Belt and holster thoughts

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by cundiff5535, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Ok, the topic of belt and holster has recently come up for me and I need some help. First, I am not an “operator”. I don’t dress like I am ex military nor do I have a beard trying to portray myself as something I am not.

    I’m a regular guy... I wear jeans and t-shirts with cross trainers almost everyday. I also wear a casual style belt.

    The holster I use regularly is a stealthgear iwb ventcore. Seems to work fine for me!

    I am looking for some direction on belts and possibly a new holster. Anyone have recommendations or thoughts on this based on my dress attire?


    ** holster needs to be iwb and belt preference should be brown leather that is a casual style belt.
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  2. Mike Meints

    Mike Meints Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2017
    I like Paul's work at Warbird . Nice holster that retains its shape when worn IWB . For a belt , I use a Bigfoot , although I think there are many more that would also meet your needs .
    Good luck !
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  3. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Is he strictly holsters or does he do belts to?
  4. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
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  5. C5brangus

    C5brangus Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2018
    Look at I have their bullbelt distressed American bison steel core gun belt. They don’t look “tacticool” by any means, they’re made in the USA, and they’re very fairly priced. I consistently use mine to carry a government 1911 aiwb and owb with no problems at all.

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  6. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    As long as your checking several makers, check out Very nice well made gun belts at a reasonable price. Not tacticool, just functional.
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  7. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
  8. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I use Crossbreed gun belts. Good HD belts that the LGS carries in house.
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  9. john_anch_ak

    john_anch_ak Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 7, 2017
    I also use Crossbreed holsters and love them. For more custom leather work I've purchased Warbird from another member and it is beautiful, almost too nice to use. Another holster/belt maker I have and still do use is Ted Blocker down in Portland.
  10. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2018
    We dress the same, but I have class :D J/K ;)

    On a suggestion from a member here, I picked up a Bigfoot Gun belt. I went this route as I didn't want to wait weeks for a custom.
    Holster I use now is a Milt Sparks SS Mk2, Commander size, and I have a full-size one on the way.
    I couldn't be happier.
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  11. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    I have an older pancake style holster from Exodus and a OWB from Logo, as well as a couple from Galco, all good holsters that have years of service behind them and plenty of life remaining .
    Belts by Bullhide and Bigfoot. I use the bullhide more often due to color, the Bigfoot is a nice unit, but I don't like their version of brown.
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  12. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 14, 2017
    I loved Milt Spark's VMII for many years. Then they came out with the Criterion and I had to replace my whole collection. They make a decent belt and discrete mag pouch also.
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  13. 1L26

    1L26 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Rob at Tucker Gun Leather.
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  14. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I prefer Kramer leather holsters ( horsehide ) ...excellent long term holsters...and good belts too / but they are not inexpensive.

    But locally ..if you have a good horse tack or a good western wear shop......they will have some good thick heavy belts. If you have a choice ask for horsehide over cowhide... they wear better.
  15. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    I have almost as many belts in the drawer as I do holsters that did not work for me. Another vote for Bigfoot belts. Not very expensive, and wicked fast delivery.

    I don't have much experience with IWB holsters, but would look at Milt Sparks if I was looking.

    I really need to check out Warbird's stuff.
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  16. InstiGator

    InstiGator Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    Pick your holster from a reputable maker who also does belts and order a matched belt and holster rig. It will look better and you'll know the two will fit together well.
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  17. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    I am thinking about making my own belt. Will start a thread if I make one (well, if I make one that looks decent...).
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  18. Jersey James

    Jersey James Active Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    Big Foot also makes a thinner 1.25 inch belt ( black or brown ), that might be more to your liking. As far as a holster goes, living on a fixed income I use a Milt Sparks clone. It's a De Santis Mad Max IWB, half the price, and no waiting. Works great for me.
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