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9/15/10 7:08 PM
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Dark Knight
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If you do not own a gun belt, you need one. I wore a thick work belt for a long time and just kept tightening it as it stretched or to make up for the weight of the gun, both IWB and On the Waist Band.

Once you get one you will realize the importance of it.

And when you get a good one, it is something you can pass on to your kids, these things are built to last.

- A good gunbelt is important to the performance of a holster, without it the holster will not give you the presentation you really want.

- Thicker than a normal belt. This extra thickness equates to additional strength and support.

- It is significantly more durable that a standard belt. Most standard belts are made of a thinner leather. Over time and use, the thinner leather tends to break down. This break down causes the belt to stretch and sag. Have you ever put a regular belt on only to find that you now have to move the buckle in to the next closest hole? If you haven't lost weight.....

I am doing a quick review on two belts.

The first is the Don Hume 1 1/2 Leather belt (Model B109) They recommended you order 2 inches bigger for IWB, when it got here it was too big and I had to get it in the right size. Delivery was 2 days later, great customer service.

You can feel this is a double thickness belt, mine is brown and it looks like a dress belt. You can wear this anywhere and look fine. When I put a gun and holster on the belt it made a huge difference. The gun (Full size 1911) did not pull down at an odd angle, it didn't pull my pants down to where I had to tighten the snot out of my pants.

When drawing the weapon, the belt supports the holster so that the draw is smooth right out of both leather holsters and kydex. This is where a gunbelt shines, great performance.

Now I can see how an OWB holster can be concealed in an untucked shirt.

IWB was better. The gun was well supported and my belt wasn't tightened super tight to keep it in place.

I paid $51.00 for the belt and highly recommend it, Lots of support, looks great. I have seen others that are more expensive and thicker, I can see the benefit of them.

the second belt is the Wilderness Instructors Belt

http://www.thewilderness.com/storepinnacle/index.php?p=product&id=2309&parent=142

I love this belt, it goes with my jeans perfectly and does not look out of place.

The belt was originally designed to clip into a secure system while "instructing" others in high places. Produced from specially treated nylon, it's a tremendously strong belt with a specially designed V-ring buckle that has been treated with a non-glare black coating.

When the Wilderness Belt was first introduced, customers started experimenting, and discovered that, in addition to it's Fire and Rescue uses, it also worked great as an everyday pants belt for casual or outdoor use. Those same folks also discovered that the Wilderness Belt made a fantastic gun belt for range use and concealed-carry.

This belt is very strong and give the stiffness and support of thicker leather gunbelts. Like the Hume belt above it supports the gun holsters both in and on the waistband and allows great presentation and Carry options.

What I like the most about this belt is it looks great with jeans, you don't look like a geek with an odd belt, (The Hume leather belt looks great, just like a nice new leather belt) it feels great wearing it, my Gerber multitool fits on it and the buckle allows a perfect fit. then the tail of the belt Velcro's down and looks clean. If you carry tools on your belt this is going to be a huge asset and is not uncomfortable

If you can afford just one, get the wilderness 5 stitch Instructors belt. The instructors at Gunsite use it. Look at their videos on line and you can see it, mine is in coyote, its tan.

I hope this helps, again if you do not own a gunbelt you really need to get one, you will be happy with the investment.
9/15/10 11:31 PM
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I agree wholeheartedly that a good gun belt is a must if you're gonna carry all the time.

I had a wilderness instructor belt, the belt itself was great, robust and did everything it was advertised for. But I had problems with it due to the width I ordered (1 3/4"), the belt was wide enough that some holsters clips wouldn't hook around it. Hence me going with the ring belt for my next one.

http://www.thewilderness.com/storepinnacle/index.php?p=product&id=2504&parent=142 I had the 5 stitch on the instructor, on the ring I went with the one with the polymer insert. With the 1 1/4" width, I've yet to find a holster that didn't positively clip on it with some room to spare. It's the best belt I've ever worn. After 5 years, it's still straight and works great.
9/16/10 8:05 PM
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Awesome. Thanks for the reviews.
9/16/10 8:23 PM
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The wilderness belt does so much, it looks great on jean and will carry everything you own. I reccomend it even if you dont carry a gun
9/22/10 7:36 PM
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Good stuff! Thanks!
9/22/10 7:36 PM
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I have an Uncle Mike's Instructors belt on the way.
9/22/10 8:51 PM
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Post your impressions about having a gun belt when it comes in. Thats what I noticed most was the difference having one made.

I travel and now I wish I had bought the one for flying.
9/27/10 6:13 PM
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Just ordered my instructors belt now.
9/27/10 6:14 PM
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I got the 1 3/4 belt.

Hope a Fobus fits on that.
9/27/10 8:28 PM
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I got the 1 1/2 belt. I believe that is the largest you can wear with shorts or jeans. A Fobus should fit just fine with the 1 3/4 though, but the belt might not fit through your belt loops.

Wore mine for the first time today. Huge difference! No more hiking my pants up. Also love the ability to adjust in smaller increments than a regular belt due to the velcro.

Highly recommend a gun belt for CCW or even with a paddle holster at the range.
9/27/10 8:43 PM
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I'm stuck with it now, so I hope it does fit.
9/27/10 8:55 PM
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WaltJ - I'm stuck with it now, so I hope it does fit.



Ill bet its a common thing and they will exchange it. I had to send back the Hume leather belt back for one size down and it wasnt a problem.
9/27/10 8:56 PM
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TheCorrect - I got the 1 1/2 belt. I believe that is the largest you can wear with shorts or jeans. A Fobus should fit just fine with the 1 3/4 though, but the belt might not fit through your belt loops.

Wore mine for the first time today. Huge difference! No more hiking my pants up. Also love the ability to adjust in smaller increments than a regular belt due to the velcro.

Highly recommend a gun belt for CCW or even with a paddle holster at the range.



I love mine, I wear it all the time, it is def a difference.
10/2/10 6:37 PM
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WaltJ - I got the 1 3/4 belt.

Hope a Fobus fits on that.



Did it arrive?
10/2/10 7:02 PM
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Not yet.

10/5.

It's taking long enough.
10/7/10 4:54 PM
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Got it yesterday.

As I said earlier, it's the 5-stitch, 1 3/4 width belt.

I wore it yesterday and am wearing it right now, and I love it.

It's extremely strong and the metal pieces are heavy duty, to say the least.

That said, it's also very comfortable and has fit through all of the belt loops I have tried it on, which is something I was very worried about when I ordered it.

It keeps my pants up and the holster tight to my body. No more pulling my pants up and constantly re-tightening my belt.

I just have to make sure that my paddle holster (a Fobus), is clipped all the way on the belt, otherwise, you will occasionally pull the whole rig from the the belt, which is annoying.

You guys were 110% right about having a good belt. From what I can see now, having a good belt is probably 70% the battle.
10/7/10 4:56 PM
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And as someone else said, being able to adjust to the slightest increment is awesome, because not only can you do that, but the design of the belt makes it so that it never loses its integrity.

Even if you were to loosen the belt so that it was sagging, the gun would still sit up.
10/8/10 1:12 PM
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I found that the gun belts made carrying much more comfortable because the gun has support. I wear the belt all the time. I am going to order the one for flying because I travel alot
11/6/10 4:56 PM
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11/11/10 10:11 PM
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 awesome!
1/17/11 1:24 PM
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2/28/11 6:18 PM
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For a good thick belt check out the Tractor Supply store. I get all my belts there, $24.
3/11/11 10:21 PM
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Check out The Beltman and Rafter S for exellent gunbelts as well.
9/16/11 2:01 PM
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