CP01 OWB curved panel holsters use two or more pieces of leather to form a front/back sheath for the firearm. The outside section is wider than the inside section, resulting in a curve in the finished holster. Sometimes called 8020 holsters, since about eighty percent of the contour is to the outside and twenty percent to the inside. Standard cant (angle) is 15 degrees forward tilt. Customization – including leather tooling – is available.
Though similar in construction, a CP01 OWB curved panel holster is superior to other holsters. These do not rely on tension from the user’s belt to produce weapon “retention”. Tightening the belt results in virtually no increased pressure on the firearm (this binding in “pancake” holsters is sometimes erroneously called “retention”).
The result is a holster that does not bind the firearm. That allows the placement of stitching close to the weapon, which translates to a more stable (and thus safer) carry. The holster relies on fit instead of lateral force to retain the gun. Thus the curved panel holster will fit better for a longer period of time.
These are available with or without an added reinforcement panel of cowhide or select exotic leathers. Lining the inside (body side) panel keeps the sweat guard (sweat shield) firmer longer.
CP01 OWB curved panel holsters are stitched with heavy nylon and polyester thread for years of use.
Holsters may optionally be lined, and belts and mag pouches are available to match.