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Carry Belt Essential For Open or Concealed Carrying

Whether one is going to openly display or conceal their carry gun, a strong carry belt is essential. There really isn't any getting around it. Whether one selects a rigger's belt or a strong leather belt with steel insert, a stouter belt than a typical department store belt is needed.


If one means to competently carry a gun, a good carry belt along with a good quality holster are absolutely essential.


A Strong Belt Makes For A Stable Platform


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The need for a strong belt while carrying a gun is several fold. In order for a pistol to be securely carried, a gun belt needs to hold a holster and pistol in place. It cannot move on it's own, though a certain amount of flexing and moving with the wearer is not only good, but desirable; the belt, holster and gun should wear as if they are part of the wearer.


This is important for the purposes of security. There cannot be any chance that a gun might be dropped - for a number of reasons. First, while less likely due to advances in safety devices, drop fires can and do occur.


Drop fires happen when a gun is dropped, causing the firing pin to be knocked into the primer of a chambered round. Today's firearms mostly include firing pin blocks that prevent drop fires, but they aren't fool-proof. Do an internet search for firearm recalls, and you're likely to find instances where an otherwise reputable gun maker that's had to pull guns from the market to fix defects that have caused drop fires.


A dropped gun can also, in some cases, be picked up by someone else.


A Solid Gun Belt Is Tactically Advantageous


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There is also a tactical reason for a person to have a solid gun belt. Namely, that reason is vertical rigidity that a department store belt just doesn't possess. That's why so many gun belts are either made from far tougher webbing than normal (if made from nylon web) or are made from stronger, thicker leather than a typical belt.


That's also the reason that stiffeners are used in many gun belts, such as a Kydex plastic or spring steel belt stiffener. The reinforcing layer stiffens the belt so that it doesn't twist easily either by hand or when a holster and pistol are added to it.


To test a belt to see if it has sufficient vertical rigidity, try to twist it like you're wringing out a towel. Does it resist the twist? That's a stiff belt.


Another good test is the stock photo you see for most gun belts. Put the holster on the belt, and put a gun in the holster. Fasten the belt, and lay the belt, gun and holster down on. Pick the belt up - if the belt stays mostly horizontal, then the belt has good vertical rigidity.


The vertical rigidity of a gun belt is vitally important. Not only does this keep the gun and holster where one means for them to be placed - important for concealment, comfort and security - but is also important because it's necessary for the draw stroke.


In order for a smooth, fast draw to be achieved, there has to be enough resistance from the belt to keep the holster fastened in place. If not, the holster will flop around while a draw is being attempted, which adds extra seconds when every one might count.


Good Gun Belts Lead To A Confident Carry


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A good gun belt is necessary for a secure carry platform, which is necessary for the comfort and confidence of the person carrying. If a gun, holster and belt aren't comfortable, a person is likely going to find reasons not to wear them.


If a person doesn't have confidence in the belt and holster they are carrying with, they are going to find reasons not to wear them. That leads to selective carry or not carrying at all...and what's the point of having the gear to carry if one doesn't have the will to do so?


After all, the reasons that people decide to get licensed (if necessary), select a carry gun, holster and belt and start carrying is to have an insurance policy against what might happen, not what might happen if and when one feels like having the means to do something about it.




 

About The Author


Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.

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