Best 1911 Gun Belt

The 1911 is one of the most popular guns ever sold, and with good reason. Developed all the way back in the early 1900s by the genius John Moses Browning, it is one of the most copied firearms that has ever existed. Well over 100 years later, it’s now available in a host of different calibers ranging from 22lr and .380 ACP to 38 Super, 9mm Luger, and the all-important .45 Auto. There are even a few floating around in the .357 Magnum cartridge.

While nobody in their right mind would carry one of Colt’s original 1911s out for self-defense (because they can be worth a small fortune) there are several different examples from countless companies to choose from. But, that can be a topic for another day.

My name is Josh and I have carried a 1911 on and off for years. While I usually opt for a smaller carry gun these days, I still do carry one a few times per year. Carrying a full-sized pistol like this has its own set of difficulties to overcome.

If there is one thing that many of the full-sized guns have in common, it’s that they’re heavy. The 1911 in particular is an all-metal pistol that can even be heavier than other guns of similar size. Because they’re heavier, they need an especially sturdy mode of carrying. This not only means that you need a good holster but also a good 1911 gun belt.

The best 1911 gun belt has a few features making it suitable to carry a heavy gun, as well as anything else you want to put on your waistline.

First, your belt needs to be sturdy. Remember, your gun weighs a lot. The last thing you want to happen is for it to roll outward or sag down. Many of the belts advertised to gun carriers aren’t suitable to carry a heavy gun like a 1911.

Second, depending on your holster and your mode of carrying, you want a belt that looks good. If there is any chance that you’ll open carry your 1911 to church next Sunday, you won’t want to use one of those nylon-style belts. We may be biased, but leather is the best belt material that will last as long as you do, and then some.

Best 1911 Gun Belts:

The best gun belts are the ones that are sturdy and won’t sag or roll out. The JM4 Tactical Double Shot and Ranger belts fit that bill nicely. Here is a brief overview of each:

Double Shot

The Double Shot Gun Belt is our flagship belt that consists of two layers of Grade A Steerhide. Each belt is hand-dyed in your choice of color, hand-beveled, and stitched together for you in your measurements when you place the order.

The Double Shot is our heavier-duty belt that’d go great with your 1911, and it’s the one I choose to use when I carry mine. They’re available in two different colors and two different widths.

The Ranger

The Ranger is our newest release. It’s essentially a dress belt on steroids. Much like the other belts we sell, it consists of two layers of Grade A Steerhide that are hand-dyed, hand-beveled, and stitched together. The reason why we use two layers is it gives added strength to the belt without using any gimmicks or tricks that will fail over time.

There are two different thicknesses of The Ranger Leather Gun Belts, so make sure you get the one you’re after. For the heavier 1911s, the thicker one is the sturdier of the two.

You can find out more about all of our Leather Gun Belts when you push that link.