Two belt makers I endorse are Jim Speidel, the Beltman (http://thebeltman.net) (leather) and Wilderness Products (fabric "Instructor" belt).
December 10, 2008, 10:06 PM
I have two Gunner's Alley leather belts, which I like very much. Double layer bullhide for $70.00. They look good, are sturdy, and are holding up very well. They should last forever, or until my waist gets bigger. A good sturdy gun belt is essential, even for pocket carry.
This is my favorite. I wear this thing all the time. If I am not at work this is what I am wearing. I carry daily. When at work I pocket carry.
December 10, 2008, 10:35 PM
I have a galco plain black belt, 1 1.2" width, doesnt look like a gun belt but very heavy and able to securely hold a holster proper. It does and can double as a dress belt for when I have to wear a coat and tie. Not expensive and readily available.
December 10, 2008, 10:58 PM
I have a Milt Sparks belt - it is double-thickness and is also "Contour Cut".
Check out their website and you'll see what I mean.
The only bad thing about Milt Sparks is the long wait for their product, so... while you're on the phone with them ordering your belt, go ahead and order that Versa Max II that you know you'll eventually end up with anyways!
December 10, 2008, 11:03 PM
I have one on order from UBG Holsters, I'll give you a report as soon as it arrives.
The Lone Haranguer
December 10, 2008, 11:20 PM
Should I look at the precurved, or with a plastic stiffener insert, neither, both? I'm just hoping for opinions on a variety.
Unless your gun is very heavy I see little need for additional stiffening. (Speidel explains all this on his site.) I also see little need for precurving the belt - you may have noticed, with a leather belt you already have, that they develop a curve by themselves over time.
December 10, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have both the Beltman and the Wilderness 5.11. They are both good but they ARE different. Used to have the Sparks contour-cut belt until I........well..........outgrew it.
It kinda depends on what you want and what kind of clothing you usually wear. For dress or casual, Beltman's is great. The Filson belt is also ok. That is my dressy belt when carrying. But it is a bit less stiff (not good) than the Beltman belt. Really, any double layer, stitched rigid belt will get you by and is far better than the typical belt.
For strictly casual, such as jeans or cargo pants, the 5.11 web belt is fine and is fairly cheap and offers infinite adjustability. It is a bit tactical/military/cubscout looking and does not go well with dressier clothing.
I prefer the Beltman. It is the stiffest and classic leather enought to go with anything.
The Lone Haranguer
December 10, 2008, 11:28 PM
For strictly casual, such as jeans or cargo pants, the 5.11 web belt is fine and is fairly cheap and offers infinite adjustability.
The adjustability is this belt's best feature. Sometimes I've found a given hole to be a little loose and the next hole in too tight. My next leather belt, I think, will have seven holes 3/4 inch apart instead of the normal 5 x 1". (Yet another option offered by Speidel.:))
December 11, 2008, 03:17 AM
5.11 Tactical has decent gun belts for under $40 - http://www.511tactical.com/browse/Home/Law-Enforcement/Accessories/Belts/D/30000/P/1:100:10000:10900:10906
December 11, 2008, 03:39 AM
I like the beltman belts. Anyone tried the comp tac belts?
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