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What is the longest you have worn a leather CCW belt on a daily basis before you had to retire it?
 
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I don't know, because the Kramer double thick horsehide belt I bought about 15 years ago is still going strong. I'm sure someday it will no longer be serviceable, but that day is a long way off.


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My oldest good belt is from The Beltman. It's only about 10 years old with no end in sight. I do rotate wear nowadays with a Wilderness Tactial and another leather gunbelt in a different color, so between all of them, I doubt I'll need to buy anymore belts for another 10 years unless it's a nice dress belt which I don't have.



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I've got 25 years on my BIANCHI double stitch 1.75" belt. It's been my only daily use belt. Originally tan but I stained it black. Unfortunately, it's no where near as stiff as it was originally. Last year I bought a new BIANCHI (aka SAFARILAND) belt.

In one year the new belt wasn't any better than the old belt. They don't make them like they used to, so I went back to the old belt.


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My Ex bought a DeSantis belt for me many years ago. Never wore it out but got too fat to wear it. Then went to a Spec-Ops nylon belt. Same situation occurred.
Now wearing a Hanks belt. I may be able to wear it at my funeral.


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My 10 year old Beltman looks like there is a lot more life in it.
I put some Obenauf's on it every year or so.
 
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I've got 2 Beltman belts, 1.5" and 1.25", that I've been using for probably 6-7 years with minimal care and they're nowhere near retirement.



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I have had a Beltman for 12 years and it still looks and works good.
 
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Like others I buy only double thick (2 layer) belts. They are made for carry. Mine hold up very well except I found that the newer molded plastic holster will fray stitching. I went back to leather. I get about 3 years before I need to have leather smith redo stiffen belt. Chris
 
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15 years on my gun belt, made by Wild Bill
It is as good now as when purchased
 
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I have leather gun belts that are 12 years old, with only minimal wear on the edges from hard plastic holster loops, and the occasional scuff on the body.

Nylon gun belts tend to last for fewer years, since the edges (especially at the front of the tongue) will begin to fray, and the velcro starts to come unstitched. But even then, you're looking at 6ish years of frequent use before they start to wear out.
 
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2-3 years for me. I'm very hard on belts. They end up warping.


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I’ve got a sharkskin Rafter S belt that has seen a lot of use since I got it in 2005 or 2006.

Still looks almost like new.

Unfortunately they shut down several years ago.




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I've got some Mitch Rosen belts that are 20+ yrs. old and just got replaced. The belts are still good, but I've lost 4" off my waist in the past 3 years. Had to buy a new 36" belt! LOL
 
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I have a horsehide belt from Wild Bill's Concealment that is 17 years old. I have worn it almost daily since I bought it new. Got as a set with a holster and mag pouch for a Glock 36. The 36 didn't work out but the belt was worth the investment. Still going strong.
 
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I wear a belt i got from comp tac in 2005 every day, with little signs of wear
 
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Slight side track for this excellent belt question...does anyone know if it's possible to DIY stiffen a limp leather belt?


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Mike at Armour made my belt.
My life expectancy is probably shorter than his stuff. Smile
 
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Nylon gun belts tend to last for fewer years, since the edges (especially at the front of the tongue) will begin to fray, and the velcro starts to come unstitched. But even then, you're looking at 6ish years of frequent use before they start to wear out.


I have three Wilderness Tactical belts. One is my work belt which sees 40+ hours per week with a tool load that's heavier than any CCW setup. The other two keep my pants up when I'm not at work. So far it's been 10 years with no belt maintenance what so ever.


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