had my weapon start to slip down. I cured that by having the leather sewn together so it couldn't slide through the loops anymore, but I also found myself wanting a more secure feeling of the weapon being locked in to place in the holster, just being clamped in, which may be perfectely fine and safe, didn't make me feel 100% secure about it and that's how the person carrying the weapons should feel. I wished a thumb break or something better could have been designed in this holster. They do have a snap strap to hold it in place but if you're in a serious need to draw your weapon then having to unsnap the snaps first before moving up for the grip of the weapon seems awkward or inefficient to me! That's also one of the reasons why I hate Velcro straps holding weapons into place in holsters, pulling the Velcro is a noticable sound and if you have to make noise before you pull your weapon you draw attention to yourself.
I've never had great luck with in the waist holsters, but that has more to do with my build than the holsters themselves, so I really can't comment on those. You just have to find what fits you best and what you're most comfortable with is all, something you can get to quickly and efficiently without drawing a ton of attention to yourself by making noise while pulling your weapon.
My 2 cents .. Good luck guys.