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A good CCW gun belt (moving to CCW state!)?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by greyhound, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    Well, I move from Maryland to Birmingham, AL next week, and will finally be able to carry.

    Can anyone reccommend a good CCW belt? I'll probably start out with a 4" S&W Model 64, since I have blown the "J-frame purchase fund" I started by selling my Ruger P-97, on mil surp rifles!:eek:

    Seems weird to even be thinking of legal CCW!

    I hear conflicting stories that Jefferson County requires 6 month residency for CCW; I e-mailed them last week but haven't heard anything.

    Oh yeah, back to the question - the holster will be a Hoffner's Miurage IWB- but from what little I know the belt makes all the difference!
  2. JamisJockey

    JamisJockey member

    Go with a good, sturdy, 1 1/2" ish leather belt. Mine is just from a department store, but its nice and thick and sturdy. Holds my IWB holster like glue.
  3. Ryder

    Ryder Well-Known Member

  4. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    Just measured my "everyday" belt I got at Target - 1 1/4 ".

    I think you are right Act1man - thick and sturdy is the key. This Target belt is neither. I might just get a custom "gun belt" if I can't find anything comparable.

    And Ryder - liked their holsters too!
  5. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

  6. Safety First

    Safety First Well-Known Member

    www.wildbillsconcealment.com excellent quality,fair price but order soon,the wait may be long as his work is in high demand. I bought the 1-1/4" double thick, it holds my Sig P239 very well in the holster that Bill made for me. several other good leather makers but he is the only one I have experience with..good luck...
  7. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    Doc - pardon my ignorance, but does the option for the buckle mean you get a "special" buckle, or the regular belt comes without any buckle?

  8. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Since no one has plugged them, Milt Sparks. Tony and crew know what they are doing.

    I have been carrying for several decades now. Milt Sparks has always served me very well.:)
  9. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    Safety First-

    Good grief - that music that popped up on their site almost gave me a heart attacK!:D

    Seriously, they looked quite good on belts - their regular was twice the thickness of "Wal Mart/Target belts" which looks good to me....
  10. ExtremeDooty

    ExtremeDooty Well-Known Member

    Get a sharkskin belt from Rafter S Gunleather. I've been wearing one with a matching IWB for over a year with no signs of wear. You'll get great service too.
  11. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    El T-

    (wow I haven't posted this much in a long time - guess I had become a lurker!)

    I saw their website - they get much positive recommendations- but make belts suitable for revolver holsters? Everything I see there was for 1911s - but as a custom maker they could certainly do K-Frames too.
  12. azrael

    azrael Well-Known Member

    If ya got "dunlop" go with the 1 1/4...

    I tend to hate double thickness belts...IMHO they are only needed for HEAVY CCW's....a 4in smith would prolly qualify though...

    a single 10-11oz belt will prolly work for most people...But that dern double thickness stuff just seems to sell... :D
  13. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy Well-Known Member

    Aker B21 from www.galls.com for about $30.

    I have a Wild Bill's belt and it "died" after a year, it's no longer a "gunbelt" it's just a heavy belt and doesn't support a gun well anymore.

    www.thewilderness.com for the 5-stitch Instructor's Belt, the single best gunbelt out there, for $35.
  14. Deavis

    Deavis Well-Known Member

    I bet the quality is great but those belts look like crap from a dress standpoint. No offense to you older guys, but my Grandpa wears belts like that (around his armpits) and I would have to be paid big bucks to wear that tacky round brass buckle. Maybe I can send them a couple of my normal belts and they can use the buckles from them? I want a nice gun belt but shizam, I want it to look decent too.
  15. JerryM

    JerryM Well-Known Member

    Another vote for RafterS.

    I recently got a sharkskin gun belt from them, and it is beautiful. I have some other gun belts, El Paso Saddlery, Bianchi, and Wild Bills. The Rafter S is the hands down best of all of them.
    The price is very low for the quality.

  16. 19112XS

    19112XS Well-Known Member

    There's one possibility in the Cabela's catalog, the "Upland Belt," #LE-90-1006, brown, brass, 1.5" 30"-52" for $27.95. Not exactly my first fashion choice, but the price for a sturdy leather belt makes it look a lot better.
  17. Daniel L

    Daniel L Well-Known Member

    You know what's funny.. I just moved from CA to NC and they have a 6 month residency requirement to obtain a pistol purchase permit. However, there's a 30 day residency requirement for a CCW and with the CCW you can omit the pistol permit requirement. It's a strange loophole.
  18. Daniel L

    Daniel L Well-Known Member

    If they don't respond to your e-mail, give the sheriff office a call. Make sure you know who told you what.

    When I went to apply for my CCW in person, the person helping me didn't even know for sure if I was eligible through the loophole. They had to call their superior, and that person called their superior. In the end, I had to show proof of residency in the form of bills and that was that.
  19. enfield

    enfield Well-Known Member


    Now you can live like a free man! :D

    My only special-purpose gunbelt is a Kramer 1 1/4" horsehide belt. Ungodly expensive (for a belt), but it should last forever.
  20. Chupacabra

    Chupacabra Well-Known Member

    Another thumbs up for Rafter S. Gunleather.


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