Nelson Holsters and Magazine Pouches

Nelson Holsters and Magazine Pouches

Nelson Holsters and Magazine Pouches

Nelson Holsters - Caldwell County, North Carolina

USA Custom Made from 100% Hermann Oak Veg Tan Tooling Leather

Nelson Holsters has two new Holster Designs, the Wrangler and the Gunslinger.

James Ervin Nelson


My name is Ervin Nelson. I'm a former fire fighter/EMT of 13 years. My wife and I started a small family owned business several years ago making quality custom leather holsters.

It all started when I couldn't find a comfortable inside the waistband holster. I had bought and tried every available holster on the market. During this time, I came across K&D Holsters and purchased the Dakota Defender, and I was truly surprised because it was a pretty comfortable holster... more so than any other holster that I had tried, but it was still missing just a little something.

After giving it some thought, I made the decision to make a holster based on the design of Kevin Manley... the proprietor of K&D Holsters. I made a few little tweaks here and there, and when I finished this custom holster, is was without a doubt the most comfortable inside the waist band holster I have ever worn. It has become the holster that I carry my full size Beretta 92, 1911, XD 45 and Glock 17.

About five years later, I heard that K&D had closed there doors. I truly hated to hear that, and I wish them all the best!! So, I contacted Kevin and asked him if I could bring his holster design back with the design modifications I'd made. Kevin replied by saying...

"Nice to hear from you. With respect to making holsters I'm no longer making those nor do I intend to make any in the future. So you're free to do what you wish with respect to making one following our design. Best of luck to you. -- Regards, Kevin"

So here I am making holsters! incorporating the best design and features from Kevin Manley (K&D Holsters) and my own (Nelson Holsters). All my holsters are made exclusively from the best quality Herman oak veg tan tooling leather I can find. Because I shop for the very best quality leather, my holsters may vary slightly in price; however, I will always pass any savings to my customers. Every aspect of Nelson Holster's are made by me and done by hand... the old fashioned way which produces the very best quality and longest lasting product available. Starting from the marking of a pattern, cutting it out, sewing it, wet molding, boning, burnishing, and every single step, including the finishing, is done by hand. I don't use a sewing machine, so you can rest assured your holster is extremely well made, very strong and ready for years of service.. that you will be proud to pass on from generation to generation if you choose to do so.

If you have any questions please send me an email at, or a message from our contact us web page, or give me a call at (828) 729-3415.

Our Holsters

Each One Is Hand Made One at a time, specifically for each gun. Since this is our process no two holsters are exactaly alike. Each holster is unique. Construction begins using quality Herman Oak leather which is boned and molded by hand.

Hand made means ALL WORK IS DONE BY HAND. I dont use a press on my holsters to make the lines of the gun. All of the lines you see on my holsters are made by hand using hand tools. Doing this allows me to get the proper retention to hold the firearm however tight or loose I may need for the application. I should also add that since I am not using a machine there may be a small stray tool marking or a straight line may waiver just a little, this is what gives an authentic hand made leather holster its charactor. Some holsters that say "hand made" may mean that they are in a persons hands as they're put into a press. Again, mine are hand made.

I enjoy making leather holsters by hand and give each and every one my best. I would never ask my customers to wear a holster I didn't approve of or wouldn't carry myself, nor would I put my name on it.

Where applicable, my holsters come with a full combat grip sweat shield. I make them this way so you can get a correct, firm grip on your weapon. Other makers design them so large that it even covers the grip of the weapon and charge extra to provide a combat cut. (Do you really want to have to take the time to wedge your thumb between your weapon and the holster to draw your gun in an emergency?)

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