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

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

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  1. greyhound

    greyhound Member

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    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

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    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.
     
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  4. greyhound

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    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!
     
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    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

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    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?

    Thanks
     
  8. El Tejon

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
     
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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Jerry
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    CONGRATULATIONS!

    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.
     
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    Another thumbs up for Rafter S. Gunleather.

    :D
     
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    Gun Belts

    Lou Alessi and Matt Del Fatti make the best dress-looking gun belts I've ever seen/handled/owned in my many years of carrying pistols. My father used an Alessi belt for over a decade and passed three years ago. I inherited the belt and use it -- looks and works as good as new.

    The Tucker gun belts I bought recently are also quite nice, but the damn white thread on a black belt makes me feel/look less than "dressy" and takes away from the non gunbelt look. Otherwise, it's a very good product too.

    Don't chintz on the belt. The $80-100 you'll spend when spread over a 10 year lifespan (or more) is cheap.
     
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    I wear my Rafters every day.
     
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    Wilderness Instructor's Belt. If you don't need leather, this is the way to go.
     
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    Another vote for the Rafter-S belt. Very high-quality at a very nice price. The Wilderness belt is great, but my wife won't let me wear it out in public...she says it looks like I made it myself (which is not a compliment). :)

    - Gabe
     
  25. UltimaSE

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    Aker has a leather belt that has a polymer insert that stiffens the belt considerably. I've had mine for 2+ years now and I've been using it everyday for normal wear, IDPA, and steel etc. Went to a local gun shop and picked one up, might want to call around I'm fairly sure there won't be a waiting period to have it made.

    Can be found here: http://www.akerleather.com/pages/concealment_other.htm

    b21, or b22, can be had in brown or black leather and the buckles can be switched with two buttons.

    UltimaSE
     
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