The 5 Major Failure Points Of Today's Gun Belts and The Only Belt That Passes the Test for Every Day Concealed Carry
I had been carrying a gun every day for about 15 years before my journey of finding the right belt really came full circle. If you are anything like me you probably have owned a handful of "gun belts" of varying degrees of stiffness and different types of materials and buckles and frankly, I WAS HAPPY with most of the gun belts I tried but I didn't know what I didn't know.
I basically assumed that the only thing a belt needed to be a good "gun belt" was to be stiff enough to support the weight of the gun. I was really wrong and it wasn't until recently that I met a cop who happened to be a huge gun belt nerd that I started to understand the science behind the belt and the various ways that most gun belts fail to give the daily concealed carrier what they really need.
Failure Point #1: Too Weak
Most gun belts don't have this problem. This is the most uncommon failure of a gun belt because by definition a gun belt is stiffer than the average belt. In fact, what research has taught me is that most "gun belts" are just a normal belt that is twice as thick.
Of course, this leads to the number 2 failure of gun belts...
Failure Point #2: Too Stiff
Stiffer is Not Always Better.
A belt can be too stiff. The purpose of making a gun belt stiffer than an average belt is to first distribute the weight of the gun across the entire waistline and second to prevent sag of the gun.
When a belt is stiffer than it needs to be in achieving those two objectives it is too stiff and that leads to a few issues:
- Discomfort. Can you imagine wearing a circular band of steel around your body? Many gun belts today brag about having "steel core" or other materials that strengthen the belt and make it even stiffer. This causes discomfort in natural body movements like standing and sitting or bending over at the waist.
- Revealing. As a person who wears a concealed gun every day I need to do anything to draw less attention to myself and especially my waistline. Some of this "Triple-thick" belts are so thick they print through your shirt. Most of us are already worried about the gun printing... now you are wearing a belt that is printing??
I know one gun belt manufacturer who claims with pride that their belt is so stiff you can stand on it and it won't fold or buckle. I suppose that could be a good thing if you are a police officer who needs to support a TON of gear all the way around your waistline but for the average concealed carrier... its just uncomfortable and revealing.
Failure Point #3: High Profile
I've had belts that featured a buckle that was so large or thick that my friends who know I carry would see me and tell me my gun was printing through my shirt... but it wasn't the gun they were seeing.
It was my belt buckle.
Keeping a low profile with your belt is important. Your belt buckle needs to support that objective.
Failure Point #4: Adjustability
An EDC gun belt should be EASY to adjust AND be adjustable in small increments.
Your average belt buckle generally is adjustable in 1 inch increments. That isn't good enough. Sometimes a 1/4 inch adjustment is what you need to make the gun more comfortable or more concealed.
There are a number of "CLICK" belts out now that can easily be adjusted to 1/4 inc increments but I would prefer if they didn't make a loud clicking sound every time I want to tighten up a bit.
Failure Point #5: Non-Conforming
This is a BIGGY and I have only ever seen one gun belt that passes this test.
The challenge is that when companies make a stiff gun belt by it's nature it is really designed to maintain a circle shape... and perhaps an oval.
But the human isn't circle-shaped or oval-shaped around the waist.
We all tend to have a fairly flat line across our back (maybe even caving inward slightly at the small of the back, and a more round or circular line across our front (some of us rounder than others).
A standard non-gun belt is weak enough to conform to our shape while holding up our pants but a gun belt which is stiff enough to support the gun becomes too stiff to conform to the human shape.
Introducing The Foundation Belt
The Only Gun Belt That Passes All 5 Tests Offering Comfort, Concealment, and Functionality to Today's Concealed Carrier
And did I mention that of the 10 or so belts I have, The Foundation Belt is the least expensive gun belt I've ever bought?
The EDC Foundation belt was designed for every day concealed carry. It is rigid enough to be effective but maintains a low profile to maximize concealment and comfort.
Just Stiff Enough
The Foundation Belt is Unique in Two Ways
First, it is purpose designed to be stiff enough to support the firearm and distribute it's weight but not too stiff anywhere on the belt.
Second, it is stiff where it needs to be, but not anywhere else.
Do you see it in the above picture? The very rear of the belt from about 5 to 7 o'clock in the waist the belt thins slightly.
It still offers support in that region but not nearly as much as other parts of the belt where you need to support the firearm.
This works really well because carrying a firearm at 6 o'clock isn't good for your back anyway AND because this is the point in the body where most of us don't have a very round or even flat shape. It concaves inward slightly and this extra flex at this point in the belt allows the belt to follow your natural body shape.
In the words of the belt's designer:
After carrying a pistol off-duty and concealed for over 16 years I was always on the hunt for a belt that combined function and comfort. Several companies offer excellent belts which are made of very rigid materials. These belts worked great for standing at the range for 8 hours, but the bulk of my day is seated in a vehicle or in my home office, and that’s where I decided I needed more comfort.
I ordered a sewing machine and materials and started prototyping belts with the help of my business partner. We discovered that the bulk of carry belts on the market use a stiff material known as SCUBA webbing as their center stiffening layer which also means the belt won’t mold or conform to the wearer’s hips and creates a stiff non-flexing area across the lower back. I wear a stiff equipment belt for work, which becomes more challenging with age, and I have lower back problems associated with years of police work.
I set out to re-engineer a belt that would be functional for concealed carry and comfortable to the wearer. I carry appendix off-duty so the need to have a low-profile buckle was paramount and the ability to thread the belt either direction was a necessity. We designed a belt that places heavy SCUBA duty webbing only where you would mount a holster and a lighter webbing that extends across the lower back to allow the belt to form to the hips. The double-tapered end allows the belt to be threaded in either direction.
The Tri-Glide Low Profile Buckle
The Foundation Belt Features the Best Buckle In The Industry
- Easy to Adjust, even on the go. The Tri-Glide buckle allows for quick and easy adjustments as great or as slight as you need
- High Concealment. The Tri-Glide buckle is slim and low-profile to minimize potential printing
Built to Last A Lifetime
“The Foundation Belt” from EDC Belt Co, LLC is 1.5″ and made for conceal carry out of Cordura and reinforced nylon webbing, in all of the right places, with a Tri-Glide low profile buckle. The Foundation Belt, by EDC was built to be a functional and comfortable belt for concealed carriers.
It is a double taper cut, made with 5 rows of stitching to be comfortable, conform to the wearer and to keep the belt from rolling back and a non-reinforced tag to allow the belt to be fed through the pant loops from either direction. It has a combination of softer materials and SCUBA webbing that only places heavy non-flexible SCUBA webbing in the areas you should wear a holster – from appendix to strong side on the nontag side and under the loop tape portion for running the tag through holster loops.
What Do The Professionals Think?
"It is by far the most comfortable concealed carry belt I've worn ever. A concealed carry belt needs to be rigid so that it controls the magazine and pouches but the problem with a rigid belt is it starts to get really uncomfortable when it sits down on your sciatic nerve. What they did here is they put the scuba webbing in the right places but left it flexible in the other places so the belt can conform to your body and be a lot more comfortable."
Ernest Langdon has over 30 years of experience in the firearms industry as a business professional, firearms instructor, and gunsmith. Having spent 12 years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps, Langdon served in Panama, Cuba, the Philippines and the Persian Gulf. Ernest is a California POST Certified Firearms Instructor and graduate of 40 formal shooting schools and 4 anti-terrorism schools with instructor certifications from the FBI, NRA, US Army, US Marine Corps. Ernest has over 25 years of competitive shooting experience and has a Grand Master rating in USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) and is a Distinguished Master in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) with 10 National Championships and 2 World Speed Shooting Titles.
Mickey Schuch is the principle and owner at "Carry Trainer" and is a firearm instructor, for Pistol, Rifle, Shotguns, Personal Protection Inside the Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home, a Range Safety Officer and a member of Illinois Tactical Officers Association.
He is a graduate of Massad Ayoob Group, Midwest Training Group, Tac Med Essentials, as well as many others. Personally he attends over 160 hours of training per year as a student in courses covering topics such as battlefield medicine to long range precision rifle with some of the best and brightest instructors in the world.
"Very simplistic belt. It has a very low signature. Why is that important? Because as we add more stuff […] I don't want more bulk under my clothes.
This is as thin as you're going to go and not use the rigidity and support that you need. Its really easy to use, no buckles I have to take off or anything like that. Two thumbs up on this belt. I would highly recommend it for a concealed carrier."
I love this belt so much that I contacted the designer and asked if we could stock and sell them at the lowest price anywhere on the internet. He said yes.
Today we are pleased to offer The Foundation Belt at the extremely low price of $45-$49.99 (depending on size) which makes it not only the best gun belt I own but also the least expensive.
Selecting Your Belt Size
For most concealed carriers just order the belt that is one size bigger than your pant size. Wear size 38 pants? Order a size 40 belt.
But if you want to be sure here are more detailed sizing instructions:
Measure your true pant size by threading tailor’s tape through your belt loops WITH YOUR HOLSTER AND ANY OTHER ACCESSORIES MOUNTED ON YOUR PANTS! This may require assistance. Take the closest size to the measurement in INCHES. Make sure you thread the tape through holster mounting loops as well. Generally, this will be the next belt size up from your pant size.
Example: EDC Belt© Co LLC Co-Founder Bryan’s true waist size is 35 ¼. Bryan wears 36 waist pants. With his Beretta Elite LTT in an AIWB Holster and JM Custom Kydex OWB mag pouch mounted, his Measurement is 37 ¾. Bryan buy’s a size 38 Belt.
Note: You CANNOT tighten the belt below it's nominal size. But, you CAN loosen the belt by 3″ (more if you don't' need all the velcro to make contact). Belt can be loosened up to 3″ but CANNOT bet tightening below it's nominal size. So you are on the edge, order a size smaller.
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