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What gunbelt would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Telesway, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Telesway

    Telesway New Member

    Currently I'm partial to a Wilderness Instructor's 5 stich belt because a friend had one and it seemed plenty sturdy.

    What do you folks recommend? I'm particularly interested what those of you who carry CCW's (especially full-size toters) use.

    As for CCW carry, on which side do you wear your holster? On the back (4 o clock) or on the front (1-2 o clock)?

    Any particular reason why some prefer nylon belts and others prefer leather besides looks?

    Any experiences of the Liger belts?

    I've gathered that Wilderness-type nylon belts have slightly more room for adjustment (say, if you gain or lose a few pounds or some days carry IWB and some days don't) than leather belts. Is this true?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Robert Hairless

    Robert Hairless New Member

    I've got a box full of beautiful custom leather belts but what I wear is what you're wearing: the 5-stitch Wilderness Instructors Belt. It does have more adjustment flexibility than leather belts. It's also much more comfortable.

    I still wear leather belts when I wear a suit but most other times I'll wear the Wilderness Instructors Belt.
  3. ExSoldier

    ExSoldier New Member

    I got my first gun belt from Safariland and a subsequent one from Dillon when their stuff was in-house but they now use Mitch Rosen products. I have a beauty from Galco that I'm using now as a dress belt. I highly recommend a double thickness, tapered belt style if you're carrying any full size firearm. I carry a Sig P226 usually. The tapered portion will make it look to an observer from the front that you're wearing a slim dressy belt while it flares out the rest of the way to a more supportive width. I use one and a half inch instead of 1.75 because most belt loops more easily handle the slightly smaller width and thickness needed. Whatever you get make sure it's quality! Don't skimp. That means a good leather belt is going to run about $90 give or take. Usually no less than $65 on sale. I like the Wilderness stuff for casual wear with my 5*11 or Woolrich tacticals.
  4. chupacabrah

    chupacabrah New Member

    the 5 stitch wilderness belt is great!

    I have the one...not the instructor, but the thinner 1.25" wide version.
    my next belt will most likely be the instructor.

    maybe down the road i'll get a leather one, but I feel these are plenty sturdy, and it's really hard to beat the price
  5. VHinch

    VHinch New Member

    I recently had to replace my old 5 stitch Wilderness, and I went with the 5.11 Operator belt. Very similar, with a polymer insert for additional support, and I have been very pleased with it's performance.
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    I carry 1911's everyday, and I'm a fan of Kirkpatrick Leather Products
    located in Laredo, Texas. I use both, the 5" Undercover Rig and the Compact
    Undercover Rig; when toting my 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry~! ;) :D
  7. TurboJeff

    TurboJeff New Member

    I've got 2 leather dress "gun" belts that I bought at a very reputable local gunshop. They let me try then both on with and without gear.
    I'm sorry I don't know the brands on both.

    The black belt is 1.5". It's a little less rigid than the other belt, but it is comfortable and very sturdy. I believe this belt is made by "Law Pro" or some similar name. It is MUCH better than any regular dress belt I've tried in the past.

    I also bought a tannish/brown colored belt that is double thickness, and reinforced on the inner side. Not sure exactly what material is used for the reinforment, but it's sort of a plastic like material, yet I don't even notice it when wearing. I don't know the maker of this belt. I'm wearing it right now. It did cost about twice as much as the black leather belt.

    With either belt, I will carry either a Galco IWB royal guard, or a Don Hume OWB H720 O.T.: 2 in 1 Open Top Paddle and Belt Slide. I'm carrying a glock 30 with either.

    I like either belt/ and or holster combo, but I think I prefer the tan belt w/ the IWB holster at about 5 o'clock.

    With either, I've got a dillon double mag carrier in a brownish leather on left side about 7 o'clock. I will often conceal with an untucked long shirt, or even a tan or black, very unassuming vest that was made for concealment.
  8. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Active Member

    A saddle cinch (1 1/2") adapted to a belt buckle...
  9. DawgFvr

    DawgFvr New Member

    The beltman makes excellent belts. One of the better belt makers is High Noon as well.
  10. RNB65

    RNB65 New Member

  11. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer New Member

    In leather belts, I recommend Jim Speidel, the Beltman. I like the Wilderness belt, too. It has an advantage of infinite adjustability. The Velcro strip on the outside (used for anchoring the loose end of the belt, also keeps a holster from shifting) can drag quite tightly through some holster slots. If you find sometimes that a particular buckle hole is too loose and the next one is too tight, Beltman offers the option of seven holes 3/4-inch apart (standard is five holes one inch apart).
  12. Tully M. Pick

    Tully M. Pick New Member

    The only name you need to know is Jim Speidel. I'm on my third belt from him, just because I needed them in different colors. All the belt options you could want, and a class act, too.

  13. jwxspoon

    jwxspoon New Member

    +1 for the beltman. The only thing I will say is add a couple of inches to your size if you plan on any kind of IWB holster.

  14. littlelefty

    littlelefty Member

    5 stitch wilderness for me too. Use it for toting the full size 1911 or the kel tek. Good, sturdy platform on which to build the rest.

    Carry at 8 o'clock for iwb and about 8:30 or 9:00 for owb (lefty)
  15. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp New Member

  16. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Active Member

    I have been very happy with my belt from Rafter S.
  17. BamaHoosier

    BamaHoosier New Member

    Currently,I wear a 1 1/2"wide gunbelt of unknown manufacture(one of those specials in the gun store years ago:D).It has a smooth exterior and suede interior.My next one,though,will be 1 3/4".

    I carry my wheelie @ 3 o'clock and speedloaders @10 o'clock.The few times I carry one of my large autos,I move to 4 o'clock.
  18. steelyblue

    steelyblue New Member

    I just had an attempt to deliver my beltman belt. I was out of town, dang it! Now, I have to wait till Monday. I'l report how it is when I get it.
  19. steelyblue

    steelyblue New Member

    I got it! Now that's a belt!!!! Just what I expected. I expect it to last a long time.
  20. strat81

    strat81 New Member

    Love my belt from Rafter S Gun Leather. Well made, good price, and I think I can tow a boat with it.

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