Gun belt life

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    Gun belt life

    Bought a 5.11 leather gun belt during the summer of 2011. Pretty much have worn is daily to date.

    I noticed last week my holster/gun is riding down to an uncomfortable level. And you can't always adjust yourself in public.

    I'm carrying my 27 in a Crossbreed Supertuck.

    So will the either leather and/or stiffener ware out and lose it ability to support the holster?

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    I'm sure that it will wear out in time and you are going on 2 years of daily wear. Could it be your attire or something else? My belt is always doing strange things that I attribute to trying to keep a purchase on an upside down pear, poor thing just has nothing to hold onto anymore.
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    I recommend the beltman. Mine is 1.5 yrs old and other than the supertuck that scratched it up, it is still performing great. I carry a Colt lw Commander on it.

    I love it. I ordered a quick ship one, but will get a customized one eventually, just don't need one because the other one is so good!
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    The beltman is defiantly the way to go. I used to wear out a leather belt in under 2 years easily. Now going on year 5 of everyday with one from the beltman. Some things in the 5.11 line and other "tactical" clothing lines are more for the name and not for the function.
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    Ordered an ares ranger from LuRue"not sure of spelling". Got it in 2days but it was a little big so after 4 more days the new one will be here today. Really stiff but I have read good stuff on it. Some have hard time getting it thru loops but it went on with ease for me. My pants have large loops though. I will let you know my opinion in a few days.

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    I've got three belts from BeltMan (a 1.25" dress, and two 1.5" gun with tapers, all double bullhide). The 1.5" belts I wear for daily carry are starting to get a bit ratty around some of the edges, but they're still holding up okay. It's been about ~5yrs, so I am fairly pleased with the life of them so far. The dress belt's going to last quite a long time, I think. But sometime in the next year I'll need to replace the 1.5" belts with something new.

    My preference at this point: BeltMan, 1.5" double bullhide, internal stiffener, taper (for comfort), 7 holes @ 3/4"; one in tan, one in black. But I'll be comparing to various others, including A&G, Bissell, Kramer, Mitch Rosen, Galco.
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    I was burning through the 5.11 belts at the rate of 2 a year. The stiffener would crack and then the holes would tear out. Those belts are not very good quality, but I was getting them for free with the covert khaki pants so

    I purchased a double stitched bull hide belt from a local guy at a gun show about 2 years ago and it is as good as new today.

    I've never heard a bad word about The Belt Man's products though I've not owned anything from him.
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    Not sure about the 5.11 belts as far as wear goes, but I bought a Galco pistol belt the better part of 20 years ago and it is still going strong. I just make sure to keep it clean and have water proofed the seams and threading.
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    If you prefer leather, Belgian seems to get alot of votes. Like I said I haven't got the ares ranger yet(coming today) but I do know that they offer a life time warranty. Others may also, you might want to check into that.

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    I have been carrying with my belt since 2008. I had it custom made from a local leather worker. It wasn't cheap but he said it would last a really long time. I have carried a Govt. 1911 on it w/ 2 spare mags and now carry a Glock 19 with 2 spare mags daily. It is made of double stitched saddle leather and is still quite strong.
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    I am going on 7 or 8 years with my Crossbreed belt.

    It does have some wear and has formed to my holster, but is holding up fairly well.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    My post said Belgium and should have said beltman. These phones sometimes do what they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joonbi View Post
    My post said Belgium and should have said beltman. These phones sometimes do what they want.
    What's even worse is when I read it the brain re-corrected it to be the right thing! LOL
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    I wear the 5.11 Operator belt. It's a 1.75" web belt with a nylon stiffener & is infinitely adjustable within its size range, great for weight gain/loss. It's been worn professionally & casually for about 5 years & still is holding up well. The holster is held close to the body & doesn't jiggle whatsoever. I can't speak about IWB but it should work good with that carry also.
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