What belt are you using?

Discussion in 'Holsters' started by mike1, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. mike1

    mike1 Member

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    Hey Guys,
    This is to compliment the 'what holster are you using' thread...

    At this time I am using the 1.5" 'Instructor' five stitch belt. It is also avaliable in 3 stich, but the extra 2 stiches provide a little more stiffness. This is from http://www.thewilderness.com and so far I am pleased. Of course this style is more suited for casual wear so it may only be limited in that way. It is well made and is 'custom fit' if you will...
    I have had my eye on the 'Liger' belt, but is a little more costly. I hope to get one eventually, I hear nothing but good there. It could be used for slacks and dress shirt apparel.

    any coments?

    Mike1
     
  2. madecov

    madecov Active Member

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    I like leather.
    I alternate between a Gould and Goodrich 1 1/2"
    and a no name (Texas gun slinger) 1 1/2" basketweave.

    Both are stiff and will not "roll" and easily support a heavy gun.


    Next on my list is the Beltman, and probably a Galco COP.
     

  3. Guest

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    I have a Tucker Bullhide 1 1/2" belt. I chose to have the velcro sewn into the inside, so it works with the V-clip style for IWB holsters. Very solid belt and the concealment of the holster is good without the clips on the outside.
     
  4. Guest

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    Check out http://www.raftersgunleather.com I have one of the shark skin belts that I use for every day carry with one of their OWB holsters. Both look and feel like new yet after 2 years of use.
     
  5. Guest

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    I wear Milt Sparks cowhide, Rafter cowhide and sharkskin and HBEleather cowhide. All are excellent.
     
  6. mike1

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    Well, so far everyone responding wears some type of leather belt.

    Man, I checked out the rafters gun leather and I must say, 'Those are some amazingly beautiful holsters! Unbelievable, the belts certainly look nice too. This is the first time I have seen their products.

    Anyone have any roll problems? I see madecov indicates, no.
     
  7. Guest

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    If you're going to Rafter, my recommendation after two plus years with both cowhide and shark is to get the shark for some dollars more.

    It's not that the cowhide is not as good. It's just that you're getting a much tougher and 'stylish' belt that appears impervious to 'wear'.

    The HBE belt is very well done but IMHO, I only wear it for dress as it's not as thick and stiff as the other mfg'ers.

    If you're ordering a holster or anything else from Milt Sparks, order two belts due to the long wait time.

    IMHO, the best belts (all around for toughness, style, durability and stiffness that I have are from Tony Kanely's Milt Sparks company.
     
  8. madecov

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    Shark makes an excellent belt. before I dropped 30 pounds and 3 sizes I had several custom made belts in Horse and Shark. The Shark belt used a Horse base.

    Anyway,

    The only bad thing about either smooth cow or horse is that it will "scuff" from the holster and magazine pouch. Shark having a nice grain and being very durable, will not scuff as bad if at all. That's why I also like basket weave, it hides scuffing.
     
  9. mike1

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    It's interesting that you guys make the point of durability in shark hide because I was really admiring the look as well. I will have to get a leather dress belt at some point. In the mean time I do like my wilderness 'trainer' belt for fit, it is secured by velcro so it snugs up nicely.

    I will say the milt sparks rig does look nice. I have a FIST slider style holster (cowhide) that is breaking in nicely, but the MS holster looks like it may conform to the M9 a little better. It's hard to tell since it is a different style holster...

    all the best
     
  10. cagedruss

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  11. FlaChef

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    Been using the Wilderness Instructor's belt the last two weeks. I got the one w/ the extra polymer lining. Love it, makes a notable difference, but not as huge as I'd been lead to believe.

    Have a Gould and Goldrich gold line 1.5" black leather belt on order (on backorder for last two weeks actually).
     
  12. jnclement

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    Wow. I went in the dollar store, and they had 1.5", exceptionally thick leather belts for $5. It's worked great for carry and IDPA for a year now. I do feel kinda like a cheapskate though.
     
  13. Deluxe247

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    I decided to go the non-traditional route and go synthetic. I picked up a Liger Belt back in December and it is absolutely wonderful. Still looks exactly like it did the day I got it.

    -D
     
  14. madecov

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    Filson belts look nice. but the double ply is listed as only in brown. I use black so I can mix n match gear from different sources.
     
  15. cagedruss

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    I took mine to a local shoe shop, he applied a black finish for $7, turned out really nice and holds up very well. You would think that a High End place would offer more than 1 color?
     
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  17. madecov

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    very nice price.
    I've forgotten I had that site bookmarked.
    I lived in Laredo for 14 years and leather work there runs from absolute artistry to crap.

    might have to give it a try.
     
  18. mike1

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    Hey guys,

    good info here!
    I do see Deluxe247 mentions the Liger belt. I've had my eyes on that belt for awhile now. I haven't many comment on it. Looks durable and supposedly no roll at all too.
    Any other reviews on it would be appreciated!
     
  19. Deluxe247

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    I absolutely love mine. It holds great, doesn't move around and there is no roll.

    Good review here: http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin/sh ... ight=liger

    -D
     
  20. mike1

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    thanks Deluxe247,

    yeah thats a good review indeed.
    Just assembled a new AR15, so my belt fund is a bit low for now! I can't even buy any mags for it yet! 8-O
    Oh well, my 'wilderness' belt will do for all of my casual wear.

    all the best