Best Gun Belt for the Money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Has anyone tried the Frequent Flyer Sport or Easy-Fit Instructors belt from Wilderness? I was looking on their website, and it seems as though they are much more flexible on sizing. Thats been my biggest drawback, and one of the largest reasons I haven't ponied up for a nice gun belt, is my weight tends to fluxuate, and I'm in the proccess of trying to lose weight.

    One would assume the extra "belt tongue" that overhangs could just be velcro'd over a holster clip if appendix carrying or ?
    If your loosing weight or it flucuates.... it all depends.

    I drilled a few extra holes in my Looper brand gun belt that I bought this January when I got my CCW... and starting this summer I lost 40lbs. After a while the "loose end" was too long... so I just bought a Gould & Goodrich gun belt at a local police supply. I only wear belts that are kydex or polymer reinforced or similar. "Double thickness" leather is too thick and will not always fit through belt loops nor would my cell-phone clip "clip" over the belt!!!!!

    The adjustable "Wilderness brand" belts and similar belts allow for adjustability... but obviously up to a point. Depends if your an IWB or OWB kind of guy and if your weight goes up from normal or down from normal?

    Most "adjustable belts offer 1-1/2" of adjustability from what I have read... and that is usually only 1 or 2 holes being drilled in a leather belt which if it comes with the standard "5 holes" to begin with, is not that much or many.

    Good luck,
    Springfield XDM 40cal
    Safariland Double Magazine Duty Pouch
    High Noon "Slide Guard" Holster - Leather (OWB)
    BladeTech "Eclipse" Holster - Kydex (OWB)
    Aker Reinforced Gun Belt (Leather & Polymer)
    Wilderness Tactical/Operator Belt (Kydex Reinforced)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachbumcook View Post
    I just purchased a Gould & Goodrich off-duty/dress "gun belt" earlier this week (due to loosing weight I needed a new belt).

    http://www.gouldusa.com/products/pro...26+Accessories

    If you "google" their name and item number you will see it on line or if you click on their "where to buy" on their site.... it will take you to some maine retailers such as Galls and others. The pricing is between $40 - $50.00 or so plus shipping, but I am impressed with the belt I got.

    While traveling the this week, I stopped into a local police supply shop and paid $52.00 for my black 1-1/2" belt and really like it. It is heavy duty and will not "roll-over" and will fit into my dockers, jeans and dress slacks (some double thickness leather belts will not fit through the loops in all pants... so be carefull). This belt is a "reinforced belt, so it will not sag over time. Even a "double leather" belt will sag at some point... but I guess that one may gain or loose weight before the belt gives out? A leather & polymer belt will not bend or even "conform" to your waist due to be "rigid"... which is what I wanted.

    Just another option at a reasonable price to consider.
    Ok guys, as of 11/1/10, my new G&G (Gould & Goodrich) gun belt is going back - what a disappointment!!!!

    After 2 weeks, it has started to sag and not remain in a straight line/form... as a "reinforced" gunbelt should... especially one for $52.00.

    I called G&G, on 10/29 and was told that their "reinforced dress belts" are leather with a polymer backing (not polymer sandwiched between two leather layers)!!! This G&G belt looks like a "zig-zag" belt which has formed to my waist and holster only after 2 weeks - wow!!! G&G said I could send it back and they would look at it... but I stated that it looks like it is made fine, it just sounds like they have failed to make a "reinforced belt" that is truly "reinforced"!!

    I will be calling the out of town retailer I bought it (bought while I was traveling) and will ship back for a refund.

    I will be ordering the following belt on Monday as it is a truly "leather and polymer" stiffened belt.

    http://www.copsplus.com/prodnum9563.php

    I will be ordering the Aker brand "reinforced" dress/gun belt in black and 1-1/2" (model #B21) from the lik above. I know I am paying a dollar or two more, but to save on shipping, they have another item I want and they happen to have it in stock as well.

    Do not buy the G&G brand "reinforced" dress/gun belt as I have had a bad experience with it only after 2 weeks of wearing it!!!

    Thanks,
    Springfield XDM 40cal
    Safariland Double Magazine Duty Pouch
    High Noon "Slide Guard" Holster - Leather (OWB)
    BladeTech "Eclipse" Holster - Kydex (OWB)
    Aker Reinforced Gun Belt (Leather & Polymer)
    Wilderness Tactical/Operator Belt (Kydex Reinforced)

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    I have the Aker B21 in Black and in Brown. It's a very good belt and supports my Glock 19 in an OWB pancake very well. For anyone in the Phoenix area, these are available at Universal Police Supply in Tempe, AZ for $41.50 now. I bought both of mine from the same place, but they were $49.99 when I purchased them.

    They look and feel like high quality leather belts. The internal polymer stiffener does its job. I've only had these belts for a few weeks. So, I cannot comment on long term wear.

    I did read on another forum a post from a person who said he's been wearing his B21 everyday for three years, and it's now time for a new one. So, perhaps they won't last a lifetime - but three years is pretty good. Especially considering I was able to get one brown and one black for less than the cost of a single custom job

    (though. I understand that more than double the cost for two custom belts that would last 10 years would be more economically feasible over a long period of time... because of some recent custom holster purchases, I just don't have the extra spending cash at the moment, yet still need a good nice looking stiff leather gunbelt -- for people in a similar predicament, the Aker B21 is an excellent solution)

    Anyway, sometime in the future I will still probably purchase a Beltman or something like it, the wallet just won't allow it right now as I need 2 belts, 1 black and 1 brown.

    In three years perhaps..?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    Wilderness Instructor Belt
    +1. Picked up one a couple weeks ago. Very good belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayzor View Post
    +1. Picked up one a couple weeks ago. Very good belt.
    For everyday casual, absolutely, the Wilderness Tactical out performs all other belts IMHO. Impossible to go wrong.

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    George belt from Americas mall (Walmart).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    I have owned many examples by several makers through the years and I cannot imagine a better quality leather gun belt than those produced by the Beltman in his tiny shop in Cary NC. They are superb in every way.
    I have two--Both are fine gun belts.

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    Just took delivery yesterday of my first (there will be more) A&G Custom Gun Leather belts and all I can say is WOW.........I know this may sound corny, but after wearing it out last night (wife made me take it off before we went to bed......bummer!) and all day today, it is like I purchased brand new holsters rather than a gun belt. Don't get me wrong, I have never bought cheap belts before, but this one just stands above the rest. Everyone of my holsters just seem to ride better with this belt. Al Childress was a real trooper to deal with and I can't say enough about his customer service and what a nice guy he is. If you are looking for a leather gun belt, you owe it to yourself to give A&G a call. I'm sure the outcome will be as good an experience as mine has been.
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    Had my Bullbide belt for a little while now. Couldn't be happier. Would suggest them to anyone looking for a super tough belt that supports weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moad View Post
    Just took delivery yesterday of my first (there will be more) A&G Custom Gun Leather belts and all I can say is WOW.........I know this may sound corny, but after wearing it out last night (wife made me take it off before we went to bed......bummer!) and all day today, it is like I purchased brand new holsters rather than a gun belt. Don't get me wrong, I have never bought cheap belts before, but this one just stands above the rest. Everyone of my holsters just seem to ride better with this belt. Al Childress was a real trooper to deal with and I can't say enough about his customer service and what a nice guy he is. If you are looking for a leather gun belt, you owe it to yourself to give A&G a call. I'm sure the outcome will be as good an experience as mine has been.
    This. I just got mine and it's awesome. It looks like a nice casual belt, but with a hidden purpose of carrying a gun :) Wearing it right now with my G30 at 4:00 and couldn't be happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachbumcook View Post
    If your loosing weight or it flucuates.... it all depends.

    I drilled a few extra holes in my Looper brand gun belt that I bought this January when I got my CCW... and starting this summer I lost 40lbs. After a while the "loose end" was too long... so I just bought a Gould & Goodrich gun belt at a local police supply. I only wear belts that are kydex or polymer reinforced or similar. "Double thickness" leather is too thick and will not always fit through belt loops nor would my cell-phone clip "clip" over the belt!!!!!

    The adjustable "Wilderness brand" belts and similar belts allow for adjustability... but obviously up to a point. Depends if your an IWB or OWB kind of guy and if your weight goes up from normal or down from normal?

    Most "adjustable belts offer 1-1/2" of adjustability from what I have read... and that is usually only 1 or 2 holes being drilled in a leather belt which if it comes with the standard "5 holes" to begin with, is not that much or many.

    Good luck,
    Received my new Aker Leather "Reinforced" Gun Belt this week and I like it.

    Here is their home page: http://akerleather.com/

    Click on the link for "dress belts" on the left side of the page.

    I ordered the 1-1/2" wide, black. What I do like is that the belt keeper is also nickel and looks kind of dressy... but it is stiff... which is what I want in a polymer stiffened gun belt... and for only $40.44/ea it was a great buy!!!
    Springfield XDM 40cal
    Safariland Double Magazine Duty Pouch
    High Noon "Slide Guard" Holster - Leather (OWB)
    BladeTech "Eclipse" Holster - Kydex (OWB)
    Aker Reinforced Gun Belt (Leather & Polymer)
    Wilderness Tactical/Operator Belt (Kydex Reinforced)

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    I have a couple of 5.11 that I am very pleased with. They support my G36 well. Think I paid 30 bucks each for them.

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    After reading this thread (and after wearing a gun on a belt I bought At Tractor Supply for the last six months), I finally broke down and ordered a dedicated gun belt, from the people at A&G leather. I'm really looking forward to this night and day difference I keep hearing about. So thanks everyone for the free educaiton; I'm really looking forward to a greater degree of comfort. Hopefully this will solve the Mystery of the Lower Back Pain that has been creeping up on me since my old generic belt started getting stretched out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WvHiker View Post
    After reading this thread (and after wearing a gun on a belt I bought At Tractor Supply for the last six months), I finally broke down and ordered a dedicated gun belt, from the people at A&G leather. I'm really looking forward to this night and day difference I keep hearing about. So thanks everyone for the free educaiton; I'm really looking forward to a greater degree of comfort. Hopefully this will solve the Mystery of the Lower Back Pain that has been creeping up on me since my old generic belt started getting stretched out.
    For me, the gun belt does not "reduce back pain"... it just provides a more stable platform for my firearm to remain firm and steady on my hip... and to keep my pants up. Inexpensive belts will sag, allowing your firearm to move around, bang into your hip (maybe this is where your pain is coming from) and loose or sagging pants are not a good "platform" for a comfortable days wear of your firearm.

    Good luck... you will enjoy your new belt... it will be "night and day" when you try it out and wear it.
    Springfield XDM 40cal
    Safariland Double Magazine Duty Pouch
    High Noon "Slide Guard" Holster - Leather (OWB)
    BladeTech "Eclipse" Holster - Kydex (OWB)
    Aker Reinforced Gun Belt (Leather & Polymer)
    Wilderness Tactical/Operator Belt (Kydex Reinforced)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WvHiker View Post
    After reading this thread (and after wearing a gun on a belt I bought At Tractor Supply for the last six months), I finally broke down and ordered a dedicated gun belt, from the people at A&G leather. I'm really looking forward to this night and day difference I keep hearing about. So thanks everyone for the free educaiton; I'm really looking forward to a greater degree of comfort. Hopefully this will solve the Mystery of the Lower Back Pain that has been creeping up on me since my old generic belt started getting stretched out.
    Check the heels of your shoes. If the edges are worn and no longer flat (draggin heels when walking), that might be where your back pain is coming from.

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