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Old 05-14-2017, 02:14 AM   #21
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6' 275 here, my internal food supply is also ample. My answer to your quandary most of the time is a smaller pistol (G43 in my case) and pocket carry. When I carry IWB, it's the same pistol in a hybrid holster behind my strong side hip. In both cases, I carry a spare magazine in a nylon knife case on my belt, no one gives it a second glance.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:08 AM   #22
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@JohnnyK what would you say are the specific characteristics of a bonafide gun belt, that differentiate it from a good quality "regular" belt?
Can you suggest the most important factors to consider when selecting a belt? What makes one stand out above the rest?
I used to carry with a Dutyman leather belt Last year I bought my first actual gunbelt and I can say one thing, there is no comparison!

The majority of higher end gunbelts will have a stiffening core of steel, kevlar, kydex, or something similar. Look at these as examples:

Hank's Belts https://www.hanksbelts.com/

Bigfoot Gunbelts http://gunbelts.com/gun-belts

FYI Bigfoot Gunbelts is a sister company of Aliengear Holsters. I happen have the Aliengear branded steel reinforced gunbelt, in fact I just bought my second one, due to weight loss.

Here is the Aliengear website http://aliengearholsters.com/alien-gear-gun-belt.html
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:48 PM   #23
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6' 275 here, my internal food supply is also ample. My answer to your quandary most of the time is a smaller pistol (G43 in my case) and pocket carry. When I carry IWB, it's the same pistol in a hybrid holster behind my strong side hip. In both cases, I carry a spare magazine in a nylon knife case on my belt, no one gives it a second glance.
@Grumpyoldretiredcop Thank you sir. My pistol is very close to the size of a G19. I think it would be a little large for pocket carry. However I've been looking at a G26 so maybe that would be a better match for pocket carry. But let me say this: that is a GREAT idea to use a simple nylon knife case as a mag pouch!! The "real" mag carriers seem disproportionately expensive, not much cheaper than the pistol holster itself. I do have a nice Aker double mag pouch but I have more mags than pouches :-) So now you have me thinking much more outside the box. I have a Leatherman carrier that will probably fit the bill quite nicely. Thank you again for a very sensible (and money-saving) idea!
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:54 PM   #24
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@JohnnyK Thank you very much for the website referrals. As a big guy myself I gotta ask... how big is the belt you don't use anymore? I wear size 36 pants, maybe there's a sale opportunity here?
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:48 AM   #25
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@JohnnyK Thank you very much for the website referrals. As a big guy myself I gotta ask... how big is the belt you don't use anymore? I wear size 36 pants, maybe there's a sale opportunity here?
Let's just say that it's considerably larger than that!
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my favorite is a Thunderwear also known as invisible, not expensive and custom made to waist dimensions, I wear it with all kinds of pants and shorts, carrying my 3 inch 1911 and my full size 5 inch 1911 plus several reloads
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@JohnnyK LOL, Congrats then!
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my favorite is a Thunderwear also known as invisible, not expensive and custom made to waist dimensions, I wear it with all kinds of pants and shorts, carrying my 3 inch 1911 and my full size 5 inch 1911 plus several reloads
@Paladin_702 Sounds interesting, may I please ask what's the difference or main distinguishing feature about that belt which makes it be considered invisible?
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@Paladin_702 Sounds interesting, may I please ask what's the difference or main distinguishing feature about that belt which makes it be considered invisible?
it sits completely under your regular belt and does not print even in light weight slacks or shorts...have mine for over 15 years and no one has even sen me carrying and I can access in a split second
https://www.thunderwearholsters.com/
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TT Gunleather high ride pancake

Under a Duluth trading long tail T it hides a Glock 20 perfectly. I will never again carry IWB. Depending on how fluffy you around the sides you may have to really cinch up your belt to pull the grip into your body. I have one for a G19 as well and it hides even easier.
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