Top Five Everyday Carry Gun Belts

Editor’s Note: The following is a post by Mark Kakkuri, a nationally published freelance writer who covers guns and gear, 2nd Amendment issues and the outdoors. His writing and photography have appeared in many firearms-related publications, including the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @markkakkuri.

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Concealed Carry Belts

What belt or belts do you have for your EDC setup?

The term “everyday carry” (or EDC) has made its way into the public consciousness, even if not directly related to matters of self-defense. EDC gear, for some, simply includes a wallet, mobile device, set of keys and maybe a comb. EDC gear, for others, includes more techie stuff: a tablet and/or notebook computer, headphones or earbuds, a portable charger, and a paper notebook and pen. For you readers, EDC gear probably leans a bit more tactical: concealed carry pistol (holstered), spare magazine or other type of reload, folding knife, and flashlight. And that’s usually in addition to a lot of the other EDC gear already mentioned.

While some of our EDC gear can end up in a messenger bag or backpack, some of it also ends up in pockets or hanging off our belts. In either case, the ability to keep our carry gear stable, secure and accessible becomes paramount. And that’s where the oldest everyday carry gear item in the books comes in — the belt. But not just any belt. I’m talking about a true gun belt — one designed to bear the weight primarily of a handgun but also of the other gear we might strap, lash or loop onto a belt. With that, here are my top five everyday carry belts.

1. Blackbeard Peacekeeper Duty Belt ($95.90)

Black Beard Peacekeeper

Retail for the Peacekeeper is $95.90. (Photo: Blackbeard)

Meant for 3-gun competitions or those times when you’d like to securely attach another person to your belt, the Peacekeeper is made from a polymer-coated nylon measuring 1.5 inches wide and 5/32 inches thick. As the only non-leather offering in this list, the Peacekeeper shows how far plastics manufacturing has come in terms of good looks and durability.

Here is a plastic belt that won’t bend, roll over or stretch yet is perfectly flexible no matter the weather. And while you can drive a giant truck over the Peacekeeper and not harm it (Blackbeard has a video of this on their site), the main feature is the buckling system that literally ratchets in ¼-inch increments as tight as you need it but lets go with the flick of a single switch. The system provides 9 inches of adjustability and goes on and off in a snap. And indeed it provides a stable platform for a variety of guns. Made in the USA.

Visit the Blackbeard website to learn more about the Peacekeeper.

2. Disse Amerihide 1.25-Inch Gun Belt ($59.95)

Belt Disse

Retail for the Amerihide is $59.95. (Photo: Disse)

Here’s one of my favorite everyday casual gun belts. Durable and good-looking, especially if you get the colored thread in the stitching, the Amerihide belts feature a dual layer of leather, which provides great support. At only 1.25 inches wide (you can get one in 1.5 and 1.75 inches as well), it can still handle an outside-the-waistband holster and a smallish gun, but the belt really excels with inside-the-waistband carry, especially appendix carry.

Pull it as tight as you need it; the leather is strong and the buckling system is up to the task. The stainless steel roller buckle makes cinching a cinch and, over time, the leather forms a nice patina as it breaks in. But breaking in doesn’t suggest weakening in any way; the Disse is as good at holding a gun as the day I got it.

Shop the Disse website to learn more about the Amerihide belt.

3. Escape and Evasion Belt ($79)

As a certified luggage nerd, I love gear that aids in travel. But even when I’m not traveling, I’ll use the Escape and Evasion Belt not so much for escaping and evading but simply for being prepared for whatever. Besides being a legit gun belt — durable, stiff and stabilizing for a concealed carry rig — the Escape and Evasion Belt features zippered hidden pockets on the inside of the belt.

In these, you can carry whatever you think you need for daily survival or travel emergencies. While the belt’s founder, Jason Hanson, carries lock-picking tools, a handcuff key and a utility blade knife (among other things), I keep things a bit more simple: a couple of extra $20 bills, an extra house or car key, and a thin survival tool (the kind which can slip into a wallet).

Visit the Escape and Evasion Belt website to learn more.  Retail is $79.

4. Galco Dress Belt ($89.95)

GalcoDress

The Galco Dress Belt retails for &89.95. (Photo: Galco)

While carrying a concealed handgun usually demands clothing choices that can only be described as baggy and untucked, sometimes dressing like that just isn’t possible. The dress code at the office in which I work in each day still demands dress pants and a tucked-in, buttoned-down shirt. As such, while I could use a tuckable holster, sometimes I opt for an undershirt holster (built into the t-shirt) or an ankle holster.

In any case, my go-to dress belt is a Galco SB1 dress belt. Here’s a gun belt that doesn’t look like a gun belt. It easily handles guns in tuckable holsters, guns in quickie IWB clip holsters and more. And on the occasion where I’m wearing a suit, I’ll go for a matching outside-the-waistband holster. Very sharp, very solid.

Visit the Galco website to learn more about the Dress Belt.

5. Versacarry Double Ply Leather Belt ($49.99)

Versacarry Gun Belt

The Versacarry Double Ply Leather Belt retails for $49.99.  (Photo: Versacarry)

Finally, here’s the gun belt that tops the “outrageous value” category. Available in a variety of colors, Versacarry’s Double Ply is exactly that: two strong layers of leather.

Measuring 1.5 inches wide, this is the casual belt you wear with a favorite pair of jeans and your favorite carry gun. It’s got just the right amount of flex and only loosens up a little bit over time. It’s strong, good-looking and worth the price, even if you never carry a gun or any other gear on it. But you should because it can handle just about anything.

Visit the Versacarry website to learn more about the Double Ply Leather Belt.

Conclusion

Every one of these gun belts has endured not just an abundance of holsters but also myriad accessories and other gear attached to them. Sometimes, it’s a carabiner clipped to the belt strap; sometimes, a metal clip or two. All of the belts can handle the extra weight without any problem (assuming it is cinched tight around my waist), but the constant application and removal of a metal clip will start to wear down the leather over time. All in all, it’s great to have such a wide variety of gun belts available to us today. And no matter what you carry, every day or otherwise, a solid gun belt makes carrying all the more effective.

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  • Ian April 18, 2018, 1:14 pm

    Where can I purchase Bianchi Gunleather Belts? Thank You.

  • Larry December 18, 2017, 11:36 am

    The Wilderness belt for a synthetic materials belt and El Paso Saddlery for a leather belt. Both excellent and good looking for EDC.

  • John December 16, 2017, 6:45 pm

    Bought a Peacekeeper Gun Belt, and I have to say I absolutely love it. Super strong and high quality. My most comfortable belt. Best of all, Made in USA.

  • Will Garten December 15, 2017, 1:10 pm

    After trying various military belts made of stout nylon, I focused on a heavy duty para smoke jumper belt from Cabelas that is made in the USA. Like the nylon military belts, this belt is like two military belts sewn together using 12 miles of thread. The double thickness does not fold over period. And, it can support any of my pistols from a M&P Shield to a full size 1911. The belt is designed to carry more than that as smoke jumpers may not be carrying firearms but have other tools and radios attached. The buckle on mine is black and made of aircraft aluminum and secures well at the buckle and the belt employs Velcro to secure to the rest of the belt. Bison makes them and they run $24.99 at Cabelas. https://bisondesigns.com/products/38mm-last-chance%E2%84%A2-heavy-duty-black-buckle

  • Bonomo December 15, 2017, 12:42 pm

    Boxer tactical

  • Paul Raczkowski December 15, 2017, 11:43 am

    Daltec Force is aa internet company I have gotten my belts & holsters from for a few years now. You can get anything from basic to very high quality and their customer service & pricing is very reasonalbe

  • Russ December 15, 2017, 11:04 am

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  • roger December 15, 2017, 10:35 am

    Millions of belts sold. How can Mark Kakkuri determine the top 5 in the USA . Maybe he is just using the ones he got for free?

  • Nick M December 15, 2017, 9:05 am

    I have a brown leather Galco. I like it. I think it has an insert, it does not sag. Going on 3 years and my EDC is a full size all steel 1911.

  • Capt. Dave December 15, 2017, 8:41 am

    I’ve worn either the black or brown EDC from hanksbelts.com for several years. The belts are Amish made from very heavy single piece leather and come with a harness-type buckle that can be swapped for a buckle from your personal collection. They come with a hundred year warranty and from my experience, you won’t wear them out. They aren’t too pricey–in the $50+ range.

  • Ghost Man December 15, 2017, 8:31 am

    I have been using ARES Gear, Aegis Enhanced for the last five years. Their belt supports my Glock 19, a spare magazine, a flashlight and a backup gun in my pocket everyday all day. Very comfortable and easy to adjust throughout the day. IMHO best belt I have ever worn!

  • Roman December 15, 2017, 7:44 am

    Can’t find the 1.25-Inch option on the Disse site.

  • Red December 15, 2017, 7:42 am

    Bigfoot here as well. Best Christmas present I have received in the last ten years. Literally EDC and looks like the day I got it. Worn with three different Fobus paddle OWB holsters.

  • happy warrior December 15, 2017, 7:16 am

    I wear Big Foot gunbelts, they’re supported by steel core layered into the construction. Never sags, perfect belt!

  • Steve December 15, 2017, 6:41 am

    I’ve been wearing Fox Creek Leather’s belts for 10 years and they’re great.

  • Darryl December 15, 2017, 4:36 am

    DM Bullard in Azle, Texas makes great belts by hand and they’re a family owned shop. i ‘ve purchased a lot of holsters and 2 belts from them. i out grew the first belt or would have only need the one. their made from Herman Oak leather Tanned in the USA and are double thick with brass buckles. you could never wear these things out and they will hold up any type of pistol. carried a Glock 30 for awhile and then went to a full size 1911 springfield .45. i carry this full size .45 1911 all day and it’s like it even isn’t there it’ that comfortable. if your looking for leather holsters or belts check out there web site David and Renee are great people. i don’t work there or have any investment with them just a very happy customer who would like to see others find the great american made stuff out there.

    • Alan December 15, 2017, 8:47 am

      I’ll second the comments on DM Bullard. I have a few holsters and belts from them and they are great.

  • DrThunder88 December 15, 2017, 4:07 am

    Triple K makes a rather heavy leather holster belt. It’s a single piece of leather at least 3/16 inch thick. The finish is a little rough on the edges, but for $30 it’s a great deal.

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