Thanks Brian for the kind words. Im glad belt is holding up for you. Ive been beating the hell out of mine i made as prototype for 2 monthes now and you can only tell where my holster sets from a few scratches on back side from metal clip. The thing about alot of the belts on the market is there so stiff and thick from the 2 layers of super heavyweight leather along with steel core or some are using a kydex type material. There is also a few companies using nylon webbing like i use in my belts. But most with a stiffner added its a piece of whatever in middle of 2 layers of leather which still allows belt to stretch and deform. And to thick you have the problems of not fitting belt loops on pants and like Brian had trouble with belt being to thick for holster loops. I use a piece of 7 to 9 oz top grain leather cut from the back so it has that natural rigidity then i laminate heavy duty nylon webbing to the top grain piece and line the back with a softer piece of 2 to 4 oz leather. The nylon runs from end to end and side to side all 3 layers are laminated together and sewed together coming out right at 3/16" thick. Its a true edc belt that is comfortable to wear no matter the conditions.
I ordered and received a Bigfoot belt its nice and heavy
I got a couple from Bigfoot. They’re outstanding - no slack either concealed carry (Shield in an Alien Gear), or with my S&W M&P 5 inch full size in an OWB Dara holster.
Kore belts are fantastic. Heavy duty and easy to fit.
I have had this belt 10 days now and I love it! I wear it with jeans and slacks.
They said to order 4 inches above your pant?? I don’t agree with that.
Check out this bad boy I got from @HandyDave !
It’s beautiful.The holster will fit my Rock Island 45 ACP and Beretta 92
Check out this belt. The leather, crinkling.
My own add on.
Many thanks to Dave, let’s support one of our own!
Im glad i could help the leather i used on your holster has a little more of oranger tan color naturally and once wet molded and dyed with the dark brown it took on these kinda burgandy under tones mixed with the Constantine cross you wanted done in black it really comes alive. And with the cross on holster and the roman numerals on belt i gave the belt a worn cracked look like a roman colosseum. I rolled the belt strap backwards a few times to lightly break the grain. Then once bonded and sewn to the nylon webbing inner layer and soft leather backing it gives that worn cracked appearance. But it doesnt hurt the belts structural integrity. Its purely esthetic.
I’ve got a couple of “go-to” belts for carrying, but by far the best I’ve ever owned was a rig from The Beltman which I’ve had for over a decade. Double thick and made to my exact size, secured with heavy-duty Velcro. He also makes 'em with a “stiffener” insert, but the double layer belts do need 'em, IMHO.
When my elderly dad complained about not being able to find a belt that actually fit his little 29" waist, I turned him on to Beltman. We measured him using the directions on the web site, he picked his colors and materials, and was very happy with the result. He had belts in 28" (too tight) and 30" (too big), but this one was “just right”.
Great customer service and made in the USA… doesn’t get much better than that. I’m still using mine after a couple of decades of service YMMV.
I’ve got a couple of tactical belts, I also bought a belt from Milt Sparks, although it’s just a tad bit big. It’d work if I were using it with an IWB holster and a full-size gun, but it’s about 2" too long at the last hole for me. Right now, I just have a cheap-o leather belt I bought at Wally World, but it’s heavy enough that it holds up the holster with no difficulty.
I’ve read that you should put on your belt with the pants (and holster) you’re going to be using most, and then try to get it into the third hole. If you can get it to the fourth hole, that’s not a problem, but if it only goes to the second hole, you need a bigger size. I have a 36" waist, and when I ordered my last belt, I read to add 2" to it, not 4". This belt is actually a leather ammunition belt (similar to the one Tom Selleck wore in “Quigley Down Under”.) I ordered it in 38" and it fits perfectly over my pants and over my other belt and OWB holster.
I just ordered this belt buckle to add to my Hanks Gunner belt. I saw it on my recent trip to the Smokies. I liked it, but it was kind of overpriced in that tourist trap. I found it online at Tractor Supply of all places for 10 bucks cheaper. So I’ll post pics when I actually get it.
A morale patch belt buckle.
I got a really good leather belt from Urban Carry
Blackhawk instructors, use for OWB with springfiled xdm sub compact as well as springield OSP.
Have a lighter Atomic Bear for IWB S&W .38
The only one I have tried is from Kore and I think it’s fantastic. I even bought them for my 2 sons for Christmas one year just because the ratchet adjustment is so great and I’m sure they never thought much about belts. Then I bought another one to use on my carpenter bags…got tired of the leather belts stretching and the holes ripping out,
This is the belt I have, and love it. I wanted a casual look, and a belt I could wear even when not carrying
Rustic Brown Stitched Water Buffalo Steel Core Gun Belt - Made in USA Amazon.com: Rustic Brown Stitched Water Buffalo Steel Core Gun Belt - Made in USA : Sports & Outdoors
The new Hanks Extreme Gunner. 1.75 or 1.5 inch option. Black or Brown. One piece leather. Changable buckle. 100 year warranty.