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Old 09-24-2018, 03:17 PM
CurlyShuffle CurlyShuffle is offline
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“Competition” Gun belts for bigger guys?

Hello,

I’m looking into trying my first IDPA match in a few weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew of any places that carried gun belts for bigger guys for competition purposes? I’m looking in the range of 48-52” length with a 1 1/2” width.

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Old 09-24-2018, 03:48 PM
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Doesn't IDPA require regular belts, and not the specialized competition belts available for IPSC/USPSA use? If so, just about any gun belt should be available in a 1.5" width.

I suspect The Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt or their Frequent Flyer belt, both with at least the 5-stitch option are very popular for IDPA.

The Wilderness Tactical http://www.thewilderness.com/belts/

Most of the leather holster makers should offer a leather belt option if you prefer leather.

A&G Custom Leather is a belt maker that is a forum member. https://agcustomgunleather.com

Whatever you order, pay attention to the belt sizing instructions. They may seem odd, but they work.

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Old 10-04-2018, 09:34 PM
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Sticking strictly within the constraints of IDPA rules/gear. I will second trying the Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt. from my experience as a guy with pretty much the exact same waist size, I will tell you to be VERY careful and exacting as far as following the sizing instructions.

I bought an Instructor belt sized (I thought) per the instructions at 50" which of course makes it non returnable, with the CSM (polymer insert) option, and it turns out I should have ordered it at least one size smaller, and the buckle "bottomed out" on the end of the polymer insert before snugging up well enough to suit me (and as soon as I lost a little weight, not at all).

in my case it wound up being a non-issue within a year as I wound up being more drawn to USPSA anyway and the two-piece belt system allowable there is much easier to adjust and deal with for me.
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:22 PM
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You can wear the outer belt from a 2 belt competition rig as long as you run it through several belt loops. I have a large belt from beltman for everyday and IDPA.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:17 PM
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The Comp-Tac Minotaur belt is generously sized - 48" is their biggest regular-price size, and it'll generously fit a 52" waist. Kevlar re-inforced, it looks GREAT as a dress belt, is plenty stiff for OWB carry, because that's what I use it for.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:56 PM
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I don’t know about the belt length, but I bought a Bladetech Ultimate Carry Belt. It has a ratch system that lets you adjust it quickly for conditions. It is very ridged and i am using it as a summertime weight belt. I like it more that I thought. It might be a good option if you decide to go with a non two belt competition rig. In IDPA I don’t think you are gonna carry a lot of weight so maybe an option.
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:23 PM
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Note The Wilderness Tactical Frequent Flyer belt is on sale right now.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:49 PM
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I have a BigFoot Gunbelt. Mine is the 14oz metal lined and will hold up anything you need to carry.

http://gunbelts.com/gun-belt-1-5-wid...ith-core-14-oz
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:42 PM
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Wilderness Instructor belt is a great option but they run big,hence the reason I have one for sale in the Classifieds.


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Old 01-12-2019, 05:06 PM
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Wilderness Instructor belt is a great option but they run big,..
Sorry you had that problem. That hasn't been my experience. My Wilderness fit is perfect.

Did you follow their sizing instructions?

https://www.thewilderness.com/belt-sizing
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:06 PM
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A&G is great I have one of these I use for concealed carry
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:54 PM
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Sorry you had that problem. That hasn't been my experience. My Wilderness fit is perfect.



Did you follow their sizing instructions?



https://www.thewilderness.com/belt-sizing


I wear 38 pants and use a 42 belt I ordered a 42 belt and it’s too big.It works but the end of the belt touches the holster.This is the first Wilderness belt I have bought in a while but the others I bought in the past (when I was skinnier) I recall were the same way


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:22 PM
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I wear 38 pants and use a 42 belt I ordered a 42 belt and it’s too big.It works but the end of the belt touches the holster.This is the first Wilderness belt I have bought in a while but the others I bought in the past (when I was skinnier) I recall were the same way
I don't consider that a belt fit problem, that's just where the extra belt goes.

A few points

1. Do you wear your holster forward of 3:00. Certainly a common issue with a Wilderness type belt touching the holster.

2. If it is touching your holster, you don't have to center the buckle over your fly (if military, I understand how hard breaking that habit can be), you can move the buckle farther to the left and some people even put the buckle left of the first pants loop left of center.

3. Some folks thread the belt the other way.

In any case, as long as the belt meets velcro to velcro, I consider that belt to "fit". I don't consider touching your holster a "fit" issue.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:43 AM
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Using a 1.5" wide gun belt.....

I have been shooting competitively for a long time, and in my early years, it was hard to find pants with belt loops that would accommodate a 1.5" wide leather belt. I went to a police equipment supply store and found a 1.25" wide and thick leather belt, and have been using this in competition for a very long time. I also prefer a belt buckle that is not much wider than a 1.25 inch belt......I usually will grind the buckle down to fit through my belt loops on my shooting pants and cargo shorts. I keep two single hi cap mag pouches fixed to the belt, and never remove them. When I put the belt on, I push the belt buckle through my front left belt loop, then slip the belt through all remaining belt loops until I slip it through my gun holster and the final belt loop in the front.

Even when I carry concealed, I use a 1.25" wide belt, since the belt loops on many slacks won't allow a wider belt.....blue jeans usually will accommodate a 1.5" belt......

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Old 01-14-2019, 07:26 PM
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I don’t know about the belt length, but I bought a Bladetech Ultimate Carry Belt. It has a ratch system that lets you adjust it quickly for conditions. It is very ridged and i am using it as a summertime weight belt. I like it more that I thought. It might be a good option if you decide to go with a non two belt competition rig. In IDPA I don’t think you are gonna carry a lot of weight so maybe an option.
Thats my belt as well. One in black leather and one in tan nylon. It is a great belt. Fits up to 50" waist.

https://blade-tech.com/products/ucb
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:53 AM
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Thats my belt as well. One in black leather and one in tan nylon. It is a great belt. Fits up to 50" waist.

https://blade-tech.com/products/ucb
Curious, can you interchange the buckles? Will the leather buckle work on the nylon belt?

Yea a great belt... but for anyone wearing it for the first time I recommend you practice taking it off before you put It on. It can be tricky to figuare out. And it will only tighten until you figuare it out...kinda a funny experience. If I have had too much Taco Bell it would have not been so funny.

I bought a competitors belt of the same design... the Blade Tech is superior and costs less.

I like the belt very much... the buckle style is kinda “military” looking. I wish they would make a couple different styles of buckle. But I wear it in all dress modes.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:32 AM
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Curious, can you interchange the buckles? Will the leather buckle work on the nylon belt?

Yea a great belt... but for anyone wearing it for the first time I recommend you practice taking it off before you put It on. It can be tricky to figuare out. And it will only tighten until you figuare it out...kinda a funny experience. If I have had too much Taco Bell it would have not been so funny.

I bought a competitors belt of the same design... the Blade Tech is superior and costs less.

I like the belt very much... the buckle style is kinda “military” looking. I wish they would make a couple different styles of buckle. But I wear it in all dress modes.
Yes they can interchange. But I wouldn't bet on changing them back and forth often. I feel the little set screws they use as insurance against the locking lever slipping off the belt to be a little on the weak side. I think with a lot of fiddling they might strip out eventually. Thats really why I bought one of each, one is more casual the other more formal.
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