Gun belts aren’t props, they’re necessities, and many don’t understand the importance of a good gun belt. A belt that will keep your pants from sagging past your underpants is not the same as a belt that will support a gun in a holster the way it should for comfortable carrying, as well as for pulling and storing. Consider the service platform of a police officer. The belt is over 2 inches wide, is very thick and stiff. Sure, cops put a lot more gear on their belts, but the goal of support and comfort is the same.
You are unlikely to carry more than 16 pounds of gear like a patrol officer does for 8 to 16 hours. But when you carry in a concealed way, your belt will support several kilos. To do this comfortably, you need the right belt. Here are a few items and some good transportation belts to consider.
One is not enough
Because most of us don’t always dress the same, one gun belt is usually not enough. You will need a pistol belt for everyday use and another pistol belt for more fancy dress up occasions. Having a gun belt for outdoor chores, farm work, or any other activity where appearance is not as important as sturdiness is also a good idea. You might also need different belts for different holsters or handguns.
I generally carry a lightweight Browning HiPower more than any other handgun. Luckily my Wilson Combat EDCX9 fits the same Galco IWB Royal Guard holster. But, on occasion, I carry a Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum in a Galco Combat Master case. It’s a nice leather case, and it looks a bit silly on a nylon belt, so I have a leather belt to match this case. For sartorial occasions I have a machined leather belt, holster and magnetic pocket holder for my HiPower. I have and commonly use several gun belts, but they all have some things in common. They fit, they’re stiff but comfortable, and they’re wider than regular trouser belts.
Your gun belt should fit. It should go all the way around your waist and should be adjusted in both directions. The fit is for switching between an IWB holster and an OWB holster. It’s also there when you overeat at your favorite Italian restaurant and need a boost, or when you’ve lost a few pounds because you can’t afford to go to that Italian restaurant. Most traditional leather gun belts have five holes. The belt of your gun should fit better when the pin goes through the middle hole.
To measure for the right fit, measure a belt that runs from the end of the buckle (where the pin rests on the buckle) to the hole that fits you most comfortably when wearing the holster and pistol that you are wearing. you wear most often. This is your belt size. This measurement allows you to have that little adjustment you will need in either direction.
What is the width and thickness?
To determine the proper width of the pistol belt, your belt must fit into the holster. If your holster has 1 3/4 inch slits, your belt should be 1 3/4 inch wide. The belt should also be comfortable. Belts less than 1.5 inches in width can look like razor wire when loaded with gear and fastened securely. In general, the wider the belt, the more comfortable it will be.
Avoid single-layer belts like you would with the Rona. They won’t have the stiffness to support a gun and will tend to bite your side and guts. With leather belts, go for at least two layers. For nylon belts, unless the nylon is thick and wide, the same is true. Some belts will also have a metal or polymer core to help provide strength. Nylon and leather belts are also stiffer with extra rows of stitching.
1¾ inch Galco SB5 Casual Holster Belt
My main rifle belt is a Galco two-layer plain beige leather rifle belt. This is the same style of belt that I have worn for 30 years. It’s soft enough for comfort but stiff enough for good support, and it doesn’t look too bad. Galco also offers a 1½ inch version ($ 98) as well as a 1 3/4 inch sewn style ($ 124). While I don’t own one because I’m not what someone would consider a costume designer, Galco also has a collection of fully lined exotic leather belts that are thin enough for any three-piece suit. Prices start at around $ 290.
Blade-Tech Ultimate Carry Belt
A few years ago my wife bought me a sliding belt for Christmas. Sliding belts are unique in that they have a ratchet buckle with ¼ inch adjustments. They are extremely comfortable because you can easily adapt their fit as you go about your day and never have to unbuckle. But they are not very rigid. A similar belt from Blade-Tech is. Their Ultimate Conveyor Belt ($ 59.99) has a ¼ inch ratchet adjustment, but it also has a polymer core and is 1.5 inches wide. You cut it to the right length. If a common buckle belt never feels right to you, these belts are the answer.
Versacarry underground belt
Versacarry offers five belt styles ranging from $ 54.99 to $ 84.99 and all are made from premium water buffalo leather. My favorite is the Underground edition. This is a three-ply belt that looks good enough for everyday use but is sturdy enough for when you may need to crawl under your tractor, explore caves, or maybe fight a bear. . And those belts are hell for stiffness; their ideal for supporting the heaviest handguns.