Discover 3 Types Of Concealed Carry Belt That Will Always Work…If You Buy A Good One!
Wondering what type of concealed carry belt to get? There are a number of them out there…but are all of them really made strong enough to carry everyday?
No, they aren’t. Cheap web belts from the depths of the interwebs. Poor-quality leather that goes floppy in a matter of days. Cheap plastic reinforcement that shatters.
Not all concealed carry belts are created equal. A bad example is going to leave you starting at square one, desperate to find carry gear that will work in the long term and let you carry safely, effectively and comfortably.
The good news is there are belts that will always work. The construction methods and materials are tested. Proven. Reliable. You’ll be good to go.
What are those kinds of concealed carry belts? Here are three types to look for.
1.5-Inch Tactical Concealed Carry Belt
The discrete concealed carry belt for the modern concealed carrier is without doubt a 1.5-inch tactical concealed carry belt.
Tactical belts are belts made of durable nylon webbing, typically of 600D or 1000D nylon scuba web with a high tensile strength.
Hardware is typically much heavier-duty than standard belt buckles, such as using cargo or mountaineering hardware for a more secure fastening.
The benefit is that they offer the same strength as a leather belt, but with a much slimmer width, so they have a lower profile…for the most part.
But not all of them are made as strong as others are, so you have to tread carefully.
Look for dual-ply belts first and foremost. The belt should be made of dual layers of webbing, which creates the necessary rigidity to hold a pistol and holster securely to your waist. A single layer of webbing is going to flex too much to rely on long-term.
Also be careful of knock-off hardware. Forgeries, authentic as many may appear, are made all the time. If you want a specialized buckle, such as an AustriAlpin COBRA® buckles, be sure to find one with genuine hardware.
You should also select a concealed carry belt that’s reinforced, either by being resin-infused or given a reinforcing material like a spring steel core.
Practical and tactical.
Steel-Reinforced Leather Concealed Carry Belt
The reinforced leather belt is one of the default types of concealed carry belt and for good reason.
You get the classic comfort and style of leather. Works with any outfit, doesn’t scream “tacticool” and with a steel core between two layers of leather, these belts are very supportive.
The most common is a belt made with dual layers of 14.5-oz leather sandwiching a spring steel band running most of the length of the belt. Belts of this type are strong enough to support almost any pistol.
Some users, though, find that heavier compacts (metal-frame compact pistols like those from CZ, Beretta, and compact 1911s) and full-size guns need a bit more, which is why it’s also common to find 18-oz steel core concealed carry belts as well.
But you need to be careful.
The Achilles heel of leather concealed carry belts is two-fold.
First, some people don’t care for a heavy leather belt. Two layers of 14.5- or 18-oz leather is not ultralight…and they are a bit thick. While totally a matter of personal preference, it’s something to be aware of.
Where many belts of this type fail is in the stitching. The layers come apart over time, eventually leading to the belt falling apart.
Therefore, take care to find a belt that uses a strong thread, such as TEX 270, and is double-stitched. That way you won’t have to worry.
A Rigger’s Belt Does Make A Good Concealed Carry Belt
For the person who just isn’t fooling around, a rigger’s belt also makes a good choice of concealed carry belt…if you buy the right rigger’s belt, that is.
Sizing up to a 1.75-inch belt increases the support, but unlike grabbing a thicker leather belt, doesn’t make wearing it too obtrusive. It’s the last stop before you get a battle belt or duty belt.
Some models are even touted as being rated for or capable of being used as a tow strap or a safety harness…even though you really shouldn’t use one for either purpose. Tow straps should be longer (and you should use two) and you should get an actual safety harness.
Many include a V ring. While one can imagine all sorts of uses for it…for the typical user it makes a dandy keychain ring.
If you wanted the strongest possible belt for carrying a gun…a rigger’s belt is the ticket.
But…just as with getting a 1.5-inch tactical belt, you need to choose carefully. Budget specials from certain ecommerce sites may work for the odd range day, but don’t hold up compared to the real thing.
Avoid single-layer belts, and get a belt that has dual layers of nylon web. If you’re really looking for strength, be serious about it; get a belt that has resin-infused webbing or reinforcing layers to really get the benefits of it.
The rule with concealed carry belts is generally “buy once, cry once.” You’ll have to spend a bit to get quality, but once you have it you got it.