Value of a good gunbelt

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    Value of a good gunbelt

    Just a note for any of you who might be struggling with the "Do I really need one of those belts?" question. I'm a big guy...6-2 270 lbs. Carry a full size aluminum frame 1911 in a Sparks VM-II. I've always used suspenders to help carry the load of the gun / holster. With a cheap belt alone; I was constantly hitching up my pants...not good if you are trying to remain discreet.

    I finally bought a good gunbelt. (Beltman) Now I no longer need the suspenders. It's obviously much more comfortable without them; and I no longer have to worry about looking like a low-water pants gang banger.

    Good luck to all. Stay safe and concealed.

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    I bought a Highnoon belt from ICTsnub after carrying for 8+ years with cheap walmart type belts. The difference is amazing!! My back no longer hurts and I'm not pulling up my pants every 3 minutes. I'm not cheap, just didn't think a belt would make such a difference.
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    Its half a system w/out a quality gun belt.
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    +1 !!!
    I've carried for years OWB and IWB with leather dress belts (1 1/4"), and recently I had a chance to try a "real" gun belt with a stiffener insert. I does make a BIG difference in comfort, much more than I thought it would.
    So I bought one ...

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    Yep, this forum helped me see the light on this too!! Big difference.
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    IWB carry allows the pant waistband to help hold the gun in a little without a good gunbelt. But even then, a good stiff belt helps a lot.

    With OWB - a good, proper stiffened belt is essential IMO.

    I have a couple of 1&1/4" Loopers that I paid around $30 for online. One is brown and the other is black. They have a Kydex insert. They aren't the fanciest belts in the world but they are doing the trick for now, even when I dress up. If they start to show too much wear, I'll definately be investing in another proper carry belt.

    We can make due without a proper gunbelt. But, wow, what a difference in concealability and comfort in most cases.

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    The real heavy belts just didn't look right with dress slacks, so Nate at UBG sent me a scrap of shark. It's thin and looks dressy, but it's one stout belt!

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    Quality belts are just important as quality holsters. Every once in a while someone posts what they found by buying a good holster...it's like a light goes on...well, it's the same with a good belt.

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    A bad belt is like watching a good action movie on HD and no surround sound. You just don't know what sounds you are missing until you get that system.

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    The Belt Man got me set up. 1.25" stout bull hide even looks good with a suit.

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    It's funny to watch people swear up and down that their WalMart belt is more than good enough as a gun belt. Then they finally get a real belt and their eyes bug out.

    See the same thing with holsters - "my $9.95 floppy fabric holster does just as good as a Milt Sparks".

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    I just ordered myself a Beltman. The wait begins
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    I've got a great belt - as long as I don't wear a gun. It's hand made from thick stout leather. But it's single ply and doesn't take advantage of multiple layers of leather and the strength that brings. After carrying for 2 weeks (and because I know and respect the opinions of people on here), I ordered one of these to replace it:

    Gould & Goodrich | B52 Pants Belt

    It's not a super nice belt, but I figure its multi-layered should be pretty well built... here's hoping it works out well - I'll let you guys know once I get it.
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    I just received two 1.5" Beltman belts on my birthday a couple of days ago. They look fantastic. Work great. I am now going to order a couple more in 1.25" for a dressier look. Beltman is the only way to go.

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    A proper gun belt is IMO more important than a good holster. You can likely get away with a basic Galco holster, but you can't carry that 5" 1911 on a department store belt.

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