Ask any gun owner and concealed carrier about their gear preferences, and it is safe to assume they will have favorites. But one important piece of gear that I think often gets overlooked is the simple belt we have around our waist. Not all belts are up for the task of not only supporting a weapon, but also being comfortable and stylish as well. Here are a few different gun belts that luckily, can do them all!
The great thing about the Relentless Tactical belt is that it looks like any ordinary belt, except that it can handle holding a weapon and extra magazines no problem. Thinner than most other gun belts, the Relentless Tactical is a great overall do everything piece of gear that you cannot only wear to the range, but also out on the town. It is also one of the most affordable all leather gun belts on the market right now. Since this belt has a slim profile it can also be used for IWB pretty effectively, without showing the outline of the firearm or the belt bulge. Lastly and one of the best parts about this gun belt is, it is made right here in the USA at an affordable cost.
Most people in the shooting world are familiar with 5.11, so it is no surprise that one of their gun belts made this list. Made with extra strength nylon mesh and a stainless steel belt buckle, this gun belt is super durable and holds its shape well. The belt comes in numerous color options, giving this belt a great overall look and style. It is also super easy to adjust, making this a great choice for people who like to adjust their belt throughout the day, or need to loosen it when you sit down. As an added bonus, 5.11 made this belt to be easily converted into a tie down, carry strap, or emergency harness, with a tensile strength up to 5,100 lbs. If you are the type that likes to be ready for anything, this gun belt is your best bet.
With a more modern and sleek design, the Blue Alpha Cobra belt not only looks great, but is specifically designed to a shooters needs. The buckle is upgraded and made to easily slide through belt loops, while the actual belt is made up of two layers of rigid nylon that ensures it will last a very long time and retain its shape. Proudly made in the USA and boasts a life time warranty, this belt is a great option for carriers that want something a little different from a traditional leather belt. Being one of the more higher end gun belts, it is worth every penny.
Probably one of the nicest looking leather gun belts on this list, the Executive is true to its name. A great looking gun belt, these work great with an IWB holster and will still let you show off your fancy new belt. I would definitely recommend this belt for guys who have to dress up for work, and kill two birds with one stone buying this belt! Style and function are where this thing shines but don't let the looks fool you. This gun belt is great for any occasion, if its at the shooting range or a share holders meeting. Hand made in the USA, the Executive gun belt is a solid option.
For guys wanting a more casual gun belt, I would recommend the Titan EDC belt. I personally run this belt and love how normal it looks, as well as how comfortable it is. Made of nylon with a ratchet design, it comes in many colors and options so there really is one for everybody, no matter their preferences. This belt can do it all and claims to be designed for carrying extra weight on your belt, whether it’s a gun, knife or flashlight. With a perfect amount stiffness this belt also boasts no rollover when carrying a firearm. I especially love the awesome buckle design and the durability the belt offers. With such a good price point The Titan EDC earns its spot for, the best gun belt for the money.
I know some of you like to appendix carry, so we will be going over our thoughts on the belt that we think is best for appendix carry. There are a few things we look for when choosing a belt for AIWB. First thing is finding a slim, low profile buckle to limit the outline of the belt and gun. Second is finding just the right amount of flex and stiffness so the belt can support a firearm and still be comfortable to wear, move, and bend. Most people go for a leather belt, since it can be used for casual purposes as well as carrying a gun.
Above we noted briefly, Relentless Tactical, who makes a great IWB/AIWB belt since it has a low buckle profile making the gun and belt concealable. If your looking for something a little different we are huge fans of the Trayvax belt below.
Trayvex makes an awesome belt for appendix carry, or any kind of carry. Made in the USA Trayvex friction belts are are made of nylon webbing with Aerospace-grade tempered aluminum buckle. The Best part about the buckle is it is slim enough to where you don't see a bulge when appendix carrying, and the buckle is slightly bent to contour your waist. This belt is truly low profile and perfect for appendix carry. At a great price, this belt is is unmatched for minimalism and durability, and you cant go wrong with anything made by Trayvax.
Heres a video of one of our favorite YouTube personalities Talon Sei, talking his experience with the Trayvax Cinch Web Belt for appendix carry. Unfortunately they don't have the sleek Talon Sei edition anymore.
One of the biggest reasons most people do not carry concealed is because it is uncomfortable for them. A quality belt can really help mitigate this and make it very easy to have a firearm at your side for when it is needed. All of these belts are only a small sample of gun belts available on the market today, but offer a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and price points to get pointed in the right direction. No matter what belt you choose, as long as you are comfortable and confident with your weapon you are doing it right.