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Mack
04-29-2020, 09:26 AM
We have been away from PF for a while and since posting our thread about the new Limited Edition AIR belts we have had a lot of questions about the Mastermind Belts. I wanted to take a moment and share a bit about them for those that have questions. I will also post a link to some information about the company history from inception to present sometime later today.

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Specs:

1.5 Black Mil-W-17337 Berry compliant nylon webbing construction with nylon scuba webbing core

-The construction of the Specialist provides the ideal blend of strength and comfort, being rigid enough to support all your gear but flexible enough for all day comfort.

1.5 US made steel buckle on PRO / 1.5 US made nylon buckle on AIR

-The low-profile buckle options not only give you the most available space for all of your carry gear but does away with a bulky, uncomfortable buckle.

Specialized high cycle-life loop

-The Specialist belt has an optimized hook-and-loop closure that combines a carefully crafted tail section with a high cycle-life loop that will outlast any other hook-and-loop closure. The hook-and-loop closure means that the Specialist Pro is infinitely adjustable within the adjustment range.

Chemically stiffened belt end

-The end of the belt tail is stiffened which makes it easier to thread through belt loops and holster/sheath attachments.

Handmade in the US

-Every Mastermind Tactics belt is handmade in our small workshop. Unlike those who use contract manufacturing we make our goods ourselves from start to finish, ensuring the highest levels of quality and at the same time allowing us to offer our belts at unbeatable prices.

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RoyGBiv
04-29-2020, 11:32 AM
I'm ready to give up waiting for a green version and just get the black....

After reading the AIR thread and the Website.... I find myself asking...
Is the only difference between the PRO and AIR the steel buckle vs Nylon buckle?

FYI... the references to the cycle life on the loop on the AIR page says "Pro". Might want to update that.
https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop/specialist-pro-csck2

Thanks! :cool:

Mack
04-29-2020, 12:06 PM
I'm ready to give up waiting for a green version and just get the black....

After reading the AIR thread and the Website.... I find myself asking...
Is the only difference between the PRO and AIR the steel buckle vs Nylon buckle?

FYI... the references to the cycle life on the loop on the AIR page says "Pro". Might want to update that.
https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop/specialist-pro-csck2

Thanks! :cool:


The only difference is the buckle. We found through the years when having a belt come with a polymer or metallic buckle respectively we always had people asking for the other option. We decided simply to make the belt available with both buckle options and let people pick which one would work best for them. FWIW I prefer the polymer buckle myself and have it on all of my Specialists.

We do not have any current plans to offer a green colorway however like the AIR on occasion we will have some limited release colors. The reason for eliminating color choices has to do with cost and not having any options for color or camo it allows us to reduce material costs which then can be passed along to the consumer. So in essence by not stocking colors other than black we can make the Specialist cheaper in price which conforms to the old Mastermind paradigm or high quality at affordable prices.

Thanks for pointing out the typo I will take care of that.

Guerrero
04-29-2020, 12:09 PM
...We do not have any current plans to offer a green colorway however like the AIR on occasion we will have some limited release colors. The reason for eliminating color choices has to do with cost and not having any options for color or camo it allows us to reduce material costs which then can be passed along to the consumer. So in essence by not stocking colors other than black we can make the Specialist cheaper in price which conforms to the old Mastermind paradigm or high quality at affordable prices...

Makes sense to me now. I wish I could justify buying more, but I haven't worn out my first two yet!

RoyGBiv
04-29-2020, 03:03 PM
Is sizing same as Graith???
I lost a bunch of weight since buying my Graith.... It's in great condition, but long now.



The only difference is the buckle. We found through the years when having a belt come with a polymer or metallic buckle respectively we always had people asking for the other option. We decided simply to make the belt available with both buckle options and let people pick which one would work best for them. FWIW I prefer the polymer buckle myself and have it on all of my Specialists. Thanks for confirming.


We do not have any current plans to offer a green colorway however like the AIR on occasion we will have some limited release colors. The reason for eliminating color choices has to do with cost and not having any options for color or camo it allows us to reduce material costs which then can be passed along to the consumer. So in essence by not stocking colors other than black we can make the Specialist cheaper in price which conforms to the old Mastermind paradigm or high quality at affordable prices. It's silly, really, that I prefer a non-black belt.... Silly, since nobody ever sees it except my wife. I'm trying to get over it. :o
I completely understand scale.... So.. I was more lamenting than complaining... Totally understandable... No worries.
Was biding my time hoping for Foliage Green... or Orange... A little disappointed I took a pass on the Shivworks color scheme.


Thanks for pointing out the typo I will take care of that.I typo all the time.

Mack
04-29-2020, 03:38 PM
Makes sense to me now. I wish I could justify buying more, but I haven't worn out my first two yet!

I am happy to hear they are still going strong! Conventional hook and loop can last a long time if taken care but like any hook and loop product it will eventually wear out. The new hook and loop, specifically the loop portion will last as long as you can expect such a product too. We use the same stuff that is used on prosthetic and medical devices so it should outlast normal hook and loop products by a significant margin.


Is sizing same as Graith???
I lost a bunch of weight since buying my Graith.... It's in great condition, but long now.


Thanks for confirming.

It's silly, really, that I prefer a non-black belt.... Silly, since nobody ever sees it except my wife. I'm trying to get over it. :o
I completely understand scale.... So.. I was more lamenting than complaining... Totally understandable... No worries.
Was biding my time hoping for Foliage Green... or Orange... A little disappointed I took a pass on the Shivworks color scheme.



Yes the sizing will be the same as the Graith Specialist belt. I will attach a link to our detailed sizing instructions for anyone that may wish to reference it. Also if anyone has any questions about sizing please do not hesitate to shoot us a PM or an email.

We do not have any plans for a foliage or high viz color on deck. If anyone wants product updates you can sign up for our newsletter on our site which where all new product releases, promos, and info will be released first.

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/detailed-sizing-instructions

Medusa
04-29-2020, 05:00 PM
I dont mean to be a fan girl, but i just wanted to say these are great belts and I use one every day. Long may they be available.

Mack
04-30-2020, 04:00 PM
I dont mean to be a fan girl, but i just wanted to say these are great belts and I use one every day. Long may they be available.

We are happy to hear it! Thank you for the feedback and your support we appreciate it very much.

J0hnny
04-30-2020, 06:15 PM
Based on all the excellent reviews I ordered a Specialist AIR LE and just got shipping confirmation. Even though I swore off velcro (Wilderness 5 stich) I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Mack
05-01-2020, 08:30 AM
Based on all the excellent reviews I ordered a Specialist AIR LE and just got shipping confirmation. Even though I swore off velcro (Wilderness 5 stich) I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Thanks for the support, we appreciate it very much! Over the years we have a lot of customers make the switch from riggers style belt to a Specialist. It should prove to be a much different experience than your other belt.

RoyGBiv
05-01-2020, 08:58 AM
Based on all the excellent reviews I ordered a Specialist AIR LE and just got shipping confirmation. Even though I swore off velcro (Wilderness 5 stich) I'm looking forward to trying this out.

My older Graith has had far more Velcro life than my 5-stitch (sent in for replacement after less than 2 years).
And I've never had to flame melt the Graith to keep the nylon from unraveling from the Velcro abrasion, like my 5-stitch.
And it weighs noticeably less than the 5-stitch.

GJM
05-01-2020, 09:08 AM
Since receiving my Specialist Duty last September, I have worn it every day. Are more available?

J0hnny
05-01-2020, 12:15 PM
My older Graith has had far more Velcro life than my 5-stitch (sent in for replacement after less than 2 years).
And I've never had to flame melt the Graith to keep the nylon from unraveling from the Velcro abrasion, like my 5-stitch.
And it weighs noticeably less than the 5-stitch.

I have the Ti version (not sure if they make that anymore) the standard version is just too heavy. I've sent the buckle in for new webbing a couple times, I'm just over all the clanging putting it on or taking it off.

Mack
05-01-2020, 02:39 PM
Since receiving my Specialist Duty last September, I have worn it every day. Are more available?

I am glad to hear it is serving you well! We do not have plans to bring it or a similar belt back under Mastermind at this time.

Mack
05-05-2020, 09:27 AM
For anyone that has been thinking about picking up any MMT Specialist we are currently running a limited time FREE US shipping promo.

Use the following code out checkout: FS20

J0hnny
05-05-2020, 10:56 AM
Is the limited edition gone? I was hoping to pick up a spare just cause Im like that

Mack
05-05-2020, 02:26 PM
Is the limited edition gone? I was hoping to pick up a spare just cause Im like that

Yes the Tan 499 Limited Edition AIR has sold out. We have no plans of re-stocking this particular belt however we will have other limited edition Specialists in the future.

For anyone that may be interested in seeing the Limited Edition colorways or new products as soon as they are up on our site please sign up for our newsletter to be notified via email on our homepage.

jeep45238
05-05-2020, 06:55 PM
I'm really enjoying my specialist - some feedback though, it's a bitch to get the belt to feed back through the buckle to undo it since it's a near interference fit between the buckle and the width of the webbing that goes through it. If there's a way to give a slight pass to 'melt' the webbing edge a bit and/or enlarge the interior of the buckle (tail side only), it would be perfect for me as an AIWB belt.

Mack
05-06-2020, 08:28 AM
I'm really enjoying my specialist - some feedback though, it's a bitch to get the belt to feed back through the buckle to undo it since it's a near interference fit between the buckle and the width of the webbing that goes through it. If there's a way to give a slight pass to 'melt' the webbing edge a bit and/or enlarge the interior of the buckle (tail side only), it would be perfect for me as an AIWB belt.

Thanks for the reaching out we appreciate hearing your feedback.

In regard to the difficulty experienced when threading the tail through the buckle and over the center bar; this is by design that it is not easy. The Specialist Pro was designed as the name states for professional use and the number one piece of feedback that we have had over the years is that more active retention of the tail was desired (over the previous Graith Specialist with cast brass buckle). The Specialist Pro is one of the most if not the most secure hook and loop closure low profile belts around.

The buckle on the pro was selected for a number of reasons, the number one reason outside of being small is the narrow interior dimensions and the sharp angular corners, this makes for a buckle that interacts with the tail in the desired manner which is giving it the most retention possible. Additionally mil-spec webbing believe it or not is not very consistent from lot to lot, from mill to mill, or even color to color, so this buckle allows for the variation in material width but also the turn of cloth when dealing with varying thicknesses of webbing.

If you wish to have a belt that is easier and quicker to put on and take off I would suggest looking into an AIR, they are the same belt with the exception of the buckle. The buckle on the AIR is a very strong polymer and for how it will be used in a belt is just as durable as the steel but it is easier to thread on and off because of the reduction of friction both because of the material but also because it features rounded surfaces on the interior of the buckle. There are also friction ridges molded onto each bar of the buckle which allow the buckle to retain the webbing, and when combined with the construction of the Specialist tail offers a high amount of retention, not as much as the PRO but a lot more than most any other low profile buckles out there.

Although we do not recommend it for anyone that decides they do not need active retention of the tail you can skip threading the tail over the center bar on either belt, it is much easier but this means that you are relying on the hook and loop closure only.

Guerrero
05-06-2020, 08:51 AM
Thanks for the reaching out we appreciate hearing your feedback.

In regard to the difficulty experienced when threading the tail through the buckle and over the center bar; this is by design that it is not easy. The Specialist Pro was designed as the name states for professional use and the number one piece of feedback that we have had over the years is that more active retention of the tail was desired (over the previous Graith Specialist with cast brass buckle). The Specialist Pro is one of the most if not the most secure hook and loop closure low profile belts around.

The buckle on the pro was selected for a number of reasons, the number one reason outside of being small is the narrow interior dimensions and the sharp angular corners, this makes for a buckle that interacts with the tail in the desired manner which is giving it the most retention possible. Additionally mil-spec webbing believe it or not is not very consistent from lot to lot, from mill to mill, or even color to color, so this buckle allows for the variation in material width but also the turn of cloth when dealing with varying thicknesses of webbing.

If you wish to have a belt that is easier and quicker to put on and take off I would suggest looking into an AIR, they are the same belt with the exception of the buckle. The buckle on the AIR is a very strong polymer and for how it will be used in a belt is just as durable as the steel but it is easier to thread on and off because of the reduction of friction both because of the material but also because it features rounded surfaces on the interior of the buckle. There are also friction ridges molded onto each bar of the buckle which allow the buckle to retain the webbing, and when combined with the construction of the Specialist tail offers a high amount of retention, not as much as the PRO but a lot more than most any other low profile buckles out there.

Although we do not recommend it for anyone that decides they do not need active retention of the tail you can skip threading the tail over the center bar on either belt, it is much easier but this means that you are relying on the hook and loop closure only.

Mack,

Although I shouldn't be, I'm always surprised at the amount of thought/design that you packed into your products. That's some quality stuff, right there.

SAWBONES
05-06-2020, 06:14 PM
I'm really enjoying my specialist - some feedback though, it's a bitch to get the belt to feed back through the buckle to undo it since it's a near interference fit between the buckle and the width of the webbing that goes through it.


That's the very feature combination I most appreciate in the Specialist.

The close fit between the metal buckle and the polymer belt material makes the stability of the "closed" belt almost absolute, since it's far more dependent on friction than on the tail staying in place via hook-and-loop adhesion.

It takes a little extra trouble to thread the belt through the metal buckle, but if you like the belt tight, as I do (for enhanced concealment in AIWB), it provides for a more solid lock than does the polymer buckle, which, while looser and quicker to thread, doesn't grab the belt tail as strongly, and it can slip backward prior to engaging the hook-and-loop, which never happens with the metal buckle.

To each his own, of course.
I have several examples of the belts with both buckle types, but I wear the metal buckle ones 90% of the time.

jeep45238
05-06-2020, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the reaching out we appreciate hearing your feedback.

In regard to the difficulty experienced when threading the tail through the buckle and over the center bar; this is by design that it is not easy. The Specialist Pro was designed as the name states for professional use and the number one piece of feedback that we have had over the years is that more active retention of the tail was desired (over the previous Graith Specialist with cast brass buckle). The Specialist Pro is one of the most if not the most secure hook and loop closure low profile belts around.

The buckle on the pro was selected for a number of reasons, the number one reason outside of being small is the narrow interior dimensions and the sharp angular corners, this makes for a buckle that interacts with the tail in the desired manner which is giving it the most retention possible. Additionally mil-spec webbing believe it or not is not very consistent from lot to lot, from mill to mill, or even color to color, so this buckle allows for the variation in material width but also the turn of cloth when dealing with varying thicknesses of webbing.

If you wish to have a belt that is easier and quicker to put on and take off I would suggest looking into an AIR, they are the same belt with the exception of the buckle. The buckle on the AIR is a very strong polymer and for how it will be used in a belt is just as durable as the steel but it is easier to thread on and off because of the reduction of friction both because of the material but also because it features rounded surfaces on the interior of the buckle. There are also friction ridges molded onto each bar of the buckle which allow the buckle to retain the webbing, and when combined with the construction of the Specialist tail offers a high amount of retention, not as much as the PRO but a lot more than most any other low profile buckles out there.

Although we do not recommend it for anyone that decides they do not need active retention of the tail you can skip threading the tail over the center bar on either belt, it is much easier but this means that you are relying on the hook and loop closure only.




That's the very feature combination I most appreciate in the Specialist.

The close fit between the metal buckle and the polymer belt material makes the stability of the "closed" belt almost absolute, since it's far more dependent on friction than on the tail staying in place via hook-and-loop adhesion.

It takes a little extra trouble to thread the belt through the metal buckle, but if you like the belt tight, as I do (for enhanced concealment in AIWB), it provides for a more solid lock than does the polymer buckle, which, while looser and quicker to thread, doesn't grab the belt tail as strongly, and it can slip backward prior to engaging the hook-and-loop, which never happens with the metal buckle.

To each his own, of course.
I have several examples of the belts with both buckle types, but I wear the metal buckle ones 90% of the time.


Thanks for taking the time to reply Mac. I understand tolerances - there's little doubt in my mind about what variances you deal with on your supply stock given it's non-solid 'block' style of nature. I appreciate the active retention and the low profile - I just think there's a way to make it easier to undo for taking a piss (I have to drink a lot of water). Reducing the height of the tail (and only the tail) by about 1/16th of an inch and giving a burnish/melt of some sort on the edge would allow it to pass easily through the buckle and back over the center bar, not taking away from any retention value or the low profile or the strength while making it a tad bit easier to thread back though the other way.

In this way, you get the retention, not reliant upon sole the velcro, and a bit easier to get the bladder empty when the gas station pisser door finally opens after a pot of coffee and a liter of cola make their way through. For what it's worth, I have what I think is the predecessor to the air in grey from MMT, and the Specialist blows it out of the water.

Mack
05-07-2020, 09:02 AM
Mack,

Although I shouldn't be, I'm always surprised at the amount of thought/design that you packed into your products. That's some quality stuff, right there.

Thank you for the compliment we appreciate it very much!


Thanks for taking the time to reply Mac. I understand tolerances - there's little doubt in my mind about what variances you deal with on your supply stock given it's non-solid 'block' style of nature. I appreciate the active retention and the low profile - I just think there's a way to make it easier to undo for taking a piss (I have to drink a lot of water). Reducing the height of the tail (and only the tail) by about 1/16th of an inch and giving a burnish/melt of some sort on the edge would allow it to pass easily through the buckle and back over the center bar, not taking away from any retention value or the low profile or the strength while making it a tad bit easier to thread back though the other way.

In this way, you get the retention, not reliant upon sole the velcro, and a bit easier to get the bladder empty when the gas station pisser door finally opens after a pot of coffee and a liter of cola make their way through. For what it's worth, I have what I think is the predecessor to the air in grey from MMT, and the Specialist blows it out of the water.

One thing that may help when taking the belt off is to hold the buckle securely while feeding the tail section through, once enough of the tail has passed through it should be fairly easy to grab the little loop the tail has formed and then slide the remainder of the tail through the buckle. If you do not hold onto the buckle itself it will be pretty challenging to quickly remove the tail and remove the belt. It does sound like the AIR will do pretty much what you want from your current belt, it is easier to take on and off, and is very secure and strong.

As said before we appreciate the feedback but the PRO is how the majority of our customers want it and we won't be changing anything. Also it is not possible to modify the belt how you describe because of how webbing is made it cannot be narrowed in width; by removing the edges of the webbing it will ruin it. If you melted the lengths that were reduced or if they were simply reduced by melting itself after a short amount of use the melted edges would begin to crack and the webbing would begin to fall apart. Additionally any modification to the webbing or buckle even if possible would add a tremendous amount of time to the production of the belts which would result in a significant increase in price to the belts which goes against what MMT is about.

J0hnny
05-07-2020, 12:36 PM
Thanks for the support, we appreciate it very much! Over the years we have a lot of customers make the switch from riggers style belt to a Specialist. It should prove to be a much different experience than your other belt.

This belt is fantastic. Light weight, zero print buckle and just the right amount of flexibility. As usual, PF wisdom is strong.

Mack
05-08-2020, 02:04 PM
This belt is fantastic. Light weight, zero print buckle and just the right amount of flexibility. As usual, PF wisdom is strong.

Thanks for taking time to post and for the support! We are very happy to hear that you are liking your Specialist.

rca90gsx
05-09-2020, 09:53 AM
Just received my first one, ordering a 2nd one for a spare. That is how well I like it!


Thanks for taking time to post and for the support! We are very happy to hear that you are liking your Specialist.

Mack
05-12-2020, 02:47 PM
Just received my first one, ordering a 2nd one for a spare. That is how well I like it!

Thanks for the support! We are very happy to hear that the Specialist is working for you. Thanks again.

Mack
05-12-2020, 02:48 PM
Also for anyone that missed our previous post on page 2 we are currently running a limited time FREE US shipping promo.

Use the following code out checkout: FS20

Naddington
05-12-2020, 11:11 PM
Also for anyone that missed our previous post on page 2 we are currently running a limited time FREE US shipping promo.

Use the following code out checkout: FS20

I tried using the code and it said that "This discount is no longer available"

GearFondler
05-13-2020, 04:53 AM
Also for anyone that missed our previous post on page 2 we are currently running a limited time FREE US shipping promo.

Use the following code out checkout: FS20I noticed that on Saturday... When I placed my order. And it should be here on Friday... That's pretty impressive, all things considered.

Warped Mindless
05-13-2020, 08:44 AM
I often do jiu jitsu in street clothes and my belt has held up well to a ton of abuse.

Well worth the price!

Mack
05-13-2020, 09:20 AM
I tried using the code and it said that "This discount is no longer available"

Apologies. We had an issue on our end with the code expiring. It has been fixed and now the code is working properly. If anyone placed an order yesterday (5/12) and the code was not working please e-mail us and we will apply the discount on the back end.

Mack
05-13-2020, 09:22 AM
I noticed that on Saturday... When I placed my order. And it should be here on Friday... That's pretty impressive, all things considered.

Thanks for the support! We try to get orders out as soon as possible however we have noticed that USPS has been taking longer than usual to deliver parcels once they get them.


I often do jiu jitsu in street clothes and my belt has held up well to a ton of abuse.

Well worth the price!

Thanks for taking time to write, it is always great to hear feedback like this. Thanks again for the support and for sharing your experience with the Specialist.

GearFondler
05-16-2020, 02:39 PM
So I received my MMT Specialist Pro yesterday and already I am extremely pleased with how it performs.
This is my first AIWB specific belt and it definitely makes a difference. Previously I was using a typical style Cobra Buckle EDC belt with very stiff webbing. It worked great for OWB carry of heavy gear and wasn't terrible for AIWB but I wanted to see if I could do better.
The more flexible webbing of the Specialist allows the belt to conform to me, the Tenicor Sagax Lux, and a mag pouch as tightly as possible. The other belt was too stiff and tried to create a hoop effect around the front of my waist. This new closer fit definitely helps reduce printing under a t-shirt.
Also the buckle design allows me to tighten this belt more than my previous belt. The tighter, snugger fit does a much better job of stabilizing the holster against my body and prevents any sagging which makes it more comfortable and prevents the occasional but annoying pinch of the exposed compensator against tender skin when bending over.
About the only complaint I have is not really MMT's fault... The ladder buckle is much slower and more aggravation than the instant on/off of a Cobra Buckle. But you don't get all the rest of the improvements without the ladder buckle so I'll happily deal with that loss of convenience.
And all that for only $33!? Feels like one of the best deals I have run into in a very long time.

Mack
05-19-2020, 05:58 PM
So I received my MMT Specialist Pro yesterday and already I am extremely pleased with how it performs.
This is my first AIWB specific belt and it definitely makes a difference. Previously I was using a typical style Cobra Buckle EDC belt with very stiff webbing. It worked great for OWB carry of heavy gear and wasn't terrible for AIWB but I wanted to see if I could do better.
The more flexible webbing of the Specialist allows the belt to conform to me, the Tenicor Sagax Lux, and a mag pouch as tightly as possible. The other belt was too stiff and tried to create a hoop effect around the front of my waist. This new closer fit definitely helps reduce printing under a t-shirt.
Also the buckle design allows me to tighten this belt more than my previous belt. The tighter, snugger fit does a much better job of stabilizing the holster against my body and prevents any sagging which makes it more comfortable and prevents the occasional but annoying pinch of the exposed compensator against tender skin when bending over.
About the only complaint I have is not really MMT's fault... The ladder buckle is much slower and more aggravation than the instant on/off of a Cobra Buckle. But you don't get all the rest of the improvements without the ladder buckle so I'll happily deal with that loss of convenience.
And all that for only $33!? Feels like one of the best deals I have run into in a very long time.

Thanks for the support and taking time out of your day to post your experience with the Specialist! We appreciate it very much and are very happy to hear that the belt will work well for your requirements.

RoyGBiv
05-20-2020, 07:28 AM
Lost some weight last year so my Graith belt was feeling a bit long in the tail. When I latched the hook/loop the tail ran out to my hip. So I ordered the specialist 2 inches shorter. First time I put it on I was certain it was too short. I had gotten used to the long tail.

A few weeks later, after getting used to the shorter belt just fine I put the long one back on. I was laughing at how long it was and how did I put up with it for a year.

Like the new "Air" buckle. Definitely more secure than the old double loopy thingy.

Mack
05-22-2020, 08:38 AM
Lost some weight last year so my Graith belt was feeling a bit long in the tail. When I latched the hook/loop the tail ran out to my hip. So I ordered the specialist 2 inches shorter. First time I put it on I was certain it was too short. I had gotten used to the long tail.

A few weeks later, after getting used to the shorter belt just fine I put the long one back on. I was laughing at how long it was and how did I put up with it for a year.

Like the new "Air" buckle. Definitely more secure than the old double loopy thingy.

We are happy to hear that the new belt is working out! In our opinion the AIR buckle is far superior to the old cast brass gunmetal buckle that was used on the Graith Specialist.

Up1911Fan
05-22-2020, 01:49 PM
We are happy to hear that the new belt is working out! In our opinion the AIR buckle is far superior to the old cast brass gunmetal buckle that was used on the Graith Specialist.

Any chance of getting an older metal buckle swapped out for an Air plastic buckle, at my expense of course? I have 2 of the plastic buckles and much prefer them to the metal.

Mack
05-22-2020, 01:58 PM
Any chance of getting an older metal buckle swapped out for an Air plastic buckle, at my expense of course? I have 2 of the plastic buckles and much prefer them to the metal.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to make the swap based on the Specialists' construction. The entire belt would need to be seam-ripped (remove all the stitching) re-assembled with the new buckle and new hook and loop as it cannot be sewn on a second time, and entirely re-sewn. It would be cost prohibitive to make the modification as it would take many times longer to do this than to make an entirely new belt.

Mack
07-15-2020, 12:12 PM
After countless requests we are happy to announce that the Specialist is now available in additional colorways!

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop

57400

Guerrero
07-15-2020, 12:24 PM
After countless requests we are happy to announce that the Specialist is now available in additional colorways!

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop

57400

No Specialist Air's, only Pro's?

Mack
07-15-2020, 04:44 PM
No Specialist Air's, only Pro's?

The AIR will still be available as a Limited Release belt at least several times a year likely in additional colors beyond the original Black AIR. The reason behind this is that the PRO sells at least 50:1 compared to the AIR. People really love the steel buckle.

vcdgrips
07-16-2020, 09:42 AM
"The reason behind this is that the PRO sells at least 50:1 compared to the AIR. People really love the steel buckle."

Good on you for giving the people what they want.

Having said that, I own 4 MM/Graith belts. I will describe by belt buckle.

1. Black belt with the simple steel buckle used on what is now called the PRO
2. One Grey with a metal buckle that looks similar to the polymer one sold on the AIR
3. One OD Green with a metal buckle that looks similar to the the polymer one sold on the AIR
4. One Shivworks Special with the polymer buckle used on what is now called the AIR

In my sample of 4, the polymer buckle on the Shivworks belt is the most secure and easiest to manipulate.

I have sold off any remaining 5 stitch metal buckled Wilderness belts as they no longer bring me joy.

I still have my original 1.75 inch polymer lined "Instructor" and 2 1.5 inch polymer lined "Frequent Flyer" belts purchased when I was carrying a full sized 1911, 2 mags and a flashlight on a regular basis.

IMHO, the MM belts are optimum for AIWB and IWB use with any gun weighing approx. 36 oz or less all day long. I suspect that they would be just fine AIWB/IWB for heavier ones as well.

I would defer to you all that still carry a heavier gun (i.e. all steel 1911) re whether a polymer lined Wilderness is still the "school" solution for an EDC OWB set up.

John10-19
07-27-2020, 09:56 PM
IMHO, the MM belts are optimum for AIWB and IWB use with any gun weighing approx. 36 oz or less all day long. I suspect that they would be just fine AIWB/IWB for heavier ones as well.

I would defer to you all that still carry a heavier gun (i.e. all steel 1911) re whether a polymer lined Wilderness is still the "school" solution for an EDC OWB set up.

Off duty and when I'm carrying concealed on duty I use JMCK with the MMT Specialist. It is far more comfortable than any of the other belts I have tried for AIWB and I agree it is the ideal belt for AIWB or IWB especially with properly fitting pants which will help support the gun.

OWB I use a couple of the Ares Aegis Enhanced belts for other than dress clothes. For me, it is the ideal OWB belt, especially with a full-size gun, mags, and cuffs.
https://www.aresgear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=99_107_111&products_id=500&zenid=f1733ead2a8c2868941510dafb90b8a7

For OWB with a suit I use this belt from Comp-Tac:
https://comp-tac.com/gun-belt-kydex-reinforced-cut-on-a-contour-top-grain-cowhide-leather/

But again when I'm off duty I'm almost always carrying concealed with the MMT Specialist. For the gym its a G48 with JMCK AIWB, and the G45/RMR/TLR-7 in a JMCK AIWB everywhere else.

Mack
08-11-2020, 08:36 AM
We have restocked all colors and will try our best to keep them in stock. Also 10% OFF is back for a limited time.

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop

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