Exclusive: A Holster and Gun Belt Value

Gun writers regularly hear questions such as: “What’s the best (insert gear type here)?” Or, “Should I buy a (insert manufacturer name here)? Regardless of the information sought, my answers usually start with, “It depends…” and then lead into a string of questions to help clarify intent or actual needs. Sometimes, however, the questions and answers are much more clear, as in, “What’s a really good value in a concealed carry holster?” I’ve got several answers for that one, but when I answer, I also emphasize the need for a sturdy gun belt, which of course adds to the total amount that needs to be spent. One very good holster/belt combination — and an excellent value — is the Galco Matrix M7X and the DeSantis EconoBelt. Together the MSRP’s for these two pieces of equipment total $61.94, less than the cost of some individual holsters or gun belts.

Galco M7X Matrix

DSC_8687A simple belt slide holster, the M7X Matrix affixes to a belt with two snap loops. While relatively little material actually holds the handgun, it does so firmly and with a custom fit — i.e., you order a specific M7X Matrix for a specific handgun. The snaps and belt loops pull the gun in tight and work with a gun belt to ensure stability of ride. And that’s it. The M7X Matrix offers no adjustments to cant or height or tightness on the gun. It’s easy-on, easy-off, and a secure ride, all for $35.95.

DeSantis EconoBelt

I paired up the Galco M7X Matrix with the DeSantis EconoBelt, a $25.99 gun belt that DeSantis says is their best-selling belt this year. It’s easy to see why: This basic but good-looking and functional belt is a rock-solid platform for a handgun holster. At 1-½ inches wide and about 3.5mm thick, it was a perfect match for the snap loops of the M7X Matrix. With its subdued black finish, the belt is comprised of bonded leather and other synthetic materials.

DSC_8689For gear that’s meant to securely carry a handgun and remain out of sight until absolutely needed, the Galco M7X Matrix and DeSantis EconoBelt accomplishes that well and answers the question, “What’s a good value in a holster and belt combination?”

— Mark Kakkuri

For more information on Galco and DeSantis, check out the Guns Magazine Product Index.

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