Why Are Gun Belts Such an Important Part of EDC Gear
Of course, the Bigfoot gun belt has arrived. It’s featuring 14-18 oz. English bridal leather and a nice steel core reinforcement. I got my hands on one a few weeks ago and I think it could potentially be used as a tow strap in a pinch. Don’t take my word on that – I’ll be conducting a variety of experiments on it later this week. This thing is built like a tank.
That aside, obviously the talk has shifted from the fantastic, reputable Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 to the Bigfoot. Both have spring-coil steel reinforcement and the jury has dilliberated a long time but it’s definitely the consensus that both are the perfect, affordable, and long-lasting options for any serious concealed carrier.
But why a gun belt? Why won’t that rickity ole’ department store canvas belt do the trick?
Two words: gun sag.
I’ve seen it happen too many times. I’ll be out in town, minding my own business, and somebody will squat down to pick something up and there it is – the pistol grip of a concealed carry firearm sticking out.
Skinny guys suffer from this the worst. Because they’re built pretty linearly, there’s nothing for a cheap belt to grab onto and keep the gun positioned properly. It sags. And then they’re stuck constantly pulling it up and that draws attention.
Concealed carry means hidden. It doesn’t do any good to offer free advertising for the bad guys.
Even if the Bigfoot is not your deal, here’s some important features to look for in any belt you consider for concealed carry.
5 Things To Spot When Looking For A Gun Belt
Gun Belt Rigidity
A good gun belt will have a rigid feel to it. You shouldn’t be able to bend it into spirals and if you can, it shouldn’t deform rapidly. What you’re looking for is long-lasting durability. You do not want a belt that deforms along your waistline.
The last thing we need is a deformed buckle or a buckle that’s prone to damage or wear. Something steel or steel reinforced should do the trick but ultimately, as long as it doesn’t dig in to your waistline or stomach and can hold up – you’re good.
No Lateral Bending
Holding a belt straight in your hands, there should be no lateral bending in a new belt. Why? Because when it’s hooking in the loops of your trousers, it’s going to deform steadily and cause a sag.
Belt Loop Stretching
Everyone tries to tuck in that last inch. With most belts having half inch to full inch spaces between loops, it’s hard to always get the perfect adjustment. If you fluctuate weight, find a belt that holds true to the notch.
The only true way to know if a gun belt is right for you is to put it on. That’s going to tell you a lot. If the belt rubs you the wrong way or feels too uncomfortable or puts pressure in all the wrong spots – it’s not for you. Additionally, try it on with your favorite everyday inside the waistband concealed carry holster. That way, you can see if the belt works well with your holster and vice versa. The ideal gun belt should compliment your carry style – not go against it.