This is a discussion on Does your belt really matter??? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by wormy My Wrangler western belt seems to carry my holster just fine. Does a 50-100$ holster belt really make a big diffrence?? ...
Keep your powder dry
I ordered a custom gun belt from a local saddle shop - it actually makes my gun lighter. With the weight of a 1911 distributed all around rather than hanging on one side, it feels so much better.
Since the belt is stiff, the gun rides high and tight and doesn't budge even when I am running. Frankly, it surprised me how much difference a gun belt made.
If you've got a leather shop or cowboy store close by, go try one on and see the difference.
When OWB, then you need a good quality belt. You would need the lateral stability when carrying OWB that only a quality belt can provide.
But if your primary carry is IWB, quit fretting. The cost of the quality belt is not going to help that much – if any at all.
But, this is all only my personal experience. May be completely different for everyone else.
Smith & Wesson M&P9cCrossbreed Supertuck
Nitecore EX10 R2
SOG Access Card 2.0
Beg to differ. My primary means of carry is IWB appendix, usually a single loop tuckable. And there is a huge difference in how comfortably concealable my IWB is depending upon whether I'm wearing a good belt or a cheap flimsy one.But if your primary carry is IWB, quit fretting. The cost of the quality belt is not going to help that much – if any at all.
I hate to think how much more of a difference the belt might make with an OWB, given what a significant difference it makes (for me!) with an IWB.
My website: Cornered Cat
I bought a holster belt from "Crossbreed Holsters" & I like it just fine. The IWB Crossbreed holster is good too. Just waiting on my permit to arrive so I can put both into action.