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What a difference a gun belt makes!

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Ironbar, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar

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    OK, I'm finally sold! Yesterday after shooting at the range, I stopped at a local outfit that sells police & tactical gear. This was on the advice of a buddy of mine.

    I ended up buying a nice leather gun belt by 5.11 Tactical, and I wore it today for the first time. Wow!

    I wore my usual full size M&P on the right, and a pocket pistol on the left, and not ONCE did I have to hike up my jeans! It was great!

    I am a believer now, and I intend to go back and get another one just like it in a different color.

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  2. Wizz

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    Wait until if you ever try one of the really nice leather belts from The Beltman/Tucker/Milt Sparks. A dedicated gun belt makes a world of difference, enjoy!
     

  3. IndyGunFreak

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    Personally, I would not go get another one... Give it some time(at least a month or two) and see how the belt holds up. My experience w/ the 5.11 leather, they absolutely suck. They're fine for about a month, then go as limp as spaghetti if you're wearing/carrying every day. Once it starts to go, look at *quality* leather, and you'll have a belt for life.

    IGF
     
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    my 5.11 belt was great till 4 months in and the plastic insert broke into 2 sections.

    I mean I've been using this belt just fine for the last 8 months, its just that I can't change the hole position since the plastic got sucked in a little bit. The leather itself is holding up fine and is what keeps the belt 'working'
     
  5. Seayall

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    Yes I agree 100%, a good gun belt makes all the difference in the world. I have two Beltman belts and I just got a Wilderness belt. I like all three, but I really find the Wilderness comfortable when I use it with my Milt Sparks VMII's.
     
  6. Patchman

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    Now that you understand the purpose of a good leather "gun" belt, start looking for a quality belt. The 511 belts are supposed to be made of leather but I haven't found any yet. Once broken in, they go bad on you. I own a couple but only because they came with the 511 pants, free. I use them only on my run-around-in-the-woods pants.
     
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    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Okay, NOW do you see what everyone's talking about when we say, "Don't get a 'good thick belt' because it's NOT the same as a gun belt. Get a gun belt" whenever someone's moaning about how uncomfortable their holster or carrying is and they've tried a dozen or so holsters?
     
  9. cmac212

    cmac212 Praise Jesus!

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    +1! Those Wal Mart belts are TRASH! I'm glad I spent the extra $ :cool:
     
  10. Thx-1138

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    Caveat:

    If you're a big guy, even quality leather like The Beltman will get flimsy on you. This is especially true if you use Perry suspenders (a must if you have no waist - a common problem when you're overweight).

    If you're big - say, 48"+ belt size (and I'm not saying the OP is - I'm just putting this here in case somebody else sees it), do yourself a favor and get a stiffening insert. Your belt will last a lot longer, and the extra 10 bucks is money well spent.
     
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    I've been wearing the same Galco "Cop Belt" for a couple of years now and it's awesome. For about $60 it does a great job.
     
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    Just to throw it out there I, so far anyway, have been pretty happy with the Crossbreed belt I ordered with my Supertuck.
     
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    Can anybody give some recommendations on some good places to purchase quality gun belts? I would like to do some price comparisons before ordering.
     
  14. HerrGlock

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    The better ones are not going to have multiple outlets to buy from. They're basically custom made when you order them.

    Or are you looking for mass produced ones like Galco and Bianchi? Those are okay, I've got a couple Galcos, but they're not in the same league as The Beltman and such.

    http://www.thebeltman.net/
    http://www.gun-belt.com/
    http://www.gunnersalley.zoovy.com/category/accessories.belts/
    http://www.oldtradingpost.com/
    http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/G...efault.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName
    http://www.cabelas.com/holsters-belts.shtml
    http://store.thewilderness.com/index.php?cPath=43
    http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog.php?cPath=25&osCsid=4cbc4
    http://www.dgunleather.com/
     
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    Lockback Polymerlicious!

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    I wear a Don Hume 1.5 "and love it. Strong without being too stiff.
     
  16. HighwayStarPP

    HighwayStarPP bang bang bang

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    Another good one to add to that list, is the Aker Leather B21. I always recommend it for the CCW'er on a budget. I had one, really liked it, but lost it when I moved. I went through a series of "cheap belts", before getting a Beltman. I should've just gotten another B21 and been done with it, but then I'd have never tried a Beltman. :) The B21 is a great belt, but it is not on the same level as a Beltman.

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

    Do a search on most gun forums, and you'll see a lot of good reviews on that belt, and its not expensive at all.
     
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    paid $60 for a galco belt 10 years ago and im still wearing it today..
    wont buy a cheapie ever again
     
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    Good thread. A top quality gun belt is something impossible to really understand and appreciate until you get one for yourself. I own two from Beltman ... I used their Quick Ship option because plain black was fine for me ... couldn't be happier.
     
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    I agree. The B21 is an excellent belt for those that don't want to drop a lot of $$ on a belt. However, my Beltman belt is more comfortable for all around use.