Tired of shopping for belts at the local clothing stores, trying to find one that may or may not be durable or comfortable enough to support your firearm for extended periods of time or while moving about in your day to day activities? Sure, that belt on the rack looks nice, but will it stand up to the constant wear of your holster or will it eventually rip, tear, or snap as you drop into a kneeling position, jump out of a vehicle, or are forced to engage in physical contact with an assailant? Look no further my fellow shooters, the HSGI 1.5” Cobra Belt solves these problems and more!

The HSGI 1.5” Cobra Belt may not have been around during the days of Lt. Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, but I would like to believe that this would have been his belt of choice when saving us all from the New World Order. …Okay no more 1986 references, but we all know I had to do it!

This belt offers a blend between rugged style and practicality not just for avid shooters, but outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen alike. Its 1.5” profile allows for it to fit most clothing styles whereas older generations of tactical belts measured 1.75” and were only able to fit on tactical uniforms and gear. This makes it perfect for those who are looking to maintain a concealed EDC security profile at all times without having to limit their wardrobe options.

If running and gunning is more your style when it comes to slinging lead, then this belt is ready and willing to serve as a stable platform for your equipment. Holsters and pouches of all types required for combative and competition style shooting events are at home on the 1.5” platform, allowing agility and freedom of movement at a moment’s notice.

Quality of Workmanship

When it comes to quality of workmanship, you just can’t beat an HSGI product. Every product that I have ever purchased from them (dating back to 2005) is still just as operational as the day I received it…even after multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. The same cannot be said about most of their competitors. According to the company’s website, the Cobra 1.5” Belt is constructed of two layers of Type 13 webbing that is glued together (for added stiffness to prevent sagging) and sewn together using bonded 138 nylon thread.

HSGI stands behind all of their products and offers the following warranty to all original owners: HSGI products are fully warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, even after hard use, we will repair or replace it, at our discretion. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, IED, improper care, bullet holes, negligence, normal wear and tear, or the natural breakdown of materials over extended time and use. Damage not covered under warranty will be repaired for a reasonable rate and a fee will be charged for return shipping: http://www.hsgi.us/warranty.php

The Cobra Buckle System

Next up, let us take a look at the pros and cons of the Cobra Buckle System (originally designed to be quick release parachute buckles if that tells you anything about the quality and capability).
Let’s start with the Pros:

1. Quick to release the buckle with one hand in a hurry. Just press down on the two
small latches with your thumb and pointer finger and it comes undone!

2. Allows for operators to adjust the belt once and leave it set.

3. You won’t have to remove the equipment from your belt in order to unbuckle.

4. The buckle system will not stretch, bend, or break once the belt has been loaded down
with your gear (unlike department store leather or nylon belts that have flimsy buckles or latches made from low-quality materials).

And now for the Cons:

1. If you don’t like the sound of the reassuring “click” it makes when it secures then this
belt is not for you.

2. That is the only con (please note: if that is enough for you to not consider this belt,
then you probably shouldn’t be reading reviews of tactical equipment or doing much of anything outside of your home).

Belt Design

This belt is designed (as mentioned above) to be able to withstand excess gear without
buckling or bending under the weight of your gear, yet is comfortable enough to be worn all day even with a pair of slacks. I’ve personally worn this belt on many Executive Protection Details (EPD) in Afghanistan which required business casual and business professional attire to be worn. My belt was loaded down with a radio, pistol, medical kit, and multiple magazines yet I never once had an issue with comfort. This may just be my opinion, but if you can sport all of that while rocking a suit in a place like Afghanistan, then I fully believe that this belt is more than capable of meeting each and every one of your needs regardless of location. It also might be worth mentioning that this is the only belt that I have on deployment with me and I wear it every day as well as on every mission, yet fails to show even the slightest of wear.

The belt’s profile will work with most holster and equipment on the market today, be it clips, loops, or snap systems. This belt is also has the option to come with one inch “Loop” (the loop or female side of Velcro) so that you may attach other equipment, pouches, or utilize it with the HSGI Sure-Grip Padded Belt (See the “Cobra 1.75” Padded Belt Combo Review” for more details regarding this product).

Please note: It is highly recommended that the Sure-Grip Padded Belt is utilized with the 1.75” Cobra Belt offered by HSGI so that you have the most stable platform available. The 1.5” belt will work if you choose the Loop option, however, it is not the most ideal method, especially seeing as how the padded belt is designed for those shooters looking to increase their load capacity.

The only downside to this product is if it is to be used for serious low-profile operations. Any trained observer looking for the tell-tale signs of tactical equipment is going to take notice of a parachute buckle and nylon belt. This is the same concept that goes along with most companies out there that offer “Discrete Weapon Cases” yet they only come in tactical colors and have MOLLE webbing everywhere. Hell, some of these discrete cases even have magazine pouches on the outside! Seriously, go Google search them. One company to do it right when it comes to discrete cases is HSGI. For more on that product, please see my “HSGI Discrete Case Review). Other than that one issue mentioned above, this belt has no flaws and is absolutely amazing. Shooters need to keep in mind that a Black/Black combination will reduce the tactical signature greatly. So if keeping your signature low is priority, then I highly recommend going with that combination.

Color Variations

Let us briefly talk color variations. Those shooters who are not concerned with a lower
tactical signature, then HGSI offers three different buckle colors (Foliage Green, Black, Coyote) and four different belt colors (Black, Tan, Urban Grey, and Coyote Brown). I think this is great for shooters who wish to give their gear more of a personal touch, rather than just rocking a standard black or tan tactical belt.

Summary

I highly recommend HSGI products to everyone I meet that is looking for top notch
quality, simplicity, and durability. Whether you’re military, law enforcement, a competitive or recreational shooter, or someone who just likes to be outdoors, this belt will not let you down. I hope that you enjoyed my review and that it has helped you decide if this gear is right for you. If you have any questions regarding this product, please do not hesitate to contact me at mitch@onpointfirearms.com

Author Note: Mitch is a former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper and combat veteran with
multiple deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently operates as a Designated Defensive Marksman for an Executive Protection Detail in Afghanistan. When he is not deployed, he serves as the Director of Training at On Point Firearms in St. Petersburg, Florida.