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Gun belts.

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Post by mbschne » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:09 pm

Pre CHL I've always bought the thickest leather belt's I could find, either from Academy or TSC because they tended to last longer. I've hand my CHL for several years now and began using the same non gun leather belts. I carry OWB with a Ruger SR9c and have carried for over twelve hours a day on several occasions with no discomfort. On my last birthday my wife talked me into getting a "gun belt". I ordered and received a 39" bull hide belt with stiffener from the Belt Man. I ordered this brand due to the recommendations on various hand gum forums. It's a beautiful belt and I have no doubt it will last many years. But I honestly can not tell any difference in comfort between my non gun belts to my "gun belt". Has anyone else had this experience?


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Post by JMod45 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:31 pm

I just used a normal leather belt when I first got my license. I bought a 5.11 tactical belt a while back, can't say I noticed as much difference as everyone said I would, then I got an alien gear belt for Christmas this year. I still can't tell that much difference with that belt, but I rarely carry with a normal leather belt, so I haven't done a side by side. I can't clip my cell phone case onto my gun belt, so I'll be carrying with a normal belt starting next week. Maybe I'll notice a difference in the belts then.

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Post by Liberty » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:39 pm

I've found its the stiffness that matters .. It's either good enough or it isn't. I lighter gun isn't so demanding. If you were to carry a fulll sized glock, 1911, or a Ruger P92. You migh find that the real gunbelt has an advantage. The holster makes a differene too if the holster is wide and stiff it won't depend on a belt as much for support.

In other words if it works for you then its great.
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Post by flechero » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:04 pm

Depends on a few things... how stiff belt is, how tight you wear it,how heavy your gun is and what holster you use. Your guns isn't that heavy so the difference you notice may be small. I've had Beltman belts in the past and they worked well for lighter guns. I now use AG Gunleather and can tell a pretty substantial difference, especially when carrying a steel 1911. The biggest factor in the "good" gunbelts is that you can wear them a hole bigger (looser) than you wear other belts because they sit on the hip. the difference in tension is what I believe makes them so much more comfortable. If you wear your belt fairly tight, you'll notice much less difference, IMO.

It may feel the same and just last longer then your TSC/Academy belt before it wears out. I have no experience with them but I've read on other forums that TSC belts are actually pretty good.


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Post by JMod45 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:24 am

I was thinking about this last night. I have always worn my belts fairly tight, so that is likely why I haven't noticed the difference. I also carry an M&P Shield with an Alien Gear IWB. If I carried OWB with a full size, I would likely notice as well.

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Post by AJSully421 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:28 am

Liberty wrote:I've found its the stiffness that matters .. It's either good enough or it isn't. I lighter gun isn't so demanding. If you were to carry a fulll sized glock, 1911, or a Ruger P92. You migh find that the real gunbelt has an advantage. The holster makes a differene too if the holster is wide and stiff it won't depend on a belt as much for support.

In other words if it works for you then its great.
This. Carry a Glock 21 with a mounted light, plus two spare mags and you will quickly notice a difference.
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Post by koine2002 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:35 am

With my Taurus 709, I can wear about any of my belts and be fine. I've got a Hank's Amish Gunner, a Postal Garrison Belt, and a Dickies Double Holed belt. All work just fine with that one for IWB. For OWB I use the gun belt simply because it supports the holster better. However, with my Smith & Wesson 5904 there is a noticeable difference when I carry. I've got to cinch my non-gun belts really tight with the Smith to keep my pants from falling down (IWB) or keep the gun up against me and keep it from flopping around (OWB).
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