Choosing A Gun Belt

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    Choosing A Gun Belt

    I keep hearing you need a good gun belt, but I have not seen wear anyone tells what a good gun belt is. What are you looking for when you look at belts? This is all new to me.

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    Streetrod, you'll probably get a lot of recommendations of various makers, but I'll try to answer the generic "what to look for."
    First off, it depends a bit on the sidearm that you're carrying, and the carry method. A full size 1911 platform handgun needs a stouter belt than a Ruger LCP-sized handgun. Primarily look for:

    1. quality leather (doesn't come cheap) or man-made material;
    2. proper width for your holster. Too wide and the belt loops won't fit the belt, too narrow and the holster/gun combination will move about too much;
    3. stiffness. This may or may not be a function of how thick (single or double thickness material) the belt is. Regardless, the belt is the main weight bearing vehicle for the holster/gun. A belt not stiff/thick enough won't support the weight, and cause your carry to sag, bulge (if concealed carry), and be uncomfortable for continuous wear.
    4. length. Gunbelts are usually measured a bit differently than casual/dress belts, especially if the carry is IWB. Look to the maker's recommendations on how to measure for proper length.

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    I just got my Beltman black bullhide belt. You can wear it everyday, but it will still hold a large weapon without sagging. I would go with beltman. You want a stiff belt, but comfortable. ALso, a beltman doesnt look like a gunbelt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffB View Post
    Streetrod, you'll probably get a lot of recommendations of various makers, but I'll try to answer the generic "what to look for."
    First off, it depends a bit on the sidearm that you're carrying, and the carry method. A full size 1911 platform handgun needs a stouter belt than a Ruger LCP-sized handgun. Primarily look for:

    1. quality leather (doesn't come cheap) or man-made material;
    2. proper width for your holster. Too wide and the belt loops won't fit the belt, too narrow and the holster/gun combination will move about too much;
    3. stiffness. This may or may not be a function of how thick (single or double thickness material) the belt is. Regardless, the belt is the main weight bearing vehicle for the holster/gun. A belt not stiff/thick enough won't support the weight, and cause your carry to sag, bulge (if concealed carry), and be uncomfortable for continuous wear.
    4. length. Gunbelts are usually measured a bit differently than casual/dress belts, especially if the carry is IWB. Look to the maker's recommendations on how to measure for proper length.

    HTH

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    Looking into getting my own soon as well. One thing I would suggest, spend the extra for velcro if you IWB carry. If you ever want to tuck you can get the clips for it. Usually $10 extra...but if you know you'll never need it, of course don't get it. Just something to consider.
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    +1000 on Beltman belts; I have two.
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    BLACKHAWK! CQC Pistol Belts - BLACKHAWK!

    Entry level belt, they will support you pistol but will wear out a lot sooner than a good leather belt
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    Good gun belt:

    Double thick. Always double thick. This doesn't mean huge, just 2-ply. Any holster maker that makes belts, uses 2-ply. 2 layers of leather, glued and stitched. I'd say they average 1/4 inch thick, give or take a few 32ths.

    The belts that the beltman, me, HBE, and several others are pretty much the same. I know we 3 use the same leather. Others use different leather, but product is still pretty much the same. Some makers also might add a kydex strip or some other stiffener between the leather, but this is hardly necessary. You could get a thinner belt with this added, but I don't think thinner is an option, just thicker.

    Crossbreed uses latigo/vegtan in their leathers which is something I wouldn't mind trying. Latigo is usually a little stiffer than veg tan, but I'm not sure on the wear of it, how it will break in.

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    I have an HBE gun belt that Eric made me and its outstanding. I had him make mine with a taper from 1-1/2" tapered to 1-1/4" at the buckle. He did a fabulous job tapering it. IIRC, he used 2 layers of 6-7oz leather, bullhide on one side and cowhide on the other. Mine is a little less than 1/4" thick and holds my 32oz. 1911 very rigid. One of these days I will post up some pics of it as soon as I get my new HBE holster.
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    The Wilderness Instructor's Belt (3 or 5 stitch) is a great gun belt for the price.

    I've used one for about 7 years without any issues.
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    I have also been told by a few guys I've talked to in the area here that the Wilderness belts are very good belts, and you can make them as tight as you want.

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    Wilderness Belts are great. So are UBG's. I've got 2 of Nate's

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    Get the best holster belt you can afford. I believe a lot of the holster issues people post about are actually belt issues. I'd rather have a $30 holster on a $100 belt than a $100 holster on a $30 belt. My everyday belt is 1 3/4 inch bullhide beltman belt, since I wear jeans about every day. There is very little movement in the belt loops, and because it is so wide and thick, I don't have to cinch it super-tight to support a holster and accessories. I also have a Wilderness frequent flyer 5-stitch belt with I like, but the next time I order one I will get the plastic inserts, as it is a little too flexible for my tastes.

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    I own eight gunbelts. One is a wilderness 1 3/4" reinforced instructor belt and six Galco belts. One 1 3/4" leather, one 1 1/4" reinforced leather, five 1 1/2" leather and one 1 1/2" nylon 5 stitch instructors belt.
    Buy a good one from Galco, Beltman, Rosen etc. I recommend a 1 1/2". Dont hesitate to spend 70 - 100 dollars for a leather one. They last a long time. For casual wear, the 1 1/2" 5 stitch nylon belts work well.`
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    As posted above----1.5" wilderness belt. About 35 buck
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