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30 Dollar Gun Belt | High Caliber Gun Belts. Period. – Thirty Dollar Gun Belt

Anyone try this belt? Got good reviews around the web...even some YouTube videos on it. Seems like a really good deal.
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Nope, it can't be any good, or tactikewl for only 30 bucks.(Sarcasm)
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Site says they are made of 1/4" thick leather.
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30 Dollar Gun Belt | High Caliber Gun Belts. Period. Thirty Dollar Gun Belt

Anyone try this belt? Got good reviews around the web...even some YouTube videos on it. Seems like a really good deal.
It's an unlined belt (images) so at roughly 1/4" thick the blank would be slit from a side or back that is at least 16 ounce 6.5 mm; which is unlikely. The Wicket & Craig I use runs 5.5 mm max so less than 1/4".

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Such a very thick vegetable tanned leather could be, if of a very firm temper, a gorgeous belt. I've been known to make Threepersons belts of 14 ounce single thickness.

Yet -- with the cost of leather, waste/scrap, labour, hardware, taxes, light bills, machinery -- how would it be done?
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Red, their website states "close to 1/4" thick":

"Gun belts need to be thick and sturdy. We use 14-15 ounce leather which is as close to 1/4" thick as possible. This belt carries all sized guns and holsters even the heaviest of guns."

I may try one, just to see. I dabble in leatherwork and know that I can't build a decent belt for $30, unless it's a pure production operating and relying on purely volume. That's probably what they're doing. Buying the leather in quantity, cutting out multiple straps, and offering minimal options to keep the cost down.
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I'd have to see it personally, to even begin to believe it's anywhere near the trademarked "top notch quality".
They even have "free shipping for anything over 50 dollars". For a 30 dollar belt. (I know, you could buy two, but if you really wanted quality you'd be buying a better belt.)
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Does Ashley do the fitting?
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No dog in the fight, but if you have been pricing belts this one has to be only half as good as they claim to be well worth the money! Just a blank from Tandy in 1 1/2" is some $22, and that was over a year ago when I last looked!
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No dog in the fight, but if you have been pricing belts this one has to be only half as good as they claim to be well worth the money! Just a blank from Tandy in 1 1/2" is some $22, and that was over a year ago when I last looked!
I doubt they are buying blanks. They are probably buying sides, getting as many strips as the can, and then selling the rest for scraps.

Of course the most common attitude in the gun world is, if it costs more it is better. This goes for guns as well as equipment.

I haven't paid over $60 for any belt, and that was a BW ranger style duty belt. I use two belts for 1 1/2 inch, both under $10, both work exceptionally well. One is a Carhart heavy duty off of ebay, about the same weight as a duty garrison belt. Other is a heavy waxed cotton belt that is as stiff as any belt twice it's thickness. But I was raised to be frugal.

State of Illinois issued us standard thickness garrison belts for trouser. These were plenty strong enough to carry the model 39 on the garrison belt in a pancake holster.

See what departments issue for plain clothes carry, betting they are not 3 ply with a 4th steel ply for carry. But why stop at 3 ply or 4 ply, why not 6 ply.
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"Oh Ashley, Ashley, I love you..."

Now, regarding the belts... I've never had any luck with "single ply" gun belts and once I found the Kore Essentials gun belts, I never looked for another.
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Just got one in and the belt does indeed measure 1/4 inch thick (almost exactly, at .245"-.255" measured with calipers a few places the length of the belt).

At $30 to my door (first-time buyers get a free shipping code), this belt is hard to beat. First impression is definitely positive.
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I use a DeSantis holster that cost $35. I just bought my second one. When I bought the first one in 2013/14 the salesman said he uses them and gets about 5 years worth of use before they start to fall apart to the point on needing replacement. My old one was starting to loose it's shape a little aro the area where the two ends connect however, my belt loop ripped off so I was forced to get a new one

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Just got one in and the belt does indeed measure 1/4 inch thick (almost exactly, at .245"-.255" measured with calipers a few places the length of the belt).

At $30 to my door (first-time buyers get a free shipping code), this belt is hard to beat. First impression is definitely positive.
I believe I'll try one then. Does it appear substantial enough for a full-size gun/holster to not flop around if it's worn OWB?
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It's worth a try. Let us know how the belt holds up. That's the key, if you can get a few years use, its well worth the money! My daily belt I wear , with and without a gun is a "Ross Leather" belt made locally. Online they sell for 3 times the price of the op's belt. Of course I get them a little cheaper being local but still if you get good wear out of it I will gladly buy 2 next time for the price of my 1 Ross belt.
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I am pretty happy with my wilderness belt but I do like a nice leather. Only problem is I find most leather gun belts too thick. I love that the wilderness is stiff but thin.
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I purchased one of these $30 belts on eBay, and I am thoroughly satisfied. I have used mine with both an OWB belt slide for my 439, and IWB with my 36-6. I find it durable.

The only fault that I can identify, is that they sometimes run a little short (but it could be that I am in denial). My initial order was for a 46", which wouldn't fit. I exchanged it for a 48", and it was perfect. The exchange turn around took about 10 days. I would definitely do business with these folks again!
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I believe I'll try one then. Does it appear substantial enough for a full-size gun/holster to not flop around if it's worn OWB?
I haven't worn it yet but it's quite substantial and I don't foresee there being any problems with regards to holster carry. I mean, it's pretty straightforward- it's a simple thick leather belt. I ordered the "creased" version figuring that'll make it slightly stiffer than the un-tooled version.
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I haven't worn it yet but it's quite substantial and I don't foresee there being any problems with regards to holster carry. I mean, it's pretty straightforward- it's a simple thick leather belt. I ordered the "creased" version figuring that'll make it slightly stiffer than the un-tooled version.
Can you show an up close photo, please, of this "creasing"? I can't tell from their website what this creasing means.
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Looks like what us ol timers used to call a 'Harness Leather' Belt.

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Looks like what us ol timers used to call a 'Harness Leather' Belt.

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We had an old lathe in the marina, belt drive, the thickness was single ply, and about 1/4 inch thick. The belt that was on the lathe lasted for the 10 years I was there.

But an old school lathe just is not tactikewl though. If I ever have another one I will make sure it has a six ply belt just to spend more money.
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Just got one in and the belt does indeed measure 1/4 inch thick (almost exactly, at .245"-.255" measured with calipers a few places the length of the belt).

At $30 to my door (first-time buyers get a free shipping code), this belt is hard to beat. First impression is definitely positive.
I just ordered one 1.25" wide. That Chic Gaylord Combat
Speed Scabbard I just recently acquired only takes belts
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Don't know about the belt but if I were 30 years younger I'd really like to have a few dates with Ashley. BTW, once I stopped gazing at Ashley long enough to pay attention to the belts they do look rather well made. However the big test for me is how they look after 10 years of daily use and my Galco purchased in 2008 is still going strong.
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However the big test for me is how they look after 10 years of daily use and my Galco purchased in 2008 is still going strong.
Which Galco model, exactly?
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Can you show an up close photo, please, of this "creasing"? I can't tell from their website what this creasing means.
I can't do any better than the photos at the website. The difference should be clear if you compare the photos.
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I took a chance on a 511 leather belt that was about $35. It's black with a "normal" looking buckle, can be a regular dressy belt. It's very stiff as it should be, and it's 3/16" thick which is thinner than my specialty leather gun belt. I disagree that a gun belt needs to be thick, many holster clips won't hold well on a thick belt. And some belt-slide holsters won't fit through the cutouts on some holsters.

So far it's worked well.

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I'm not in the market for a belt at this time. But we shouldn't knock a company on their product based on price alone. There is waaaay to much of that going on now days, not just on products but elsewhere.

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Just got one in and the belt does indeed measure 1/4 inch thick (almost exactly, at .245"-.255" measured with calipers a few places the length of the belt).

At $30 to my door (first-time buyers get a free shipping code), this belt is hard to beat. First impression is definitely positive.
Is the belt/leather stiff ?
The reason I ask is a recently purchased ( off the net) single thickness leather gun belt , with cartridge loops , the leather is soft , I wish it were stiffer to better hold the holster and Ruger Blackhawk in place.
The one thing a photo doesn't show is how stiff the belt is and in the case of a heavy gun, stiffness matters.
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Gary, I wish I could give you a definitive answer but something like stiffness is relative. The belt isn't as stiff as typical duty/police-type belts but it's pretty stiff for what it is, due to the thickness. I don't have anything as large and heavy as a Blackhawk to try with it and don't want to tell you "Yeah, it's stiff, go get one" and have it not work out and you guys saying ol' -db- is a liar lol...

Best I can say is try one and if it doesn't work for you, it's only $30. You'll still have a good belt for other uses.
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I just ordered two, 1 black, 1 tan. We shall see!
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My $30 belt came today. I got the 1.25" width because the belt loop
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Glad to see it works. I went to a local farm supply store and purchased a two-layer leather belt for around $35. Been carrying a Glock 23 for two years with it and it works just as well as the day I purchased it.

I can put my Glock 17 on it with a three mag pouch and it doesn't sag. Leather is very stiff even after two years.

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FWIW, I bought a couple off of VersaCarry belts off Sportsmans Guide for $14.17 apiece a year and a half ago. They are 1-1/2" wide and roughly 3/16" thick. I can't say how they'll hold up after 10 years, but so far so good.

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Glad to see it works. I went to a local farm supply store and purchased a two-layer leather belt for around $35. Been carrying a Glock 23 for two years with it and it works just as well as the day I purchased it.

I can put my Glock 17 on it with a three mag pouch and it doesn't sag. Leather is very stiff even after two years.
Do you know what brand it is?
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Well, after reading this thread I ordered one on the 29th. It arrived today. That was fast. The belt seems well made, and it is very thick. It is fairly stiff, but not as stiff as those with steel liners - I guess that should be obvious. I'm looking forward to see how it holds up. I see no reason to think that it won't, though.

It's definitely better than the Columbia belt I've been using that cost about the same. This one is twice as thick and stiffer. It's about as thick as the tooled "cowboy" belts I used to wear back in the day. I like that the holes are spaced at 3/4 inch rather than the typical 1 inch. Makes for a somewhat better fit.

I ordered the same size as my other belts, and the fit is true to size.

Overall nice belt and very fast service.
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Just received my two $30.00 belts today. At the present time, am carrying my 60-7. No sag what so ever. they look good, feel and wear good. At least as well as my Bullhide belt. For $30 bucks, You can't go wrong! I Like em!
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I ordered one on the 30th and received it yesterday. I needed a new brown casual belt anyway, so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone give it a try. As others have said, the thickness is as advertised. It's a good quality belt. I carried a 3.5", steel framed, 1911 in an OWB holster on it last night and it supported it just fine. Time will tell...

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