recommendation on gunbelt weight


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ivankerley
October 16, 2013, 02:44 PM
recently finished a holster for my 1860 army, a mexican loop style, i'm in need of a decent heavy duty belt. Id like to do the belt myself (carving and whatnot) as to keep it consistant with the holster. also didnt want to have to buy hide of that weight for just 1 belt.
Belt Blanks: Ive poked about the interwebs didnt really find much above 8-9 oz
Would that be heavy enough, read some people recommend to use belts as much as 12+ oz...
Thinking of a 1.75" - 2" wide belt
Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated
Thanks
Gene

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rayban
October 16, 2013, 03:02 PM
Since you're able/willing to do the work yourself, I would recommend you get a strap of 10/12oz. and a strap of 4/5oz. 3" wide, glue and stitch the two together....here's where to buy them:
http://www.zackwhite.com/3in-Natural-Vegetable-Tanned-Leather-Strips_p_1345.html

ivankerley
October 16, 2013, 03:20 PM
thanks rick! i'll check it out.
Hope the flyer worked out for you
Gene

CraigC
October 17, 2013, 12:34 AM
I really don't think a single thickness of 8-9oz is heavy enough. It works okay but I like them heavier. I hand stitch and since folks aren't gonna wanna pay me to stitch all the way around a belt (don't want to anyway), I use a 13-14oz 2" to 3" blank. It helps to have a store close by so you can cherry pick the best blanks. They're not cheap but they save me a lot of work and cost less in the long run.

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/leather-belts-leather-straps/4576-191.aspx

BSA1
October 18, 2013, 08:56 PM
Wider belts help spread the weight. 2" belt is not near wide enough for as heavy as a gun as the 1860. I would go with at least 2 1/2" and would be comfortable with 3" wide.

ivankerley
October 18, 2013, 11:36 PM
like was mentioned 3" is gonna be a little too wide, given what i made.
i figure ill find something that'll work... live and learn:)
Gene

CraigC
October 19, 2013, 02:19 AM
Wider belts help spread the weight. 2" belt is not near wide enough for as heavy as a gun as the 1860.
I disagree. A "good" 2" belt is plenty as long as it's as thick as it should be anyway and the 1860 ain't 'that' heavy.

ivankerley
October 19, 2013, 09:16 AM
yeah im thinking 2-2.5" will work if i can get one the proper thickness, tandy near me has them so i'll see what they have, prefer to handle what im looking to buy first... ive worn the holster around the house with a cheap leather belt thats 1.75" wide and flimsy, too funny. Definitely need the heavier weight that was apparent rather quickly:)
appreciate all the help guys
Gene

EVIL
October 19, 2013, 11:14 AM
No to do a total thread jack, but several questions on topic:

I have made a lot of holsters, but never a quality gun-belt. Do you think I could get away with just gluing 2 9/10 oz straps together with out the stitching on both seams? (I hand stitch) Honest opinion, since I will be the only one wearing it, my main concern is durability in the field, not good looks.

I was also thinking of making a money belt, as with those you only have to stich one side ... what weight leather is recommended?

rayban
October 20, 2013, 04:03 PM
Gluing two layers of leather to make a belt is not meant to be an end all....it's a big help, but stitching is still necessary, IMO.

CraigC
October 21, 2013, 10:12 AM
Glue is tough but you still need to stitch it to anchor the two pieces together.

doubleh
October 21, 2013, 10:52 AM
I don't think I would want to wear a belt made of two thicknesses of 9/10 leather. Since one ounce of leather converts into 1/64 of an inch that is going to be a heavy, stiff piece of equipment.

I wore a belt for years made from ordinary 9/10 ounce leather (open carry) and never had any trouble with stretching but it was 3" wide. Personally if I were to make a new belt I would go with a strip of saddle skirting cut from Herman's Oak leather. It's 12/14 ounce leather and if it's tough enough for a saddle cinch strap it will hold up any handgun you hang off it. S and D Trading Co. has them from 1 3/4' to 3" wide. If you want it narrower I'm sure he would strip one down to any width you wished.

EVIL
October 22, 2013, 09:29 PM
doubleh ...thanks for the recommendation - the 12/14 oz skirting leather HO strap at 1-3/4 is the way I'm going to go.

rayban
October 23, 2013, 06:55 AM
EVIL...you asked about a money belt. I've never made one but Will Ghormley has, and in his pattern packet he recommend 4/5oz for them.
He also makes single layer gun belts from 9/10oz.

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