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No matter if you are military, police, or just prefer to make good use of your local range, having the right equipment for the job makes all the difference. If you make sure to have the best guns, ammo, boots, and accessories then you need a tactical belt too.

Tactical belts haven been used for a long time. In fact, Roman soldiers used them to carry swords, support protective gear and hold essentials as they went in to do battle. These belts are available today and offer the user a range of options. 

Here is a look at tactical belts and how they work. 

What is a tactical belt?

Tactical belts are designed to provide the user with a means of keeping all their equipment at hand. They are designed to be rugged and comfortable. A tactical belt will be rugged, but still allow you flexibility, which is crucial in the field. In addition, these belts will be designed with heavy-duty material that can easily manage the weight of a firearm without sagging. And your tactical belt should be comfortable enough that it won’t impede you when you are running in the field. 

What should you look for when choosing a tactical belt?

There are several key features to a tactical belt that will be beneficial no matter what level you are-beginner to expert. It is a good idea to think about all the possible ways you might use your belt, and then select the one that will provide you with the most features. 

Most belts will have the following features or options. 

1. Look for a belt that has a solid D ring attached to it. 

2. See if your belt can be converted to a tie-down or a carry strap.

3. You want your belt to have metal buckles that are parachute grade.

4. Sliding tension bars are a key feature. 

5. Make sure the belt is constructed from bonded, webbed nylon. 

6. Check for hook-and-pile attachment reinforcements.

7. See if your belt comes with MOLLE compatible loops.

8. If you plan on using your belt for concealed carry or multi-tool attachments, make sure that it is 2” wide for stability.

9. At a minimum, your belt should be at least ½” thick.

10. If there is any fabric or leather on your belt, check that it is made from stiff, ripstop material and leather that will not curl. This is important for carrying the weight of your guns and attachments. 

11. Ideally, your tactical belt should be easy to adjust and be able to be removed quickly. 

How to choose the right tactical belt

Since your tactical belt does more than just hold your pants up, it is important to pick the right one. The first step is to consider how you will use it. There are different belts available. If you are in the military or law enforcement, you will need a belt that is capable of holding guns, ammo and any other accessories, such as scopes, that you might need in the field. 

If you need a belt for concealed carry or to take with you on the range, your needs will be a little bit different. The key is to choose a belt that can easily hold your intended equipment. 

What about fit?

Your tactical belt needs to fit you comfortably and adequately. You should choose a belt that has enough length and is easy to adjust. It should also have enough flexibility to it so that it does not hinder your movement. 

How much do tactical belts cost?

 With most things, there is a range of prices when looking to purchase a tactical belt. There are different factors that affect the cost of a belt. It is important to know that construction, materials, and purpose are factors when pricing belts. 

What are the different types of tactical belts?

There are different types of belts depending on your purpose. Here we have broken down the different types of tactical belts to help you know where you should begin your search for the perfect belt. 

1.Trainer belt

This type of belt is intended to be used by instructors, especially during mountain rescue training or emergency rappelling. This type of belt will definitely have clipping abilities for carabiners. This belt will have triple reinforced stitching and a heavy-duty tension locking buckle that is capable of holding up to 500lbs of tensile strength.

2.Riggers Belt

A riggers belt is designed to be used for rappelling. These belts will have D rings for carabiners to clip on to and are designed with triple reinforced stitching as well. This belt is intended to be used as an anchor point. 

3.Tactical Gun Belt

This type of belt is designed to hold up your pants like a traditional belt and hold your gun. The material used is thicker and stiffer than a traditional belt. A gun belt is designed to prevent sagging when a gun is attached. A manufacturer will usually add internal stiffeners or use double reinforced leather to make this belt. Tactical gun belts are meant to be used daily for those who carry guns. 

4.Tactical Duty Belts

This belt is intended to hold up to 15 lbs. of equipment. A duty belt also has to be compatible with gun holsters. You can expect that this belt will be stiff and rigid and built for practicality. 

5. Tactical Web Belts

Web belts simply use webbing and a buckle to adjust the size. This type of belt can be used for concealed carry if the webbing is rigid enough to hold the weight. Sometimes this type of belt is referred to as a military belt. 

Final Thoughts

There are several choices of belts available to those looking for one to hold their gear, check the comprehensive list from: You need to think about how you intend to use your belt and what equipment you may need to carry.

Once you have decided, you can select the belt that is right for you. Ensure that you have a proper fit and you will be all set.