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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

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    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 Senior Member

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    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

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    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 Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    DawgFvr Senior Member

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

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  11. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Senior Member

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    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

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    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.

    www.thebeltman.net
     
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    +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.

    jw
     
  14. littlelefty

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

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    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

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    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

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

    strat81 Senior Member

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

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    I EAT belts. I used to go through them every six months. Until I got one from Beltman.
     
  22. thebaldguy

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    I love my Rafter S black sharkskin belt. It works well, and the price was right.
     
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    jad0110 Senior Member

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    I picked up a 1 3/4" belt from thebeltman.com for this very reason (7 holes instead of 5) and I am extremely pleased with my decision. The closer notch spacing really does make a difference in getting a more comfortable fit.
     
  24. steelyblue

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    I got the seven hole as well. Ain't they great!
     
  25. blackcash88

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    I had a piece of garbage belt from Crossbreed and I replaced it with a fantastic belt from Desantis.
     

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