For over nine years, I used only one belt.
The Wilderness ‘Original Instructor Belt’.
$50 then and $50 now. I wore it everywhere, even when I wasn’t carrying. Superb belt, nice and solid, didn’t twist drawing a gun or pushing an inside-the-waistband holster into your drawers… I beat the snot out of it. Three gun matches, IDPA, I even slipped it on during Infantry training more than a few times because I hated my MILSPEC one.
Terrific for conceal carry.
And even after all that abuse, I was still able to wear it with a tucked in shirt and dress clothes.
Then I saw the Magpul’s Tejas ‘El Burro’ belt. I figured I needed something a little classier, something new, mix it up a little, and this looked pretty slick. And it’s Magpul, one of my favorite brands of gunnin’ accessories.
What a piece of garbage.
The burnished aluminum tongue snapped off after three months. After two weeks of painful back and forth’ing with MagPul(including getting the wrong replacement buckle) I got the correct replacement. That one lasted another two and a half months before the burnished aluminum tongue bent south terribly this time. I don’t even know how that happened.
Apparently working an office desk, going to Walmart, and driving to and from home was too much for it to handle. Because that’s as strenuous as it gets for me in belted britches these days.
Luckily, I still have my old Wilderness belt. I kept it for special occasions, like wearing my beat up ripped pants for weed-eating.
Well guess what Magpul?
You’re belt is going in the trash and my old Wilderness Belt is going back around my waist until I order another one. Heck, I bet I got another ten years out of this old one before it’s to beat up to wear in dress clothes.
Folks – Use the Wilderness Belt.
Sure, it sounds a little weird when you’re using the bathroom and you pop the VELCRO loose that holds the belt tongue to the side of the belt… But at least you don’t have to worry about it dropping your britches around your ankles, or snapping when you’re trying to push your holster into place.
And you could probably pass it on to your kids. Even though a belt would make a weird family heirloom.