Getting the Belt

| April 22, 2015 | 5 Comments

I have worn my Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt almost every day I’ve worn pants or shorts since the summer of 2011. To be honest, I don’t wear pants or shorts every day, but that’s not why you’re here.

The belt has been great, except it has a large buckle. The buckle is meant for emergency rappelling and is quite wide and protrudes out much farther from the belt than normal buckles. The delrin model isĀ even worse.

This was somewhat manageable for several years, although the buckle caused printing problems depending on how tight my t-shirt was. Once I started carrying RMR-equipped Glocks the problem got worse. The buckle was so big I worried about it rubbing on the sight. I resolved this by putting the buckle to my left, which also meant I had to stop carrying a backup pistol in that location.

After attending The Polite Society Tactical Conference this year, I decided to wear a small fixed blade knife on my off-hand side, where my backup pistol used to be.

I started researching different buckles and belts, like the Cobra buckle, and so on. However, my Wilderness Tactical has been trustworthy and durable all these years, and frankly money’s a bit tight and I’d rather not spend cash on a new belt.

I wound up relocating the belt behind my right hip. It’s made a huge difference in printing and mounting tools up front, at the expense of adding some complexity to putting my pants on and taking them off.


As you can see, the buckle is nowhere near the centerline. I have my RMR-equipped G19 near my pelvic crease; I can also move it closer to my navel for even better concealment. You can experiment with what position is the most comfortable and accessible for you. The NSR Tactical knife sheath moves a bit between the belt loop and where the pants open, but it’s not a real problem.


I’ve spent a little bit over two weeks wearing the belt this way, and it’s worked out very well. The only downside is having a sit-down in public, but if you’ve already practiced pistol management in a public stall you’re most of the way there.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. Chris says:

    Hey man,

    I had similar issues when I switched to appendix carry a few years ago.

    Take a look at this style of belt. I switched to it shortly after I started appendix carry. I am able to carry pistol (G 35 with rmr and streamlight in a dale fricke seraphim) spare mag ( phlster iwb mag carrier) and a knife (obex design reever) all iwb with pull dot loops with the “buckle area” of the belt up front. Even if you want to offset that area to the posterior aspect of your body this will probably be more comfortable. I have had the belt for about a year and some change and it’s still going strong. In a world full of cobra buckles and riggers belts this is something different. I got turned on to this style of belt by a vid Rob Pincus did about his ICE brand version of a g clip belt. I ended up going with Volund Gear Works because I wanted a 1.75 inch belt due to all the weight I was carrying. It has not let me down. I carry almost every day and it’s been worth the money and change from my old riggers belt.

    Enjoy the sight. Keep up with the interesting posts.


  2. MattCFII says:

    I carry in a very similar fashion, regular 19 at AWIB, other side is a AIWB knife on a static cord, spare mag on the hip IWB. I too was offsetting my buckle but the knife being AIWB with a static cord allows for the buckle to be in that area.

    Volund Gearworks are great belts but I found I would still end up with an offset G Hook on my gun side hip due to how the ends overlapped l and to get the leverage to tighten it FWIW. Also they are currently not taking orders due to a “family emergency”

    Right now I’m using the Glide Belt.

  3. thebronze says:

    Take a look at Galco’s Instructor Belt. I love it.

  4. Hardway says:

    Hey cool idea, I wear a similar belt but didn’t think of this. Ever tried it on the left side? I like the snug fit this type of belt provides for CCW but I really like it for escaping a building out the window with a mini ATC and a light static line and for ski-lift escape. Seems the left position of the buckle would be better for a right handed rappel. I don’t think I could make the rappel work with it on my break-hand side. Anyway this was the first of your posts I’ve seen I’ll be checking back.

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