Buyers Guide: Edc Belts
Although we spend a lot of time looking for the perfect holster to hold our handguns, many people will spend less time looking for the best gun belt.
Many people will use the gun belt they have, no matter how suitable, and skip searching for one; this is a bad idea for many reasons, which we'll talk about in a moment. However, a strong belt is essential for IWB carry. It can support the weight of your firearm as well as any ammunition.
A quality belt will support your pistol and spare ammo easily and keep it steady. Next, we'll discuss the essentials to choose a good EDC Belt.
How to Choose an EDC Belt
Be truthful with yourself. Do you plan to "operate" your EDC belt, or are you simply going to use it for everyday purposes? Are you looking for a reliable, everyday-use belt?
You might choose something more casual if it is the former. However, if you are a fireman or police officer, it is important to consider the most reliable options.
What to Attach
You don't need to spend a lot if you don't use CCWs or other heavy gadgets.
A belt with high tensile strength is not necessary if you are looking to support a knife or your phone case. On the other hand, you might choose to place comfort above all else.
It might be tempting to pick the most stylish EDC belts, but style is not the main focus of EDC gear. Instead, put statistics and functionality first.
Internal Belt Stiffener
This is one of the most important aspects of a gun belt. The belt's strength will be significantly increased by an internal stiffener, which is an advantage over a traditional belt. An internal stiffener will increase the vertical stability of the belt and improve its horizontal strength. Traditional belts are limited to horizontal strength. Vertical strength is important because it supports the handgun and the holster.
Look for durable models. These belts will last longer than regular belts. The belts with double stitching and high-quality craftsmanship can last for ten years or longer.
The first mistake that most gun owners make is to buy a cheap belt made from low-quality materials. These models are typically made of nylon, leather, and polyester. The double-layered design of leather models is also available in many grades. Look for the top and full-grain grades when shopping online. A full-grain leather belt has a 3:1 ratio of top and bottom layers. It's closer to an equal split with a top grain leather belt. If you decide to purchase a leather model, you need to consider top-grain and full grain.
Another mistake is to buy a model with inferior hardware. For example, a model with a soft-metal buckle is a bad idea. The belt will not last if it is weak or can be bent easily by hand.
A belt can have very little stitching, and it will still work perfectly. Web belts are known for their durability and little stitching. In most cases, however, more stitching is a better option. You want robust and sturdy stitching without fraying. You should ensure that the stitching on your belt is consistent and has double stitching if you can.
The price of a quality belt will vary depending on its material type, stitching, thickness, brand, and other factors. A larger model will require more material, which can impact the price. Most models made from leather will be the most expensive. However, nylon can come in a close second. A top-of-the-line belt can cost anywhere from $20 to $200.
A gun belt is a crucial piece of EDC, especially for concealed carry of firearms that you conceal in the waistband.
Regular belts will not be sufficient because they are not made to carry the weight of the gun. Gun belts, however, are.