Major Harl, has been testing a steel core belt from Bigfoot Gunbelts, here is his after action report.
USA –-(AmmoLand.com)- I moved to Virginia in the sixth grade from Scotland. In Scotland the children had to wear uniforms to school. So the boy’s uniform pants or shorts (yes shorts in the middle of the Scottish winter) had either braces (suspenders) or weak, skinny belts to hold them up. I did not care for the braces, because in my young mind I felt the person wearing them looked like a hayseed from the sticks. The skinny weak belts looked bent, used and stretched shortly after being issued to school boys. Of course nobody wore blue jeans in Scotland back in those days.
We got to Virginia and I get my first pair of blue jeans and what does my mother give me, a skinny weak belt? Something you might wear with your Sunday go-to-meeting clothes, but not something an up and coming manly lad like me should be wearing with his new cowboy jeans.
I remember having a discussion with my mother in front of an adult male, as I told her I did not want to wear the “stupid” skinny belt with my blue jeans. The guy agreed with me so much that he offered to take off his belt right there and give it to me. If looks could have killed my mother would have been charged with homicide that day.
This must have psychologically scarred me for life, because I still truly believe the United States is no country for weak skinny belts.
Go look up the word metro sexual and look at all the pictures of men described as metro sexual and what kind of thin, skinny, weak belts those boys trying to be big city men are wearing. You have ever seen so much wasted leather in your life being used for the minimalist look in belt fashion?
American men need wide, thick manly belts, that is just all there is to it. The problem is even the wider belts will start to bend and sag after a while. You buy a new belt and within a few weeks the area of the belt in the small of your back has started to deform under daily use. After a while it bunches up in your back and looks like you are too cheap to buy a new belt. When in fact this is a new belt.
I have even tried cutting a piece of leather and gluing it to the spot on the belt that lines up in the center of the back to keep that belt from upwardly crushing into the back belt loop. There was limited, short term success.
I have found the cure for the weak, skinny, unmanly, sagging, metro sexual desired excuse for a pants securing device, and it has a rugged outdoor guy kind of name, Bigfoot Gunbelts (www.gunbelts.com).
I think I can safely say if you buy a Bigfoot Gunbelt with the steel core built right into the construction of this exceptional durable belt you will never again have a skinny sagging belt problem.
Mr. Thomas Tedder, of Tedder Industries, ( www.facebook.com/tedderindustriesllc/ ) while managing the successful expansion of his Alien Gear Holster line spent over two years developing the Bigfoot Gunbelt. I have been wearing one of Bigfoot Gunbelts for about two months and I can attest that it is a very well crafted belt and the word “strong” always comes to mind when I put the belt on.
Have you ever looked at some guy’s belt and he has never polished that belt since the day he first put it on. An unpolished belt looks sloppy and unprofessional. Mr. Tedder has sorted of solved that issue by deep dying the leather he uses so when you scuff, nick or scratch the belt and open the surface leather up on the belt, you find it is dyed and does not show the wear as much.
Now you still need to do some periodic maintenance and polishing. However, with the strong, deep dyed tough leather, the inner steel core and the well- stitched final product you can hit the street or woods looking sharp and having full confidence in your belt and how you stack up to your peers.
If you wear a handgun daily in a belt holster, one of Bigfoot Gunbelts really is a must- have belt. As I said I have been wearing one for two months with a handgun on my side and it holds the holster and firearm in the upright location I want and no sloppy sagging.
As an old cop I can see this inner steel core concept finding its way into the utility belts that the uniform police officers use. Given all the items carried on an officer’s belt and the combined weight there is always some sagging.
I counted up and found I have sixteen leather belts and a couple of GI web belts in my closet and they are all just hanging there because I pick out one belt every morning when I get dressed these days and that would be my new Bigfoot Gunbelt – my manly Bigfoot Gunbelt.
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30 Jan 2017 / Major Van Harl USAF Ret. / [email protected]
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.: Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.”
Great belts. I’ve had one for a little over a year now and it still looks great.
One can also buy the same belt from Alien Gear.
That’s where I got both of mine (black/brown).
You also might want to invest in a KABAR TDI, in the event some a hole trys to take your gun his arm will come away in pieces.
I think I am safe in saying that in 61 years I have never looked at another’s belt with a “critical” eye. To each their own. As a matter of fact I still wear my “on the job” belt with over twenty two years of service on it and another four years of “civilian” wear. It looks like crap and I don’t care. It has a storied history with me. That said, when I belt carry a firearm I put on a much more substantial, and prettier, belt.
I want a 1-3/4 inch belt, so far all they make is 1-1/2 inch widths. Is the steel stainless or will a wet belt rust out?
‘No country’ for holsters without a restraining strap, period! ‘Everyday carry’ means you might be forced to run/struggle/trip during a lethal force encounter (not to mention gun grab attempts). You want your handgun SECURELY FASTENED within your holster (which rules out ANY friction fit only holster).
And once again this falls into the category of you’re entitled to your opinion and I’ll defend your right to it but that doesn’t necessarily make it correct. I’ve carried my Glock in a BladeTek holster with passive resistance friction lock in the trigger guard (snap in/snap out) for more than twenty years. In years of force on force training, being dragged on the ground, thrown to the ground, knocked out of a chair, you name it, not once has that gun ever come out of the holster. If that’s what you’re referring to then you’re just plain wrong. If… Read more »