How To Choose the Right Belt?
How to choose the right belt?
When it’s time to buy a new belt one may think about the price, style, brand and quality.
When you are carrying a weapon you need to think about what you are going to be carrying that holster on. VERY IMPORTANT!!!
I would not suggest carry a Dan Wesson on a $20 belt, that just a down grade.
Department store belts are flexible and thin. They may say genuine leather, but actually you’re getting leftover leather scraps that have been glued and sewn together. You may get lucky and the outer thin layer of the belt may be covered with top-grain leather. Most of the time it’s synthetic leather material.
If you are going to be carrying a weapon on your belt you may want to consider something stiffener and more durable to with stand the weight of your holster and weapon.
By carrying a stiff belt you will increase the draw of your weapon.
You can buy a regular gun belt, but make sure it is double layer with full-gain leather not synthetic, genuine or bonded.
Variations that you can add to your belt to increase the stiffness:
- Double stitching
- Internal stiffeners
- Wider belts (standard 1-1/2”, dress 1-1/4”, tactical 1-3/4”)
When carrying a weapon OWB (outside the waistband) you will need a stiffener belt than carrying IWB (inside the waistband).
More information about gun belts to come….