ORDERING A BELT?
DO NOT order your waist size or pants size!
You MUST follow the measuring instructions before you order! Click here to read the FAQs!!!
Thanks, The Belt Man
How to Determine What Length Belt to Order
Measure a belt you have now from the FAR end of the buckle to the hole you use most often (to the nearest inch). This is the number I need (to the nearest inch). This measurement may be larger than you think your waist is -- this is normal. Also, do not measure a belt that stretches. We need to know your actual circumference.
If you don't have a belt (I've met a lot of guys that didn't) use a cloth tape measure. Put it through the belt loops on your pants and pull it a LITTLE snug. Note the measurement to the nearest inch. The belt that we make for you will be sized to the measurement that you submit from the tip of the buckle to the center fit hole (see image above).
A word about sizing: You are about to buy a dual layer gun belt made from a selection of several different leathers; bull hide, horse hide, or elephant, or a combination of two of them. Our belts are designed to be stiff and firm to support your side arms and other gear. They will do all of that very well, however, they will not defy gravity! If you hang a two pound pistol on ANY belt and don't buckle it up snugly enough, it's going to sag. (It's a leather belt, not a steel I-beam!) This should be remembered as you are choosing which hole in your current belt to measure to, especially if you are going to be carrying IWB. Put the gear on! Adjust it to the proper snugness for security and comfort. Look at which hole you are using and measure to THAT hole. The belt we make for you will be that length from the tip of the buckle to the center hole.
Many of our customers use the same belt for IWB carry and every day wear, whether they are carrying a holstered pistol or not. If this is what you have in mind, and you carry IWB often enough, and if the measurement is significantly different (2 inches or more), you can order a belt IN BETWEEN the two measurements. If you carry IWB every day, measure that way. If you don't carry IWB at all, measure normally as described above.
When I infrequently carry a 5 inch 1911 Colt IWB, I just let my every day belt out one 1-inch hole and rock on! I know people who, when carrying IWB, tighten their belt to a SHORTER hole than they usually wear it . . . (different strokes, eh?).
I know this is getting wordy and tedious, but you are going to have this belt a very long time. If there is any further confusion on this point, call me any time (1-919-387-1997) and we'll sort it out.