Need a good dress belt

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by emt1581, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I generally wear through belts in 3-6 months and I'm tired of replacing them. I'd like something that isn't going to break apart or show a lot of wear from daily use. It needs to look like leather (black) with a silver/stainless type of buckle.

    Any idea if anyone makes something that would work for me?

    Thanks!

    -Emt1581
     
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    What, if any, firearm are you carrying and with what holster?
     
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    Plenty of good double leather dress belts out there...I would suggest 1 1/4" ones. This size should fit through any belt loop and be better for supporting the holster than a 1" belt. Sometimes a 1 1/2" belt can be too thick for dress pants. Just google gun belts and you'll have tons of options to choose from. And you may just be able to find a good stiff belt at walmart or other stores even though they are not specifically "gun" belts.
     
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    Akers B21. Designed for carry, and nice enough for dress. I use mine for EDC. It's VERY stiff so it takes 6 or 8 months of EDC until it breaks in. I absolutely love mine! Perfect match with a MTAC. And for under $50, it's a heck of a deal.

    http://www.copquest.com/24-0500.htm
     
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    :agree:

    if you need 1 1/4, go w/ the B22.
     
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  7. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    My one rule for making belts last is to make sure it is made of a single thickness of leather - 2 layers stitched together is a recipe for a crappy belt. I get mine for $25-30 at Tractor Supply - plain, thick, single-layer black leather belt with plain silver buckle.

    Reinforced carry belts are great for a good draw and I use them for competition, but they have a short life.
     
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  8. Bill Lumberg

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    Not true when it comes to gunbelts. One piece or two piece gunbelts will last for years and years of daily use. Now, lookin for single-piece construction may hold true if you're looking at regular belts, but for gunbelts, quality is not determined by whether they are composite or no.
     
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    http://www.thebeltman.net/

    I have used one for my everyday carry for 5 years and it still looks brand new. I have purchased a different styled one for use at the range. I would not consider using any other belts after wearing a beltman.
     
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    None. Where I'm working it would be illegal. I started this thread because belts are part of a carry setup and I have been wearing through wal-mart/dickies cheapo belts way to quickly. I figured it belts were good enough to handle daily carry use they could certainly handle being worn daily without a gun.

    BTW, at my new job is the ONLY place I don't carry, and lucky for me there are guards at the door who do...which should give me enough time to get to my vehicle just in case.

    EDIT: I just send Beltman an email. We'll see what he says. I've read great things about his belts before. I have a hard time believing leather won't wear but if it's true, I'm happy to pay $50-$100 for one!

    -Emt1581
     
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    bluelineman Infidel كافر

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    You might consider horsehide if you go with the Beltman. I did & haven't looked back. He also sells additional buckles pretty cheap. I got two buckles with mine. That was probably 3 years ago & I haven't even opened the second one yet.
     
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    Is that tougher than bullhide?

    To be honest, I used to have a belt made from elephant. I think my dad bought it overseas. Anyways, I wore through it in less than two years. Now I'm not sure how well it was made but the reason I said leather-looking is because I'm not sure how leather can hold up year after year with little or no maintenance and I figured there might be a synthetic out there that does a better job.

    Thanks!

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    All leather will wear out eventually. The oldest beltman I have is 5 years old, it is a 1.25" bullhide with a plastic stiffener. I have worn it pretty much everyday since I got it. I have pretty active routines and usually carry a full size gun, spare mags and a couple phones all on the belt. I am sure the plastic stiffener helps make the belt last longer. Also proper care of the belt will help keep it from wearing out . With all that being said I am sure this belt will out last me.
     
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    This is correct.
    Gunbelts are made to not stretch or "roll" because of stress on the belt. Mine (from The Beltman) is 7 years old and I wear it all the time. I did buy another because I wanted one in Brown also. Mine has not stretched over that time.
     
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    Yes.

    Another good read. Look at the paragraph right under the pics of the belts.

    http://www.thebeltman.net/horse.htm
     
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    (not to hijack, but this could be of use to the OP as well)

    Anyone in this thread wearing an Akers B-21:

    Do you find that the 1.5 inch belt is actually a bit smaller, or did I just get a bad one?

    I tried using it with the MTAC 1.5 inch c-clip, but it was too small and kept coming free.

    I went ahead and shipped the clips back to exchange for standard, so hopefully that'll work with the B-21 a bit better.
     
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    I believe Highnoon makes single layer belts, I think they are called Rock Steady. Having said that I own 3 Beltman belts, 2 Bullhide in Black and Brown and 1 Horsehide Cordovan.

    Horsehide is stiffer than Bullhide for someone who asked.
     
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