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I build a few of these after I was lucky enough to find some real Crye Multicam Tubular webbing. I have a few things I do to make my retention leashes a set above others on the market. I double sleeve the end that has the hardware on it. This is the protect the load bearing webbing , not that it really needs it but that kind of small detail increases the life of the leash.

Anyone interested in a retention leash please contact me, these vary in price depending on which attachment you like, but a version like this one, will set you back $55.00 plus shipping, less if you want a non multicam webbing or more if you want a more expensive carabiner or hardware.

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In order to do something with my extra photos, I have started uploading several years worth of extra photos to a pinterest account, please dont leave or ask questions there since it becomes pointless, best communication is still my business email listed on the how to order page.

I have lately received the same question about belt ratings so I wanted to cover this again. The big companies with their colorful catalog pages and fancy websites, like to post big numbers for ratings, you will commonly see 6500 lbs, and 7000 lbs in these sales ads.

But here is the truth behind that, companies will list the individual weight/rating of the single strongest component so they can do a modern day bait and switch with strength ratings which is a dangerous game with what can be perceived as life safety gear.

The common rigger belts are made of a variety of 1.75 wide webbing, this webbing is same used in the parachute/skydiving industry, these types of webbing hold a rating of usually 6500 lbs and 7000 lbs, but the buckles used on the standard classic riggers belts and the cobra buckles are rated at 2500 lbs. Call me a bit crazy but a belt made from webbing rated at 7000 lbs that is secured with a buckle that is rated at 2500 lbs, and the buckle is obviously the piece of hardware that secures and closes the belt around, then the rating of the belt is 2500 lbs. But for a company that wants to sell “hard man” gear to everyone needs to pump up those numbers to make sales.

Next topic – riggers belts aren’t designed for life safety, they aren’t designed for rappelling, they originally sewn by parachute riggers for guys wanting a back up belts for tying swiss seat harness, they were back up belts. But like any tactical gear they become a fashion statements, and the rating these companies are pimping creates the idea they are some form of life safety rescue gear.

Some agencies (state, federal or local government) can write their own safety standards, and that opens them up to legal litigation, in my opinion. Example if an accident occurs. “X” named SWAT team/agency says to wear “Y”brand belt as safety gear, and then an officer is killed due to some kind of failure of that piece of gear, any good lawyer will build a case to hold the department responsible. If you are using gear in a professional role of your job and unless you are military , you should be using federal or state safety guidelines, not a catalog sales pitch or a salesman word at a tactical shop.

I recently received an email from someone asking about the strength rating of retention leashes, and he did ask and educated answer asking about the kN rating (which is a measure of force instead of pounds).  If you have questions about aerial operations then you should consult the
Magpul Dynamics Aerial Platform Operations DVD.

A few things about retention leashes is they to serve as a travel restraint, you can’t fall out of vehicle or aircraft if you physically can’t reach the door. Or retention leashes are commonly used for air assault style operations where someone needs to make a quick exit from a helicopter when the helicopter makes a quick touchdown to drop off people for an assault. Example of the series of actions describing this use. A Trooper is loaded into an aircraft, and sits in seat until close to the objective, then before releasing the seat belt, they clip their retention leash into a fixed part of the aircraft, and then they make the transition from seat to being seated on the floor, when the aircraft makes it quick landing the trooper can un-clip and step from the aircraft to move to whatever objective. What I describe here is an ideal circumstance for safety and we all know ideal can’t happen all the time. But only a moron takes unnecessary risk for macho style points. The bungee aspect of retention gear is to make the leash compact when not in use not to create some kind of bungee fall shock absorber, you take a hard fall onto a production retention leash and one you are looking at possibly serious back injury, blown apart stitching and possible hardware failure.

Next topic – what does the strength rating mean? Strength rating on items such as sewn goods, and hard goods, like carabiners, is a static load that is gradually applied until it fails. If you doubt me, look on youtube for UIAA mountain strength testing. Companies don’t base strength rating on dynamic drop test because from what I was told by a leading expert in testing gear, is that too many variables exist in dynamic drop test to create scientific data.

If you are interested in looking up the information, look at the rating of the parachute hardware. Don’t use a catalogs fancy sales pitch as a definition of safety ratings, do the time and research UIAA, NIOSH, OSHA,  and NFPA rating systems.

Generally safety ratings should be 10x or 15x (different safety agencies differ in opinion) the weight of the person using it, meaning, if the person weighs 200lbs with gear and hardware, the safety gear must be 15x stronger than weight of the user (again weight is you plus your gear), so for the 200lb person their gear needs to have a capacity of rating of 3000 lbs. And that rating is based on the weakest point of gear (back to the first example of the belt). That 15x safety margin is to cover the amount of force in a dynamic event.

Belts are for holding up your pants, and harnesses are for fall protection, climbing and rappelling. That said, I use the strongest best quality webbing , the strongest thread in my rigger belts (average belts are built with 8 lb thread and mine are built with 24 lb thread), strength in sewing comes from a few variables strength of the thread, the number of stitches per inch, and number of inches of stitching. So I make my belts as strong as possible but again a belt is only as strong as the buckle that secures it around you. Austrialpin has released a new 1.75 buckle to be compliant with new NFPA standards, and that buckle is rated at 4500 lbs. but the normal cobra buckles are rated at 2500 lbs.

This isn’t about me selling something but me using my combined experience as a rockclimber, firefighter, professional rescue technician for the National Park Service, technical rescue instructor and sewing guru to help you guys make strong decisions when purchasing gear

Over the years I have remained loyal to Austrialpin Cobra buckles because I believe in their quality, and often many of you guys have emailed me asked me about the other metal buckles on the market so here is a link to the test so you can see why I stay with the cobra buckle.

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At the request of some friends and old customers, I have done some limited production of some camo 1.5 cobra gun belts, using aor1, aor2, ATACs AU, and Multicam webbing. These are stiff like my normal belts, actually slightly stiffer than normal due to additional layering of webbing. But if you are the guy who needs the a camo belt to match your kit, these might be for you. Due to increased construction time and the additional cost of the camouflage webbing these are slightly more expensive at $75.00, so if you are interested email me at my normal email of and for sizing follow directions on my how to order page. With limited availability of webbing contact me to see what I have in stock and I can get.

Using my standard high retention bungee sections, 1.5 width upper sling body, and a fixed one inch cobra buckle you have a functional sling that will provide years of wear, and all day comfort. This sling isn’t for the tactical fan boy but a guy who wants the Mercedes of single point slings. Weapon attachment can vary depending on your personal requirements (HK, MASH clips, QD attachment).

$65.00 plus shipping.


I am still working on the Original Tasker sling I wasn’t totally happy with a transitional pieces on it.

Functions as both single point and dual point. adjustment is accomplished through a closed loop of one inch milspec webbing with metal cam buckle.  It can be tightened down so the weapon is held up tight and close to the body for fastroping, or climbing.

Main sling body is 1.5″ wide, quick attachment uses one inch cobra buckle. And weapon attachments will vary depending on customer needs.

Pricing should be at $50.00 per sling. For ordering just shoot me an email at

I was lucky enough to acquire a few 1.75 cobra buckles in the bare metal finish. And I thought I would share some of the photos of the first one. While I don’t have any more of them, I am working to acquire more of them as I think it makes a good looking belt. And with the bare metal finish it has the appearance of a uniform belt.



Not currently accepting orders on these but I will be by march, I wanted to change some parts of the design.

ESW Tasker Sling Pricing

I did my best to price it competitive with other slings on the market but still allow custom ordering features so you may choose what suits your needs. Pricing

  • Base sling (non-camo)     $50.00
  • Camo sling                            +$5.00
  • Cobra buckle upgrade    +$30.00 (1″ cobra buckle on rear attachment)
  • Sewn in QD  sling                +$15.00 (rear mount only)

Base sling includes solid color sling and 1000 denier pad, milspec webbing, and front and rear connections Color options

  • Black
  • Coyote
  • OD green
  • Ranger Green
  • 3 color desert

Camo options ($5.00 over normal price)

  • Desert Digital (civillian version of AOR1)
  • Multicam

Cobra buckle upgrade ($30.00)

  • Black
  • Foliage Green
  • Desert Sand
  • Coyote Brown

Connection hardware options

  • 1″ MASH clip
  • 1″ Snap Shackle
  • 1″ HK clip
  • Round trigger snap
  • Sewn in QD mount (pics up soon) rear mount only- Add $15.00 to total price

Base sling materials used

1000 denier sling pad constructed from 1” thick and 2” wide closed cell foam pad The basic tasker sling will come with a plastic side release buckle (rated at 250 lbs) for the connection just behind the buffer tube. Webbing is either 17337 or 55301 milspec webbing (US made) The ESW Tasker Sling is a a two point padded sling that has an adjustable length forward leg that will allow you to tighten it up close to your body as if you are fast roping, or climbing ladders, it is also comfortable when standing around. It of course can be extend out for standard two point sling operations. It also converts to single point mode. For the adjustment slide, I used the same ones used on the old ALICE packs but instead of allowing the free end to flop around the adjustment slide is a closed loop so no free end flopping around. I have had a lot of guys ask for slings with all metal hardware and I did my best to address that, both on the basic model and of course on the cobra upgrade version. Ordering options will include the ability to pick what connections points you like or suits your missions needs or desires. Any special color request I will do my best to see what I can do. I am going to begin accepting orders today for 10 slings and future orders will be updated, build time from payment to shipment will be between 4-6 weeks. I will do my best to get them out quicker but I still have a pretty heavy load of belt orders I want to get handled.

Tactical Trouser Belt

This is something new I have been messing with by using a similiar build technique I use on my 1.5 cobra belts, I think I have a good addition to my line up of gear. Non-metallic construction so you can pass through TSA without problems.

Stiff enough for IWB or OWB, comfortable enough for all day wear.

Two layers of heavy duty 1.5″ webbing and an overlay of 17337 milspec webbing.

Camo choices of ATACs, Multicam, or Desert Digital.

$30.00 plus shipping.

I have been lucky enough to purchase some coyote hardware so I wanted to take the chance to show these off.

The classic riggers belt and classic gun belt , the normal heavy construction I use 7 passes with #138 thread , built stiff like a gun belt but still comfortable enough for all day wear. Built to last with high attention to detail.

Classis Riggers Belts are $40.00

Classic Gun Belt $30.00

I had a a customer share some photos of one of my  1.5 cobra gun belt and some good looking kydex from the guys over at


I just recently got a hold of a photo of one of my belts matched up with some good looking kydex. If you are in the market for some Kydex check out Personal Security Systems, superior product and excellent innovations in the kydex world –

The 1.5 Cobra Gun belt in Coyote with Foliage Green Buckle. One of my favorite combos, very stiff and stable platform, for either CCW, undercover, or Range use.

Even though I have been making these for awhile I have never formally taken a photo of it. By using the desert sand colored cobra buckle, coyote webbing, coyote velcro and a DE Vring, you get an excellent combination of color and an excellent piece of kit.

Built to my usual high standards , structural construction is accomplished with a total of 7 passes of #138 thread, doubled layered with  a stiffening strip so it will function well as a platform for thigh rigs, drop legs, mag holders or anything you are willing to carry.

$60.00 plus shipping

Just in this week, Cobra has finally heard the request and started to produce in more colors. Stay tuned for photos of completed belts with the new buckles.


Occasionally I receive questions about the stiffness of my belts. As stiffness is the goal. A belt must flex on its long axis so it will bend with you like when you bend over or crouch. But for an belt to be effective it must provide on a minimal flex on its vertical axis. And the secondary goal is have a build method that will retain those characteristic over time. I have been lucky to develop a method that provides both.

I recently spoke with a friend of mine who attended a course in Memphis and he ran one of my 1.5 belts with his secondary weapon on it, back up pistol mag, dump pouch, and 3 kydex AR mag pouches. Sometimes less is better. He told me his rig stayed stable all day, by not being weighted down he was able to shoot and move quickly. His belt also wasn’t brand new , it is his daily wear belt and he carries daily also, and he has had it for about 8 months.

I only use high quality webbing and US made thread(the 3rd world stuff just doesn’t last). I pay more for my webbing to ensure I am receiving the best webbing so you receive the best product.

I also use a larger grade thread than some of the competition because I like the feel of the belt built with the heavier thread. Also by using larger thread the stitching is stronger with less stitching. I also refrain from lots of Box “X”ing because while it looks good, when you are constanting leaning against things in a high abrasion enviroment(conflict zone) those pretty Xs are constanting being worn down, if your stitching is worn out the belt will loose strength and stiffness. I place my stitching near the end which creates a crown on the belt so the stitching is harder to abrade. We all build on our own principles and design idea it is up to you to determine your needs. I believe my belts are built to last and built at a price that the average guy can afford.


So AustriAlpini has released a darker brown buckle they are calling coyote brown, it is actually much darker closer in color to marpat brown.

I think this is  a good looking combination, definately will catch some jealous looks at the gun range or where ever you may have to go.

I am also now stocking Vrings in Coyote brown as well.


You can find the 1.5 cobra belts at

Okay so I have been debating on making a new version of the cobra dog collars, I had made in the past. 1 inch is too narrow for some and 1.50 looks too wide for some, I was lucky enough to acquire a 1.25 dog collar a few weeks ago. So if there is enough interest in these dog collars I would find a vendor for the 1.25 buckles. These would price out around 50.00 depending on where I can get these.