11 Best Gun Belts for Concealed Carry and Formal Use

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A while back I was at a housewarming party, when the hostess commented on how nice my belt looked, Thank you but my eyes are up here, then I remembered I was testing out the New Grip6, US Flag model, and had completely forgotten it was a new belt. Since I was receiving so much interest in my new belt and the unique badgerbite system, I took it off and showed them, realizing three new facts as I did. 

Since I was receiving so much interest in my new belt and the unique badger bite system, I took it off and showed them, realizing three new facts as I did.

  1. The belt was so comfortable with my holster I had nearly forgotten I was wearing my gun.
  2. No one else knew I was carrying until I removed my gun, to make certain it was unloaded before placing it on the table.
  3. It is generally frowned upon to carry a gun to a dinner party.

When choosing a gun belt for everyday carry, you need to look for one aspect over all others, comfort. If you aren’t absolutely comfortable you won’t wear everyday. 

I need you to carry your concealed weapon everyday because the life you save may be mine.

Name

​Width

​Thickness

Price

Leather Tow Belt

1.5"

6mm

COWATHER Leather

1.45"

4.5mm

DWTS Belt

1.5"

4mm

MEDYLA Belt

1.5"

4mm

SAN-VITALE

1.5"

5mm

​Mission Belt

1.5"

5mm

Grip6 Honeycomb Strap

1.5"

3.5mm

Old Bull

1.5"

4mm

Four Stitch Belt

1.5"

5mm

Kilk Tactical Belt

1.5"

5mm

Relentless Tactical

1.5"

6mm

Guns belts, What to look for in an everyday carry.

Everyday Carry is not a misnomer, I want you to have your weapon on your at all times. 

As nice as the excuse is that you had to leave your gun at home that day, because you had that important presentation, or who carries a gun to a wedding, or the favorite “I just didn’t feel like wearing it.”

Nah, I’m just kidding, I understand that life gets in the way and the odds of needing a gun under most circumstances is low. 

We can improve your rate of carry by allowing you to have a comfortable and fashionable belt that makes it seem like you aren’t carrying at all.

A 1911 weights 2.44lbs, Glock 19 weighs 20oz, a Ruger LCP weighs 9.4oz. Guess which I recommend for a ccw handgun. If you guessed the Ruger LCP, you are correct. 

I’ve carried them all and the Ruger is by far the best CCW gun, because you barely know it is there.

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Comfort

Be honest with yourself for a moment.

Are you comfortable? Do you feel your belt digging into your hips? Are your pants a bit too loose? 

Now imagine 2lbs of hard plastic and metal digging into you. It isn’t a pleasant feeling when you have a belt too loose or the belt isn’t strong enough to hold the weight. You’ll notice every belt I recommend has been modified to be more comfortable.

  • Standard belt is measured from the middle of 5 holes and the holes are spaced 1 inch apart.
  • Saddleback Leather includes 9 holes and spaces them ¾ inch apart.
  • Grip6 belts use a unique Badgebite system
  • Mission Belts use a ratchet retention system
  • Kiki Belts use a friction system.

Comfort single biggest problem with concealed carry weapons is that you don't carry them everyday what I want is an everyday carry belt something that you will put on every day because it's quick and simple it fits.

Style

The two most important questions regarding style while wearing a gun belt are; Can anyone tell I’m carrying and Do I look good. 

A nylon duty belt does not look appropriate with a suit, casual leather belts look terrible with black shoes or sneakers. I prefer three belts, A brown leather for everyday, a black leather for business attire, and a canvas or nylon the times I’m not wearing boots.

Contemporary men’s style doesn’t change, sorry ladies, My father owned the same three belt types for his entire life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it. 

Remember your belt is one of your most worn pieces spend the money on quality and you will look great.

Durability

Style is all well and good, how do the belts hold up over times. A belt is a fashion accessory with a purpose, it needs to be strong enough to do the job. It should last a couple of years of everyday use. 

Several gun belts have metal inserts inside to make them more rigid so they don't lose shape over time. I don’t recommend them because they are not comfortable and the spring steel used will wear through the belt faster than a solid piece of leather.

Width

The size of the belt is what is distributing the weight on your body. 

Wider belts are great for carrying more weight but they tend to make you look worse. 

Thinner belts dress up a outfit, because it shows that your clothes fit well enough that you don’t need a strong belt.

Carrying 2lbs of gun on your hip is going to throw this off, yet a high quality belt can solve the problem by fitting perfectly.

Versatility

Pick a belt that work great even when you aren’t carrying. 

Many recommended gun belts are great for just carrying a duty weapon or built specifically for carrying a specific holster, but what about when you just want a great belt. Fashion and ccw rarely coincide. 

Great belts should be able to be worn with jeans, khakis or a suit and no one should be able to tell if you are carrying a weapon or not. 

Holsters

You're also going to need to look at holster. Make sure your holster attachment system will fit the belt. The most common method of Concealed Carry is Inside the Waistband holsters. They tend to be the least annoying for thinner clothing allowing you to carry without worrying about dressing to carry.

Experiment with your weapon to find the best holster for you.

Common Mistakes:

  • Wearing your pants and belt too low on your hips.
  • Wearing clothing that is too loose.
  • Carrying a gun that is too heavy for your frame.

1. Saddleback Leather Tow Belt

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Saddleback leather Tow belt is possibly the best gun belt I've ever used. Comfortable, casual, and tough enough to tow a car.

Well, I’ve never needed to tow a car with my belt, but I have used it as a makeshift bridle for a pregnant cow. After three years of hard and heavy wear on the farm. 

Belts with Spring Steel Inserts always wear badly. The Tow Belt has held up to all the abuse I can dish out and more.

The vegetable tanned full grain leather is strong enough to hold a concealed carry. Yet is comfortable enough that you will barely notice. Saddleback Leather Co. is a great company with a mission to produce high quality goods. 

Watch Dave explain the differences between Saddleback and the knock offs.

The only issue with the belt is sometimes it just isn’t classy enough for the occasion. If you are going whole hog on for a black tie occasion you might want to leave the Tow belt at home and grab our DWTS belt.

Leather Tow Belt
Leather Tow Belt

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

5.5mm

Length

All Sizes

Warranty

100 Years

2. COWATHER Leather

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I’m told not everyone needs a belt you can pull tractors with. Some people just want a belt that can be used to hold up their pants and look good doing it. The Cowather Leather Belt is the classic leather belt needed in every wardrobe 

Instead of Rivets this use solid screws. The screws allow you to easily shorten or change out the buckle. The simple solid, no nonsense belt, simply works. 

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Cowather is the Classic belt, alloy buckle and a simple vinyl covering the “Genuine Leather” base. The softer bonded leather is comfortable though not as durable as the Saddleback. The belt definitely offers extraordinary bang for the buck.

Pros

  • Screw held buckle allows for easy changes. 
  • Genuine Leather for durability while keeping costs down
  • Alloy metal buckle for increased strength and anti Corrosion

Cons

  • No Con
COWATHER
COWATHER Leather

Width

1.45 inches

Thickness

4.5mm

Length

All Sizes

Made of

Genuine Leather

3. DWTS Belt 

ratcheting gun belt

The DWTS is another ratcheting belt, using a inside the waistband holster for concealed carry is simple as pulling the belt tight. 

The scratch resistance coating of the DWTS Belt keeps it your from shredding your belt. While the Coated Alloy buckle keeps the buckle shining and new no matter what you throw at it. The only coating stronger would be Cerakote.

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The DWTS is made from leather fiber, double stitched for increased durability..

The finish is a simple and subtle matte that works great with any dress combination. Just watch out that your buddies don’t swipe it.

Pros

  • Coated belt and buckle reduce wear 
  • Simple Ratchet belts always look their best no matter the situation. 
  • Double stitched sides increase durability. 

Cons

  • No Cons
DWTS
​DWTS Belt

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

4mm

Length

All Sizes

Made of

Genuine Leather

4. MEDYLA Belt

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The Medyla Belt has an interesting style, more ranch friendly than ballroom. Though you shouldn’t be wearing a belt with a suit anyway.

You don’t want to break up the lines of the suit. The suit should be tailored to fit you perfectly without a belt. Carrying with a suit, I recommend a shoulder holster.

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The thick alloy buckle acts like vise on the belt to keep it from shifting or wearing out the belt holes. There is not much I can say about this belt, the bonded leather keeps it subtle and soft. The ease of care for the bonded leather allows the belt to be used in the harshest conditions with little care. 

Pros

  • Tighter retention system from the belt buckle. 
  • Made from “Real Leather” 
  • Vinyl surface requires no break in period

Cons

  • Lacks the durability of the Saddleback belts
MEDYLA Leather Belt
MEDYLA Belt

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

4mm

Length

All Sizes

Made of

Genuine Leather

5. SAN-VITALE

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San-Vitale is a Leather textured belt. The look of the belt is a bit from squared away than that of the Medyla, That makes the San Vitale a bit more of a expression piece when worn with a Glock 26 in a IWB holster. The Square lines compliment each other. 

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The San-Vitale leather textured finish is touted as giving the look of leather with higher strength that simple bonded Leather. This vinyl infused belt gives its wearers comfort and performance for days of carrying. 

If choosing between the San Vitale and a quality leather belts like the Saddleback, ask yourself. Do you need the quality of full grain leather or...

Pros

  • Beautiful Clear coat of leather texture. 
  • Higher Strength than simple bonded leather. 
  • Subtle and soft for comfort when carrying.

Cons

  • Square buckle requires specific style choices to looks its best
san vitale
​SAN VITALE

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

5mm

Length

All Sizes

Made of

Genuine Leather

6. Mission Concealed Carry Belt

ratchet gun belt

Mission Belts have some of the best fits thanks to their unique ratcheting system. Adding a handgun to your waistline adds a couple of inches. 

Mission Belt’s ratcheting system gives you precision fit every time. 

Whether you have lost a few pounds or just got done with the Thanksgiving Turkey, you will love how this belt feels. 

Retaining a firearm with this belt works great because of the tight fit to your body for Inside the Waistband Holsters. They also look amazing with a suit or just slacks. Mission Belts fully back up their products with no questions guarantee. 

Pros

  • Rathet System Allows for great fit and retention.
  • Highly adjustable.
  • Modern belt styling.

Cons

  • The first time you hit the head with one gives you a slight existential panic.
Mission Belt
Mission Belt

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

5mm

Length

All Sizes

Made of

Genuine Leather

7. Grip 6

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If you are like me and minimize the weight of your gear as much as possible the Grip6 is for you. A 250lb break point -belts normally stop at 50 lbs- on their BadgeBite locking system you will not have to worry about the belt coming undone when you need it most.

The minimalist belt will get compliments everywhere you go. This does come with a grain of salt as people will “burrow” your belt then disappear, like a 12 Point Buck.

The great company Lifetime guarantee on all of their belts. They also give back, buy their conservation line and 10% of your purchase will be put back into the environments hunters love.

Pros

  • 250 lb Badgebite doesn’t let go.
  • Infinite adjustability
  • Looks great no matter the outfit.
  • Low Price
  • Conservation Series gives 10% to some great nonprofit organizations.

Cons

  • If you are a Captain Planet Villain, it is still a dam good belt.
Grip6 Conservation

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

3.5mm

Length

30" to 48"

Made of

Genuine Leather

8. Old Bull

best leather gun belt

The Saddleback Leather Co, that I prefer for everyday wear. It isn’t as tough as that Tow Belt but it makes up for it with comfort, and style, Made of one single piece of thick leather, why insert heavy spring steel when your belt is mostly going to rub you all day long.

The best part of the old bull is that the more you use the belt the more comfortable it becomes. Breaking the leather in takes time, but like a great pair of leather shoes, once the leather is broken in it fits you like a second skin.

Take a look at your old belt, you know the one I’m talking about not the one you are wearing but the worn out one in your closet with the -and let’s be nice about this- petina around the belt. That is low quality nickel plated steel. 

Saddlebacks all come with a 100 year warranty and use parts that can no only take a beating but only improve with age.

Pros

  • Thick, Simple, Solid Construction
  • Durable and Looks like a normal belt.
  • 9 holes spaced ¾ inch apart means it fits better than a normal belt.
  • Most Comfortable Leather belt.
  • Stainless Steel Hardware.

Cons

  • It is a little less stiff than the Tow Belt or the Four Stitch Belts

old bull
Old Bull

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

4mm

Length

32" to 44"

Warranty

100 Years

9. Four Stitch Belt

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I keep recommending Saddleback Leather Co. for one simple reason, they work. 

I bought my first belt in 2008 My own Father stole it from me, they aren’t the belts your kids will fight for after your dead, they are the ones they want now. 

My father replaced my Old bull with a Four Stitch belt that worked great for a CCW. Slightly more durable than even the Tow Belt, it is rigid and renforced, with the same high leather quality and great surgical steel hardware as all the Saddleback Leather Belts.

The Four Stitch belt adds a different style, more of a classic gunbelt you would see on the frontier. It is slightly less than the Old Bull or the Tow Belt, thanks to the pigskin leather liner. Anyone that has bought a pair of Kinco Gloves know the durablity of great pigskin.

The only downside to the belt is It isn’t my style, I mean that literally I’m a farmer out in Iowa, this is a bit more Western Ranch.

Pros

  • Durability is second to none.
  • Stiff vegetable tan on the leather
  • 9 Hole for better fit

Cons

  • If you like the style there aren’t any. I prefer the Tow for a general purpose belt.
Four Stitch
Four Stitch Belt

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

5mm

Length

32" to 44"

Warranty

100 Years

10. Kilk Tactical Gun Belt

tactical gun belt

More like the traditional duty belts, Klik belts are becoming a new trend in college campuses, among those that want to show their opinion about the gun control debate. The belt is comfortable and simple. The quality of the belt is high Made in the USA except for the Cobra buckle.

Cobra Buckles see frequent use in the military and are even used by the space program because of the amazing durability and strength. The style isn’t for everyone, but the retention is solid. The Nylon belt is 2 ply with a stiffer inner layer to help hold more weight comfortably.

Pros

  • Durable Nylon
  • Cobra Buckle
  • Infinite adjustability

Cons

  • Sometimes you don’t want to look like your are carrying.
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Kilk Belts Tactical

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

5mm

Length

29" to 46"

Made of

100% Nylon

11. Relentless Tactical

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The most popular gun belt on Amazon, unfortunately I don’t know why. It is heavier than the Saddleback Leather, lower quality, has wider spacing for the belt holes, and nickel plated belt loop that started to rust.

It is highly recommended by those that can't afford the Saddleback Tow Belt or the Four Stitch Belt. I bought one because it was so highly recommended and I didn’t feel it could handle the stress I put on a belt. And it creaked.

Pros

  • Saddleback Leather Co Look half the price.

Cons

  • Half the quality
  • It creaks
  • Heavier than the Tow Belt
Relentless Tactical

Width

1.5 inches

Thickness

6mm

Length

30" to 48"

Warranty

Lifetime

The biggest issue I see with Concealed Carry is not making it easy and comfortable. If you aren’t in the habit of carrying everyday it is easy to slack off and pretty soon you are unarmed right when the shit hits the fan. Do yourself a favor and grab one of these great belts.

References

Andrew Maurer is a Precision Rifle Series competition shooter and gunsmith. Building competition rifles for over 12 years. He works as a big game hunting guide in Iowa, South Dakota and Arizona. He is also a political scientist studying the effects of gun control on society. He teaches youth rifle shooting.

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