5050 panel holsters get that name from the two main panels sides. Mirror image left and right panels join along the center line of the firearm. Each main piece forms half, or 50 percent, of the primary structure of the holster, hence the term 5050. That said, I do make these 5050 panel holsters – some call pancake holsters – for selected models. Standard cant (angle) is 15 degrees forward tilt. Customization is available.
The 5050 panel holsters are similar in construction to the curved panel holster in that both have forward and rear belt slots. I design the 5050 holster and test the fit for each gun model I make holsters for – even those for which I recommend the curved panel holster. Because they must fit the curve of the body, this mirror image construction can cause binding, particularly in larger models. This can be an issue for some, even more so with slimmer wearers. This is discussed further in a blog post. They seem better suited to revolvers and smaller automatics than to larger pistols. In a few cases cases, these might be recommended (the Bond Arms Bullpup 9 is one of these).
Like the curved panel models, these are available in 2-piece construction or with an added reinforcement panel in cowhide or select exotic leathers. Because of the tendency of the 5050 “pancake”to bind, the curved panel holsters must be considered the upgrade. You can order the 5050 holster, but I will nearly always recommend the curved panel.
I stitch holsters with heavy nylon and polyester thread for years of use. Holsters may optionally be lined, and belts and mag pouches are available to match.