I am undecided about which model to purchase. I am on the tall and thin side (6'1", 160 lbs) and carry every day except where prohibited by law. I usually wear 1 1/4" belts (every regualr belt I own is this size) and would like to stay with this size. (It seems to suit my needs for casual and dress wear.) I would like to buy only one belt for varied dress (for casual attire, with business suits, range wear, etc.) As such I have decided on either black or cordovan color, as I can wear either with my grey or blue suits. I carry either a glock 19, glock 26, or ruger sp101 stainless .357, 2 1/4" barrel. Because I am only buying one, the price of the belt is not an issue. Please keep your suggestions limited to the beltman belts, as this is the one I have decided to buy. My main question is, which material should I buy? (i.e., bullhide, shark, horsehide, elephant) Any comments on the reasons why you chose one "skin" over the other (and your reasoning behind it) would be greatly appreciated. If the lesser expensive skin or hide is preferable (or vice versa), please let me know. Also, do you prefer the 5 hole or seven hole construction (I would think that the seven hole model would provide a better fit) I know nothing lasts forever, and I don't expect this belt to either. Nothing beats experience, so whatever your experience is with any of their materials, please advise me accordingly. Thank you in advance for your assistance.