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Posted: 1/10/2021 4:56:13 PM EST
Too many damn choices leaves me frustrated and I walk away.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 5:01:17 PM EST
You have no idea what you are missing. Get a Hanks belt and call it good.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 5:02:40 PM EST
They make a huge difference over a dress belt. There’s a few choices around $70, the good holster maker’s also have the belts. They pull the gun in tighter and there’s no flop.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 5:04:25 PM EST
Kore essential

my weight fluctuates and it's great to have a perfect fit at all times.

I will never use a traditional belt/gun belt again.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 5:19:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TheOldRepublic:
Kore essential

my weight fluctuates and it's great to have a perfect fit at all times.

I will never use a traditional belt/gun belt again.
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I looked at those today, seems like a good option.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 6:22:58 PM EST
You can’t go wrong with Hanks or Beltman.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 6:24:14 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 6:36:32 PM EST
Another vote for Kore.  I have several.  Get the 1.5 for almost all uses.  I have a 1.75 as well but since I don't have many holsters with 1.75" loops I don't wear it nearly as often as my 1.5" belts.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 7:51:02 PM EST
Really OP? Too many choices? 11 years?

These work for anything unless you're wearing a nice suit.

https://www.thewilderness.com/belts/original-instructor-belt/
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 8:20:54 PM EST
I wear a Kore Essentials belt.  I wouldn't be opposed to a more conventional leather belt but they always seem a little tight or a little loose.  Ratchet belts give finer adjustment.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 8:32:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By KCode98:
Too many damn choices leaves me frustrated and I walk away.
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You’re overthinking it. Buy a hanks or beltman and when you put it on and hang your pistol on it you’ll have an ah-ha/facepalm moment.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 9:41:28 PM EST
I wore Wilderness Tactical for 10 years.  Great belt, but just wanted something different.  Last year I tried Emissary. Great belt and would highly recommend it.
Link Posted: 1/10/2021 9:47:16 PM EST
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FPNI

Hanks Belts
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Link Posted: 1/10/2021 11:20:31 PM EST
I've been using various Bullhide Leather Belts since 2014 with no complaints.  Learned about them from a LEO friend of mine who has been using them for much, much longer.  Slowly migrating to them for all of my belts, so I can throw the others in the trash.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 12:03:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheOldRepublic:
Kore essential

my weight fluctuates and it's great to have a perfect fit at all times.

I will never use a traditional belt/gun belt again.
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I love mine.  Have 3 and bought my dad one for his birthday last year.  I had one of their old style buckles, it broke but they replaced even though it was out of warranty.  Their new buckles are a 100% improvement over the old style.

Planning on getting one of their garrison belts one day.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 9:27:21 AM EST
I wore a Wilderness Instructor for years then switched to https://volundgearworks.com/
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 3:26:34 PM EST
Gun belts are about like holsters in that there many good ones out there and people tend to have their own personal favorites.

I have the Wilderness belt as well as its 511 variant and both are good although not my favorites. In my preferred leather I have a Galco gun belt and one from Belt Man. His website has some good info on sizing, etc. Or give him a call for advice which is what I did and he answered on the second ring.

https://www.thebeltman.net/

The quality of the Galco is definitely excellent, but their sizing is off at least on the one I got. I've worn size 34 belts most of my adult life and ordered a size 36 Galco, which turned out to be about the same as a size 32 or possibly a 33 in other brands. I use it weekly and would buy another one, but only if I could try it on first.

I use the Belt Man more than any belt I own and plan to order another one in a different leather for some variety.

Good luck with your choice and be sure of the size of your belt loops on the pants (trousers if you are an old ex-Marine) you plan to use the belt with. An inch and a half width seems to be the most common size gun belts bought.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 3:35:11 PM EST
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I LOVE my Beltman. I put off buying one for years, but now that I have one, I can't imagine going back. It's also held up well for over 2 years now and I wear it almost daily. While I was replacing regular belts about 2x a year. The finish is looking worn in a few spots, but the belt still is holding up well.
Link Posted: 1/11/2021 4:10:54 PM EST
Been using a beltman for 7 years and it’s still going strong.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 12:00:43 PM EST
Well got my first ever gun belt on the way. Got a Klikbelt 2 ply Cobra belt.

Have to be operator as possible with this first choice.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 12:11:50 PM EST
The Nexbelt EDC belts are pretty fantastic.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 12:27:36 PM EST
>>Get a Hanks belt and call it good<<

Another vote for Hank's here!
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 5:29:24 PM EST
Buckles suck.  

Het a Wilderness Original or Frequent Flyer and you’ll never go back.  


I’m a leather snob, only wear handmade/tooled belts but I won’t carry with one.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 6:42:50 PM EST
Desanis black ,just firm enough and 35 bucks at most places or on line .
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 8:46:18 PM EST
Kore belt is very nice. I've got the Blue Alpha Gear low profile belt and it works great, but the Kore is really nice for fine adjustments, and is a bit dressier than nylon.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 9:28:14 PM EST
Just ordered a Kore Essential belt after reading thru the topics/links.

I have some Anson Belts (ratchet variety) and really like them.  I only use one for gun carry, nylon, 1.25".  No complaints, but it has never carried heavier than a G43, and now a Sig P365.  

Ordered a KE nylon, 1.5" Tactical Gun Belt.  Look forward to trying it out.  Maybe I'll start carrying a G19 from time to time.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 4:58:54 AM EST
Believe it or not, different carrying styles can also kind of want different belts, just like different holsters favor certain carry styles as well..

For normal strong side EDC, I have a Wilderness Instructors belt (with kydex insert)...great carry belt and more-or-less infinitely adjustable within a certain waist size as it's velcro. Inexpensive and pretty much lasts forever, and The Wilderness has a great refurb/replace program too.

For AIWB carry, I use a Graith belt, now Mastermind Tactics. Their Specialist Pro is what I use. It's not as stiff as the Wilderness, but AIWB carry is a different animal with different requirements...and this was pretty much tailor-made for that style of carry.

I'm looking at the Kore belts and they look like they might be super low profile (as in, they don't shout "I have on a carry belt")...I might have to pick one of those up..
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 8:51:20 AM EST
Wilderness Frequent Flier 5 stitch for casual. Have had one for over 10 years with zero issue
Nexbelt EDC for dress and casual. Wear one to work 5 days a week. Have worn it for over a year with no issue.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:32:37 AM EST
Check out the 'conveyor belt' by Lenwood Leather. I got mine at Midway for about $28.

Made of conveyor belt material, incredibly stiff and *extremely* high tack; it grabs onto your holster, pants and shirt and simply refused to move. It's so tacky you literally take 5 minutes putting it on.

The most secure carry, especially for IWB, I've ever found.

I'm a leather snob, and make my own leather and Kydex holsters, but this thing is almost magical. It would be perfect if it didn't make you smell like a tire warehouse for the first couple days.

Larry
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:51:28 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SouthernGunHand:
You have no idea what you are missing. Get a Hanks belt and call it good.
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FPNI
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 1:06:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/17/2021 8:24:22 PM EST by brickeyee]
Had a buddy that made harnesses for animals.

I used to have him make me a full thickness leather belt of suitable width.
They lasted at least 10 years or so before getting 'soft spots' from the load points.

Like the spot the holster wraps around the belt.

Not worth heavying up the leather to prevent it, just replace it when it occurs.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 1:54:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By RUT:
>>Get a Hanks belt and call it good<<

Another vote for Hank's here!
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I have two Hank's belts.  They're very good conventional belts, but compared to the Kore essential belts, they suck.  The Kore Essential belts are thinner, stiffer, lighter, and infinitely adjustable over a much larger range than belts with a few holes punched in them.  Also, if it matters to you, they have a larger choice of buckles and belt sizes.  The down side is that KE belts are (as far as I can tell) made in china.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 2:52:52 PM EST
I'll give another vote for Kore.
Even my ex-gf wears one now.
I also have an Emissary & a Blue Alpha Gear hybrid.
Both are great but the fit, feel, & function of the Kore just won me over.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 7:21:34 AM EST
I resisted paying for one for years, but when I finally did buy one, I was shocked how much better they were than a regular belt when carrying a pistol.  I've only owned two.  Both I bought from Galco.  I think I paid $130 for the first one, a long time ago.  But, it lasted for fifteen years, and then I bought another one just like it.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 9:43:09 AM EST
I was overwhelmed when I started looking for one. I went with a Bigfoot belt and after a couple years it is holding up great. Don’t overthink it. Pick one of the ones recommended. It will be 87x better than a dress belt.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 12:25:55 PM EST
1.75" belt from Wilderness

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Link Posted: 1/14/2021 3:09:11 PM EST
Anson belts are similar to Kore, but their premier line is made in USA.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 12:35:33 AM EST
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Anson belts are similar to Kore, but their premier line is made in USA.
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That's awesome! I'll have to look at those once I get 65 years of age.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 11:01:37 AM EST
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That's awesome! I'll have to look at those once I get 65 years of age.
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Originally Posted By chibajoe:
Anson belts are similar to Kore, but their premier line is made in USA.


That's awesome! I'll have to look at those once I get 65 years of age.


Not sure what that even means?

Some people really, really want Made in the USA stuff; Anson has plenty of other (not made in the USA) belts.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 1:46:01 PM EST
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Anson belts are similar to Kore, but their premier line is made in USA.
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Does look nice though I have my doubts how well they will hold up as a dedicated gun belt.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 1:47:55 PM EST
Volund Gearworks. You can thank me later.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 4:14:10 PM EST
Thanks for posting this. I need a new belt. So, I take it Hanks is the belt I seek?
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 6:15:09 PM EST
Magpul or Hanks.

Link Posted: 1/16/2021 6:18:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By KCode98:


I looked at those today, seems like a good option.
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Originally Posted By TheOldRepublic:
Kore essential

my weight fluctuates and it's great to have a perfect fit at all times.

I will never use a traditional belt/gun belt again.


I looked at those today, seems like a good option.

Kore belts are awesome.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 10:38:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By LastRites:
Does look nice though I have my doubts how well they will hold up as a dedicated gun belt.
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Worn a nylon Anson belt for a year w no sign of wear.  No better testimonial than that.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 12:15:30 AM EST
Ratchet belt sez buy me.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 2:40:16 AM EST
Just ordered an hanks kydex reinforced. I have a feeling I'm going to like it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 1:42:58 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 3:34:59 PM EST
Wilderness Instructor 1 3/4" 3 stitch for me everyday.
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 11:37:39 PM EST
Hanks, Beltman, or The Wilderness Instructor belt
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