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Wombats Are Dangerous
07-04-2012, 12:20 PM
Hi guys! Looking to buy my first gun belt for range use and everyday wear. Looking for opinions on an entry-level belt. Some baseline context:

Costs under $40
No preference on leather or nylon (I'm buying one in each)
Primarily a range belt, but will also use as everyday fashion belt with jeans and shorts.
I don't need anything hardcore for everyday open/duty carry.
I don't conceal carry. I've heard it's impossible to get a license to CC in San Diego.
I'd like to participate in local practical shooting events eventually.
I use primarily Blackhawk SERPA and Safariland 6004 holsters.

After some research, I'm leaning towards picking up the Bianchi B26 Professional in brown and the 5.11 Tactical Trainer in sandstone.

Bianchi B26 Professional:

5.11 Tactical Trainer:

Any thoughts or experience with those belts? Any other suggestions based on the above criteria?

I normally wear a size 36. Do you guys recommend buying at my fitted size or should I buy size 38 to accommodate the holster and mag pouches?

07-04-2012, 5:54 PM
Another option that is popular in nylon is the Wilderness Instructor's belt. More of a range belt but nothing saying you couldnt wear it everyday esp the 1.5" width.


The 5 stitch version is recommended for holster wear.

Great belt, its what I wear for training classes and shooting activities.

07-06-2012, 1:19 PM
I have both the Bianchi(1.25) and the 5.11.

Bianchi is better for CCW and office. The 5.11 has a heavy buckle and is more for informal/range use. It can also be used as an inner belt for a battle belt setup.

07-06-2012, 1:21 PM
You buy one size larger if carrying IWB.

07-06-2012, 10:25 PM
check out Beltman belts for your leather gun belt. proof is in the puddin; these are high quality gun belts. i use mine for non carry daily wear as well as for the occasions when i do carry.

sizing instructions are available at their online site. they'll also assist you on the phone with sizing and any other questions you might have.

for a budget buy gun belt and next day shipping, see their "Quick Ship Belts" that are advertised online.

unless their policy has changed, they also sell returned belts that are essentially new... at a reduced price. you'd need to inquire about this over the phone, as these specials are not advertised online.

the old "buy quality... cry once" saying goes here.

www.thebeltman.net/ (http://www.thebeltman.net/)


07-06-2012, 10:26 PM
I just checked my pile of belts.

Mostly 5.11 with a couple of Wilderness Tactical Frequent Flyer types in the mix for jury duty or travel.

Even a couple of Rigger type rescue belts. I have yet to be rescued, your mileage may vary.

Velcro lets you hit the buffet or strap on a DE without drooping. Good stuff.

07-06-2012, 10:53 PM
Velcro lets you hit the buffet or strap on a DE without drooping. Good stuff.

i love velcro assisted belts with no buckle; i've got a few Gould & Goodrich leather/velcro garrison belts that i frequently wear. no buckle to pinch my stomach, and comfort plus with adjustments; best thing since buttered popcorn.

07-08-2012, 11:34 PM
If you want to do any competitions like steel challenge, ipsc, local steel matches, etc. look at the CR Speed belts. They cost more than your budget, but it is two belts together. You wear a velcroe belt on your pants or shorts as usual and then the other belt holds your holster and mag pouches and velcroes around your inner belt. You don't have to fight with your belt loops on your pants and treading your holster on and off. I can pop my out belt off with my gun and 6 full mags all in place, and put it back on quickly when I am ready. I wish I would have bought a CR speed belt earlier.

07-08-2012, 11:36 PM
I use a condor rigger belt. Love it.

07-09-2012, 5:41 AM
look no further