BigFoot Gun Belt Review: The Secret To Successful CCW

| December 6, 2015 | 1 Comments

So you you have your CCW pistol, have chosen your holster, signed up for your Concealed Carry Weapons NRA lead instructors course. Totaled this probably have taken many hours and you have been extremely excited about it. Oh yeah that’s right you need a belt so you walk into your local department store and pick up what you believe is to be a nice fashion focused belt to finish out your CCW package. This is shaping up to be the beginning of a horrible experience and I have witnessed it many times, in fact because of this decision you will most likely find yourself not carrying more so than carrying.

In my humble opinion a gun belt is just as important in supporting your carry pistol as your holster. Some would argue it is more important. In any event a true “Gun Belt” is a necessity in your CCW rig setup. There are many gun belt manufacturers on the market which could make this as complicated as a decision as selecting your pistol or holster and I have owned many over the years. But for me nothing beats a good thick, rigid, fashionable American made leather gun belt.

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Bigfoot Gun Belts?is here to make this an easy decision for you. Before I start discussing the quality of this American made piece of craftsmanship let me start by listing a few criteria I look for when deciding on a gun belt.

My love of revolvers and cold steel made me realize early on that a good belt was a must. I have refined my criteria over the years adding and taking away options I thought were important. Today here is what’s most important to me.

Criteria: In order of importance
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Superior Support and Stiffness: thickness – minimizing sag of my carry pistol and distributes weight effectively.
Price:?The average gun belt can vary greatly in cost 49 to 200 dollars. Like anything it depends on the features you personally are after. Don’t panic at the cost considering a high quality gun belt will last 5 to 10 years or possibly even more with proper care.
Quality of Workmanship: Stitching, layers of leather, quality of buckle and ability to replace the buckle.
Comfort and Fashion: Ability to wear all day without discomfort while carrying or not, and this is where fashion comes in. If the wife and I are attending a function and carrying is not allowed can I wear this belt with a pair of jeans or casual dockers without it looking to much like a work belt?

Again my list of criteria are what’s important to me, your list could and may be totally different. Choosing a gun belt is very much a personal preference just like choosing your pistol or holster.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been wearing the BigFoot Gun Belt and testing it with a variety of carry setup’s and rating it against my criteria of what makes a good gun belt for me.

In keeping with my unbiased approach I tried to throw a number of combinations at the BigFoot gun belt that would be a challenge or present me with an opportunity or flaw with this product, I didn’t find many.

Criteria Ratings:

Made In America — 5 Stars ***** BigFoot Gun Belts come to us from the Inland Northwest of Hayden Idaho.

Superior Support and Stiffness — 5 Stars *****: BigFoot Gun Belt offers two different lines and 3 different models of belts, one with the spring steel core of which this test is based upon and one with without. All models are double layered, 1.5in wide and provides just the right amount of thickness and support. In carrying my S&W model 60 with other gun belts my love handles (no laughing) would push the top half of the pistol away from my body and cause the belt to fold away. This I thought would be the toughest challenge. This proved to be no challenge at all, this is the most I have ever carried this setup, the belt held it nice and tight to my body.

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Price — 4 Stars **** – No Military or LEO Discount: The price absolutely blows me away, these belts range from $54 to $64 dollars. Others need to stand up and take notice, high quality can still be delivered for a cost effective price without having the made in China stamp. If BigFoot Gun Belts marketing department happens to see this review I hope they do not raise the prices, as I would pay a little more for this type of craftsmanship. But this is also where I would find opportunity with BigFoot gun belts as it seems they do not offer a military or LEO discount. One could argue the cost of this belt is priced just right without discount for anyone looking to add a quality belt to their CCW rig even those on a tight budget.

Quality of Workmanship — 4 Stars ****: This is a high quality piece of American made craftsmanship. This belt is made of English Bridle Leather which is strong, durable, easy to maintain and ages well with time. This leather is held together with military grade Tex270 threading. The buckle is nickel plated making it very resistant to corrosion and is easy to swap at the snap of button.?One may ask why 4 stars instead of 5, the belt loop is held on with thin metal hardware that will surely last for a long time but I believe a decorative stitching design using the Tex270 thread would add to durability and fashion.

Comfort and Fashion:?The BigFoot gun belt has proven to be very comfortable over the past three weeks, worn a minimal of 8 hours every day while carrying and not carrying. This belt has been worn with Jeans, Dockers and 511 Work pants and there was no difference in comfort and by the pictures you can tell this is one nice looking belt and doesn’t necessarily scream concealed carry.

Overall the BigFoot Gun Belt receives an unbiased dayattherange 4.5 stars and is highly recommended, this belt will surely enhance your carry experience and will be worn by me for many years to come. I actually intend to purchase this as a Christmas gift for someone.

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  1. jrod says:

    Why didn’t you specify which steel core belt you’re reviewing, the 14 oz or the 18 oz double?

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