Getting into self-defense and personal protection should be a comfortable experience, but all too often new people are a bit shy about asking key questions before making purchases, and that can cost them time and money as they work through the equipment they don't like to find the gear they do.
Understanding what makes each piece of gear effective and how it fits into your tactical carry makes a huge difference, so if you don't like asking questions in person, you need to do research. Before you buy a concealed ankle holster, you need to know if your choice will suit the gun you own and the way you move.
Comfort Comes First
The very first rule when buying a concealed carry holster of any kind is that it needs to feel comfortable. More than that, it needs to feel natural. An irritant will be a temptation to pick at it and call attention to the area, and an uncomfortable weight will affect the way you walk, revealing the ankle holster. Finding the most natural, form-fitting holster that holds your gun snugly is the key to effectively carrying at the ankle.
Consider Material Behavior
How a holster releases has a huge impact on the way a user interacts with it, and there's not one solution that works for everybody. There are designs that generally feel better to most people, though, and it's worthwhile learning what the gold standards are for different materials, as well as what different materials will do for your carry style.
Don't Forget Your Fashion
Carrying at the ankle requires you think through the way your holster will interact with your clothes, as well as how much extra bulk your pistol adds at the ankle. Smaller weapons with holsters that keep them tight to the body are easier to hide, but finding the right combination of holster, pistol, and outfit for your carry days means being able to be sure no one but you knows where the weapon is. That way, you're getting everything you expect out of your concealed carry permit.