Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the difference. A duty belt is built for the load of a lot of gear, sometimes as much as 30 pounds or more on our hips. We spend a hundred plus dollars on a holster to retain our gun but often forget an easy failure point, the buckle.
Most duty belts of the nylon variety come with a plastic molded buckle. The plastic buckles fail. They sometimes fail under minimum load and they sometimes fail while you’re rolling around on the ground with somebody fighting for your gun to be retained.
Coming across this quality product at SHOT Show 2018 was a treasure. Looking at the Cobra buckles, I quickly saw that taking the weak point out of the equation doesn’t have to be an expensive choice. The Cobra Quick Release from AustriAlpin is more than reasonable at an average of $25.00 and an incredible increase in strength.
AustriAlpin offers a wide variety of different buckles. My favorite choice for the duty belt was the Original Cobra, SKU: FC58MFF-XB Category: COBRA® quick release buckles.
All the original Cobra buckles are stamped with “9KN” for straight pull ratings and “18KN” for loop configuration. The 9KN equals 2025 lbs. and means the breaking strength of the metal will exceed 2,000 lbs.
When AustriAlpin tests the buckles, they usually see them breaking at 2,200+ lbs. For the ANSI rated buckles it is twice the ratings with a rating of 18KN (4,050 lbs. straight pull!) The strength of the buckle doubles in a loop configuration.
The Cobra locking mechanism is a patented design that guarantees the highest safety. Its design ensures that a one-sided opening of the lock isn’t possible, even when under load.
AustriAlpin offers a wide variety of configurations that are sure to find a size combination and purpose for you.
AustriAlpin is an Austria based company with North American offerings. Their products offer a variety to meet the needs of law enforcement, military, industrial safety, fall-stop, para-sport, SAR, fire, tactical, theatrical rigging, climbing, or mountaineering. If you are looking for a high-quality, safe product you’ve found it.
I’ve been wearing the Cobra buckle on-duty for over a month now. I’m extremely pleased with the buckle and plan to purchase a smaller version for concealed carry.
Your life and safety shouldn’t suffer for a few extra dollars at the cash register!