What’s weird about gun belts is they are both a piece of fashion and utility. Whenever you lean towards one way or another, you sacrifice certain things. A fashionable belt that supports a gun is almost never perfect regarding comfortable carry. Your limited belt holes often give you that slightly too tight or too loose feeling, especially for IWB. However, when wearing formal clothes, you can’t get away with a tactical belt. If you lean closer to utility, you get something you can often customize the exact tightness level of the belt. These utility based belts may lack style, so they are better worn with an untucked shirt. Today we are leaning towards utility over fashion. Utility over comfort means fashion and the Blackbeard Peacekeeper belt is easily the most comfortable gun belts I’ve ever worn.
What Makes the Blackbeard Peacekeeper Different?
The first thing worth noting about the Blackbeard Peacekeeper is the fact there is no traditional buckle and no conventional belt holes. Instead, you have a ratchet buckle and ladder strap. The Peacekeeper offers users 9 inches of adjustment in quarter inch adjustments. This is where the comfort comes into play. You can ratchet the belt down just as far as you need to. The adjustments allow you to mix it up with a variety of different guns carried in a variety of different ways. For IWB carry it’s fantastic. With all the different weapons and holsters I test this has been an invaluable feature.
I can adjust it to accommodate my Glock 17 in a JM4 IWB, and then without issue switch to a P365 in a Clinger Holster and just tighten the belt down to adjust to the size difference. The ability to ratchet the Peacekeeper down to the ¼ inch is fantastic. I can get my belt just right for keeping my pants up and comfortably carrying my gun of choice.
Is the Ratchet buckle and ladder strap a weak point? I’ve tried with all my might to pull the ladder strap through the buckle. I couldn’t do it. It never releases or let’s go. I have full faith in it. However, should it ever break you can replace the ratchet or ladder strap with ease.
Wearing the Peacekeeper
The Blackbeard Peacekeeper has been my go-to EDC belt for over a month now. The only time I don’t wear it is when I’ve had to dress a little fancier. Nothing against the belt, but a ratchet buckle and ladder strap aren’t precisely fashionable with a shirt and tie. Day in and day out I’ve carried the belt with khakis, jeans, and it’s supported guns, knives, and more. The belt looks like leather, but its a polymer coated nylon.
Leather is excellent, but this polymer-coated nylon is more resistant to moisture, dirt, chemicals, and is hard to stain. It also doesn’t seem to bend and has remained stiff when worn. It doesn’t stretch at all, and it always looks new. To clean it you wipe down with a moist cloth cleans it off.
I love that the Peacekeeper never makes the gun dig into my body. It’s just tight enough to keep the gun in place and to stay comfortable.
When it came time for a good range day, I never felt the belt budge when I drew my gun. If a belt is too loose the weapon, holster and belt will slide upwards. If it’s tight, it may be uncomfortable. The Peacekeeper walks that fine line. It’s reliable for both IWB and OWB carry and drawing.
Who is it For?
It’s perfect if you are like me and carry big guns. I love my light bearing CZ P09, and that beast needs a helluva belt. This is that belt. It’s also an excellent choice for police officers, especially the plainclothes guys who don’t have a traditional duty belt. Lastly, our gun gamers out there will undoubtedly love the comfort and adjustability the Peacekeeper provides.
The Blackbeard Peacekeeper took a risk by doing something different, and in my opinion, it paid off. The Peacekeeper is a fantastic belt, and to me is a perfect low profile duty belt.
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