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Reinforced Gun Belt vs Regular Belt vs Tactical Belt

Choosing the right concealed carry belt, or CCW belt, can be a daunting task. Broadly speaking, there are three different types of gun belts: leather gun belts, reinforced gun belts, and tactical belts. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages and the one that's right for you depends on how you intend to use your belt. Here's everything you need to know before you shop for a leather gun belt vs regular belt for everyday carry.

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What is a casual gun belt?

The difference between a leather gun belt and a regular belt is that a gun belt is designed to carry additional weight of a holster and gun. Gun belts are made using sturdier materials and tend to be stiffer and thicker than your typical department store belt. A normal everyday belt is designed mostly for fashion and lacks the strength and rigidity to hold up much more than your pants.

Key features of our casual gun belts

Our leather gun belts are unlike any other belts you've ever seen. Our infamous gun belt buckle, the Outlaw, is inspired by classic revolvers of the American Wild West. Push the trigger button on the bottom to make the gun buckle shoot open with a satisfying snap. Our belts make a big statement with any outfit you wear.

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  • Thick full grain leather - We exclusively use 9 oz full grain vegetable tanned leather from Milwaukee, WI to make all our leather belts. The 1-½" width fits through most standard belt loops and even some dress pants, making it a comfortable belt for everyday carry.

  • Durable metal hardware - You won't be disappointed by the durable construction of our unique buckles. The buckle uses a combination of metal, steel, and magnets to reliable lock your belt.

  • Patented locking mechanism - Our one-of-a-kind buckle design does double duty: it opens in a fun way and protects your leather belt from wear and tear. We use premium materials for the buckle and the leather, so you can be sure it will hold up to constant use.

  • Quick release buckle - Push the quick release trigger to unlock the Outlaw with a snap! The extra leather lays neatly inside for a clean, professional look and no floppy belt strap.

  • Custom sizes for the perfect fit - We offer all standard and custom sizes for all our belts. Just give us your measurements through your belt loops and over your owb or iwb holsters to get the perfect fitting edc belt.

What is a reinforced gun belt?

A reinforced gun belt is a concealed carry belt made with two layers of leather with a thin piece of flexible steel sandwiched glued or stitched in between. These belts are a favorite of law enforcement professionals but can be a bit stiff and uncomfortable for everyday carry for the average belt wearer. Some belts are made with a hidden track or ratcheting system that is infinitely adjustable, but we find these are not as reliable for heavy-duty use.

Reinforced concealed carry belt or gun belts with stitching and stainless steel buckle

Key features of reinforced gun belts

  • Flexible steel core sandwiched between thin leather or nylon makes the belt very rigid, but also difficult to break in

  • Leather gun belts' different layers are stitched and or glued together to mimic the look of a normal belt made with genuine leather

  • Some use a hidden track or ratcheting system not designed for heavy duty use

What is a tactical belt?

Tactical gun belts are a specialized type of durable nylon belt for open carry. They are typically used by security or law enforcement professionals and are commonly found in military uniforms. Unlike regular belts, tactical belts are designed to carry additional gear or equipment in easily accessible pouches attached to the belt. They are notoriously heavy and uncomfortable to wear for long period of time, making them a bad choice for everyday wear.

tactical gun belt worn by law enforcement officer with attachments for carrying loaded hand gun, hand cuffs, pepper spray and other gear

Key features of tactical belt or nylon belt

  • Tactical belts are used by military or law enforcement as part of their job

  • Durable nylon webbing is usually two inches or wider to support additional gear, but unlikely to fit through the belt loops or regular pants.

  • Configurable attachments using D-rings or velcro to hold equipment

  • Usually utilized an aluminum alloy cobra buckle or quick release buckle

Should I Get A Tactical Belt or a Leather Belt?

Whether you choose a tactical belt for open carry or leather belt for concealed carry really depends on what you value most in gun belts. If you intend to wear your belt everyday as a concealed carry belt, opt for a comfortable leather belt made with good quality full grain leather.

If you need a heavy-duty belt for carrying equipment for your job, opt for a tactical belt. You will sacrifice some comfort to carry additional gear, but it's worth it if a good gun belt is necessary part of your uniform. Tactical belts get heavy when fully loaded with equipment, so look for a buckle know for having both durability and a reliable buckle design.

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