It is of little use to invest in a quality holster and place it on a dime-store belt. The weakest link is the first to fail and there is no reason not to get a quality gun belt if you plan on daily carry. Here are three belt brands you can trust!

Tac-Shield: The new Tactical Gun belt from Tac-Shield is a solid 1.5-inch-wide belt constructed from a double layer of 7,000-pound-tested nylon webbing. To prevent any possible sagging, the webbing has been reinforced with a stiffener that keeps the belt in place.

A hook-and-loop system allows the length of the belt to be adjustable by up to 4 inches for a custom fit. Most impressive, however, is the Quick Release aluminum belt buckle rated to 2,000 pounds. The double release levers guarantee that the buckle stays closed until you open it, and the design also ensures that it will not slip through your belt loops unintentionally and cause your holster to fall off. (http://www.tacshield.com; 910-687-4695)

BlackHawk: Featuring polymer-reinforced spine with flexible PVC core, Blackhawk’s CQC Pistol Belt series carry the firepower and do it with EDC casual-dress style. Its popular CQC Pistol Belts boast a more durable, comfortable design, combining premium materials with a polymer reinforcement spine. Get the same classic appearance of an ordinary dress belt in a package that offers a stable platform for carrying a handgun, spare magazines, handcuffs and the like.

For all-out days at the training range or in the sporting fields check out Blackhawk’s CQB/Rigger’s Belt series. These are mil-standard certified and built with parachute-grade buckles and adapters for unparalleled strength and support. (http://www.blackhawk.com; 800-379-1732)

Bigfoot Gun Belts: Anyone looking for the toughest belt available can’t settle for leather alone. New gun belts from Bigfoot Gun Belts feature a spring-steel core sandwiched between premium-quality, double-layered English bridle leather. Available in black or brown with 14- or 18-ounce leather, these belts simply won’t sag no matter your everyday-carry load. For extra comfort, durability and good looks, each belt also features beveled and burnished edges and corrosion-resistant hardware. Belt snaps allow the user to easily swap out buckles for a personalized look. (http://www.gunbelts.com; 208-209-7321)

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