What Belt Width Did U Choose?

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    What Belt Width Did U Choose?

    I'm still very new to CCW I've been open carrying for a few years now, but never had a real Pistol Belt. After trying on a friends CCW rig I can't believe the difference, it's amazing how much better everything works.
    My question is what kinda belts do you choose as far as width goes? I noticed the thinner ones 1 1/4 are a little cheaper on alot of sites compared to the wider widths. What are the pros and cons of thinner 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 inch wide belts compared to the thicker 1 3/4 and 2 inch models. Other than of course fitting through pant belt loops. As of now I'm thinking the 1 3/4 wide might be a good bet for me seems like it'd carry the weight of a Springfield XD9 sub-compact, cell phone, an extra mag, and possibly a sap or OC canister 2 oz. Any advice is definately welcomed, Thanks.
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    HoozyerDaddy, I have both 1.25" and 1.5" belts, both widths are Beltman belts. I went with both widths as it is a function of what pants I'm wearing as to what belt I use. My preference leans to the 1.5" width, as it seems to be a slightly more stable foundation for my carry pistol (P229).

    The other issue with the 1.25" width belts is that most "off the shelf" OWB holsters (I only carry OWB...so this may or may not apply to you) have slots for either 1.5" or 1.75" belts. The narrower belt will allow a certain amount of travel upward during your draw. If you practice that and get used to the additional travel it might not be a problem...personally, I still find it a little unnerving to feel the retention of the holster for a few milliseconds longer when wearing my narrower belt vs. my wider belts.

    Hope this gives you some points to consider. I can't emphasize enough the need for a quality belt as the foundation for your complete carry rig.
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    I bought a 1.5" since:

    1) Some leather holsters are cut for 1.5" maximum
    2) My belt loops can't handle anything over that.

    I think stiffness is what's really important. Two layers at 1.5" thick will be stiffer than a single 2".

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    I have two leather belts and one wilderness belt.

    All are 1 1/2" and they all hold everything I can think to put on them with no problems whatsoever.
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    I use a 1.5 inch for my bigger guns and a 1.25 for my airweight j-frame....

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    1.25" Beltman.

    It's been great. I'll be ordering a 1.5" from him in the near future, for a more casual situation. The 1.25" belt secures my 5" 1911 in a Galco without problems, but I rarely carry it. I'm a pocket carrier. Still, the belt helps even with pocket carry.
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    A good gun belt will probably handle whatever you put on it, whether it's a 1.25" or 1.5". I think it's really about what looks & fits good on what pants. A 1.5" belt is a happy medium & you'll probably find that it's the most popular. Most pants can't fit 1.75" belts. 1.25" belts are usually good for dress pants.
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    You can also look at the tapered belts. 1.5 that tapers to 1.25 in front. Has the looks of a dress belt in front with the width of a 1.5.

    Also works good for sitting with a beer belly! LOL

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    I wear a 1.5 inch belt made by Looper Leather. Looper is a local (OKC) leather company that makes quality belts among other things. Mine is a stitched double thickness of leather sandwiched over a Kydex liner. Very quality belt at only $29.95.

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    I too have a Looper Leather 1.5" belt
    The Kydex sandwitch belt is the best belt I've ever had for carry and it is very rugged and you just can't beat the price! I always encourage everyone to give them a try.

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    I use 1.5 inch belts as that is a good compromise, IMO, between being too wide and supporting the holster/gun. Works for me, YMMV.

    Edited to add that I do have a 1.25 inch belt from Hume that I use for my SP-101 sometimes.
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    I will with an Aker B21 belt.

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    Another Looper owner here. Actually I just got mine in the mail today.

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    I found my Colt carries more comfortably with a 1.75" 5-stitch Wilderness Belt than it did with a 1.5" leather gunbelt. With the Wilderness belt I've forgotten it's there. A big part of that is the infinite adjustability of the Wilderness Belt.
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    It depends on what I'm wearing.

    Jeans, Cargo Shorts and Dockers all get the 11/2" Belt. In my suits I wear a 11/4" Dress Belt that is really a Gunbelt. I showed one of my Dress Belts to a salesman at Men's Warehouse and he said, "That's a really nice belt. You must think our belts feel like paper to you." I smiled and said, "Yup".

    I don't think I've ever worn a 13/4" Belt. It just wouldn't look right to me. With the 11/2" I can wear my Trophey Buckles or a regular buckle. The 11/4" Dress Belt is the proper size for a suit. Once you go to a dedicated Gunbelt you will feel the difference and probably never go back to an "El Cheapo" belt from Target.

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