When I find something I really like – something like a knife, watch, wallet, or belt – I can get pretty resistant to change. When something like this comes along that really works, I will use it until it just won’t work anymore. Once up on a time I found a belt that works for me and I wore it for about a dozen years. I was recently provided a Precision Holsters Tactical Conceal Carry Nylon Belt, and even though my old one is still going strong, I’m rethinking my belt choices!
Precision Holsters Tactical Conceal Carry Nylon Belt
The Precision Holsters Tactical Conceal Carry Nylon Belt (just “Precision Holsters belt” from now now) is a true gun belt. It is constructed of several layers of heavy-duty nylon and is extremely rigid. The patented aluminum buckle is low handsome, easy to clasp, and sits much flatter than most.
The Precision Holsters belt is not a one-size-fits-all affair. Belts are fitted to the user, but are still widely adjustable. Though I have my carry system fairly fine-tuned, I like the ability to adjust the belt. When I carry an OWB holster I find tightening the belt necessary to properly anchor the holster. Adjustments are made on the standing (left) end of the belt, by adjusting a narrower, outer adjustment strap. Though belts are fitted to size, the adjustment strap permits several inches of play.
Using the Precision Holsters Belt
Precision Holsters sent me this belt back in December. I put it on and have been wearing it daily ever since, even when I’m not wearing my firearm. The thickness of the belt allows better purchase from the clips on my Precision Holsters Ultra-Appendix holster than my previous belt did. The clips actually seem to “click” into place on the belt, and I’ve yet to have the holster come loose when I didn’t want it too.
Thickness and rigidity are desirable not only for supporting the weight of a gun, but also when doing one-handed manipulations. As readers here know, I’ve spent a great deal of time working SHO and WHO skills this year – something that would be much more difficult without a stable belt. The Precision Holsters belt seems to catch the ledge of my Heinie sight easily and hang onto it well.
Nothing is perfect, and I do have a single, frustrating issue with the Precision Holsters belt: getting it on. The adjustment strap is held to the main belt via hook/pile tape (I think it’s called “Velcro” for those of you that haven’t been to Airborne). The tip of the adjustment strap tends to get caught up on belt loops as you slide it onto your waist.
There are a couple pretty obvious fixes for this. The first is to unhook the adjustment strap, put the belt on, then re-secure it over your belt loops. This works pretty well, assuming you have nothing on your belt. Unfortunately for me, I carry a spare magazine at the 9 o’clock position. It falls in exactly the wrong place to allow me to re-secure the adjustment strap.
Another method is to simply use your fingertip to raise each belt loop to allow the strap to pass through. In my case, my magazine pouch’s position is such that to get the belt where I need it to be, I have to thread that tip of the adjustment strap through a belt loop which is under the pouch. I cannot get my finger under the pouch sufficiently to raise the belt loop and have found this very frustrating.
Yet another method would be to rotate the buckle of the belt further around to the right side of the body. I tried this and again found it didn’t quite work in practice. Unless I was OK with the buckle in the 2 to 3 o’clock position (and completely misaligned with the opening of my pants), it ended up interfering with my AIWB holster placement.
I’m glad to report that I’ve found a solution that does work for me, and is perhaps more in keeping with my military roots! I wrapped a single layer of Gorilla tape around the tip of the adjustment strap. I find that the tape does have to be replaced occasionally, but it permits the belt to slide on smoothly.
The Bottom Line
Despite the issue I have with the Precision Holsters belt, I really like it. It has completely replaced my belt of more than a decade which is really saying something. It holds the gun securely in a stable and consistent position, provides a platform for conducting one-handed manipulation, and looks good in the process. If you’re in the market for a gun belt, the Precision Holsters Tactical Conceal Carry Nylon Belt is certainly worthy of your consideration.