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Belt for IWB, Nylon/Synthetic as good as leather?

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Looking for advice on a comfortable gun belt. I like to carry a 1911 IWB and I've tried thick leather belts which support the weight very good, but I can't quite get the right notch so that it's comfortable. I see gun belts made from nylon or some synthetic material but I'm wondering if they are thick or sturdy enough for a 1911 IWB? I don't wont to waste $50 trying something that won't work. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
 

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The 5/32 or 3/16 in this $5 set will do it. Back it up with the end grain on a block of wood. Or spend a few $ more for one of these. I just use a punch, hammer and block of wood myself.

Looks like the punch set I picked up a few years back... Last set of holes I made I used two pieces of cardboard under the belt, over a thick plastic cutting board (and 24oz bp hammer). Might be adding another hole (or two) to my current belt before the replacement arrives. Need to order the replacement still. [wink]
 

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I prefer leather. Only b/c you look like a tweener or a tactical Tom if you wear the nylon 1.5" belt anywhere.

Of course, you can then support your tactical cargo pants with the ankle-pockets. LOL
 

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yeah, additional holes, but what i've done in the past if the belt is expensive is take it to a professional. a shoe repair shop (if you can find one) or a leathercraft person. they will make nice neat holes that will be perfectly centered on your belt for a couple of bucks. google or a local business yellow page book is your friend.
 

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I have a 5.11 1.5" TDU belt that I've used for IWB carry for about 5 years now. I wouldn't call it a stiff belt at all but it's certainly comfortable and does what I need it to do. There are no "holes" to deal with. There are thicker (and wider) versions of this same belt by 5.11 but I chose this one because of the plastic buckle. I also don't carry a 1911 but I don't see why it would be an issue.
 

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BTW, I have one from Andy (NES member) already. Planning to get a new (much shorter) one in 1.5" and possibly a dress belt from him very soon...

https://www.andysleather.com/collections/belts

The belt I have has zero issue supporting my DE1911C pistol. It also had zero issue with my 1911 wide-body pistol (full size) or HK45C either IWB or OWB (depends on which gun holster).
 
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I wasn't aware belt makers were putting steel cores in belts. Nice!

I guess there's no getting through the airport metal detector with one of those on[laugh]
 
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BTW, I have one from Andy (NES member) already. Planning to get a new (much shorter) one in 1.5" and possibly a dress belt from him very soon...

https://www.andysleather.com/collections/belts

The belt I have has zero issue supporting my DE1911C pistol. It also had zero issue with my 1911 wide-body pistol (full size) or HK45C either IWB or OWB (depends on which gun holster).

I'm having a bit of a sale on belts too! $40 bucks, bridle leather with a wide choice of buckles. https://www.andysleather.com/collections/belts

Golddiggies belts will be on the bench this weekend! (thanks for the mention).

Andy
 

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Yes there are many nice leather carry belts, but OP asked for nylon.

IMHO, the most sturdy belt of any type is the Wilderness 'Instructor ' belt. There are options to make it stiffer than standard as well. Literally strong enough to tow a car.
 
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Yes there are many nice leather carry belts, but OP asked for nylon.

IMHO, the most sturdy belt of any type is the Wilderness 'Instructor ' belt. There are options to make it stiffer than standard as well. Literally strong enough to tow a car.

I'm friends with the folks at Wilderness, they use their own weave and hardware. Good stuff. (harass them for me when you order)
 

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Wilderness belt the best I'm a big guy 60" belt I added the 5 stitch stiffener and It is the most comfortable belt I have ever worn. Does take about a week or two to get used to it. Been wearing mine for 11 years now with sig 229 in 40 cal. IWB holster worn daily. and make sure you use a very good holster.
 

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A leather gun belt won't have to be cinched up as tight. To me that's an advantage. I also like a belt buckle hole vs weaving through the buckle for retention.

Now if your talking about a 16oz gun, any belt will do.
 
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Yes there are many nice leather carry belts, but OP asked for nylon.

IMHO, the most sturdy belt of any type is the Wilderness 'Instructor ' belt. There are options to make it stiffer than standard as well. Literally strong enough to tow a car.

Agreed! I've been wearing them longer than I've been carrying guns, so it was a natural transition for me. I have a few, but the one I like the best is a Galco one my wife ordered for me from Cabellas. It has a Robar coated steel buckle and velcro to keep it from slipping adjustment. Had this one for about a year of daily wear and it shows zero signs of any wear. The coating on the buckle is nothing short of amazing.
 

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BTW, I have one from Andy (NES member) already. Planning to get a new (much shorter) one in 1.5" and possibly a dress belt from him very soon...

https://www.andysleather.com/collections/belts

The belt I have has zero issue supporting my DE1911C pistol. It also had zero issue with my 1911 wide-body pistol (full size) or HK45C either IWB or OWB (depends on which gun holster).

Though the Wilderness is great for its intended purpose, I too hope to order a shorter black leather 'dress up' carry belt from Andy. We'll see how much I can drop by end of summer. 7 lbs so far.
 
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I have a 5.11 1.5" TDU belt that I've used for IWB carry for about 5 years now. I wouldn't call it a stiff belt at all but it's certainly comfortable and does what I need it to do. There are no "holes" to deal with. There are thicker (and wider) versions of this same belt by 5.11 but I chose this one because of the plastic buckle. I also don't carry a 1911 but I don't see why it would be an issue.

What length?
 
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If you like the look of leather, I've been pleased with the performance of my Aker leather belts with the polymer insert.
 
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