This week, we are taking a look at gun belts for your everyday wear. The obvious question here, why should you buy a gun specific belt for concealed carry?
The answer is, it is part of your carry system. If you carry a gun regularly, something I would encourage you to do, the benefits are many to a real gun belt.
Think of it as a tool. Would you buy Chinese tools from AutoZone? Maybe, if you work on your car once every other year. But if you use them every day, they are going to disintegrate in short order.
A gun belt is also going to be more comfortable. A cheap leather job is going to fold and bend under the weight of a gun. A proper gun belt will be made of quality leather (or nylon, situation dependent) and often includes a stiffening inner layer of Kydex or pliable steel.
Not only is this easier on your body over a long day, it keeps the gun in the correct position. In this regard, a cheap belt can fail in two ways. One, it folds, and your pistol flexes away from you. Two, you over tighten the belt to prevent flexing and it makes it more difficult to grip and draw the gun.
The belts I’ve come to prefer are from CrossBreed Holsters. It makes sense. If a company can make solid holsters, they can probably also make solid belts.
I started using them about a year ago, and I have been impressed with the durability. I am notoriously hard on equipment, and my first model is none the worse for wear. Impressive for an item that sees 100-degree heat, sub-zero temperatures, rain, snow, and thousands of draws with not a thought given to maintenance.
The CrossBreed line goes from $60 to about $100, with two primary styles. First is the traditional tongue (hole and pin style), second is the friction lock.
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The friction lock has the benefit of being infinitely adjustable, though it takes a little getting used to. The tongue or frame style (yes I had to look that up, GQ is not on my reading list) is closer to what most of us normally wear, and works great.
My latest edition is from the CrossBreed Founder’s Series. This executive model is named in honor of the company’s founder, Mark Craighead. It features a unique leather color, and gunmetal grey closure. It is a wearable work of art.
Another added bonus of buying from Crossbreed, every belt features a two week trial period. If you aren’t happy, simply return it, no questions asked. But I recommend you don’t use your rent money. You won’t be willing to let this go.