Losing Weight But Still Need A Concealed Carry Belt?
Obviously you need a concealed carry belt for EDC, but what are you supposed to do if you’re losing weight? The belt is eventually not going to fit correctly as you’ve dropped a size or two.
First, good for you. Self-improvement of any sort, no matter what kind, is one of the hardest things a person can do. Getting fit, dropping some pounds, learning a new language or skill, getting therapy to resolve some issues…it’s not easy.
But what the heck are you supposed to do in the meantime? After all, having to buy a new concealed carry belt is not the most pleasant prospect given that quality examples aren’t cheap.
There’s No Right Answer To The Weight Loss Conundrum With Concealed Carry Belts, But There Are Some Tricks
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to what to do about your concealed carry belt and losing weight.
There are a couple of tricks you can resort to that will keep your belt viable for you so long as your weight loss isn’t too drastic, but you may have to face the possibility that you’ll need a new belt at some point.
To restate that a bit better, it depends on how much weight you’re going to be losing.
Some people just have to get a bit more trim; they added a few pounds during the holidays, or over a summer, or they’ve been STUCK AT HOME DURING THIS GODAWFUL PANDEMIC AND STARTED STRESS EATING BECAUSE THE KIDS WON’T LEAVE THEM ALONE FOR FIVE FLIPPIN’ MINUTES!!!
But one digresses.
Point being, do you anticipate just dropping a size or maybe two? Or are you working towards being half the person you used to be?
That makes a big difference.
You see, if you’re just going down a couple of sizes…that’s fairly easy to deal with. However, if you’re going to drop multiple sizes…there won’t be any getting away from needing to buy a new concealed carry belt.
However, let’s discuss a couple of tricks that you can resort to when it comes to forestalling the inevitable.
Order A Leather Concealed Carry Belt One Size Smaller
If you’re using a leather concealed carry belt, one trick you can resort to is ordering your belt one size smaller than you would right now.
Let’s say your size works out to a 38, but you’re only going to be dropping 20 to 30 pounds and therefore going down by one belt size, which would mean your correct size would be a 36.
This trick works as you’ll ideally use the middle hole for fastening your concealed carry belt. Therefore, you have an inch or two of room to work with, meaning you can wear a size smaller at the widest notch.
As you lose weight, you work your way through the tighter notches as your belt has to be fastened tighter.
Bear in mind, this method doesn’t always work, especially if you add a gun and IWB holster into the mix. The bigger the gun and the holster, the less wiggle room you’ll have so to speak.
However, this trick can work for some people if you’re using a leather gun belt.
But what if you’re not?
A Tactical Belt Has More Room For Weight Loss
A great idea instead of a leather belt is to upgrade to a tactical belt. A wonderful thing about these belts is that they fit a range of sizes rather than one specific size like leather belts are.
Typically, every size in a tactical belt covers a 3- to 4-inch spread, say from 37 inches to 40 inches in a Large.
If, again, you anticipate going down only a size or two, ordering a tactical belt instead of a leather belt may allow you to drop a few pounds and not have to get a new belt. You just tighten it and fasten it as normal.
The craftier folks among us might opine that technically, you could make the belt even smaller.
Tactical belts, you see, work a little different than your typical leather belt.
One end has a stitched loop, which holds one side of the buckle. The tail threads through the buckle, folds back onto the belt and fastens with hook and loop fabric.
What a person might think is “wait a minute – I’ll skip the fastening, and just hold the tail in my belt loops or grab something to use as a keeper.
The reason you actually need the hook and loop fabric is to keep the tail in place. Hook and loop fasteners actually have a shear strength – meaning pulling one piece across the other, rather than up – of thousands of pounds.
That matters, since what can happen without the tail being secured is that the belt webbing itself can start walking through the buckle. What you don’t want to be doing is carrying a gun with a belt that’s starting to do that.
So make sure you’re using a belt that can actually be fastened.
You’ll Probably Need A New Concealed Carry Belt If You Lose Weight, And A Precise Fit Is Better
No matter what…if you lose enough weight to ditch a belt size or more – and good on you if that happens – you really should get a concealed carry belt that’s properly sized for you, and for several reasons.
First, to serve as an incentive. You’ve put in some hard work. Just making better food choices is hard work; consistently choosing more nutritious foods or less calories is not easy as it requires diligence. Doing something repeatedly is harder than just doing it once.
What you DON’T want to happen is to buy a new belt and/or wardrobe, and then put all the weight back on again. The idea is to take pounds off and keep them off for good, not yo-yo.
Secondly, because a precise fit is better when it comes to a concealed carry belt. There are few things in this world that really are “one size fits all.” To maintain the proper tension on the waist and therefore support a pistol and holster, you want a belt that’s the right size.
After all, it’s a concealed carry belt. It needs to be strong enough to support a gun and a holster. A belt that’s too loose…isn’t going to do that for one, and for two would have to be cinched down so far that it would become uncomfortable.
Again, unless you’re only going down one size and your current belt will work doing that…you’re going to have to replace your belt.