For handgun carry when you’re just going about your daily life, most people are not kitted out the same way they are when taking a defensive firearms course or when practicing those skills. Sweat pants and a t-shirt are more likely to be your clothes of choice for running errands or doing chores around the house and yard. You’re probably not going to be wearing a gun belt with this type of clothing. But shouldn’t you always wear a gun belt if you’re carrying a gun?

Myth Busting

The idea of always wearing a gun belt as part of your handgun carry is another old cliche that is nevertheless usually good advice. This became the way to carry in the days when people wore pure leather holsters and carried heavy full-size handguns. But today there are better synthetic materials for holsters and people are carrying many different models of lightweight defensive handguns. Wearing a gun belt is no longer your only choice.

Modern Options

CrossBreed Holsters makes bellybands that hold the gun securely against the wearer’s body. A bellyband is a good choice when wearing sweatpants or other loose, unstructured pants.

If you don’t like bellybands, some holsters can be modified to be worn without a belt. By replacing the standard clip with an Ulti Clip, the CrossBreed AIWB (Appendix Inside the Waistband) Holster can be worn without a belt. The Ulti Clip was specifically designed to be attached when the user is not wearing a belt. This is a good choice for jeans, cargo pants, and other pants that fit snugly and will hold the gun against your body.

Even if you usually wear a belt for handgun carry, investigate these alternatives for times when you can’t or don’t choose to wear a belt but still need to be armed.