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Old 03-05-2015, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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What type of belt do you wear for support when you're carrying?

Please share brand name, cost, and your review of the product.

So far, I've just been wearing a $6 belt I got at the local drug store. Does a belt made specifically for carrying really make all the difference?
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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It makes a big difference. Sorry, I can't recommend a brand name, I make my own. I've been tooling leather for over 50 years. I've made saddles, saddle bags for both horses and bikes. Years ago I tooled a heavy duty belt to help with CCW and it made all the difference in the world.

I made myself a 2 inch wide belt out of heavy saddle leather, not what you buy from places like Tandy. 1/4 inch thick. Its stiff, but once you wear it you realize that it takes all the pressure off and makes CCW comfortable. Don't expect a regular belt to do the trick.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:14 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Wilderness Instructor belt for CCW
Wilderness Tactical 5-Stitch Instructor Belt Nylon
TYR Gunfighter + TYR's "Happymag" pouches for when I am wearing SAPI plates and carrying multiple mags, rifle/pistol, etc.
TYR Tactical™ Gunfighter Belt | TYR Tactical - Plate Carrier, Body Armor, Tactical Gear, Tactical Armor
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'm thinking I'll get a belt from Crossbreed..... They seem to be pretty reputable. Anyone have experience with those belts?
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:24 AM
 
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Simplyrugged dot com is where I get some of my leather goods.

All of Robs gear is top notch! As a slightly heavier build fella I was referred to him years ago to get holsters for large frame revolvers that do not flop over at the top due to my dunlop disease ;0) and have since gotten many for my auto loaders too.

I also have used Hanks mens clothing amish carry belt 1.5" they are under $40 and I get a few years of use from them. But in rotation Robs belt hasn't shown any wear in 4+ years but was double the cost.
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I can't make a recommendation because mine was made custom years ago, but a good belt makes a massive difference. A standard belt just holds your pants up by creating a tension ring, and the gun just hangs off this ring. It provides no twisting/lateral stability to keep the gun from leaning over. Nor does it spread the load out. Your pants will tend to "dip" in that area.

A good heavy belt is stiff enough to spread the load out over a larger area, plus it provides resistance to twisting. The Crossbreed belts look as good as any.

Another option is one of the really good holsters by Theis, Old Faithful, or Crossbreed with double clips. Not as good as a good belt, but they really help to stabilize everything. A good holster and a good belt is even better.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:15 AM
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I use a guide's choice for my .44 mag
Guides Choice Chest Holster, Original Alaskan Holster
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Does a belt made specifically for carrying really make all the difference?
Yes, absolutely.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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You can find some decent heavy duty belts for carry at stores like Work World, TractorSupply, RuralKing, etc....

Or as others have recommended custom.

Big difference in prices for obvious reasons.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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I also run a Wilderness Tactical belt as with poster #3. Mine is the "frequent flyer" version. Top notch, been using it for about 4 years with, usually, a OWB holster and Springfield XD 9mm subcompact.
These belts are strong enough to use as emergency harness climbing gears (in standard form with metal buckle).

Wilderness Tactical Frequent Flyer 5-Stitch Instructor Belt Delrin
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