Michael:

I have a couple of questions about your suggested “first revolver” EDC:

1. Why a Hip-grip instead of a holster for your primary gun?

2. Why do you recommend wearing the heavier gun on the ankle instead of on the belt? [Side question: Do you have problems with the ankle holster sliding down your ankle and becoming more visible?]

3. Why do you recommend having only one gun with Crimson Trace Laser Stocks?

4. Why put the CT Laser Stocks on the backup gun?

Yours,

John K

Dear John:

Great questions, here are a few thoughts:

1. Because as much as a RAGE about the importance of a proper low profile, concealable belt line holster (See BobMacs.com – This guy will be huge in the snub holster market) X-number of folks keep shoving their snub in their pockets (Look for another of my rants against pocket holster in the blog in a few days)

If I can’t keep them away from pocket holsters and if I can’t make them buy a comfortable and slim hip-holsters but they will slip the snub into a waist band if it is convenient then the Clipdraw, the Barami Hip-Grip and the expensive (!) but nice Collin’s Lip Grip is a functional compromise for real people.

2(a) Because a light gun on the belt won’t pull down the pants (Even a great belt/holster will pull down farther than a light gun in the same holster. At the same time, a heavy gun in the well made (Alessi, etc) ankle won’t slip down – or if it did, by how much – a 1/4 of an inch? – Also, here is a “cheap” fighting trick – I don’t want to train myself to go from my “main” gun to the BUG but from the BUG to my main gun. The light .38 snub on my belt “starts” the fight but if the fight continues past 5 or 6 rounds them I’m going for my main, heavy .357 snub on the ankle. If I’m still in the fight after the first 5 or 6 rounds I want to be moving UP in gun, not down to a BUG – If that makes sense.

2(b) Never with a well made ankle holster. Be sure to buy your pants long from the Big-and-Large shop and have the tailor hem the cuffs around the gun/ankle holster. 99% of all tailors have fitted clothing around guns (ask first) so they won’t get startled. The extra long pant leg(s) will give you a wider cuff width and when it is hemmed the gun will be covered even when you are sitting. Also consider an old state trooper trick for ankle guns. Have the fellow cut the seam up about 6 to 8 inches and sew in Velcro to close the seam. If you ever need the gun then the Velcro can aid in the draw/access.

3 and 4 – Money. No, kidding, the belt-line gun is *usually* a fast reaction draw weapon when the bad guy has attacked from ambush. By the time the ankle gun comes out either he, you, or both are behind cover. That is the time I may need a little laser stock help with distance accuracy and intimidation.

I hope that helps.

Yours,

Michael

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