The “Original Ratchet Gun Belt” is Born
We have been asked several times on how the “Original Ratchet Gun Belt" came to be. The RGB was conceived from not being able to find a CCW gun belt that was supportive, durable and comfortable. Every concealed carry gun belt that is on the market today was either way to stiff and uncomfortable or they weren’t supportive enough. Another problem with the standard gun belt is that it only adjusts in 1” increments so it was almost impossible to get just that right fit. An individual would either have to have their belt fitting too tight or too loose, which is a problem no matter how you look at it. So we set out to solve this problem, which started with the design and function of the RGB gun belt and its buckle. We needed to choose between types of leather and the functionality and reliability of a redesigned beefed up ratchet style buckle to accomplish what we wanted the final product to be.
With that said the choosing of the leather ended up to be quite a chore. We went through several merchants of fine top quality leathers before we got the very best in the industry. This was not an easy task to accomplish we only wanted the very best which meant that we could only use the top 5% of the hide. So besides the durability, support and comfort, we also wanted the gun belt to look great so an individual could wear it both for casual and dress.
When it came to the dying process we wanted to make sure that as the individuals wear the belt through time it would not show signs of wear, such as scratches and abrasions so we decided not to just do a top coat applied dye. We chose to use vat dying which soaks the dye completely through the leather. This way if the belt is scratched or scraped it does not show the original color of the leather and make the mark stand out. Again with the quality leathers that we use the dye does not weaken the composition of the leather as it does in lesser grades of leather. So our gun belt remains supportive and durable.
Now we know not everyone carries a lightweight firearm so we didn’t want to depend on the leather itself to support heavier items on the belt so we added a stiffener. This is not just any ordinary stiffener; it was specially formulated for us just to be used in our gun belts. It is quite supportive yet remains extremely flexible so it does not make the belt uncomfortable. Getting the right stiffener was not a easy task either we went through trial and error with many different types and materials until we finally found the right combination of support, durability and comfort and I truly believe that we found the perfect solution.
If you take the high-quality leather and the superb stiffener combined with quality craftsmanship you end up with the belt part of the Ratchet Gun Belt. The gun belt that not only delivers support and durability, it also gives the individual the comfort and style to last for years.
The ratchet buckle system was a whole new venture, we liked the idea of being able to adjust the fit by ¼” increments instead of the standard 1” increments, but the ratchet buckles that were available just weren’t to our standards and we needed to beef it up to support the weight and abuse that the every day carrier of a sidearm puts it through. So we studied the design and function and tweaked it so now the buckle will support just as much as the belt will handle, that includes holster, sidearm, magazine holder, etc.
The Ratchet Gun Belt at this point is coming together. Once the two pieces were matched up and assembled we knew that we had a winning combination. For the next six months after we assembled the Ratchet Gun Belt we tested it with everyday wear and found out that after a couple of days wearing that the RGB belt was everything that we had hoped it would be and more. Through out the testing, it was a very welcome feeling that something that we had worked on so hard for so long came out exceeding our expectations. I personally have worn it for over six months with a Sig Sauer 1911 in a Galco holster and single magazine holder on the belt with no discomfort and with all the support I will ever need. Not only that, it also looks good on, so now the individual is not standing out in the crowd with a tactical belt look, they have that finished look. At this point no one can tell the individual is carrying or not, with the fit of the RGB belt it will hold your sidearm and accessories close to your body as not to print that an individual is carrying. Yet the ratchet gun belt remains comfortable and looks just like a casual or dress belt.
I want to thank all of you that are showing interest in (or have purchased) “The Original Ratchet Gun Belt” and I do hope that you are considering purchasing one for yourself, family members or friends. We know that if you decide to purchase our RGB belt that you will not be disappointed. The quality of the leathers and craftsmanship far out cedes the majority of the gun belts on the market today and the comfort and style is worth its weight in gold alone, you just get the added bonus of the support and durability.
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From all of us here at “The Original Ratchet Gun Belt “ we want to thank you for supporting our product and we wish all of you a fantastic day.