3 Ways To Test Out A Gun Belt
Wondering if a gun belt is really up to snuff? How are you supposed to know?
You need to put it through its paces. Just like you won’t know if a gun is going to be reliable until you get it to the range, you aren’t going to know if a gun belt is going to work until you put it under pressure. Put it in use. See if it holds up.
And how are you supposed to do that? Like anything else, you need to put it in the conditions under which it’s going to be used, which means you have to put on your gun and holster and start using the belt and make notes in some key situations where gun belts are known to falter.
So here are some common tests to run your gun belt through to see just how good it is.
The Gun Belt Adjustment Frequency Test
The first is the gun belt adjustment frequency test.
Put your gun belt, gun and holster on and go about your day like normal. What you’re looking for is how often you have to adjust your gun belt throughout the day.
Granted, you’re likely going to find some times when adjustment is just going to be necessary as you’ll have to loosen and then fasten your gun belt. After all, we all have to answer the call of nature, as it were, which sometimes does mandate that the belt be loosened or unbuckled.
You might need to adjust your belt in that instance, as we all know.
However, outside of those occurrences, you really shouldn’t be having to adjust your gun belt all that often. If you find yourself having to adjust your belt rather often, then that’s a sign that either your belt isn’t strong enough or you’ve bought the wrong size, and in either case you’re going to need a different one.
The Walmart Dash: A Stern Test Of Any Gun Belt
The real test of a gun belt is what you might call The Walmart Dash, which isn’t so much the Walmart Circuit that some people talk about but rather one simple activity:
The 10-yard run from the parking lot to the entrance.
It’s a tell-tale sign that someone isn’t confident in their gear if they hold their side while they do it. It means they think the holster, belt and gun might start slipping.
If you do the parking lot dash and you have to adjust your belt, you’re not using a strong enough gun belt. If you do the parking lot dash and your belt, holster and gun are starting to actually slip, you REALLY aren’t wearing a strong enough gun belt.
It’s rather mundane, isn’t it? However, it’s a situation in which the strength of a belt is going to be put to the test when carrying a gun and a holster. If it doesn’t go through something so seemingly innocuous without needing adjustment…that’s not good, is it?
Take Your Gun Belt To The Range
The other test is to use your gun belt at the range, and start running some drills with it. A gun belt you use for concealed carry or otherwise for daily carry. Put it through its paces, along with your gun and the rest of your gear.
You want to train how you’ll fight, and that includes training with the gear that you’re likely to actually be wearing out and about. If your gear doesn’t work well enough to train with, then you need better gear, period and that’s it.
If your holster doesn’t work well in a range session, it’s not likely to work well on the street. The same goes for your gun belt.
If your gear doesn’t function reliably under range conditions, which aren’t strenuous, then how well do you think it’s going to work under adverse conditions? Probably not well in all likelihood. Therefore, make sure to put your belt through its paces at the shooting range and hopefully under a bit of time pressure.