I recently picked up a G26 and I am stongly considering using it as a BUG to my EDC G19. Any experience and suggestions would be helpful, thanks guys and gals.
Galco Ankle Glove. And make sure you practice with it. I used one for years as a cop with a Sig P230 in it. I had my seamstress replace the leg seams of my pants with Velcro so I could gain access to my BUG quickly. Never had to use it, fortunately!
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Another vote for the Galco Ankle Glove. Kinda spendy, but worth every dime. I've carried in mine almost daily for the past 6 years, and it's still going strong. Aside from a little cosmetic wear, it still works as well as it did on day 1.
I would also encourage you to practice your draw, and even adjust your wardrobe if necessary. I ankle carried my primary weapon because I was in a situation for a few years where I absolutely could not print. For that situation it was a good choice, but when in a more gun friendly (normal) environment, I prefer IWB, as the consequences of printing are not so high as to overcome the benefit of a quicker draw.
Prince gun leather makes a great ankle rig.
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I always used the Bianchi 4750 Ranger Triad. I used it to carry my Sig P230 while on duty. Years later we switched to Glock and I used it to carry my G27/G26. Never had an issue with the holster.
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Galco Ankle Glove. It is the most comfortable holster out there for day in and day out wear.
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Alessi or Ritchie gun leather ankle holsters my alessi is about 30 years old and still functions perfectly and is super comfortable I carry an all steel j frame ( close to the weight of a 26) and it is easy to forget it is there. When Lou alessi died a few years ago his family opened a new shop while one of his very skilled employees skip Ritchie took over the old one. Before I moved skip shot in our combat pistol league. He is a great guy and his products are top notch. A step in quality above production stuff like galco
The consensus seems to be between Galco and Alessi. I generally wear boots, will either of these function properly with the footwear I commonly wear? I also understand that boot cut pants work best for this application.
I carry my G26 in the Galco Ankle Glove about once a week. I bought it out of curiosity more than anything, but now I'm really glad I have it as an option. It took a little warming up to, but am starting to appreciate it for certain discrete situations.
I haven't been able to use it with my 8" & 9" height work boots, but it does OK with my 6" height boots. I keep meaning to get the calf strap to see if that helps with support. I don't have any boot cut pants per se, but I can see how they'd be much easier to wear with this rig; I feel pretty conspicuous with any pants that have tapered legs whatsoever.
+1. The Alessi and Ritchie are 1,000 times better than the Galco Ankle Glove. IMHO, the neoprene of the Galco flexes too much with a heavier pistol like the G26. I've carry my 26 in an Alessi 5 days a week, 10 hours a day for the last 3 years.
Can you give it a try with boots, and report back your findings?
Been wearing one M-F for a couple of years with a Kahr P9. A super comfortable choice.
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You can wear an ankle glove with 8 inch Army type boots with no issues. Galco makes an extension for the holster, and you have to wear baggy pants. Skinny jeans don't conceal well. Something like 5.11 pants or baggy jeans work fine though.
Alessi... it will last a lifetime, it has quality leather and their felt is amazing for wicking away the sweat. Very comfortable.
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If you mean for me to try it with my tall boots, I have. It doesn't work for me, unless there's an extension velcro strap so I can wear it around my calf. Maybe that's what the other guy was talking about.
So there isn't enough material to go around the boot in the position where it would normally go?
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Galco Ankle Glove - hands down.
And they do make a boot extender strap - FYI.
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Cool, I will have to check this out, I wonder if Alessi has something like this.
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