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I have had this holster for a number of years for my .45. The gun fits really tight fit when wearing the holster, drawing it takes an effort. If you take the holster off and put the gun in it the fit is reasonable and you can draw it ok, not really easy but OK. Now for just a side comment before we go on, I noticed the good leather belt I have has shrunk some in length.
I started to see what the problem was on why is the gun so tight and this is my first take in the matter. Maybe you guys can help out here. When you thread the belt through the holster loops the belt will follow the curve of the holster in the back, but what about when its worn. I suspect the belt will be drawn tight against the holster thereby pushing against the gun holding it tighter in the holster. Am I correct on this assumption, if so the gun is getting tighter within the holster and to draw it is an effort. Do custom smiths allow for this action do you think??? Maybe an inside waist would act differently. Please join in and give a hand. Thanks
PS-I am thinking maybe a piece of wood dowell on each side of the holster curve would prevent the belt from putting to much pressure on the holster where the gun seats.
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can you post pics. I would use a dry erase marker and see where it is binding. I would wrap the pistol in several layers of saran-wrap and insert and leave for 36-96 hours and go from there. I have heard of the submerge trick and have done it for Soccer cleats on several occasions. On that note, I have also been told by many ppl to not employ this trick to a holster as the leather used is of a differeny type/quality. I have had a few holsters that were a bit on the tight side for my 1911's and the saran-wrap trick worked wonders for me. The biggest part of that is to be patient, leave it be.

Are you leaving the leather out where direct sunlight is hitting it as that will have an effect on the leather as well.

I got this from Milt Spark's Website whom we can all agree is an authority on leather holsters.

My holster is too tight! What's the best way to break it in?
Tightness in a new holster is not uncommon and is much preferable to the alternative. If the draw is a little stiff at first, it is recommended that you work with it to see if it doesn't loosen up with a bit of use. About 25 to 50 presentations should be a good indicator of whether the holster will break in sufficiently on its own or if maybe a little blocking out of the leather is in order. There are many variables as to why a holster would be excessively tight ranging from the texture of your guns finish, to slight changes in climate or humidity from where the holster is made.California??? Regardless of the reason, a too tight holster can easily be remedied by the end user with a method we have been recommending to customers for over 20 years.

To block out (stretch) your new holster first UNLOAD your pistol or revolver and place the gun into the 4 mil plastic bag that your new holster was packaged in. Then carefully insert the bagged gun all the way into the holster (do not! I repeat, do not!! wet or spray the holster with any solution to aid in the stretching process). The blocking out process as described above will in no way harm the crisp detailed molding of your new holster, nor will it ruin its retention qualities. It serves simply to stretch the leather a few thousands of an inch larger than the gun. The amount of stretching time needed for satisfactory results range from a just a few minutes to overnight. Any clarifications or concerns on the above, or if you would rather we talk you through the process, then please call us.
 

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As for the belt, I made a make-shift belt spreader similar in fashion to a shoe spreader.

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from Brommeland's website

Holster Break In


Carefully unload the weapon and wrap it with 2 layers of wax paper (with the wax to the outside), and seat it fully into the holster. Let it sit overnight. Next, work the weapon in and out of the holster a few dozen times. Remove the paper and try it. If it is still too tight, then repeat the process with 3 layers of wax paper. Continue until you get it close to the desired fit (be sure not to overdo it - it is rather difficult to un-stretch leather). Discard the paper and do a few dozen practice draws. The holster should now be sufficiently broken in to allow you to wear it and finalize the break in process. This is done by repeatedly drawing the weapon while the holster is actually being worn. Be advised that a properly broken-in holster should retain the weapon during vigorous physical activity, yet still release the firearm for a smooth draw.

Do not apply oil of any kind to any Brommeland product.
 

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I stopped by a few holster dealers today at the SHOT Show and they all said to not use water and that they recommended the bag trick (Unanimously)

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