Skip to main content

Vantage Point on Gear: Särmä TST Shooter’s Belt

Särmä TST Shooter's Belt with a Ghost holster and my Armscor

My old and faithful CR-Speed IPSC belt started to deteriorate after 17 years of use (and occasional abuse), so I needed a new belt for my competitive shooting. After a quick check on what’s available, I decided to buy something that would allow me to have a single rig for both IPSC and its reservist oriented cousin SRA as well as potential 2-gun brutality matches. Being an ethical chap who likes to ride on a very high horse, I decided that I want something  that is local, or at least made in a country that has some basic respect for human rights and workers conditions.

I saw that Varusteleka had just released a Shooter’s Belt into their Särmä TST line of combat equipment. I’ve had some good experiences with their clothing, such as the merino hoodies and sweaters and with my wife absolutely loving their windproof jacket, I felt rather confident to try out their belt, that is designed in Finland and manufactured in Germany. The price isn’t cheap, but you can’t really compete with the far east made products with European labor these days.

Varusteleka has rather distinctive and very cool packages.

I placed the order without measuring my self. I have a well built waistline, so thought that going for the biggest size would be a safe bet. When the packet arrived 3 days later, I noticed that I should have paid a closer attention to their sizing guide as the minimum length of the belt is really that. So I had to sent it back to get the shorter size. Return process went smoothly and by the next Monday I got the correct size and proceeded to unpack it.

The initial impression of the belt could be summed up into one word: solid. You can actually grab one end of it and the rest will stay perfectly level. The workmanship is good, with all of the stitching being uniform and the molle channels are evenly cut. The velcro is very grippy, but the inner belt, that I also purchased removes without excessive force.

Stiff as an English upper lip

I built a quick test rig in order to do some dry practice runs in my garage and backyard. Fixing the ghost holster was easy as it screws on perfectly. There is absolutely no play between the hanger and the belt when the screws are set. Fixing a set of molle magazine pouches into the channels was a bit more tricky, but not much harder than putting the same pouches to a British issue battlebelt.

I dropped my slightly modified Armscor Hicap 1911 into the holster and did some practice draws. So far so good, no difference in time compared to the CR-Speed and the whole set up felt secure. A couple of Kassarda Drills later the setup was still secure and but I did remember that my molle mag pouches still suck and I really need to get better ones especially for pistol magazines.

I really need a model for reviews, but here is the rig on the author.

The only real gripe I have with the Särmä TST Shooter’s belt is that it’s a buckled design. While it’s sharper looking and more secure than the tradition velcro only IPSC belts, it’s also a bit more tricky to put on and get all of the holsters and pouches oriented properly. This is amplified if you have to slip the rig on while wearing a jacket etc. And even this complaint probably has more to with my 17 years of experience with a velcro only rig and a year from now I probably have forgotten the whole issue. And the buckle on this belt is a rock solid one and I really can't think of a better one for this kind of use.

So beyond actual long term durability, it looks like I got what I wanted: A solid European made belt to build a rig for my various dynamic shooting and reservist activity needs. They also ship worldwide with rather reasonable flat rate shipping costs.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Varusteleka, they did not sponsor me or this review in anyway and all of the gear shown in the pictures was purchased with my own money.


  1. What do I say about your posts? I love them. I read them everyday and always wait for new ones. I am very happy because I have something interesting to read. Hope you can upload more and more
    Friv classic

  2. Yes, that's right. This is the new blob, i like it too. But i have one more want to show you all:

  3. First casino review on BetOnline slots? | Kookoo
    First casino 퍼스트 카지노 review on BetOnline slots? · First casino review on BetOnline slots? · First casino review betway on BetOnline slots? · First casino review on BetOnline カジノ シークレット slots? · First casino

  4. Thanks for giving such a wonderful informative information. The detailed read above has been fully-equipped to first, introduce you to the Kucoin App and then take you through exclusive details on the subject. Reading through the data piece above, you are now aware of all the pros and cons that an easily-created KuCoin login account could bring to you, along with significant details on the United States’ jurisdiction that doesn’t allow the exchange to function there and also the list of major crypto available on it.
    For More About:- Binance smart chain wallet$$Kucoin Wallet

  5. You can surely access your Venmo Login account on any suitable device of your choice, is the quick answer to this topic. Hence, if you feel that you are ready to go, you can refer to the instructions that I will provide in the part below to follow in order to finish the procedure. But, you would only be able to do this if you still have access to your old device and the phone number you used to set up your account.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Russian Tanks 2022: Thicker and Blinder

  Since the all out invasion of Ukraine the Russian army has lost at least 1700 tanks. This has caused the Russian army some supply problems, when they are re-forming their mauled units. Fighting has also revealed the need for upgrades on most of the Russian tank designs. The most obvious issues with the existing Russian tank fleet are the insufficient armor protection, the lack of reverse mobility and the vulnerability of the automatic loaders and their ammunition carousels. Although the last one has gifted us the sport of Turret Throwing. T-72B obr 2022 tanks Very little can be done for the mobility with the limitations of the existing transmissions and the autoloaders can’t really be replaced with better designs or human loaders either. The armor part on the other hand can be improved during the activation and refurbishment of the deep stored Soviet-era tanks. The first new design that appeared in the battlefield was an upgraded T-72B3 with additional armo,r mimicking the T-90M layo

Russian Spring offensive 2023: Kyiv Take Two

Russian T-80U tanks stuck and abandoned in Ukraine in spring 2022   The spectacular Ukrainian victories during the 2022 forced the Russian army to the defensive. With the Russian retreat from Kharkiv and the areas north of the river Dnipro in Kherson, the focus of the fighting has returned to the Donbass. The Russian forces, with Wagner mercenaries and penal battalions doing the bulk of the fighting and dying, are trying to take Bakhmut in a battle that invokes parallels to the meat grinders of the Great war. The Ukrainian armed forces on the other hand are slowly making progress towards Kreminna. Despite the continuous rumors about a new massive round of mobilizations, the Russian army cannot sustain the present level of attrition indefinitely. By throwing enough men and material against the prepared Ukrainian positions manned by experienced and highly motivated defenders, Russians may be able to gain some localized breakthroughs. But even if the Russian mechanized forces are able to

Redut: Russian Mercenaries Controlled by a Finnish Citizen

  The recent conflicts where Russia has been directly or indirectly involved, like the invasion of Ukraine and the civil wars in Syria, Libya and Central African Republic have introduced the public to the Russian quasi-private military contractors. The most famous of these “private military contractors”  is undoubtedly the notorious Wagner-group that is presently waging an army corps level assault on the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut after engaging in various war crimes across Ukraine. The group leader Evgeniy Prigozhin has used his close connections to the Kremlin to expand his private army with convicted criminals. But the Wagner isn’t the only such formation operating under the Kremlin's umbrella. Several rumors have been floating around about the increased friction between the Russian military and Wagner. Elements within the Kremlin and the Russian general staff are trying to elevate another private security company called Redut, Russian for a redoubt, to balance the growing power