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hi folks. i'd be getting my ccl in the mail any day now. i'm all set with my ccw and holster. i wonder though if i need to replace my cheapo leather belt with an actual gun belt, and if it even matter... if so, which one would you recommend, leather or nylon? i'll be carrying an m&p shield in a n82 holster. thanks for the inputs.
 

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hi folks. i'd be getting my ccl in the mail any day now. i'm all set with my ccw and holster. i wonder though if i need to replace my cheapo leather belt with an actual gun belt, and if it even matter... if so, which one would you recommend, leather or nylon? i'll be carrying an m&p shield in a n82 holster. thanks for the inputs.
Yes, a gun belt does matter, but they matter more with heavier guns. A good quality belt found anywhere but the dollar store should work well with the Shield.
 

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thanks for the tip. at least i wouldn't have to spend anymore as i realized gun belts don't come cheap (at least the good ones).
 

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thanks for the tip. at least i wouldn't have to spend anymore as i realized gun belts don't come cheap (at least the good ones).
Never buy a belt thats advertised as "gun"belt----
The same belt without the "gun" is about half the price ;)
 

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IMO, anything related to SD should be of the best quality you can afford.

I've to many run-ins with Murphy's law when trying to scrimp a few dollars.
 

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Hossfly nailed it. I use a craftsman tool belt for my western rig. A little saddle oil goes a long way. What is funny the exact same belt with a little saddle oil was at the gun shop for $80, same pattern, etc, minus the Craftsman logo. For a heavy gun you are going to conceal you need a leather belt that is 1 3/4" wide and at least 3/16" thick.
 

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Hossfly nailed it. I use a craftsman tool belt for my western rig. A little saddle oil goes a long way. What is funny the exact same belt with a little saddle oil was at the gun shop for $80, same pattern, etc, minus the Craftsman logo. For a heavy gun you are going to conceal you need a leather belt that is 1 3/4" wide and at least 3/16" thick.
wow that is quite interesting. i suppose they figured they'd make a lot more when they market it as a gun belt.
 

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wow that is quite interesting. i suppose they figured they'd make a lot more when they market it as a gun belt.
Exactly :(
Like the Zombie stuff- Sum Gun guys are eatin up now what they wudn't touch before a Zombie sticker was stuck on it :p
 

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I got a cheap work belt at wal mart that I use to hang my guns on. You basically want something that you can hold by each end with the holster in the middle and not have it torque much. Stiff multiple layer belts are the best.
 

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IMO, anything related to SD should be of the best quality you can afford.

I've to many run-ins with Murphy's law when trying to scrimp a few dollars.
^^^ This! ^^^

I tell my students this very thing, tho mostly related to holsters. While there's nothing wrong w/the nylon holsters out there, I always - and heartily! - recommend that they spend the extra money on a quality leather holster and not go cheap. Anything that is expected to possibly save your life shouldn't be bought because you want to save a couple of bucks.
 

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^^^ This! ^^^

I tell my students this very thing, tho mostly related to holsters. While there's nothing wrong w/the nylon holsters out there, I always - and heartily! - recommend that they spend the extra money on a quality leather holster and not go cheap. Anything that is expected to possibly save your life shouldn't be bought because you want to save a couple of bucks.
I second your opinion on nylon holsters. In my experience they tend to sag after a week or so. The next thing you know Officer Not-So-Friendly is talking to me about why my gun is printing so much. A cheap belt and nylon holsters both make it very difficult to keep a concealed weapon concealed for any extended period of time.
 

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No need to spend a fortune, google Amish belt. For about 40 bucks you can get a solid 2" leather belt with little or no "tell "
 

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Quality gun belts are important, particularly when carrying hefty handguns OWB.

Thin cheap belts will roll allowing the holster to cant out away from the body and print. This will force you to sinch that cheap belt tighter which greatly reduces comfort.

Spare yourself the agony of trial and error and buy a good quality double layer leather belt at least 1.5" tall. Personally, I prefer 1-3/4".

Outlets like Sportsmans Wharhouse carry nice looking quality belts for around $40.00.

Of course you could save yourself a boatload over the next few years by forgoing holsters and belts all together and picking up a $15 Belly Band.

Slinging it low around your hip allows you to place your gun anywhere you could put it with an IWB holster, it does not try to drag your pants down since it's not attached to your pants, and it does not leave you wondering where to balance your gun if nature calls for a class 2 download while out in public...

Simply tug the whole rig up your belly, take care of business, and readjust without any need to unholster your side arm. ;)

After 17 years of EDC and a sack full of holster, I can tell you this is the most comfortable and concealable method of EDC available short of carrying a purse!

Good Luck

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Griffworks said:
^^^ This! ^^^

I tell my students this very thing, tho mostly related to holsters. While there's nothing wrong w/the nylon holsters out there, I always - and heartily! - recommend that they spend the extra money on a quality leather holster and not go cheap. Anything that is expected to possibly save your life shouldn't be bought because you want to save a couple of bucks.
I agree but get the nylon if you seriously can't afford something better.
 

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Quality gun belts are important, particularly when carrying hefty handguns OWB.

Thin cheap belts will roll allowing the holster to cant out away from the body and print. This will force you to sinch that cheap belt tighter which greatly reduces comfort.

Spare yourself the agony of trial and error and buy a good quality double layer leather belt at least 1.5" tall. Personally, I prefer 1-3/4".

Outlets like Sportsmans Wharhouse carry nice looking quality belts for around $40.00.

Of course you could save yourself a boatload over the next few years by forgoing holsters and belts all together and picking up a $15 Belly Band.

Slinging it low around your hip allows you to place your gun anywhere you could put it with an IWB holster, it does not try to drag your pants down since it's not attached to your pants, and it does not leave you wondering where to balance your gun if nature calls for a class 2 download while out in public...

Simply tug the whole rig up your belly, take care of business, and readjust without any need to unholster your side arm. ;)

After 17 years of EDC and a sack full of holster, I can tell you this is the most comfortable and concealable method of EDC available short of carrying a purse!

Good Luck

Tack
It's funny, just yesterday I Googled looking for a good holster, and lo and behold one of the top results was a thread where you recommended the belly band! It definitely looks like it would be better than a drawer full of holsters. Just curious as to if you could recommend a brand as the results on Amazon and eBay netted me so many different brands and styles. The only reason I ask is because some are probably junk, whereas others are probably quality, or are you still using the original from the other thread? It does sound like a much better system for when nature calls :)

PS sorry for getting off the original topic! As for that the Liver gun belt looks nice. American made of all American components. Something like 2,000 lbs tensile strength, and like 300 lbs at holes. Not cheap though $60-$70
 

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It's funny, just yesterday I Googled looking for a good holster, and lo and behold one of the top results was a thread where you recommended the belly band! It definitely looks like it would be better than a drawer full of holsters. Just curious as to if you could recommend a brand as the results on Amazon and eBay netted me so many different brands and styles. The only reason I ask is because some are probably junk, whereas others are probably quality, or are you still using the original from the other thread? It does sound like a much better system for when nature calls :)

PS sorry for getting off the original topic! As for that the Liver gun belt looks nice. American made of all American components. Something like 2,000 lbs tensile strength, and like 300 lbs at holes. Not cheap though $60-$70
I'm using the same one I ordered from Kahr 5 years ago. It has a mag pouch just forward of the gun pouch which I like a lot.

Keys to comfort on these is the height. Mine is 4" which is perfect. I also have a 6" band from the NRA store because I wanted something Beefier for my 4" 1911 but I find that it's not as comfortable because when positioned at the right height for carry...the bottom of the band rubs the top of my...Umm...Well...you know. ;)

Also, having a mag pouch opposite the gun pouch puts the BU mag in the right spot to dig into my belly while seated because each is at 3 O'clock and 9 o'clock respectivle and I like my gun at about 5 o'clock.

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I'm using the same one I ordered from Kahr 5 years ago. It has a mag pouch just forward of the gun pouch which I like a lot.

Keys to comfort on these is the height. Mine is 4" which is perfect. I also have a 6" band from the NRA store because I wanted something Beefier for my 4" 1911 but I find that it's not as comfortable because when positioned at the right height for carry...the bottom of the band rubs the top of my...Umm...Well...you know. ;)

Also, having a mag pouch opposite the gun pouch puts the BU mag in the right spot to dig into my belly while seated because each is at 3 O'clock and 9 o'clock respectivle and I like my gun at about 5 o'clock.

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Thanks for the info! Reading the entire other thread convinced me to give it a try. I've been looking at the uncle mikes, it has a nice soft coating for comfort, and breathable! Now if I could only find it in my size ;)
 

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anyone had any experience with the 5.11 tactical tdu belt? i'd be carrying a very light gear (m&p 9 shield in a n82 holster). some suggested that a regular belt will do but just wanted to have something as an alternative.
 

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After reading this I went to the army/navy store after work last night an bought a blackhawk gun belt. It is vert nice and does make a difference. It was only $21 so I figured I couldn't go wrong.
 
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