Good Belt


June 11, 2009, 02:24 PM
I keep reading that one of the most important pieces of CCW gear is a good belt. I've been trying to research what makes a good gun belt but i'm not coming up with much. Does anybody have any suggestions for a good belt and what makes it a good belt? BTW I'm on the cheap side so i don't want to buy 2 or 3 belts at $50+ just to find out what works or not. thanks

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June 11, 2009, 03:45 PM

It's not cheap but you won't need another one.

June 11, 2009, 04:35 PM
I like Tucker Gun Leather (

Highest of quality IMHO. A good belt comes from durable, double layer, thick bull hide or stronger leather. Combined with tough sewing done right, the belt will last your lifetime.

June 11, 2009, 04:41 PM

It's not cheap but you won't need another one.

I went with Jim the Beltman. His work is ourstanding.

I waited 42 days for a custom belt that I wear almost every day.

June 11, 2009, 07:42 PM
My Beltman belt arrived recently, it makes the stiff Amish-made workbelt I'd been using look like a limp dishrag. It is the most comfortable bely I have ever owned.
It took a very long time to get made and shipped, apparently Jim's operation is growing. The lesson there is to order NOW, because you may be waiting two months.

Yes, it is worth the wait ... and yes, it is worth the cash

B yond
June 11, 2009, 08:50 PM
Well, I used to wear woven dress belts and milsurp web belts. Then I got a stiff leather belt and it really made a difference.

It's not a 'gun belt' per se, just a thick, stiff leather belt. Every time I happened to be in a store that sold belts, I'd go through the leather offerings and feel them for stiffness. It took me about 6 months of casual looking before I found the one I bought, and it ended up being only $20 from Kmart.

y'see, I'm cheap too and just wanted a belt that would support the weight of the gun without costing $100. Nothing against 'gun belts,' I'm sure they're worth the money. I just tend to to things as cheaply as possible.

The Lone Haranguer
June 12, 2009, 09:28 PM
Most leather casual and dress belts are not stiff enough to support a handgun without it flopping and leaning away from your body. A good rule of thumb - so to speak - for determining adequate rigidity is to hold the belt by its edges with your thumb and second finger in a pinching motion, then pushing in on the middle of the belt with your index finger. Any "give" at all means it is not stiff enough. Belt makers like The Beltman (I am another satisfied customer, although he is not the only belt maker around) know how to make a belt that looks good enough to be worn with the most expensive of suits, while still giving the stiffness and support you need.

Pistol Toter
June 14, 2009, 12:50 PM
I have my belts made by a local cobbler.

David E
June 14, 2009, 01:58 PM
Looper Leather/Law Enforcement supply makes a kydex lined belt that is very good for the money.

To find a slightly better one, you'd have to spend twice as much.

Hungry Seagull
June 14, 2009, 03:45 PM
+1 on

Rather put money onto someone here in the USA to make it right and food on his table.

I had a 10 dollar store bought belt that was pushing 12 years and ready to break any how.

June 14, 2009, 03:52 PM
If leather is not required, the 5.11 reinforced instructor belt is outstanding.

It is not hyperbole to say that it changed my life. I now carry every day more comfortable than I EVER have

June 14, 2009, 03:52 PM
I had a Beltman, but I ordered it 2 inches too short. I ended up selling it and replaced it with a Crossbreed. The Beltman had a nicer buckle, but the Crossbreed was a little cheaper. Almost no difference in stiffness. Just make sure you order the right length!

Hungry Seagull
June 14, 2009, 03:55 PM
Take your old belt that you are wearing today and lay it straight on the floor. Measure the hole you are using TODAY (Usually somewhere in the center.) to the end of the belt.

You should get a size within a few inches of your waist size. Make sure that you have room to lose weight and gain weight at least two or three holes to either side of the one you are using right now.

The Lone Haranguer
June 14, 2009, 04:03 PM
If it goes with your clothing and dress situation, the fabric "Instructor" belts from Wilderness Products also work very well. Hook enough of them together and you could tow your car. ;)

Hungry Seagull
June 14, 2009, 04:07 PM
THose are known as straps. Three inches thick with a 7000 pound working strength and about 14 feet long. :neener:

June 15, 2009, 07:20 AM makes a "real man" belt that is outstanding.

July 7, 2009, 09:04 AM ( makes nice belts - good price and reasonable lead time.

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