Second gun on the ankle? Seriously?

Yeah, snark in the title.  But the snark is a little directed at me too, so read on.

It’s common practice with those that carry second guns to carry one on the ankle.  First, for context: unless you have, and at the present time are acting under the authority of, a badge, carrying a second gun is a little on the paranoid side (this is a strictly data-driven position — you are far more likely to need a more crash-resistant car than a second gun, so spend your money, time and energy there).  Here I’m pointing out that ankle-carried second guns are at odds with the problem they purport to solve.

Why might we need a second gun? There’s three main reasons: 1) your primary gun goes down, 2) you need more bullets to launch than your primary gun…and your reloads for it…carry, or 3) you can’t get to your primary gun, the most likely reason for which is because you are in the midst of a fight with the BG.  Lets address each of these reasons.

1 — Your primary gun should not go down if its modern, maintained, and proven.  It should be all three.  I assume you’re not carrying a two-digit model number S&W semi or the equivalent of a handgun Yugo.

2 — This problem is so many sigma out from the norm that it’s statistically zero.  Assuming we’re talking state-side civilian problems, that is.

3 — Seriously?  Have you tried accessing an ankle-carried gun while fighting off an assailant…at full force and full speed, or at least as much as protective equipment will allow?

Now, I will admit that you acn come up with problems that an ankle-carried second gun solves, the least strange-ranger of which is access to a firearm while seat-belted in a car.  OTOH, there are precious few problems presenting themselves to you in a car that don’t give you time to un-seat-belt thine self first, and in fact most of them, if handled properly, require you to do just that.  All in all, this is a weak argument.

Now, an ankle-carried gun as a primary (that is, only) gun?  That’s not great, but not completely stupid either.  Indeed, I wrote an entire article on this subject here.  Essentially, an ankle-carried gun requires you to be stationary during its draw and is slower to draw from.  These are significant disadvantages and they mean that the kinds of events that you can optimally respond to are diminished.  But making this choice is different than assuming you can get to an ankle-carried gun if your primary gun is unavailable.  The former is a risk management trade-off; the latter an exercise in not thinking the problem through.


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