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    Carry Belt

    So... I read alot about getting a good belt for carrying and I was wondering what was meant by that. I fully realize that we come from a society where guys, even adults, wear their pants around their knees...
    I personally wear belts with every pant that I wear. I have some that have a buckle which I realize isn't as "sturdy" as a normal belt clasp.

    I was looking at belts today and thats when it struck me to ask what defines a "good strong belt" for carrying?

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    A good stiff belt won't sag from the weight of your gun. Their usually two pieces of leather sewn together in either 1.5" 0r 1.75". The buckles are usually of a conventional style. Most holster manufacturers also offer belts. I have a Galco which works well.
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    My carry belt is a Wilson combat sharkskin, makes a nice dress belt too.
    http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Belt-36-...tinfo/B36BS15/
    I've also heard good things about these belts, but I haven't tried one
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    In a pinch a carhartt would do but it doesn't come close to the purpose made gunbelts.
    Yes they are pricey but when you strap it on with a full size 1911 you will know where your money went.

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    You can ussualy find a good double layer belt from a law and order supply for leos

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    I've found it's not just the weight of the gun, but also the stress of everyday use. Things like siting, getting in and out or your car, put a ton of extra wear and tear on a belt. Most off the rack belts won't stand up to that and start to sag pretty quickly.

    Gunbelts are a lot more ridged and are made much more durable.
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    May leather belts 'seem' to work, but quickly weaken after a short time. A good quality leather belt will last and last...
    At first I tried a seemingly firm leather belt from a Western shop, it didn't last. Then I tried a Looper Leather belt...it's still working.
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    I started carrying with just my standard belt. It worked OK for a little while, but the weight of the gun really started to show in the shape of the belt. It wasn't as comfortable either b/c i was limited to picking which hole on the belt to use. 1 was too loose, 1 was too tight. I finally broke down and bought a $25 gun belt from Cabela's and it's made a world of difference. Gun stays put, belt is a ton more comfortable, and it's got a velcro adjustment so i'm not limited limited to 1 or 2 sizes. Especially carrying IWB, the belt makes all the difference.

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    I use an instructor style nylon and a leather gun belt from Crossbreed Holsters. The instructor belt is infinitely adjustable, but the leather is more comfortable and has shaped itself to my waist now.
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    I have one of these. It works very well for me, and they have a pretty good turn around time.
    http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=43
    I use the 1.5"
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    I too tried to make do with a dept store heavy belt. Been trying this 'Don Hume' out for a few months, what a difference! http://www.gunnersalley.com/product/...hes-B109L.html
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    i use a 511 belt every day it feels great.

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    I bought mine from Crossbreed with the velcro inside for better concealment. Very stiff and another point of a good holster belt, is if you have the type of holster that clips on, like CBST, the clips hold better due to the near 1/4 inch thick belt.
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    Well after a day or two of wearing a gun belt vs. a regular western store belt (which was a heavy belt for a woman....) one of my first observations was that a gun belt is stiff enough that you don't have to tuck the "tail" in an extra beltloop for it to stay straight and snug against you. (Which is good, coz stuffing 2 layers of heavy 2-ply leather into my beltloops just wasn't pleasent.)
    I got mine from Crossbreed and I haven't put my old belt on since it arrived. :)
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    I went to my local Army/Navy store and picked up a good old garrison belt. Does a great job. I have had it since I first started carrying back in 2001. O yeah, it was 10 bucks.
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    If you haven't tried one of the Beltman Belts you haven't tried the best. Not only does he offer great quality but some of the very best service. Mine is three years old and looks just like the day I received it. It makes all the difference in the world when holding up a good sized gun - mine carries a full size 1911..
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