Yes, there are far cheaper, Asian-made belts available. However, in the long run, ours are likely to save you money. There are times when the cheap-ass product will do just fine, but if you intend to actually use it, cartridge belts are not one them. The inexpensive belts from India and China (sold by various companies worldwide) are made using the cheapest possible materials by workers who have no idea what they are for. Pockets are frequently too small, flaps too short, snaps and eyelets are paper thin and tear out the first time they are used and the webbing can turn funky colors in the sunlight after a few hours. By comparison, our belts are every bit as tough as those issued by the US military in WWII. Why?
Our cartridge (and BAR) belts are assembled by our own staff in our shop in Columbia, KY using the best materials available. Each of our workers now has over 15 years experience making US field gear. The webbing is made on period shuttle looms and yarn dyed to match original WWII cloth. After cutting it to length, we apply the markings with stencils using water based ink, and heat cure it. Then the components are sewn with Coates brand Tex 110 cotton-wrapped thread- all pieces being spot checked repeatedly for correct size. (A .25 inch mistake can ruin a cartridge belt). Once sewn, the hardware is set. To punch the holes and press in the parts requires over 120 individual steps- again being inspected throughout the process. Our Lift-the-dots and snaps are genuine Scovil parts and our eyelets are custom made for us by Stimpson Eyelet Co. in New York. The buckles are specially cast by the Anchor Co. (All three were contractors during WWII.) One of the reasons the cheap belts fail is their lack of the special wide-flange grommets used to attach the field gear.
Size: Our belts will adjust large enough to fit a 43" waist. If you are larger, check the cartridge belt page for our extender belts.
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