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SMITH910
June 17, 2011, 02:29 PM
If we pass CCW in WI soon, I need to look at belts. I want a 1.5" black belt, but have no idea what is decent for that purpose and since I'll be ordering online, I have limited info/photos. I intend to IWB carry a Kel Tec P32 at first. I like small guns and light guns, so no need to get a $100 extra thick belt. However, would something like a Boston Leather belt be okay? They are inexpensive on my cops plus website that I'll be getting my Galco holster from. I don't want to spend more than $40 and since my gun will be IWB AND be small and light, what might you suggest?
Thanks

zxcvbob
June 17, 2011, 02:47 PM
I bought a "Last Chance" style web belt from Cabela's for $20 a few months ago. It holds my pants up (without a gun) better than any leather belt I've tried. And it works just fine when carrying a 4" service revolver, even after I stopped using Perry suspenders with it.

It might not be dressy enough for you, I dunno.

aarondhgraham
June 17, 2011, 02:54 PM
For a gunbelt you want a belt made of two thickness' of leather,,,
It really doesn't have to be rhino-hide thick,,,
Just two laminated and sewn layers.

It's to eliminate folding at the edge.

This gentleman (http://www.thebeltman.net/) makes as fine a gunbelt as anyone.

Aarond

GURU1911
June 17, 2011, 02:54 PM
The "original wilderness instructors" belt---1.75" wide. Can procure easily from midway, brownell's, dillon, galco, or gunsite.

Heavy duty, double thickness nylon web construction. 5-row stitching, heavy duty steel rogard plated buckle. Rated @ 5,000 lbs. Tensile strength.

Guru1911

Spats McGee
June 17, 2011, 03:07 PM
I use an Aker B21.

CWKahrFan
June 17, 2011, 03:42 PM
Maybe worth checking out... 511 has some on clearance right now for $5 (!).
I've got one on the way. Better hurry though... I wouldn't be suprised if they were all cleaned out this weekend. Note: The regular price is $44.99 but if you click on "brown" and "medium" (for example)... the price swiches to $5 and reads "in stock" (at this moment anyhow)... There are a few other $5 choices too...

http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Closeouts/Stitched-Leather-Casual-Belt-15.html

BarryLee
June 17, 2011, 08:35 PM
Yes, I have also been looking around a little bit. Most holster manufacturers make belts and I do not think they are too expensive. I know Galco makes some and I have heard good things about the belts from Simply Rugged.

Doyle
June 17, 2011, 08:55 PM
I happened to be at Tractor Supply one day and decided to go check out their clothing section. They had 1 1/2" belts there so I tried one. Nice and thick and strong with decent looking leather. It was made in China, but I can live with that. Price was about $15.00 if I recall.

wuluf
June 17, 2011, 09:06 PM
I've had one of Jim's for over 2 years, still looks new.

http://www.thebeltman.net/

rayban
June 17, 2011, 09:33 PM
Here's a photo of a good one....made it myself...

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/Misc133.jpg

smoakingun
June 17, 2011, 09:42 PM
ligerthane, synthetic, not leather. holds tight, no flex, holds a full size pistol well

geetarman
June 17, 2011, 09:58 PM
Rayban,

SWEET!!! You make any for sale?

Geetarman:D

ClydeFrog
June 17, 2011, 10:23 PM
There are a few well made choices out there depending on your uses & budget($$$).

Most savvy pistol-packers use designs from 5.11 Tactical, Galco, Bianchi, TheBeltman.net, Blackhawk, Greg Kramer, Unkle Mikes, Safariland, or Mitch Rosen.

To use a 1.5" width is good but a lined 1.25" would work for pocket or compact pistols.
The big point is to support & conceal a firearm with the related gear(magazines, white light, OC spray, cell phone/PDA, etc if used).
Blackhawk & 5.11 Tactical market decent leather like or nylon belts in colors or formats you could buy.

CF
www.PoliceHQ.com www.Galls.com www.Blackhawk.com www.QMuniforms.com

zxcvbob
June 17, 2011, 10:42 PM
(I read this in another discussion thread here or on another similar board) You might want to check your local farm store for cow collars. (seriously) About 1.5" wide, 40-something inches long with a heavy duty buckle.

BarryLee
June 17, 2011, 11:07 PM
You might want to check your local farm store for cow collars.

Do they come with bells?

Sorry, but somone had to...

ClydeFrog
June 18, 2011, 02:05 AM
I'd make a joke about crooner Jim Stafford's hit; Cow Patty but way more mature than that!

:)

Kreyzhorse
June 18, 2011, 06:42 PM
I bought a Ross Leather Gun Belt for under $50. Decent belt, didn't hold up longer than a year or so, but if you only carry a light gun, it should do the job for.

JerryM
June 18, 2011, 06:57 PM
You do not need a heavy double thickness if all you are going to carry is a P32. However, I suspect you will become interest in other carry guns. When you get much above the P32 a heavier belt is recommended.
I have worn a thick one layer 1.5 inch belt for years, and as long as the gun is not heavier than a 642 it works. I also prefer 1.25 inch double layer belts to 1.5 inch belts. I have both but seldom wear the 1.5 inch belts.

I carry guns as heavy as a G26 and SA 1911 LW compact without any problems. If one carries a 5 inch steel 1911 the heavier belt is advantageous. But if I had to carry a 5 inch steel 1911 I would not carry often. It must be comfortable to be comforting to me.

Regards,
Jerry

ClydeFrog
June 18, 2011, 11:09 PM
I disagree with the members who say not to buy a lined or "gunfighter" type rig. You don't need to dress like a forest ranger or a 1950s era highway patrolman but you may need to tote more than just a compact polymer frame pistol or J frame .38spl snub sometimes.
Cell phones, pocket knives, flashlights-white lights, spare magazines, etc can add weight too.

It's like when you say; "I'm going to the store." Then you go to the post office, the dry cleaner, the bank, etc.
ClydeFrog

Ringolevio
June 18, 2011, 11:44 PM
...from other posts on similar threads:

If you want a fabric belt, you can get a decent one from Wilderness or 5.11; just make sure you get their heaviest, stiffest model. They are not all that expensive.

But for a leather belt, don't cheap out. Spend $100 or so; it's a worthwhile investment. My own favorite belt-and holster-maker is Bob Mernickle, http://www.mernickleholsters.com/pb/pb7.html

I think Bob's belts are the equal of anyone's, and even superior to those by Bianchi or Safariland (and those are not junk).

Buy a cheapo leather belt and the few dollars you save will come back to haunt you. You'll find that $100 or so is the going rate for a quality leather gunbelt worthy of CCW use, and which will probably last you 10 years or more.

The true cost of an item is the purchase price divided by the number of times you use it!

Echo Echo
June 18, 2011, 11:45 PM
"I'd make a joke about crooner Jim Stafford's hit; Cow Patty but way more mature than that!"


ClydeFrog, just remembering that song means you're 'more' mature.

;)

rayban
June 19, 2011, 05:17 AM
It's not necessary to spend $100 on a good quality gun belt...depending on the size, it can cost almost half that....I can prove it:

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/Misc162.jpg

Stealth01
June 19, 2011, 07:57 AM
Plus 1 for the beltman...

JerryM
June 19, 2011, 04:33 PM
rayban,
I visited your site, and the belts look great. I admit that it is difficult to judge sometimes from photographs.
Right now I am not in the market for a belt, but is there a satisfaction guarantee on your leather? Thanks.

Several of the belts I own are RafterS that I purchased years ago before they went bad on their business practices. All were in the $50 range.There is a real need for a quality double thickness belt at the prices you show. Beltman makes a quality belt as does Sparks. I have both, but the prices sometimes discourage those who are not used to buying quality leather.

Jerry

rayban
June 19, 2011, 05:53 PM
Absolutely Jerry, satisfactions is totally guaranteed.
I look forward to having you check one out.
Rick

JerryM
June 19, 2011, 11:15 PM
Thanks, Rick. I'll do an inventory and see if I can find room for another belt on my rack.:D

Regards,
Jerry

SMITH910
June 20, 2011, 01:55 PM
Those are beautiful belts Rayban. I didn't notice until now that you have a site and you sell them. I thought you were just handy and made them just for yourself. I ordered a Boston Leather belt and holster, once it comes and the size is correct and the Assembly votes through the CCW for WI tomorrow, I may email you for more info. I'm a little hesitant because if this finally goes through here in Wisconsin, it still may take up to a year before people start to CCW. Are your belts (I like the top black one in your picture of 4)(but with a silver buckle), 1.5" wide??
Thanks,
Jim

rayban
June 20, 2011, 03:57 PM
While I can make them any width you like, most of them are 1-1/2"...good luck wit the vote tomorrow. let us know how it goes.

SMITH910
June 21, 2011, 06:20 AM
Thanks, Rayban. Will do!

south.texas.dead.I
June 21, 2011, 08:46 AM
Maybe worth checking out... 511 has some on clearance right now for $5 (!).
I've got one on the way. Better hurry though... I wouldn't be suprised if they were all cleaned out this weekend. Note: The regular price is $44.99 but if you click on "brown" and "medium" (for example)... the price swiches to $5 and reads "in stock" (at this moment anyhow)... There are a few other $5 choices too...

http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Closeouts/Stitched-Leather-Casual-Belt-15.html

How long does it take to get the belt into shipping? I ordered it about 4 days ago and I haven't got an email saying it'd been shipped


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Mudinyeri
June 21, 2011, 10:18 AM
Rayban, those are some good looking belts! My belt-o-meter is pegged ... so to speak. :D

I can vouch for the Cabela's Last Chance belt mentioned by another poster. Make sure it is the HD version, though. The regular one will sag with a heavier pistol. Also, if you're a skinny guy, they're not for you. I bought the smallest one that my Cabela's had and it's still just a tad loose when cinched all the way down.

Another option for leather belts is CrossBreed. They make excellent hyrbrid, Kydex/leather, holsters and very nice leather belts. I have two of their belts - on black and one brown - but might just "need" to pick up one of those with the contrasting stitching from Rayban. :o