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Holster Review: The Ghost Belt
« on: October 29, 2011, 02:37:20 PM »
This is a copy of the review I wrote for Buddy (creator of the ghost belt http://www.ghostbelt.com/ ) after testing the product for a week with my Glock 22 .40 cal.

Prelude:

During the entire testing period my Glock 22 was carried by me in condition one with a snap cap safety round loaded to guard against any accidental mis-fires and a full 15 round clip loaded into the gun to better represent the weight of a fully loaded fire arm.

A fully loaded 15rnd magazine was also carried in the spare magazine pouch of the sake of completeness and test how the additional weight would effect the carry. I wore the Ghost Belt during the day all day for seven days straight, only removing it when I showered or went to bed in order to get the most possible experience with the holster.

Safety:

Perhaps most importantly I should mention the safety of the ghost belt. I noticed early on when worn, the zipper of the ghost belt pistol compartment makes natural trigger guard over my Glock 22 trigger area, preventing anything from accidentally triggering the pistol. During the entire week I had zero accidental triggering on the loaded snap cap, and found the Ghost Belt to be a safe and secure holster as long as it is worn. (During this week I did house work, went shopping and other regular activities)

When taken off however, the material naturally sags a bit and allows easy access to the trigger, allowing someone to take off the belt and quickly fire through it without difficulty if need be. This does pose a small safety concern however with a Glock model given if one picks up a holstered Glock carelessly then they could accidentally trigger a shot.

Comfort:

Over all the Ghost Belt fits surprisingly well, and when sitting stationary it's easy to forget I even have it on. When moving around doing house work I did find however the heavier weight of a fully loaded Glock did make for a bit of uncomfortable movement against my side that made the pistol feel somewhat insecure. (This was partially alleviated by tightening the Ghost Belt more securely around my waist, although it still felt a little "insecure" compared to other holsters.)

Concealment:

Due to the large profile and heavy weight of a Glock 22 concealment was negligible from the Ghost Belt, as the outline of the handgun could be easily seen through the material and this same outline printed distinctly underneath clothing as a definite "gun" of some sort. This could be hidden by a sweatshirt or jacket, but in the warm summer weather such heavy clothing looked out of place. (I disguised it when going outside by tying a sweater around my waist, which worked well to conceal the weapon at the expense of accessibility.

Rapid Access:

The large size of my Glock 22 made for a moderately tight fit within the holster, and accessing in a hurry proved to be pretty much impossible. (7-10 seconds on average from "go" signal to having the weapon securely pointed at a target.) Re-holstering took both hands and almost 30 seconds to properly position the pistol in the holster so the trigger guard would be covered by the zipper and it would not flap about during movement.

Conclusion:

For a full sized handgun the Ghost Belt felt a size too small, with many of the advantages it would likely provide a smaller pistol (concealment, easy access, etc..) being lost on the larger weapon due to it's bulk and weight. While I'm sure the Ghost Belt would be an excellent product for compact pistols and those designed for CC, when using a full size auto, the Ghost Belt unfortunately, is not the right holster choice.
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Re: Holster Review: The Ghost Belt
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011, 12:33:09 PM »
A very honest and objective review.

Would the product work, in your opinion, equally well with a small revolver; for example, a S&W 642 or Ruger LCR?
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Re: Holster Review: The Ghost Belt
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 03:01:01 PM »
Absolutely, anything smaller then a full sized handgun should work very well. I think on the ghost belt website Buddy has a video review in which he uses a small revolver to demonstrate the ghost belt.
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Re: Holster Review: The Ghost Belt
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 09:17:11 PM »
I looked at the pics on the web site, and everyone screamed GUN to me, with the outlines clearly visible.

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Re: Holster Review: The Ghost Belt
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 09:21:03 PM »
I think the concept is to toss a open shirt/jacket on over the belt to break up the profile so it looks more like a pager/cellphone etc..
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