Carry Belts Explained

Belt Designs And Types Rigger/Rescue The Rigger’s belt, also known as a Rescue Belt, is commonly seen in law enforcement, military, and fire/EMS/rescue scenes. It is the BDU Belt of the US Marines. This standard 1.75” wide nylon webbing belt topped with a hard rubber clasp. The Rigger’s or Rescue Belt is designed for bearing the weight of weapons, tools, and accessories without sagging. Most belts come in three different strengths- low (3 stitch), med (5 stitch), and high (poly lined). For carry belts, most choose 5 stitch belts. The down side of the Rigger/Rescue belt is its iconic look. For those not wanting to look tactical or militaristic, these belts may not be what you are after. While...

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Hybrid (Kydex and Leather) Holsters

  This author has made his stance on Kydex holsters clear. However, the issue of ‘hybrid holsters’ (the union of both leather and Kydex) must be addressed. Kydex is a strong, mold-able plastic, and when used in its entirety for holsters, gives the user durability and economy, while negating comfort, concealment, forgiveness, and furthermore increasing wear on the gun’s finish.  Hybrid holsters are typically comprised of the outer panel of the holster and the belt attachments consisting of Kydex, while the backing is leather. The forgiving leather diminishes some of the Kydex’s detriment. There have been many companies rising up to offer these hybrids. The original makers include Comp Tac and Crossbreed. Crossbreed’s design is crude and simple. The leather...

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1911 Handgun

The 1911 was conceived in the 1890’s, and was adopted for US military use in 1911. This .45ACp handgun was decommissioned in 1985 in favor of the Beretta 92 9mm. The 1911 continues to be a favorite handgun of many people around the world. It has been adapted and recreated in multiple sizes and calibers. The most common sizes that you might see include: Government Model which has a full size frame,  5″ barrel, and a 7 or 8 round magazine Commander Model which has a full size frame,  4.25″ barrel, and a 7-8 round magazine CCO Model which has a short frame, 4.25″ barrel, and typically houses 6-7 rounds in a magazine Officers Model which has a short...

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