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9 Great Concealed Carry Belts

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  March 25th, 2014 35

It’s absolutely critical to have the right belt for concealed carry. Anyone who regularly draws from a holster knows a bad belt will impede the ability to properly pull the gun out in a dynamic situation.

Civilian dress belts are designed to be stylish and to perform one basic task; preventing the world from seeing your underpants. Department stores don’t design belts for carrying guns—but the companies on this list had concealed carry in mind when developing their belts. You only need to carry with a standard belt one time and then switch to a dedicated carry belt to understand the difference.

Concealed carry belts must be stylish, can’t show the world your drawers, and most importantly they must be strong enough to bear a holster and stiff enough not to bend, flex or stretch when drawing a sidearm.

Purpose-built concealed carry belts come in all styles and designs. From “practical tactical” to the polished professional look that would blend in on Fifth Avenue, no matter what you’re wearing, there’s a belt on this list that will work for you.

If you carry concealed with a belt not mentioned here, let us know why you like it in the comments below.

  • SilentBob AtPulse

    Great article and photos, thanks.

    I would also mention the Liger gun belt sold by Maxpedition for about $69.00 (http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Liger-Gun-Belt-c60.htm)

    They are available in 1.25″ and 1.5″ and are made of
    Ligerthane. A material developed by
    Edgygear Inc.

    Ligerthanee possesses over 2,000 lbs of tensile strength
    with over 300 lbs of hole pull strength.

    The highly abrasion-resistant
    polyurethane coating makes the belt totally impervious to salt water,
    blood, mildew, mold, rot and resistant to many common solvents.

    The belts are flexible along their length for comfort yet
    stiff along its width so you can carry holsters, sheaths, or pouches
    without the belt sagging or twisting.

    Ligerthane has a super grip
    interior so the belt and any belt holstered items stay put while the patterned exterior imparts a supple, organic appearance. The
    LIGER™ Gun Belt is tough enough to wear with your BDU™s but attractive
    enough for dress slacks making it ideal for discreet CCW. Best of all,
    Ligerthane is easy-to-clean, just rinse with mild detergent and wipe
    dry.

    I have my belts for a number of years now, with little to no wear. I suspect the belt will outlast me.

    • COLT BENNING

      THE GALCO WITH THE RIGGERS RING IS A GREAT ANDCOMFORTABLE BELT ALSO

  • Jeff

    The DeSantis E25 is 1.5″, not 1.25″.

  • Rohn

    I make my own belts and cannot even remember ever wearing a store bought belt. My belts are heavy leather and stand up to years of service and come in widths 1 1/4″ 1 1/2″ 1/34″. I carry and my belts are made for CCW. I am just setting up a website where some of my holsters and belts will be shown. It still needs a lot of work on it but you can find it here http://www.rohnsleather.com.

  • ATCCCCX

    I wear a Crossbreed with the optional Velcro lining. http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/GunBelts/tabid/164/Default.aspx

  • Doug

    I’ve had my Amerihide belt for years, wear it daily, and it still looks like new. It holds my holsters close to the body and NEVER rolls over.

  • Roy

    I have a 5.11 belt That I purchased from LA Police Gear about 5 years ago. It hasn’t curled and is still rigid as far as going around my waist. I bought 2 at the time and paid $4 each.
    They are so well made that I won’t be buying any more. LAPG.com has good stuff, even if it is on closeout sales.

  • Mud Pupp

    511 Tactical Casual Leather Belt with Permastiff insert. They look great with anything and hold up to any gun/holster combo

  • Big Sid

    Don’t forget Mitch Rosen Gunleather, He makes top notch belts. I have a belt from his express line, which is a lower cost line of leather, but the quality is just as good, as any other leather product he makes. I paid $70.00 for mine plus shipping. I have worn it almost every day for the past 4 years or so………if it every wears out, i’ll buy another just like it……….I also have a IWB from the express line called he Clipper, it is the absolute best concealed carry Leather holster I have ever used, I carry a Glock 32 in it, and once you break it in, you won’t ever notice its there…..check out Mitch Rosen Gunleather.

  • Joseph Simeone

    A good belt is a must, especially if you have dunlap syndrome. This affects too many middle aged men. It is when your belly done lapped over you belt. Too easy, I had to.

  • Joseph Simeone

    Wilderness Tactical, made the original “instructor belt” and the original is still one of the best, at around $45 bucks. I bought a Uncle Mikes (owned by Blackhawk!) Instructor belt for $29 dollars it works great.

  • RogerDane

    Been using Sole Survivor leather belts for some long time. Great work, a bit of delay in obtaining, come in a variety of widths and styles, good folks to work with. http://www.solesurvivorleather.com/leather-belts/

  • John

    Crossbreed with Velcro inside works great for me

  • Chris Dotson

    Since I do not wear an trench coat that covers down to my cafes. I wear an shoulder holster under my shirt that I tuck into my pants. CCW in my state means just that. It has to be concealed. But any one can open carry without a permit at any time in my state. Throwing a light jacket over an firearm does not conceal the firearm very good. Also the harder it is for you to get your firearm out to protect yourself. Less chances you will have to go to court or jail. Draw from an ankle holster. You will not even be questioned. You have to seek cover to draw. So the attacker will have to come after you. FYI: a bad guy is never alone. Always at least two or three in different directions. Harder for you to draw, harder for them to find your weapon when they over power you. You might get one. But if they are bad guys. The other two will not run. You will have to deal with them. By that time your deceased or in a bad way. If they can not find your weapon the world is a better place.

    • Commas Are Free

      Chris, I think you might be insane. None of the things you said here, made any sense at all. Seriously, none of it. I won’t bother disputing you line-by-line, but I’ll just point out that I could.

      • Chris Dotson

        Comma I take it that you live in Florida. Were you can shoot any one at any time and get off. What I said did make complete sense if you have any common sense when carrying or using a firearm for self defense. Have you ever been held up at gun point (mugged). I have and it is never one mugger. At best it is two. Then run in packs. I guess you carry an full Auto in a front holster. Always ready and with an full auto you can get all three before one of them takes you out. Shooting at paper targets and practice is one thing. But when it really happens to you. Can you place three kill shots in different directions in less than 2 seconds. You might have 3 seconds. I have seen it done on T.V. but in real life. I don’t think so.

        • ZENPATRIOT

          I don’t think you’re insane; I think you just need a course in English Composition.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        The dumb is strong in that one.

        • COLT BENNING

          AGREE LOL

    • BaconLovingInfidel

      This post is rare brilliance, Chris. This is why I read TTAG. Thanks for sharing.

      “Since I do not wear an trench coat that covers down to my cafes.”

      I agree. I never wear my Columbine lunatic uniform to Starbucks.

      “I wear an shoulder holster under my shirt that I tuck into my pants.”

      Wait a sec. Does the shoulder holster tuck into your pants or does the shirt tuck into your pants or both? You’re not one of those “tucks everything into his tighty whities” guys are you?

      “CCW in my state means just that. It has to be concealed. But any one can open carry without a permit at any time in my state.”

      Makes sense to me. Concealed is concealed, period. Except when it’s not, and that’s ok too.

      “Throwing a light jacket over an firearm does not conceal the firearm very good.”

      No doubt. If carrying a derringer or larger, I wear a burqa under a full length parka or trench coat and sometimes a snuggie over that. Concealed is concealed after all. The cool thing is it’s a versatile get up, so I can just strap on a gun belt and tie-down thigh rigs and slung rifle over the same clothes so I have the benefit of muscle memory when getting dressed in the morning without any tough decisions.

      The counter argument is nonsense. Beverly Hills cop was a movie, not real life.

      “Also the harder it is for you to get your firearm out to protect yourself. Less chances you will have to go to court or jail.”

      Yes. A well established legal principle. This is why I carry my pistol secured with a gun lock and wrapped in 9 layers of shrink wrap which is then encased in a “mummy wrap” of gorilla tape. I never chamber a round before a gunfight is underway. I carry three magazines with one round each. Each is also shrink wrapped and gorilla tape mummy wrapped such that they are secure, and all 4 items are carried in different places. I have a backup folding knife which can speed up access, but for obvious reasons, it’s also secured in wrap and tape, so I regularly practice chewing open the packages with tactical speed.

      “Draw from an ankle holster. You will not even be questioned. You have to seek cover to draw. So the attacker will have to come after you.”

      Exactly. I would never consider using aggression without fleeing and finding cover. It’s morally and strategically the proper choice. I have built a sound, logical procedure to guarantee the best outcome with the least legal risk or moral risk:

      I dress and carry as above with gun in secure package in ankle holster and ammo in separate secure packages.

      I train to always flee to cover. With practice, screaming at the highest pitches possible while you run becomes instinctive and aids in creating useful witness testimony.

      I practice running and hiding behind a dumpster and shooting only from supine or fetal (or other positions under certain circumstances to be described below) behind the dumpster. When faced with a threat, I will run to the spot and take position and then call both Eric Holder and Massad Ayoob for their opinions of my specific circumstance. If given both of their blessings, I call 911 and place the phone on the ground.

      Before leaving the house, I eat spoiled spicy food and drink 3 pots of coffee. Because the ethnic restaurants near me are excessively hygienic for the best application of this strategy, I get the spiciest Indian and Mexican takeout I can and store it on the back porch, so I have some two to three day old supply available whenever I’m soon to head out.

      This becomes extremely useful when you have reached the point of dialing 911 and placing the phone on the ground to bear witness. At this point one should urinate, defecate, and vomit upon oneself as explosively as possible and then, yell, “I’m not looking for trouble!”

      At this point, you’ve reached the final stage wherein all that is requires is for the assailant to deliver a powerful blunt force blow, a bullet wound, a knife wound, or unwanted sexually violent penetration, and then you’re in the clear to grab one the packages and begin chewing ferociously.

      “FYI: a bad guy is never alone. Always at least two or three in different directions. Harder for you to draw, harder for them to find your weapon when they over power you. You might get one. But if they are bad guys. The other two will not run. You will have to deal with them. By that time your deceased or in a bad way. If they can not find your weapon the world is a better place.”

      Yes. It’s a fact that all criminal violence is carried out by packs of well trained predators that only trained LEOs and military can overcome. That’s why my secure packages are clearly labeled “Not a Gun” and “Not A Gun Magazine with a Bullet”. My backup gun is a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog (because sometimes I really do think my neighbor’s German Shepherd Dog speaks to me late at night). I conceal the Bulldog and two speed loaders each holding one round exactly the same way Captain Koons hid Butch Coolidge’s dad’s watch for two years in a NVA POW camp in Pulp Fiction.

      • Chris Dotson

        I love the part that you say only cops can fight bad guys. I had a long hard laugh. I have never seen a single cop go after a murder by himself. It is always 10 going in with 30 back up. Cops are so badly trained. They need that many. I like your text. It must have taken up hours of your time to think of it. Thank you for the time. I love you too.

        • COLT BENNING

          CHRIS..where did you get your info on cops being badly trained…maybe your local dept..or another dept that u know someone on..but do not dump all law enforcement in that pile of ….. my unit actually walks between targets as others shot head shots only on the targets..thats great shooting and a lot of skill and trust..it comes from excellent traning

      • Chris Dotson

        My primary gun is a 10mm Eaa witness compact, The first back up a sig 290 rs, the second back up is a combat ready 5 shot wheel gun (can fire 5 rounds one hole in 1.5 seconds), Third back up is a T-738 (if I need to get that far). Or I just carry all my 9MM’s (3 plus the .380).

        • COLT BENNING

          ONE HOLE IS GREAT FOR THE TARGET RANGE..SO I HAVE NO DOUBT YOU ARE GOOD..BUT PRACTICE BULLET PLACEMENT IN DIFFERENT PLACES SO IN A REAL SENERIO YOU DO MORE DAMAGE BY HITTING DIFFERNT ORGANS AND CUT DIFFERT ARTIES. WHEN WE DOUBLE TAP THER CHEST A ONE HEAD SHOT WE POURPOSLY SHOOT DIFFERNT PLACEMENT IN THE DOBLE TAP

  • Matt

    I’m curious as to what belt the first picture shown is. Looks professional and well built, something I desire in a carry belt. I can’t go out in my work attire with an obviously tactical belt on; it just wouldn’t fit what I wear.

    • Matt

      Nevermind, my computer didn’t want to pop out the sidebar with the info. Therefore I feel dumb haha

  • Atxbandit

    Beltman’s 1.5″ contoured dual layer bull hide belt. I’ve owned one for six years now and it is still good as new.

  • Tim Woodruff

    I have belts for my holsters but in the summer it is hard to hide a gun under a tee shirt . Thanks to my Ruger Lcr 357 mag . I can use a pocket holster even with a pair of shorts and a tee shirt .

  • Mark L Rossignol

    They missed a another Great Belt Maker SOE – The Owner and employees put their heard and soul into everything they make. – http://www.originalsoegear.com/collections/belts

  • TruthNLogic

    I have several versions, but my favorite I made by A Better Belt USA. You can customize your belt. Their contour belt keeps a great fit. The best thing, their made in the US. You may have to wait awhile to get the belt since they are a small operation, but it is worth the wait. Check them out at http://www.abetterbeltusa.com. I am a customer and not affiliated in any other way with the company.

  • Monoc

    Wow NO SOE…

  • COLT BENNING

    A UNDER SHIRT BY 5.11 HAS A BUILT IN SHOULDER HOLSTER POCKET UDER EACH ARM..ITS NOT THE FASTEST DRAW BUT IT IS VERY CONCEALABLE AND PRACTICAL..THEY COME IN WHITE OR BLACK..UNKLES MIKES VELCRO BELT IS A GREAT BELT..IT IS THICK VERY STURDY AND PADDLE HOLSTERS OR BELT WILL NOT SHAKE OR ALLOW ANY MOVEMENT FROM YOUR WEAPON

  • COLT BENNING

    ALSO THE BELLY BAND HOLSTER IS A VERY GOOD FOR CERTAIN TIMES CONCEALABLE HOLSTER SEWN INTO A STRECH APPROX 5 INCHES THAT HAS A VELCRO FASTNER TO HOLD THE BELLY BAND HOLSTER..I WEAR MINE TO CHURCH EVEN..YOU CAN TURN YOUR BAND SO THAT WITH UNBUTTONONING ONE BUTTON CASUALLY PUTS YOUR WEAPON AT THE FINGERS TIPS IN A UNNOTICABLE MANNER

  • Michael Patterson

    Regarding belts, I have 2 from Bull Hide that work very well. They are on the higher side price wise, but I use them also as a belt with my slacks and dress shirt.

  • Red NY

    what about us ladies?

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