This Tactical Gun Belt with Talon buckle from We The People should be high on the list of anyone looking for a quality EDC belt. Although I already had a belt that I really like, I gave this one a try, and came away impressed. It’s stiffer than a Viagra overdose, has the ability to carry an extra mag, and the buckle is an improvement over a popular design. So I’m not saying it’s the best, but certainly the best I have tried so far.
Construction and features
Two layers of heavy duty 1.5 inch scuba webbing give this Tactical Gun Belt its stiffness. Five rows of stitching ensure they stay together like Bonnie and Clyde – for a lifetime. WTP’s own Talon buckle offers secure latching. Seven sizes run from 24 inches all the way to 64 inches. And each size offers a range of adjustment. Finally, there’s an elastic sleeve included which allows for horizontal carry of an extra magazine.
About that Talon buckle
We The People’s own patent-pending design, the Talon buckle offers real improvements over similar buckles. By attaching to the adjustment straps rather than the belt webbing directly, it can be made slightly smaller. This, coupled with the matte black finish, makes for a lower profile, cleaner design. It still allows for easy one-hand operation too. My biggest complaint with other buckles was having to remove them to thread the belt through my belt loops. That’s not a problem with the Talon.
Extra magazine carrier? Included at no charge!
Here’s one of those features that is so simple, I’m not sure why I haven’t seen it before. A simple elastic sleeve on the belt will accommodate magazines of different sizes. In the photo below, it’s got a Glock 19 magazine tucked in nicely. Thanks to the adjustable hook and loop fastener panels, it should hold single or double stack mags equally well. While not a groundbreaking feature, it’s certainly handy. And it’s included at no charge. It’s as though We The People threw in a little gift with their Tactical Gun Belt. Because their designers figured out how to do it for almost nothing.
Sizing and adjustability
As mentioned, the Tactical Gun Belt is available in seven size ranges, from 24 inches to 64 inches. Each belt has about four inches of adjustability. And sizing is done with the belt in place. Once it’s on, just pull the strap on the right hand side, until it’s the correct length. Almost like tuxedo pants. The adjustment strap uses hook and loop fasteners, with a generous strip for adjusting, and a solid hold. Switching from IWB to OWB? No problem! Decided to go to that “all you can eat” place for lunch? Well, if your pants allow it, the belt will give you a little extra room. And if you happen to order the wrong size, WTP makes it clear that it’s easy enough to swap it out for the correct size.
Installing the Tactical Gun Belt
Wait, what?! Yeah, an installation guide for a belt. Trust me on this one. You can’t just get up in the morning (or afternoon, I don’t judge) and quickly thread it through the belt loops of your pants. This belt is stiff. It wants to stay in a hoop shape, rather than makes that curves around your torso. And since there is extra belt material ahead of the buckle, it’s a bit of a challenge. So you’ve been advise – thread it onto your pants before you put them on. If you choose to do it the difficult way, that’s on you.
Once installed, adjusting can be a little challenge, depending on where it fits with your belt loops. If the hook and loop panel falls under a belt loop, it may take a little extra tinkering. Although this all might sound like a pain, it isn’t really. Just know that the initial setup is a little different than a typical belt.
Wearing the Tactical Gun Belt
Although I have had the Tactical Gun Belt for a while, I didn’t use it right away. I wanted to try out my new We The People holster with the same belt I had been using for a while. Then I switched to the new belt. Thanks to that bug that’s been going around, I have been working from home for well over a year and a half. Wearing pants hasn’t been a thing for much of that time. And really, I haven’t left the house all that much, other than to visit my FFL, or go shooting. But it didn’t take much time to determine that this was a belt I really liked.
Initially, I worried that the stiffness might be uncomfortable. But that was never the case, even in the car. The key seems to be making sure that there’s no slack. Once I got it adjusted correctly, it was fine. Too loose, and it hit my gut. I like tacos. I work from home now. You get the idea. But snugged up, there was no problem. It held my pistol (in a WTP holster) close to my side, and made drawing pretty effortless. None of that droopy belt, sloppy draw stuff.
Is it worth $85? Yes and no. Yes, because it’s heavy duty, built to last, and comes with a satisfaction guarantee, plus a lifetime warranty. No, because you don’t need to pay $85 for it. We The People runs some pretty good sales, so if you don’t need one right away, watch for the sale. If you’re on Facebook, follow them, and you’ll be informed. Or just visit them once, and Facebook will show their ads. Either way, if you’re patient, you don’t have pay full price. But it’s still worth it if you do. Check it out at wethepeopleholsters.com, where you’ll also find holsters (surprise!) clothing, hats, and even jerky. If you’re shopping for yourself or another enthusiasts, get some gifts and stocking stuffers all in one place.