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Old May 28th, 2016, 12:36 PM   #1
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New Carry Belt

After recently adding a Hi-Power to my carry rotation, I noticed my trusty old carry belt was starting a sag a bit more than I was comfortable with and decided to look at some of the newer "heavy duty" offerings. After looking back and forth at several manufacturers, I finally decided on the Bigfoot 18 oz leather belt with steel core and placed my order. I didn't have to wait long as I ordered last Sunday and it arrived USPS priority on Wednesday . After wearing it for a few days my initial impressions (for what they are worth) are as follows:

1. The English Bridle leather, stitching, edge finishing and buckle were perfect (as shown in the pictures on the website).
2. While the thickness (they say .281") of .285" according to my digital caliper is indeed "beefy", it went right through my belt loops as well as the loops of my Hi-Power holster without issue.
3. The length was perfect and the hole alignment was spot on for my needs.
4. While it took a moment to buckle and unbuckle the first time due to the thickness, I got the hang of it with a little practice
5. The final test was of course holstering the Hi-Power and going through the normal processes of bending, stooping, etc. to see how well it stayed in place and wearing it for a few days to gauge how comfortable it would be.

Bottom line ... Very comfortable for all day wear and no sag or unexpected movement of the pistol/holster. In short it is by far the best gun belt I've ever owned at any price. The $64.88 plus shipping was well worth it IMHO.

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After your report my next gun belt will be a Bigfoot. Hope my rodeo buckles fit. I'll check with them. Thanks
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Thanks for that good input.

Due to a case of dunlops disease (stomach done lop over belt), I have grown to appreciate
good shoulder holsters.
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After your report my next gun belt will be a Bigfoot. Hope my rodeo buckles fit. I'll check with them. Thanks
The belt unsnaps (two heavy duty snaps) to allow for buckle replacement. As long as your buckles are compatible with an 1-1/2" belt, I suspect you're good to go.
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65 bucks seems a bit stiff, but if the belt stays stiff, it would reasonable. I've been thinking about getting a belt with steel in it, you just proved its value.

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If you need a dress belt that doubles as a gun belt, check out the Mitch Rosen belts.

They are tapered on the ends so the portion that shows through an open suit jacket appears to be a normal dress belt while the remaining section of the belt is full width. I've been using one for over 15 years and it's still going strong.
It's not quite as sleek as a regular dress belt but it doesn't scream "Gun".
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I like my Rosen belt - but with a bony butt, no hips and the Dunlop disease, I use the Dickies Perry suspenders to hold things up. They have plastic clips that slide under the belt so you're no getting smacked in the face like the metal clips do.
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I just purchased the 18oz belt with the steel core. Like you said it was perfect and arrived in short time. I liked it so much I placed a 2nd order for the 14oz belt with the steel core. Both are great belts. I prefer the 14oz belt over the 18oz but wear both. They don't let my carry gun weight down or sag when I carry. GREAT BELT.
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Certainly looks sturdy.
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A good belt cannot be overrated!
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I just purchased the 18oz belt with the steel core. Like you said it was perfect and arrived in short time. I liked it so much I placed a 2nd order for the 14oz belt with the steel core. Both are great belts. I prefer the 14oz belt over the 18oz but wear both. They don't let my carry gun weight down or sag when I carry. GREAT BELT.
I was thinking of buying the 14 oz belt as well. You talked me into it

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Certainly looks sturdy.
Wouldn't want to get whipped with it for sure

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Looks like a good strong belt that will last for years to come!
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Bought one a few weeks ago but haven't tried it yet.
Your thread has motivated me to try it ASAP.
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Looks like a good strong belt that will last for years to come!
I expect that to be the case but time will tell

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Bought one a few weeks ago but haven't tried it yet.
Your thread has motivated me to try it ASAP.
abarrena ... I'm so glad to be a motivating factor in your life

My lovely assistant (of 43 years and counting ) helped demonstrate that even without my "girth" the belt stands up pretty well on its own The loaded Hi-Power weights in at just over 3 lbs with holster.



Here it is with my loaded CZ 2075 RAMI that weights in at just over 2 lbs with holster


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Certainly looks tough as a tank. The price seems on par for what that belt is too.
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