View Full Version : 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" belt for carry

June 13, 2009, 11:53 AM
What's your imput on belt width 1 1/4 " or 1 1/2" I'm still belt shopping. You would think I'm buying a new home for the amount of time and indecsion I'm spending on this. I was going to try the aker b21 1 1/2" and saw the blackhawk cqc 1 1/4" for around the same price. I hate to wear everybody out on this subject but just curious. I want to try some iwb or owb have several holsters and weapon options. Right now i just do pocket carry with holster of course. Thanks for imput

June 13, 2009, 12:05 PM
depends on what weapon you carry. depends on the pants you wear. I have both, in jeans the 1 1/2 belt is fine, but doesn't doesn't work well in slacks, belt loops are too small. The 1 1/2 supports the weight if my xd better

June 13, 2009, 01:12 PM
Double thickness 1'' 1/2. I wear 5.11 slacks and cargo pants normally, and I like a sturdy wide belt. I know people who carry with $10 dress belts, but if you carry something heavy such as a 1911, sig, or large revolver I reccomend the sturdiest widest belt you can find. Be forewarned though if your not stick thin ie I know this from experience, gunbelts can jab you in your flab and not be the most comfortable thing in the world to wear.

June 13, 2009, 01:34 PM
If I were belt shopping I'd look at an 1-1/2 from Comp-Tac or Milt Sparks. Sparks and Comp-Tac use a similar precontoured design. I'm not saying that they are the best but I like the design and I like the leather/kydex sandwich used by Blackhawk and Comp-Tac. Just keep in mind that the sandwich belts can be too stiff to store easily.

June 13, 2009, 02:10 PM
Thanks I'm not right I don't think a thing about buying $500+ weapons on impulse but can't buy a $50 belt. I mostly wear jeans and was leaning toward aker because of kydex insert, choice of carry CS45 or S&W 640 possible sig P245 rarely. and I am on the heavy side.

June 17, 2009, 08:56 PM
I like the 1 1/2" belt.

June 17, 2009, 09:06 PM
I like my 1 1/2" from www.thebeltman.net. Met them at some gunshows in while in NC, great people to deal with.

June 18, 2009, 07:01 AM
1.5" from horsehide belt from the Beltman. Not sure what you carry, but I'd go 1.5 to cover all type of carry guns from an Airweight to a full size all steel 1911.

Keep in mind, the belt supports your entire CCW rig. A good belt is vital to keeping it in place and keeping you comfortable. Nothing worse than constantly adjusting your holster and belt because the belt can't handle the weight.

June 18, 2009, 07:07 AM
^ what these 2 gentlemen above me said is very true...........

The Beltman's products are highly regarded for a reason. They work.

I was very hesitant, like you to drop big $ on a belt. I ended up not spending $50.00, but instead $90.00 for his double horsehide 1.5" model.

It will carry anything I need it to carry and be comfortable while doing it. In jeans and khakis it works great. I don't wear slacks very often so 1.5" works well for me.

June 18, 2009, 08:22 AM
Listen to the fine 3 previous veteran TFL posters. Their advice is truth.

The Belt Man, ftw, definitely. 1.25" works for me but mostly because I need belts that can look good on everything from jeans to cargo shorts to Dockers to business suits. And The Belt Man belts do just that. I've got 2 now - one brown with a brass buckle and one black with a nickle buckle. That's all my boring wardrobe needs. I have since donated all my other belts (gun belts and dress belts) to Goodwill!

Oh yeah, and these belts also work great for supporting your rig. :D:D:D

June 18, 2009, 02:40 PM
If you like 1.5", you'll really like 1.75". :)

June 18, 2009, 06:54 PM
I have three in 1.5", and they work with all of my pants and shorts. Just a little snug in the belt loops with one set of pants, everything else is good to go.

Rafter S is my first choice--I own two of them. Super nice folks to deal with, and they will make you anything from cowhide to elephant, ostrich, shark, alligator (don't tell PETA). I also have one from San Antonio Saddlery, also very good quality.

June 20, 2009, 02:00 PM
Thanks for all the imput I decided to give the aker b21 a try. (no disrespect to beltmans quality) Its a 1 1/2". I've wasted alot more money ($40) on a lot worse things "box of unused holsters for example" Should be here next week I'll see how it works out

June 21, 2009, 06:20 AM
I'm sure your new belt will be fine.

What I noticed between my first belt, a $50 Ross gun belt and my $100 Beltman belt is that the Ross belt broke down pretty quickly while over the same time period, the Beltman is just as stiff as the day I got it. To me, it is certainly worth the difference.

June 21, 2009, 09:57 AM
I agree a $50 belt once a year is not cheaper than a $100 belt every 5 years just an example

June 21, 2009, 05:30 PM
Let us know how it holds up for you.

June 24, 2009, 05:37 PM
Arrived today very happy with fit and finish.I guess time will tell I don't plan on wearing it while I work so it will be hard to gauge durability.

June 24, 2009, 07:38 PM
Heavier the better-better to have it and not need it--than to need it and have the belt curl up.

June 25, 2009, 01:19 AM
1.5" belt, from my own collection.

The do fit my jeans and shorts. I don't carry in dress clothes, not in my standard carry method.

Double layer works better than a single thick layer. You've got two grain sides versus one grain side to add strength and form.

Good luck with your new purchase :)

June 25, 2009, 08:31 AM

I prefer a 1.5" myself but use a 1.75 for some of my holsters. My "dress" belt is a 1.25" black bridle leather (single thickness supports fine, I only carry a 5" 1911, single mag pouch and iPhone pouch).

I might have a demo belt on hand if you want to try one in either or both sizes (let me check the pile!)


June 25, 2009, 08:18 PM
I have a Wilderness 1 1/2 5 stich belt-works good and less than $40. They have a 1 1/4 I am thinking of trying with a smaller buckle. I tried thick leather belts and found them uncomfortable.
Good Luck!

June 26, 2009, 07:36 PM
The belt is strong and comfortable not overly thick. I can also easily wear with cargo shorts, No problem with CS45 iwb, But again its brand new. Also like the little extra bling with nickle belt loop

July 8, 2009, 02:40 PM
my every day belt is 1 1/2.I think I payed $6 for it I also have several semimade tandy leather.I carry a 1911 and a S&W 37 on them and keep it tucked tight.works for me.If I had to pay what you talk about I would have an instant heart attack.:rolleyes::D