Hey everyone! I'm looking for a good CC weapon and was looking at S&W's 340PD. I've shot this before and with Buffalo Bore, it actually HURTS! I'm looking for an emergency BUG and this seems to be my best bet. What I'm wondering is what kind of weapon would you choose if you planned on carrying it on your ankle. At this point I'm undecided between the 340 and Glock's G36. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Thanks everyone!
I think a revolver is better for ankle carry. Being closer to the ground you want a piece that is less sensitive to dirt in the action. I like the 642 myself. I have considered carrying my P3AT this way because of its weight and slimness but have never really felt to comfortable with ankle carry, but go for it if it works for you.
I ankle carry my Taurus PT-111 sometimes up to 5 days a week. At first it was uncomfortable, but once I got the positioning of holster and proper tightness figured out it does not bother me. Ankle carry is more comfortable than my SmartCarry.
I do carry on my ankle, so I know what I'm talking about. This whole topic is off topic to OC, but I'll reply.
For ankle carry, the biggest concerns are width and grip length. The grip sticks out the back, and you need some pretty loose pants to make sure that it doesn't print and to make sure you can draw reliably without snagging. This is why autoloaders are harder to conceal than the small revolvers, because autoloader grips tend to be longer. Revolvers on the other hand are wider because of the cylinder, which can increase the chance of printing as well.
I carry aKahr P40 on my ankle. You can get that size gun in polymer or steel, in 9mm or .40. Look at the K9, P9, K40, and P40. These are someof the narrowest pistols on the market. Much smaller than any Glock, but of course lower capacity as well. Polymer (P models) will save you some weight, which is worth it if you carry it a lot as I do.
The grips on Kahr pistols are as short as they can be and still allow a full shooting grip. If you want to reduce grip length even more and are willing to give up a finger and a round, Kahr makes versions with either just the grip shortened (Covert models) or both grip and barrel shortened (M models, such as MK9 and PM9). For ankle carry, the barrel isn't a problem to conceal, so get the Covert model like P9 Covert or P40 Covert.
Finally, holsters matter a lot. The Galco Ankle Glove is HUGE. Are you wearing cargo pants? If not, try something smaller. The best ankle holster I have found so far is the Galco Cop Ankle Band. It adds as little as possible to the size of the gun, so it conceals really well.