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Posted: 3/7/2005 4:50:00 PM EDT
I need another gun belt. Milt Sparks has been good - Very short break in due to the curve. But before I plunk down another $100 automatically to Mr. Sparks (not a bad thing), I thought I'd check on some of the other leather makers that fellow ARFCOMmers have experience with. Needless to say, it has to be thick (double thickness) and prefer contoured to minimize break in.

Anyone?
Link Posted: 3/7/2005 5:16:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2005 5:17:09 PM EDT by AJohnston]
I’ve worn and used Milt Sparks leather for as long as I have been carrying a gun and no doubt they make very good gear. But, for the money, Lou Alessi makes the best belt available.
Link Posted: 3/8/2005 12:19:29 PM EDT
Rafter S Gunleather

I have one of his sharkskin belts and its be absolutely indestructible.
Link Posted: 3/8/2005 4:15:54 PM EDT
Don Hume 109L Its double thickness and lined.
Link Posted: 3/8/2005 4:49:00 PM EDT
I got mine from Wilson Combat. Can't recall the exact price, but I think it was less than $100. It's worked great for me.
Link Posted: 3/8/2005 6:13:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/8/2005 9:05:23 PM EDT
I have an Akers that I like alot. Double thickness with a stiffener inside.
It looks good and holds up real well.

I bought one of those Blackhawk CQC belts. The buckle seems to be squished, because the belt just barely squeezes through it. I'm planning on sending it to BH to see what they say.
Not much of a belt compared to my Akers though.
Link Posted: 3/9/2005 6:51:07 AM EDT
Looper Leather in Oklahoma City. Quality workmanship, low prices. I've been wearing them almost exclusively for the last 15 years without any complaints. They will also custom make for you without charging an arm or a leg.
Link Posted: 3/9/2005 11:53:55 AM EDT
I just got the thickest belt I could find at Old Navy(or american eagle, one of those places)
Link Posted: 3/9/2005 2:58:52 PM EDT
In addition to Kramer, I just recently picked up a Wilderness Instructors Belt from Dillon Precision and am impressed with it thus far. I plan on wearing it in FL next week and will be carrying quite a bit while there.
Link Posted: 3/9/2005 3:01:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:00:08 PM EDT
I'm thinking of giving The Belt Man a try. Good looking gunbelts and GREAT pricing!

Ed
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 4:27:01 PM EDT
Galco user here. Fairly inexpensive (I've seen them as low as about $50), the only complaint I have is their "Havana brown" doesn't match a lot of clothing or holsters.
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 4:26:10 AM EDT
Don't laugh, but Uncle Mike's is now making an inexpensive Wilderness-type belt with the Kydex (?) liner. Less that $20, and actually quite nice. Not what you want for a suit or Dockers, of course...
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 4:31:42 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/15/2005 9:14:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2005 2:55:46 PM EDT
i have two gun belts.. one is by Ross leather with the polymer stiffner in it. It was $65 i believe. Fantastic gun belt. The other is an instructor's belt from The Wilderness. I went with the combat shooter's model which is fantastic. It's very stiff and since it's not leather it's fully adjustable. I stopped wearing my leather belt since i got this two weeks ago.


J
Link Posted: 3/21/2005 4:53:24 PM EDT
I'll second Rafter S. Two years and still looks brand new (and sometimes I can still whiff the smell of new leather!)
Link Posted: 3/22/2005 12:54:01 PM EDT
I'm thinking of getting a Galco SB3 Galco SB3 because it actually looks like a typical dress belt. Many of the others I have seen look too much like gun belts to me. Anyone using this belt?
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 6:20:38 AM EDT
Tucker Gunleather carries some belts in the $60 range, that are supposed to be of very good quality.
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 6:26:46 AM EDT
Tag
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 8:18:21 AM EDT
I've been using the Dillon belts for a couple years and have no complaints.
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 9:13:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HKocher:
I'm thinking of getting a Galco SB3 Galco SB3 because it actually looks like a typical dress belt. Many of the others I have seen look too much like gun belts to me. Anyone using this belt?



Well, I use the SB1 (the 1.25" version) and just by glancing at it you can't tell the difference. I have both a brown and a black, and I wear them all the time, even when I'm not carrying. They're very comfortable and VERY sturdy. I usually carry a full-sized 1911 on mine. The only downside is most holsters are built for a 1.5" belt, that extra .25" means when I draw the holster pulls up just a little before releasing the handgun.
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 10:29:09 PM EDT
Check into Tucker Gunleather. They make the sturdiest belt you can find. It's too thick for some people.
I own a Tucker and a Milt Sparks. Can't go wrong with Sparks.
Link Posted: 4/3/2005 10:40:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/4/2005 4:05:42 AM EDT
Aker. Its plenty stiff.
Link Posted: 4/5/2005 7:18:18 AM EDT
tagged for later - good info here
Link Posted: 4/7/2005 10:30:53 PM EDT
Just ordered a Gunner's Alley 1.5". Hopefully it will be as solid as the site copy says it is
Link Posted: 4/8/2005 2:28:23 AM EDT
Alessi has very good stuff.
Link Posted: 4/16/2005 7:37:40 AM EDT
3rd the Rafter S choice. We have two--one is marked Rafter, and the other is made by them for Wilson. Black sharkskin on both and they are great!
Link Posted: 4/16/2005 1:12:29 PM EDT
Mine's from El Paso Saddlery. It rocks.
Link Posted: 4/18/2005 12:05:31 AM EDT
Another tag, thanks for the info, guys.
Link Posted: 4/25/2005 10:23:55 PM EDT
Tag.

E-95
Link Posted: 4/26/2005 12:45:11 PM EDT
Pleased with my Sparks belt thus far (6 months) but very intrigued by the Akers belt w/ the steel insert....where do you get them?
Link Posted: 4/26/2005 3:20:04 PM EDT
Just got my GA belt today. It's certainly rigid enough and has done wonders for the draw from a Hume IWB. I'll follow-up after more use but I think I can give it a thumbs up.
Link Posted: 4/28/2005 12:33:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DOA:
Don Hume 109L Its double thickness and lined.


+1
Link Posted: 4/28/2005 12:50:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kpel308:
Aker 1.5" dress belt with spring steel stiffener. I've worn it for over 10 years.



Big +1 on Aker. I love mine. Can't beat the price either.

Link Posted: 4/29/2005 5:13:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Pleased with my Sparks belt thus far (6 months) but very intrigued by the Akers belt w/ the steel insert....where do you get them?



I too would like to know where to get one.
Link Posted: 4/29/2005 7:39:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/30/2005 8:20:30 AM EDT
Mitch Rosen's BHL-T's. The "T" is for a tapered end which I think makes a "concealed carry" belt look classier and Not look like a "concealed carry" belt.

Big Al
Link Posted: 5/11/2005 5:20:11 PM EDT
I use a $16 Dickie's belt, bought at Wal-Mart. It's 1 1/2" thick, and is plenty stiff when it's new. They do soften up after about six months and need to be replaced, but they work for me.
Link Posted: 5/13/2005 4:39:04 PM EDT
Looper Leather in Oklahoma City. www.looperleather.com.

They make a custom Kydex lined belt in various colors and widths for less than $40.00. Great sturdy belt from a company that's been around for ages.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 9:40:08 AM EDT
I use a Wilderness 5 Stitch Instructors belt.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 1:59:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Resq47:
Just got my GA belt today. It's certainly rigid enough and has done wonders for the draw from a Hume IWB. I'll follow-up after more use but I think I can give it a thumbs up.



I'm still using this belt for EDC, and it's holding up fine. My next belt will be a wilderness 5 stitch, but for different reasons / uses.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 2:46:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Resq47:
Just ordered a Gunner's Alley 1.5". Hopefully it will be as solid as the site copy says it is



been wearing my Gunner's Alley for about 2 weeks now. It is SOLID! Best belt I've ever used, fast service, and the price was right. Color matches my VMII exactly, and the belt looks equally good with jeans or khakis
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