New Shooter’s “Raptor Buckle” Belt from Vertx

V-Raptor belt

 Vertx has a new belt that will shortly be available. It uses contour webbing that tapers down from 1 3/4″ to 1″ and the American made side-release Raptor Buckles from JBC Corp instead of the more common Cobra buckle. The Vertx Raptor belt (may not be the actual title) is not a rigger’s belt, rather more of a range/shooter’s belt, though they do intend to eventually make one with a rigger’s harness. It provides sufficient platform for duty carry without providing too much for EDC or CCW/off-duty work.

Vertx chose to taper the webbing in once piece the way they did so there’s no attachment point (as there is in some belts where two different sized pieces of webbing are sewn together) and to allow the 1″ metal Raptor buckle (which is lower profile and lighter weight than a Cobra buckle, can be threaded through typical pant loops without removal and has a 2,000 lb. rating (assuming you wanted to lift a minivan or whatever).

The belts will  initially be available in Black, OD and Earth (the Vertx coyote)–and there may be a few at SHOT if you want to swing by their booth.

The Raptor buckle, if you’re unfamiliar with it, has an interesting back story. It was developed by a male nurse in Iraq who was having to deal day to day with inadequate three-pronged buckles on the litters they were using…more on the Raptor buckle and why Vertx chose it in a future article.

No word yet on how soon the new belt will be available for purchase but expect it soon.

11 Comments on "New Shooter’s “Raptor Buckle” Belt from Vertx"

  1. Mr Steve Roberts | January 4, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  2. Thank you for a good article.

    While we welcome any comparison drawn to our COBRA products we do ask that in the interest of fairness, it be accurately represented. On that note, the raptor buckles most certainly are not 'lower profile' than our COBRA buckles. It is true that the 1" version is 0.1 oz lighter (not so for the other sizes) if that is of any consequence.

    If you are interested, here is a link which compares both products side by side: (
    Also, for the record, testing (both JBC's and other independent labs) show the 1" raptor has a breaking strength of well below 2000 lb. Caveat Emptor.

    Thank you for your great site and we wish you well.

    Sincerely – AustriAlpin

  3. Raptors are available at

  4. RAPTOR buckles are random lot tested by a US government approved, 3rd party test house as part of our standard quality control procedures. Recent testing is posted on our site: for your review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at (757) 697-0019 or at Thank you.

  5. Yes AustriAlpin, please include a link to a completely unbiased side by side comparison, conveniently hosted on your own site.

    True the Raptor Buckles may not have an overall lower profile than Cobra Buckles, however, I did notice one important detail. The one part of a Cobra Buckle that protrudes beyond the buckle, are the actual releases that detach the buckle. That doesn't make me feel to safe. I much prefer the Raptor buckle design, since the release buttons are recessed inside the dimensions of the actual buckle. Add to that, the fact that the Raptor is significantly cheaper. Perhaps your site could offer a side by side comparison of the price difference with a nifty graph.

  6. Two comments….

    First: I read Benjamin's comments and figured I'd double check the figures on AustriAlpin's website. I couldn't find any fault with the comparisons. Maybe Ben should have done the same before he sarcastically defamed them for being up to no good. As for the pricing comments he made… that didn't vet out either. Sounds like Ben might be batting for the dinosaurs…..


    As for Octavio's comments…. I'm too sure about this guy. Very interesting article on the web from CTOMS who did some private testing. Sounds like JBC might be pulling wool over our eyes… that or they don't know what the hell they are talking about. Check this out:

  7. We are accustomed to seeing a surge of negative chatter from our competitors whenever we experience an increase in sales and presence in a new market. Seemingly, the posting of negative comments is motivated by self-interest and the desire to preserve market territory. However, it is irresponsible to post biased and unsubstantiated statements about competitor products. Our most recent testing is published on our website, and speaks for itself.

    We offer the following in response to CTOMS claims and testing. Two 1.75”/45mm samples were given to Chris at CTOMS 2 years ago. Apparently, the need to quickly test the samples two years later did not allow for time to conduct a thorough and documented evaluation. It could be disputed that two buckles are not a large enough sampling and where have the buckles been in the past two years is unknown; whether they have been used or if they have been damaged. These are just a few critical factors in conducting a valid evaluation. But most critical, is that testing was not conducted to conform to the manner in which the buckles are intended to be used. The most common use for this type of side release buckle is belts, body harnesses, and slings all of which uses the Looped or indirect configuration. The buckles are marked for 9Kn/2000lbs indirect and 18Kn/4000lbs direct, all which are explained on our website above. We will be doing some more testing of the direct configurations soon which will be placed on the above website. Check back in a few weeks for our published results.

    Our “Critical Use” customers, to include the Army, State Department, Oakley, and others do their own testing. Regardless of testing conducted by our customers, testing has been conducted on every lot manufactured first.

    Finally, the design of the Raptor was based on the Presto Buckle design, in cooperation with the parent company. We firmly believe “Made in the USA” is important. In fact, it’s more important than you think, for many reasons.

    Anyone with questions about the RAPTOR that doesn’t want to hide behind a screen name can contact me directly at 757-697-0019 or

  8. These Raptor buckles are crap and nothing but a copy of the Presto, to give some arrogant jerk an excuse to say he developed something and uses "made in America" as a selling point. Rarely am I ashamed of an American product, or company. Also, your argument is as week as your buckles and your reading comprehension is as nonexistent as the confident in your buckles.

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