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Belt Confusion

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by jacob2745, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. jacob2745

    jacob2745 Well-Known Member

    Today i visited a store that had a pretty good selection of 5.11 gun belts. Seeing as i dont have a gun belt, they drew my attention. After handling several i didnt really notice any difference in stiffness from some of my regular belts. I assumed extra stiffness was what made a gun belt. Am i missing something?
    If i decided to go with a 5.11 offering can anyone give me some pros/cons of leather and the web type?
  2. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    5.11 has different belts. Their "tactical TDU" belt isn't stiff. The 5.11 operator and tactical trainer belts are. I wear a tactical trainer pretty much every day and it holds the relatively heavy P220, 226, and 229 just fine.
  3. creeper1956

    creeper1956 Well-Known Member

    I was going to write a big long "leather vs. nylon" post, because I have quite a bit of experience on the subject... then I remembered that Detroit Steve had already done that, and very well I might add. This is one of the best posts you'll find on the subject.
  4. p2000sk

    p2000sk Well-Known Member

    If anyone wants to try a rather inexpensive leather belt, Carhartt makes a pretty sturdy one.
  5. birdshooter

    birdshooter Well-Known Member

    I would suggest buying a leather gun belt from the likes of Simply Rugged or Beltman. Once you do you will laugh at yourself for thinking the Carhart ones are stiff. Best purchase I have made in a long time was a good gun belt.
  6. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I have a 5.11 Tactical Trainer belt, either 1.75" or 2" wide. It's stiff and would be a great pistol belt if my holster loop was wide enough to fit it.

    I wear a thick, heavy leather Dickies belt that works great, and didn't cost too much, whereas I have a $35 (it may have been more) 5.11 belt sitting unused in my closet. It's sturdy enough to the point I hardly feel my S&W 469 riding on my hip.

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