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Suspenders as aid to gun belt in CCW?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Kansan, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

  2. LordDunsany

    LordDunsany Well-Known Member

    I've worn suspenders since I was in my thirties and they are a great aid to comfort and security. I'm a belt-and-suspenders guy; the belt doesn't have to be tight, but gun and other goodies are held securely and I don't feel squeezed in the middle.

    I wear the 'spenders over my t-shirt and under my overshirt, which is worn tail-out. If you want to look more tidy, a quality tuckable holster will fulfill your needs.

    Since I'm retired and can look a bit scruffy, I typically just use an overshirt. The suspenders are not in view, gun is well covered, stomach is comfortable and everyone is happy.

    Ron in Texas
  3. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    Gotta watch you don't get yourself hung up in the suspenders when you draw. ;)
  4. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller Well-Known Member

    I use some extra Mosin slings as suspenders, works great. Only problem is they like to pull my shirt in odd directions when I jump out of the truck.
  5. Mr.510

    Mr.510 Well-Known Member

    I have zero experience with suspenders. I wanted to mention that switching to a gun belt that is infinitely adjustable completely solved all issues with my hardware moving around and/or pants sagging, regardless of physical activity. I use a Wilderness Tactical reinforced Instructor Belt. I sometimes hang my cordless drill in the hammer loop on my Carhartt's and stuff the other pockets with heavy tools. Tightening the belt just slightly (maybe 1/2"?) makes everything stay where it belongs. One of my friends wore a gun belt and suspenders as his body shape just didn't work to hold up a 1911 on a belt alone.
  6. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Well-Known Member

    Wilderness belt and Perry suspenders here. I can get by just fine without them, but they do make it far more comfortable past the eight or nine hour mark.

    MADDOG Well-Known Member

    Filson also makes some fine suspenders.
  8. Deer_Freak

    Deer_Freak Member.

    Get some suspenders and stomp out crack. If you wear your holster on the hip suspenders work just fine. I wear a wife beater Tshirt under regular shirt. No one notices I have suspenders on. Tractor supply has the best quality suspenders. The Walmart suspenders have no leather support on the X on the back. No leather makes it hard to get the twists out.
  9. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member


    Thank you to whoever posted the JCPENNYS version as that is a solution to a possible problem that I see now that I too joined the belt & suspender crowd.

    I see the point and the COMFORT of wearing both and say that to those that do not see this point = your missing out on a very comfortable solution to a problem that DOES exist.

    Now that the belly has become a concern [ hope to reduce it AGAIN ] I see the suspenders to be a real way to CCW with a real pistol and not notice the weight or have to tighten the belt and then feel that pain after a day in the heat and having 'those' marks on the stomach after undressing.

    I too go the shirt out route and have for a few decades,that or a light vest in the summer.

    The "flowered shirt" that is popular is a great way to be unnoticed as just another old guy with bad taste.And the design breaks up all possibility of 'printing'.
  10. Kansan

    Kansan Well-Known Member

    Thought I'd mention that I ordered a pair of the Perry's (2" black) today. I may post back to report on how they work if this thread isn't buried too far in the archives by then.

    I'm about 5' 11", 175 lbs, so kind of average sized, by the way. I can make my belt stay up if I cinch it tight enough, it just feels like it's cutting into my hips after a few hours. Thanks again for all the feedback, I think this technique will help quite a bit.
  11. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Yes it does, I use them all the time even without a gun on the belt.

  12. 25cschaefer

    25cschaefer Well-Known Member

    It is an old saying in Montana; "Beware the man with suspenders and a belt."

    I have been contemplating getting some but I don't know if I'm old enough.
  13. TyGuy

    TyGuy Well-Known Member

    Farm and fleet and walmart sell suspenders that support a belt without alligator clips.
  14. ferretray

    ferretray Well-Known Member

    I've got some back 'Issues" and the Perry suspenders have been a great addition to my carry rig. The clips attach fine to a Beltman gunbelt.
    I normally wear the Perrys over a t-shirt, under an untucked cover garment.
    I get mine directly from Perry.
    Never had a problem with the suspenders "Getting in the way of the draw". The straps are not in the path of the drawstroke.
  15. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

  16. Paladin38-40

    Paladin38-40 Well-Known Member

    The traditional Origional Perrys style present no problem on the draw; the Outback style can. Double check positioning if using Outback's to be sure the elastic is under, not over, the butt.
  17. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Perry suspenders plus a belt. I wear them under a t-shirt against bare skin in the summer. I have found they perform better if I adjust the sliders to the height I want and then tack stitch them so they can't lower themselves as I'm wearing them.

    One of the smartest things I ever did was get my Grandmother to teach me how to use her sewing machine. She just taught me the very basics, but I've been able to make all sorts of outdoor stuff. I've actually taken nylon webbing and sewn loops on both ends to make some non-adjustable suspenders for my hunting pants. I wouldn't recommend those against bare skin, however. :(
  18. txnative1951

    txnative1951 member

    Now, if we could just get these punkass kids of today to realize that they need to wear suspenders. More than once, I have directed them to the suspender department when I was in Wal-Mart and their ghetto imitating butts were hanging out and advertising their desire for some backdoor lovin'.......
  19. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Great thread!! I've been thinking about ordering some suspenders for a while. I have a quality Galco gun belt but am looking for a more comfortable way to carry heavy pistols and revolvers so I ordered a pair of Rugged Comfort from Western Suspenders. I chose the belt style. If I'm pleased with the results I'll order some that can we worn under a t-shirt for summer wear.

  20. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I took my dogs walking last night wearing Rugged Comfort suspenders for the first time. I had a SIG P225 on a Galco belt at 4 o'clock, two 8-round magazines on my belt at 9 o'clock, an Insight Typhoon flashlight in a pocket and a Spiderco knife clipped into another pocket and I've never felt so comfortable carrying so much. I'm going to use this system for USPSA too since it's so easy to carry all that weight (six to seven magazines) and even run with all that weight on a belt without pulling my pants down. Next up is to choose a pair to wear under a t-shirt when using CrossBreed's SuperTuck Deluxe IWB holster.

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