This article was written by Arthur G. Grant,VP Operations and Sales, PackinFurDefense and permission was given to post.
Well there are many quality gun belts; few are appropriate for wear with a high-line suit, such as a Hugo Boss, Armani or Jos. A. Banks. The Nexbelt Tactical Leather has the style, and with interchangeable buckles the versatility for a professionals wardrobe, with the necessary support for a concealed weapon worn either OWB or IWB.
Most gun belts are excessively rigid well failing to provide the necessary range of fit across many users CCW load out. When ordering one hope the holes will align to provide a proper, as well as comfortable fit, whether wearing a subcompact, compact or full size weapon IWB. Add a spare mag, or two worn IWB and getting the belt to fit can be difficult leading to poor weapons carriage or injury. Nexbelt allows 1/4 inch adjustments for the perfect fit. Taking a weapon off doesn’t require you to look like you’re undressing. Just covertly adjust the fit. (Great on long drives or after a big meal).
Improper belt fit is a matter of a fraction of inch, but the damage can be significant. As reported in men’s health http://www.menshealth.com/health/can-tight-belt-cause-any-physical-harm Tight-fitting belt increase abdominal pressure, making it difficult for gas and food to move downward. Russell Yang, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of gastrointestinal and liver diseases at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Said in the article Stomach acid goes back up, and you're more likely to suffer heartburn and acid reflux. A tight belt or waist also magnifies bowel discomfort and stomachaches.
- According to The Virginia Spine Institute Team, a belt that is too tight can lead to a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica. The symptoms are caused when the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve is compressed; this nerve supplies sensation in the anterior and lateral part of the thigh. Tight belts and clothing can lead to compression of this nerve and presents with numbness and burning pain in the front and outside of the thigh http://www.spinemd.com/news-philanthropy/loosen-up-your-clothes-and-belts-that-is
- Add a gun holster or magazine holster IWB and the pressure points from wearing a belt too tight can be pressure points that lead to injury elsewhere on the body. Much like acupressure a holster pinched against the hip at 3 O’clock can lead to an inflamed lower spine.
- A pain in the neck ... hips and back by Jonathan Kozlowski On Sep 3, 2010 http://www.officer.com/article/10168803/ergonomics-therefore-products
- The most common and apparently nearly inevitable trouble experienced by law enforcement officers is back pain. (and CCW’s) Tom Wiersma says discomfort impacts more than musculoskeletal pain (like back pain). He also considers impact to the nervous system, soft-tissue damage as well as circulatory system restrictions.
While back pain can be easy to detect, it may not be as simple to discover that a belt pulled too tight can put a strain on blood flow, yet the resulting leg cramp that follows can make that day shift feel like forever.
"Everybody has a nerve that runs up over the hip bone, over the front, that controls the muscles in your upper leg in the front and a nerve down the back -- the sciatic nerve. The typical duty belt winds up supporting itself on exactly those four points on your waist: the two points on your hip bone ... and on your lower back," says Chuck Buis, the product line manager for holsters and duty gear from Blackhawk.
Duckbill's Wiersma adds further explanation, "An over-tight belt not only abrades on the 31 pairs of nerve roots exiting the spinal column through spaces in the vertebra at the base of the spine, but also restricts the nourishing blood flow these nerves require if they are to communicate properly between the brain and lower extremities."
The Nexbelt Tactical Nylon series is much more flexible than competing belts for changing in and out of gear. Frequently the better known tactical gun belts possess buckles that make moving from OWB to IWB difficult. They also don’t provide sufficient depth to provide proper clip catch for hybrid IWB holsters such as the Crossbreed or Kydex holsters such to capture. The clip locking under the belt is what provides the counterforce to the holsters retention. A proper gun belt, properly fit provides that assured retention of the holster during a physical fight for our lives, or a draw were we are Conaning that gun from the holster with all the strength that fearing for one’s life can generate.
Carrying a gun, open or even more concealed can impact your health and wellbeing, it’s a both a fashion statement and a tool, it needs to be right, your life may depend on it. Nexbelt gunbelts possess all of the attributes of a top of the line gun belt, lateral stability to support the weight of the weapon, maintain proper orientation of the holster, well being micro adjustable for a healthy fit. The belt is so comfortable that most buyers wear the belt even if they are not wearing a gun. When they do wear their gun, they don’t feel like they are locked in a prison waist iron, comfort and effectiveness combined. Ergonomics and performance.
Arthur G. Grant
VP Operations and Sales, PackinFurDefense
Member NRA Business Alliance, NSSF, CRPA
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