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Are Gunbelts Really Necessary?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by SeanMTX, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. SeanMTX

    SeanMTX Well-Known Member

    I have a new Crossbreed supertuck for my G27, and as I break it in, I'm wondering about gun belts.

    I live in Texas, so my clothing is often shorts and an untucked shirt. I often wear a thick, 1 1/2" standard leather belt. What are the thoughts behind gunbelts? What makes them specific for carry?

    Someone educate this poor guy.
  2. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Gun belts are usually stouter belts that do a better job of securing the holster and helping it to be worn more comfortable. They may be both thicker and wider than normal belts (but not always).

    Your 1.5" belt should do fine as it will should meet the carry needs.

    Now with that in mind, you need to be sure you have a holster that properly fits the belt and the belt should properly fit the belt loops on the pants/shorts you wear. When those three are in harmony, your holster will ride most securely. If the belt is too small for the holster, it can slide and rock. If too small for the belt loops, the belt may slide with the holster, allowing the gun to ride high or low.
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Gunbelts are made with thick leather to prevent sagging. Belts for your pants or trousers are thin because they are intended to keep the pants or trousers up AND in some cases, look good. Your belt is thick enough to do both.
  4. AndyC

    AndyC Well-Known Member

    Their rigidity; it's a pain (and dangerous) if your holster is flopping all over the place because your belt is too limp to handle the pound or so of steel it's trying to bear (this applies more to external holsters than IWB, genrally-speaking).
  5. SeanMTX

    SeanMTX Well-Known Member

    Sounds about right. I don't have any problems with the holster wobbling or moving about with the belt I currently use.

    Thanks for the input folks.
  6. Linda

    Linda Well-Known Member

    A cheap belt can make your $100 holster feel like a $10 holster. Invest some $$ into a good gun belt. The webbed wilderness gun belts only run about $35.

    For some real deals, check out:
  7. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member


    Before I got mine, I thought I understood; now I know I had no idea. The difference is amazing.
  8. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    Really I'm only posting to strongly second this post by highorder. I can't think of how I could any better expand upon that statement.
  9. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    Yes they are. Get one, you will be amazed at the difference.
  10. shark40sw

    shark40sw Well-Known Member

    I have to second Highorder's comments exactly. Before I bought a proper gunbelt I thought it couldn't make much of a differance. I now own two proper belts (one leather with plastic lineing and one Galco instructors belt). The cost wasn't any more than what I pay for a regular good belt and I wouldn't wear a holster without them.
  11. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    I'm wearing a 5.11 Tactical Leather gunbelt with polymer stiffener, 1.5" width, with a Comp-Tac Minotaur IWB holster.

    It makes a world of difference.

    $25 from lapolicegear.com.
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Take your belt, pinch the sides of it between your thumb and middle finger and depress the center of it with your index finger. If it bends, it is not stiff enough for gun carry.

    I also endorse Beltman's quality and service. :) If it goes with your clothing, also the Wilderness Instructor five-stitch.
  13. Kevin108

    Kevin108 Well-Known Member

    I don't think there's much to be gained from most gun belts, but there is a substantial difference between a regular leather dress belt and a polymer-lined Aker belt. I have two. I bought the first one a few lbs ago and got a larger one earlier this year. ;) http://galls.com/style.html?assort=general_catalog&style=LP224
  14. borntwice

    borntwice Well-Known Member

    I have a Galco 1.5" gunbelt for my sidearm, and I really like it. It holds everything in place.
  15. herohog

    herohog Well-Known Member

    I bought one just to hold up my pants! I am tapered like an ice cream cone and gravity is NOT my friend so I wear suspenders. Those clamp on ones tend to pop loose and smack ya in the back of the head so I switched to Perry Suspenders. These bad boys clip onto your belt and will NOT EVER slip off and are will take a TON of abuse. I wear my pants loose in the waist for comfort and got tired of the sag in them, especially when I carried so I bought a gun belt from the leather guy that is always at the local gun shows. Best money I ever spent! My belt doesn't sag and the weight of my gun is well distributed and the holster stays where it should. Web belts are for sailors and Mall Ninjas!
  16. rantingredneck

    rantingredneck Well-Known Member

    Yet another satisfied Beltman wearer here.

    90.00 for a double layer horsehide belt and worth every penny and more.
  17. littlelefty

    littlelefty Well-Known Member

    I can get away with carrying my Kel Tek P11 IWB w/o my gun belt, which is a Wilderness Tactical 5 stitch, though I prefer going with the gun belt. But the belt is absolutely essential for carrying my 1911 IWB or OWB.
    It's basically the foundation of the whole platform.
  18. SCKimberFan

    SCKimberFan Well-Known Member

    Yet one more thumbs up for the belt man. I carry my Kimber 4" or my XD 9 without any issues at all.
  19. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    Can anyone comment on the 1-1/4" gunbelts?
  20. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    A 1 1/4" is quite adequate for light (aluminum or polymer framed) guns but is marginal for heavy guns like 1911s, IMO. You can also get belts that taper from 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" at the front, e.g., for wear with an open suit or sport coat.

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