What makes a good gun belt

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    Question What makes a good gun belt

    I have a Comp-Tac Minitaur holster and I am begining to wonder if my regular belt is good enough. I have read several threads where people tout one belt or another. Most of the belts I have seen seem way expensive. I know you get what you pay for, so what should I be paying for? What makes a good gun belt good?
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    You can get yourself a Wilderness belt for around $40 ( mines works great with the MTac ). Leather belts run from around $50 & up.

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    My Beltman cost about $75.00 and my Wilderness about $50.00 if I remember correctly. Both are very good belts for gun carry.

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    What makes a good gun belt good?
    Several things to look for:

    Stiffness. (Double layer).

    Width. 1.5 inch is optimum.

    Thickness. 3/8 inch at least.

    Cut on a contour is best.

    Correct measurement. Different makers have different ways of measuring belt length. Follow the maker's intstructions exactly.

    I prefer leather, but the guys who use Wilderness belts swear by them.

    Lastly, belt width should exactly match the width of your holster's belt slots.


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    I swear by reinforced wilderness type belts for the support and the fact that they are infinitely adjustable so you can easily find the sweet spot for comfort. IMO 1 3/4" works best for me, especially with IWB. I also like the fact that I can adjust it with one hand, if I need it looser or tighter This is also what I wear as my underbelt for my duty rig at work. Currently my everyday belt is a Blackhawk Instructor belt in 1 3/4".
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    I use the 1.5 in Wilderness 5 stitch belt under my duty rig. Same one for about 4 yrs now with no problems.

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    www.thebeltman.net is the way to go IMO. The double thick bull hide is a very nice belt. With all the options I got, mine ended up being close to $90.00, but it's worth it not to have to pull up your pants every five seconds or having to re-adjust your holster to make it feel right again. Of course you can find a cheaper (well made) belt, but with beltman's quality, it's a good buy. Also, beware of the kydex or plastic lined belts; they tend to be less comfy (to me) because they never take your body shape, ever. If you've already got a good holster, a good belt will make the whole experience better.
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    Wilderness Belt, just remember to add enough for iwb, if you carry that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sass20485 View Post
    You can get yourself a Wilderness belt for around $40 ( mines works great with the MTac ). Leather belts run from around $50 & up.

    X1000 I was given one by the owner who is a friend of my brothers, back in 1996-97. I still have it and still wear it almost every day, 10+ years later. It is a great belt.

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