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  • How do you wear a duty belt?

    I know this may sound like a stupid question. But how do you wear a duty belt? Do you wear a regular trouser belt then put your duty belt over the trouser belt? Or are there places to clip it to the trouser so that neither falls loose? And the belt I am talking about is like a Safariland 875 duty belt. I have seen some videos where they simply place the duty belt over the regular trouser belt. But in this case I am talking about a duty belt like the Safariland 875 duty belt. Because thats the one I plan on getting. I figured I could wear it like a regular trouser belt, but if thats not the case cant I wear it over my trouser belt? But wouldnt it have to connect to the trouser belt somehow so that way both belts dont fall off while on patrol?

    Safariland 875 Duty Belt

  • #2
    Here ya go:

    http://www.lapolicegear.com/sa65mobeke4p.html

    Wear your belt like normal and the the duty belt on over it. The keepers hold the two belts together. Actually, a set probably comes with the duty belt. For my purposes, I used 7. I had 1 on either side of my holster, 2 in the back, 1 on the weak side, and 1 on each side of the buckle in the front.
    Last edited by CTEXSEC1; 02-12-2011, 08:18 PM.
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    • #3
      CTEX, is right and I would suggest buying a couple of sets. While you can get away with just 4 keepers, its nice to have more to keep both your belts together and from sagging differently under the amount of gear you are carrying. Some also use the keepers as a way of keeping your holsters/holders from sliding all over the belt.
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      • #4
        How Do You Wear A Duty Belt?

        Just so you know, you also have a couple of other choices, as well. Velcro belts are an option. I had one, but I actually didn't like it all that much, but some people think that they are great. You have a pants belt that is Velcro on the outside and the Sam Browne belt is lined with Velcro on the inside. It pretty much eliminates the need for keepers. My experience, however, is the the Velcro eventually wears out before the rest of the belt.

        Another keeper that I think is a bit better than a regular keeper is the slotted keeper. It has slots that you slide your pants belt through. That way when you remove your Sam Browne gun belt, you keeps are still attached to you pants belt and don't get lost. Another benefit is they are limited in how much they can move, basically they can move only the distance between your belt loops, which isn't that much.

        There are even wide slotted 4 snap belt keepers and hidden handcuff key keepers. All of this is probably way more than you ever wanted to know about keepers and gunbelts!


        http://www.lapolicegear.com/sa65mobeke4p.html

        http://www.ondutygear.com/gould-b127.html

        http://www.lapolicegear.com/sa654sl4snbe.html

        http://www.officerstore.com/store/pr...otted_2_snaps/
        Last edited by Jim1348; 02-12-2011, 09:48 PM. Reason: Details

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        • #5
          The more information the better.

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          • #6
            I don't know what you're carrying on your belt, but you're only carrying one heavy item (for example, if you're carrying a heavy radio, a set of keys and a cell phone) one option you might want to consider is a "gun belt". They're like regular trouser belts except that they're thicker, more rigid and "taller", so they can support a heavy object without buckling/sagging. As well, a lot of pants that are designed for law enforcement/emergency services/security use have larger belt rungs, so it can fit inside them.

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            • #7
              I will be carrying the usual. Handcuffs, radio, baton, taser, mag pouch, medical gloves with wipes, handgun, oc spray, flashlight. I am a security guard and am working on getting all my gear. I just saw a video that showed a security guard demonstrating how he wears his Sam Browne Leather belt. He wore a regular trouser belt, then took his Sam Browne Duty belt, took the belt keepers off, then placed the duty belt over his trouser belt and used the belt keepers to snap his duty belt and trouser belt together.

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              • #8
                What would be a good trouser belt to wear? I dont know if you can just wear a regular trouser belt.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Heathen1990 View Post
                  What would be a good trouser belt to wear? I dont know if you can just wear a regular trouser belt.
                  I have this one:

                  http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CEMQ8gIwBA#

                  This is another solid option:

                  http://www.gtdist.com/ProductDetail....=511-59409-XXX

                  Or this:

                  http://www.armysurplusworld.com/prod...ProductID=2974

                  Personally, I like the first one. However, I was told Uncle Mike's is no longer in business and sold their rights to another manufacturer. I want to say they are now under Bianchi, but I could be wrong.
                  A wise son hears his father's instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

                  "My “Black-Ops” history ensures that you will never know about the missions I accepted in my younger days, and Vietnam still shudders when it hears the name of a an assasin so skillful and deadly, he is remembered decades later. " G-45

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CTEXSEC1 View Post
                    However, I was told Uncle Mike's is no longer in business and sold their rights to another manufacturer. I want to say they are now under Bianchi, but I could be wrong.
                    Uncle Mikes is still in business. It's part of the Bushnell (the optics people) Outdoor group. They're still around and strong.

                    http://www.uncle-mikes.com/

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                    • #11
                      Bianchi Is Now Part Of Safariland

                      Bianchi is now part of Safariland, could that be the merger you were thinking of?


                      http://www.bianchi-intl.com/

                      http://www.safariland.com/Safariland-Story.aspx

                      If you look at the crawl towards the bottom of this page, you will see the various brands underneath the Safariland umbrella
                      http://www.safariland.com/Default.aspx
                      Last edited by Jim1348; 02-19-2011, 11:07 AM. Reason: Details

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                      • #12
                        Heathen1990 sounds like you carry pretty much what I carry. I work private security on an estate. We can carry whatever we want as long as its approved by the owner of the estate. I try to carry the least amount of gear as possible. I use a bianchi belt and in inside velcro belt liner. It works for me and offers the most comfort. Here is a pick I posted in the past you can see the liner.
                        Attached Files

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CajunBass View Post
                          Uncle Mikes is still in business. It's part of the Bushnell (the optics people) Outdoor group. They're still around and strong.

                          http://www.uncle-mikes.com/
                          Hmm...folks at GT said they sold out their name. Weird.

                          Edit: I think this is what I was thinking of--

                          Originally posted by Jim1348 View Post
                          Bianchi is now part of Safariland, could that be the merger you were thinking of?


                          http://www.bianchi-intl.com/

                          http://www.safariland.com/Safariland-Story.aspx

                          If you look at the crawl towards the bottom of this page, you will see the various brands underneath the Safariland umbrella
                          http://www.safariland.com/Default.aspx
                          A wise son hears his father's instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

                          "My “Black-Ops” history ensures that you will never know about the missions I accepted in my younger days, and Vietnam still shudders when it hears the name of a an assasin so skillful and deadly, he is remembered decades later. " G-45

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jim1348 View Post
                            Just so you know, you also have a couple of other choices, as well. Velcro belts are an option. I had one, but I actually didn't like it all that much, but some people think that they are great. You have a pants belt that is Velcro on the outside and the Sam Browne belt is lined with Velcro on the inside. It pretty much eliminates the need for keepers. My experience, however, is the the Velcro eventually wears out before the rest of the belt.

                            The best thing about the twin velcro setup was reduced (if not eliminated) pouch travel & better weight distribution, unfortunately (as you've already indicated) velcro wears out and I never got around to getting a replacement under-belt... still the belt keepers do an okay job
                            "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                            • #15
                              I agree with everyone that has replied to you, but also keep in mind that you will play around with/move the equipment on your duty belt around, possibly several, befor you find the positioning that best suits your accesability and comfort. This may also change the amont of keepers you use. Also mind the buckle on the duty belt you choose as this will also effect placement of keepers and such and possibly how much room you have to put your equipment on the belt. a square buckle belt will give you a different amount of room than a half moon buckle or a plastic clip style buckle and so on. I ran into this as I use 2 different styles of duty belt depending on assignment. One more tidbit, to ponder, be mindful of the way you position things that may at times require an ambidextrous use, example mag pouch -It may be hard to reach with both hands if it is sideways as opposed to upright.
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