From the earliest days of the Wild West, no one has contrived a superior method to carry a firearm on the waist than in a holster appended to a belt. Even though materials and styles have changed over the long term, the basic pairing remains. In the nonmilitary personnel or off-duty carry world, there are fundamentally two different ways to carry a weapon when wearing jeans: outside the waistband (OWB) or inside the waistband (IWB). Indeed, there is a third choice – pocket carries – however that is saved for tiny guns only. Assuming you need to carry anything bigger, onto the belt it goes.
Whether you carry IWB or OWB, there are basic considerations while picking the right belt.
Guns – even little firearms – are weighty. A standard unloaded polymer-outlined guns averages about a pound. Add bullets to it and it can finish out near two pounds. All-metal weapons, for example, the classic 1911 can weigh much more. Toss on an additional mag in a mag pocket and we're discussing a truly weighty burden to carry around the entire day. While two pounds probably won't sound weighty, it's all that anyone could need to weigh down the average leather or nylon belt to where not only does the belt sag, so do your pants. While there are a couple of colorful materials for gun belts, a large portion of them are produced using leather, nylon, or both. Yet, they can't simply be any leather. Most dress belts that you'll discover at your nearby retailer aren't sufficient. The belt should be adequately solid to not lose its form all through an entire day of carrying. Devoted gun belts are purpose-built worked to hold the additional weight and keep the belt from bending. Some of them are extra-thick while others contain a steel or polymer/Kydex embed between the leather layers for added solidness. The greatest benefit of a leather gun belt for concealed carry is that it resembles an ordinary belt, so you will not remain as the gun guy.
Nylon is another alternative, however, ensure it's thick enough. Easygoing nylon belts are normally not strong enough to help with the weight. Over the long run and with excessive perspiration, thin nylon will start to loosen and lose its shape, making the belt sag. Be that as it may, a decent, thick nylon belt normally intended for tactical use will be strong enough to stand up to the strain. The downside to a nylon belt is the way it stands out in regular day-to-day life. It will fit right in on the reach, yet on the road, it could look awkward, hence losing your tactical advantage. A few companies now make a hybrid choice: a leather buckle with a nylon belt that can be hidden under a cover garment. This is incredible assuming you need to maintain the low profile yet keep the tactical elements of a gun belt.
Gun belts fill a particular need and are asked to carry an extra load. They should be thicker than an off-the-shelf belt from the nearby clothing store. This additional thickness works on the load-bearing performance of the leather or nylon.
Most holsters have metal or plastic buckles designed to go over and tuck under the belt to get the holster secured and keep it from popping out unexpectedly, particularly when pulling the gun. Commonly, the hooks at the lower part of the clips are ½" thick to oblige a thick gun belt. Wearing a more slender belt may allow the holster to slide around on the belt – potentially too far – or come up and off the belt on a draw or then again if you coincidentally bang against something like a table or seat, causing an extremely risky situation. A purpose-built gun belt will decrease the odds of this incident.
The buckle is the lynchpin of the whole belt. Scrimp on it and you'll be grieved, as your gun hauls your pants down like a gangster While no one buckle is awesome, each type has its high points and low points. Here are the four most normal lock types utilized in gun belts.
Standard Hole: This style has been inseparable from belts (tactical and otherwise) for quite a long time. The essential reason is the belt has a series of holes set at increments offering adjustment options for various size waists. The potential gain of this system is that you can generally pull the buckle to a similar hole and it stays secured the entire day. The drawback is that over the long run, repeated utilization of a similar hole destroys the hole and loosens the belt a bit in general.
Military Slide: This system works by sliding the unfinished end of the belt through the receiver, where a roller pushes against the belt to hold it secure by friction. The greatest benefit of the Military Slide is limitless adjustability – no set increments. The greatest disadvantage is it isn't generally as secure in light of the fact that the belt can come undone if the friction bar slips.
Quick Release: Commonly called the Cobra buckle (named after the company that developed it), the quick release is most generally found on nylon belts since it is purely tactical in both look and capacity. It works by inserting the buckle stem toward one side of the belt into a receiver joined to the other end to snap the belt closed and afterward adjusting the excessive nylon webbing to fit, securing it with hook and loop. To release, just squeeze two buttons on the buckle. This is a highly stable platform that won't move once locked in place. Be that as it may, as it is a tactical application, it tends to be hard to mask in regular civilian life except if it is highly hidden where no part of the belt shows.
V-Ring: Also profoundly tactical, the V-Ring buckle works by weaving the unfinished end of the belt through the tension rod inside the buckle and back through, securing it tightly. Much like the Military Slide, the V-Ring's tension rod secures the belt material. The V-Ring is highly adjustable and secures with almost no work. Over the long run, in any case, it can slip under the heaviness of a gun and mag, requiring consideration.