A couple of months ago, a Kore leather gun belt showed up for review.

There are some interesting features on this belt worth noting.

While this is a leather belt, there is an insert that serves to reinforce the belt.  This keeps the belt in shape, adding just a bit of rigidity to the areas your holster and accessories could occupy.  Notice the photo of a standard leather belt and how the edges have rolled over, and the belt has been worn. The reinforcement core is there to prevent such folding over.

Notice the markings at the buckle; they are waist measurements. The belt is cut to fit  The standard belt will fit waist sizes from twenty-four to forty-four inches, with the XL fitting up to fifty-four inches.  You take your waist size, add about six inches, and cut on the measurement.  Once you get the end of the belt cut, the buckle secures with a toothed clam and two set screws. Once you get the buckle clamped and the set screws snug, the belt is essentially a single unit.

Kore has an excellent video on how to measure the belt.

Sewen into the belt is a forty position track that is adjustable a quarter-inch at a time,  This allows for very fine adjustments to get the belt snug enough to keep your gear secure but not so tight it is uncomfortable. Your carry gear, such as your belt and holster, is essential to keep your gear secure and carry comfortably. If your carry gear is unsecure or uncomfortable, it may cause some to leave their gun at home. Having a comfortable setup is more conducive for staying in the habit or reliably carrying your sidearm.

There are also Tactical gun belts available in many different colors with a myriad of different buckles that will interchange with either belt. The leather belts are nice enough to serve double duty as a dress belt. Kore also offers a larger inch and three-quarters duty type web belt that is more for range and duty carry, while the leather and tactical belts are an inch and a half, which would serve very well as everyday carry.  With a thirty-day money-back guarantee and a year warranty, if something doesn’t look or act right, Kore has your back.

Prices start at around sixty dollars for the reinforced leather or tactical belts, and buckles start around twenty dollars. Kore has plenty of options to fit your needs, so if you are in the market for a new belt or want an upgrade check out what they offer. Kore Essentials 



By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

4 thoughts on “Kore Gun Belt.”
  1. I have been a user of Kore belts for some time now. I had one leather and now two tactical that I rotate depending on my fashion choice for the day. Their original buckles only had the “jaws” to hold in place, but their newest ones have an improved “jaw” as well as two Allen screws for even stronger retention. The belts definitely hold their shape, not curl or sag like most leather belts do. But they are stiff. That metal reinforcement – the Kore if you will – isn’t flexible like traditional leather, so running it through your belt loops and gear takes some getting used to and possibly changes in the way you would normally do. For example, with my first Kore belt, I’d run it through the loop of my mag carrier, then through a belt loop on my pants, and then bend it back to slip through the second loop of the carrier. Over time, this caused the metal reinforcement to snap internally, and the belt began to stretch at that point. And as this was at the part of the belt with the “teeth” for securing the belt in the buckle, it soon made the belt useless. I’ve been more careful with my latest belts, not bending them as it is fitted through the loops and gear.

  2. I have been! Lots of changes in the past couple years but everything is so much better than before! Glad to see you’re doing well, too! One of these days we need to come up your way, drink some whisky and perform a little range alchemy.

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