BlackHawk Instructors Gun Belt
The BlackHawk Instructors Gun Belt is crafted from 1.75-inch-wide webbing that has a 7,000-pound tensile-strength rating. A Kydex stiffener is sandwiched inside the belt to help support the pistol and other equipment. To keep things secure, BlackHawk uses a parachute-grade buckle and adapter plus a hook-and-loop fastener on the running end. True, the black Instructors Gun Belt looks a bit “gunny” and may NOT be the best choice for everyday, around-town wear. But, on the range or under a covering garment, the Instructors Gun Belt will support all your gear in fine style.
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DeSantis Gun Belts
Gene has been offerings quality concealment holsters at a very reasonable price, and his company’s line of belts are a continuation of this tradition. The DeSantis 1.5-inch-wide Plain Lined Belt I tested was tan in color and sported a brass buckle. (This same design is also available in black with a nickel buckle.) Variations can be had in 1.25- or 1.75-inch-wide models and with decorative stitching.
I used the DeSantis Plain Lined Belt with a Glock 19 pistol, and as expected, all went well. The inner suede lining keeps the belt from moving about on the pants, which speeds up draw times. A lined DeSantis Econobelt model crafted from bonded leather is also available—and it, too, hit the spot.
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CrossBreed Instructor Belt
CrossBreed is perhaps best known for its very comfortable SuperTuck holster, but they also turn out some topnotch belts. For something a little different, I took a look at their new Instructor Belt. The CrossBreed Instructor Belt is a buckleless design made of two layers of top-grain cowhide. The layers are stitched together, cross-grain from each other, using recessed stitching for protection against surface abrasions. My finished belt was 1.5 inches wide and just under 0.25 inches thick. The brown basket-weave finish looks very sharp, and this belt has quickly become a favorite. It is also the perfect companion for my SuperTuck holster and Kahr K9. For users who prefer total concealment, CrossBreed sells a Velcro-Kit to better camouflage your pistol under a tucked shirt.
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Galco Contour Belt
Galco’s Concealable Contour Belt is just the ticket for going armed in polite society. This 1.5-inch-wide belt tapers in the front, down to 1 inch. To the casual observer, it looks very much like a high-end dress belt. This belt is rendered from premium saddle leather, and the nickel-plated solid-brass buckle is another classy touch. Without question, the rounded contour of this belt enhances user comfort over the course of a long day. Throughout my evaluation, both gun and magazine pouch stayed put, and draw times were very fast.
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Galco Sport Belt
For consumers who prefer a wider belt there’s the Galco Sport Belt, also crafted from premium saddle leather. My copy is 1.75 inches wide and includes a solid-brass buckle. The Galco Sport Belt is also available in a 1.5-inch-wide version or with decorative stitching. My 1.75-inch copy proved to be the ideal mate for my heavy 4-inch N-Frame revolvers.
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Galco Instructors Gun Belt
Although retired from active service, I still work as a law enforcement trainer a few days every week, and just about all of it’s on the range. A service-size handgun, spare magazines and flashlight are all part of my everyday gear, and I need a heavy-duty belt to accommodate it.
Of late, I have been utilizing a Galco Instructors Belt Reinforced with a 1.75-inch width. This belt is made of Type B nylon webbing and has an internal polyurethane reinforcement insert for maximum rigidity. It also includes a drop-forged parachute-spec buckle finished in Robar’s corrosion-resistant Roguard.
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------------------------------- Concealed Carry Facts ------------------------
Concealed carry, or CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed or hidden manner, either on one's person or in close proximity. While most law enforcement officers carry their duty pistol in a visible holster, some officers, such as plainclothes detectives or undercover agents, carry their pistols in concealed holsters. In some countries and jurisdictions, some civilians are legally able or obliged to carry concealed handguns.
Concealed carry is legal in most jurisdictions of the United States. A handful of states and jurisdictions severely restrict or ban it, but all jurisdictions make provision for legal concealed carry via a permit or license, or via constitutional carry. Illinois was the last state to pass a law allowing for concealed carry, with license applications available on January 5, 2014. Most states that require a permit have "shall-issue" statutes, and if a person meets the requirements to obtain a permit, the issuing authority (typically, a state law enforcement office such as the state police) must issue one, with no discretionary power given. California, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. have "may-issue" statutes and may (or may not) issue permits to carry if a person meets the requirements to obtain one. However, in Massachusetts, New York, and California, the issuance of the permit is dependent on county. It is generally seen that in those states, the issuing is permissive in rural and certain urban and suburban counties but generally restrictive in places like Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. States with may-issue statutes typically allow authorities (usually, the county sheriff or police chief in the jurisdiction) to issue permits based upon a demonstrated need, such as a job requiring the transport of large sums of money. Retired police officers, judges, and federal agents also may cite a need based on personal security. In practice, the subjective element means that rural jurisdictions typically award many more carry permits than urban ones, including states such as Illinois and California.
Concealed-carry recognition by state.
Further complicating the status of concealed carry is recognition of state permits under the laws of other states. The Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution pertains to judgments and other legal pronouncements such as marriage and divorce rather than licenses and permits that authorize individuals to prospectively engage in activities. There are several popular combinations of resident and nonresident permits that allow carry in more states than the original issuing state; for example, a Utah nonresident permit allows carry in 25 states. Some states, however, do not recognize permits issued by other states to nonresidents of the issuing state: Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Some other states do not recognize any permit from another state: California, Connecticut, Oregon Hawaii, Illinois (under its new law), Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, or Washington D.C..
Legislative efforts to resolve the issue have been made but are generally met with protests that doing so would undermine the right of a state to hold residents to higher standards than a neighboring state.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices. State and local governments are limited to the same extent as the federal government from infringing this right per the incorporation of the Bill of Rights.
The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.
In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government. In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a "reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia."
In the twenty-first century, the amendment has been subjected to renewed academic inquiry and judicial interest. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that held the amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court clarified its earlier decisions that limited the amendment's impact to a restriction on the federal government, expressly holding that the Fourteenth Amendment applies the Second Amendment to state and local governments to the same extent that the Second Amendment applies to the federal government. In Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016), the Supreme Court reiterated its earlier rulings that "the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding" and that its protection is not limited to "only those weapons useful in warfare".