Top 5 Gun Belts

Many gun owners focus on their holsters, and while it’s certainly important to have a proper holster, there’s more to successful carry than that. One piece of gear that’s often overlooked is the gun belt, and that’s an oversight that can lead to frustration, discomfort, and even a lack of safety. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 gun belts you should consider adding to your wardrobe for better daily carry. After all, it’s not only about the gun and holster — it’s also about the belt.

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Galco’s dress belt is a fantastic option for carrying in professional clothes. (Photo: Galco)

Galco SB1 Dress Holster Belt

Sometimes, you need a belt that isn’t tactical in appearance, and that’s where the Galco SB1 Dress Holster Belt comes in. This belt offers a more polished business appearance, so you get both fantastic support for your holstered gun and a professional look to your attire. It’s especially important to have a good dress belt when focused on deep concealment in a non-permissive environment.

The Galco SB1 Dress Holster Belt is made from premium steerhide and is double thick for superior strength and longevity. It’s 1.25 inches wide and available in a wide variety of lengths ranging from 32 inches to 46 inches. There are seven holes on the belt for length adjustment during use. The belt is reinforced to better withstand the weight of a holstered handgun. Feather-edge construction is used on this belt for a true dress look. It’s available in tan with a solid brass buckle or in black or Havana brown with a nickel-plated solid brass buckle, so there are options for various suits or slacks. This belt offers a sleek, polished look while maintaining rigidity for safe carry.

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Every gun owner needs a good, basic leather gun belt. (Photo: Crossbreed)

Crossbreed Classic Gun Belt

The Crossbreed Classic Gun Belt is a great option for casual wear. It isn’t tactical in appearance, so it still blends in. It simply looks like a well-made leather belt, meaning it doesn’t immediately draw attention to you as a gun owner. According to Crossbreed, this is the best-selling gun belt in their line, and it makes sense, given its durability and overall performance.

Superior support is delivered through the use of a nylon core that’s placed between layers of top-grain leather. This rugged liner improves strength and also helps prevent stretching related to use. Recessed stitching with 277 thread is used to prevent fraying. The Classic Gun Belt comes standard with a stainless roller buckle. It’s offered in two widths—1.25 inches and 1.5 inches—and in black, brown, Founder’s Leather, or grey. Lengths are from 28 inches to 66 inches. This is a versatile belt that’s a fantastic option for concealed or open carry.

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Nylon belts are great for tactical use. (Photo: Safariland)

Safariland 7202 Gun Belt

If you want a nylon belt, the Safariland 7202 Gun Belt is a solid choice—literally. This belt is made for professional duty use, which makes it ideal for tactical applications and daily use when a casual or dress leather belt isn’t necessary.

This belt is made using a four-part laminate for a long life and to hold its shape. Safariland accomplishes this by using a ballistic weave exterior, a closed cell foam center with a polymer stiffener, and a Coptex knit lining. It has a hook and loop closure so the wearer can take it off and on easily, and the buckle is made from a shatter-resistant polymer. This belt is offered in four sizes, ranging from 28 inches to 52 inches, and has two web keepers to hold it in place during wear. It’s available in black.

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If you need a belt that’s MOLLE compatible, 5.11’s Skyweight is a good choice. (Photo: 5.11 Tactical)

5.11 Tactical Skyweight Hip Belt

Need a belt for duty or training purposes? The 5.11 Tactical Skyweight Hip Belt is designed to withstand hard use and distribute the weight of your gear as evenly as possible. It features a unique shape—narrow in the front, wider at the back—that’s made to be ergonomic and functional. While this belt might be created with duty use in mind, it’s useful for any gun owner who wants a belt that offers more than just a sturdy surface for a holster.

The 5.11 Tactical Skyweight Hip Belt has a padded construction that uses closed-cell foam and a stretch woven backing for comfort. It’s made using 330D nylon ripstop for durability and has a Tac-Lam high-strength laminate laser cut MOLLE platform for fantastic adaptability with aftermarket accessories. The Duraflex buckle is quick-release and designed for easy operation even while wearing gloves. 5.11 offers the belt in Volcanic, Major Brown, and Sage Green. The belt is currently made in L/XL, which is listed as working for waists between 31 inches and 47 inches. 5.11 Tactical states this belt is also compatible with their Skyweight packs, chest packs, and sling packs. And, of course, it’s compatible with MOLLE-style pouches and accessories.

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The CQB/Rigger’s belt is Blackhawk’s best seller. (Photo: Blackhawk)

Blackhawk CQB/Rigger’s Belt

The Blackhawk CQB/Rigger’s Belt is an incredibly rugged belt specifically designed for professional tactical applications.

This belt is MIL-standard certified and is, according to the manufacturer, their best-selling gun belt. It’s made using nylon webbing with a tensile strength of up to 7,000 pounds in solid colors or 5,000 pounds in multicam. It has a hook and loop on the running end, and the buckles are parachute-grade with the adapters meeting PIA-H-7195 standards. It’s 1.75 inches in width and offered in small, medium, and large—up to 34 inches, 41 inches, and 51 inches, respectively. Available colors include black, Coyote Tan, Desert Sand Brown, Multicam, and Olive Drab.

Choosing a gun belt means deciding on its purpose. If you want a belt for classes or casual wear, nylon might work well. However, if you need to remain unnoticed in business wear, you might consider a good dress gun belt. Belts should be reinforced, whether through stitching or a solid core, for rigidity. A good gun belt can hold up your holstered gun without issue and doesn’t snag on objects. Odds are you’re going to need more than one, so be prepared to have a collection of belts made from different materials in varying colors for a variety of uses. When you find the right gun and belt combination, your carrying success will increase exponentially.

What’s your favorite gun belt? Tell us in the comments.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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