hoosing the right gun belt can be a tricky thing. There's soo many options in the market these days. For some time I had been looking for one that would fulfil the following criteria:
- Velcro to attach to an under belt so the belt doesn't move around while moving
- AustriAlpin COBRA® buckle for easy on-off
- Vertical MOLLE channels so pouches and other equipment stay in place
- Slim-enough height wise so the belt doesn't restrict movement
- Slim-enough thickness wise so it doesn't add bulk to the waist and block chest rig or plate carrier
- Rigid-enough so it carries equipment without flopping, flexible-enough so it adapts to body movement
My top candidates for belts that fit these requirements originally were:
- Eagle Industries Operator Gun Belt
- Tyr Tactical Gunfighter Belt Kit
- First Spear AGB + AGB Sleeve
However I quickly dropped out First Spear as an option as in the end it would've added too much bulk to my waist. Then I started looking for the other two options but quickly I found out that it would be pretty hard to obtain either in Europe unless I made a bigger order to US, which I didn't want to do. That's when I started looking for substitutes and ran into Frog.Pro Cobra Operator Belt, which was locally available.
The belt checks all the boxes and is actually pretty cool now that I've had the chance to try it out.
Frog.Pro is an italian custom MIL/LE equipment manufacturer with a decade in business and their equipment is tested in real operations. They produce their stuff using quality materials such as: InVista Cordura, Crye Precision patterns, YKK zippers, ITW Nexus clips etc and provide life-time warranty for defects or workmanship in materials.
The FROG.PRO COBRA Operator Belt is great if you're looking for something that can fulfil many roles and features MOLLE for attaching equipment. It's 1-1/2" in height so you can also use it as a trouser belt as well as a gun belt.
The inner of the belt is made of a semi-rigid scuba webbing providing the right amount of rigidness, which is wrapped in two layers of webbing in the color of your choosing.
To secure the belt you've got an AustriAlpin COBRA® D-ring buckle with a breaking load of 18 kN (1835 kgf).
The D-ring, with a breaking load of 22 kN (2243 kgf), you can be use as a Personal Retention Lanyard or other accessories for rappelling or emergency. Who knows if I'll ever have real use for it but at least I can hang my gloves from it.
They only thing I dislike a bit is the inner velcro that's white, or "neutral" as Frog.Pro puts it. I'm pretty picky about my color schemes. However it certainly has a really great grip and pairs really well with the velcro under belt I also purchased. Apparently the velcro is Ultra-Mate® velcro.
Before purchasing and getting to play around with the belt I was a little sceptical of the PALS system that is built with a proprietary composite fabric named LAHYCO® which is made of Hypalon® and Cordura® 500D. The attachment points are laser cut into the LAHYCO material and are pretty tight (as you'd want) but surprisingly easy to slide malice clips etc through them. Supposedly the material also has great physical and mechanical characteristics. After attaching my pouches I have to say it does seem really sturdy and the look & feel of how it's cut is growing on me.
The belt seems like a great option if you're looking for a gun belt. Initial testing on the shooting range seemed positive, combining the belt with Frog.Pros under-belt I hardly noticed I was wearing it but I still have to put it through some use to make a final call.
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