Testimonials 2002 and Previous
Model: HW12 Convertible
"It's gorgeous! Real work of art. I'm sure it will blow my son away when he opens the present."
After Christmas addition: Yes, a big hit. His first words were, "Awesome!" His first action, after I explained its convertibility, was to change it to the lower setting. And then he pretty much wore it the rest of the day, strutting around whilst practicing his fast draw (of course, two basic principles: gun unloaded and never pointed at any person anyway). Yes indeed, a big hit.
I just got back from the Post Office where I found my CA4 waiting for me. It is about two weeks early, so I was really delighted!
Well, I can't tell you how pleased I am. The material and workmanship appear to be flawless. The fit to my revolver is impeccable, and I am very well pleased. I have spent a fair amount of time (off and on) over the last fifty years carrying a single action revolver in the woods, and I have never had a rig as nice as the one you made for me. I figure that it can only get better as I wear it.
Could I sandpaper the inside of the belt to make it just a bit less slick? I don't have much of a butt to hold it up.
It really is beautiful and I am sure it will outlast me by many years.
Thank you ever so much again.
I received my PS2 holster Saturday. My birthday is shortly after Christmas and my wife's idea was to give it to me then. However, I talked her into letting me wear it now. I have been using it since and am very pleased with it. It is such an improvement over my old inside the waistband holster that there is no comparison. It holds the gun securely, yet is very easy to draw from. It is very comfortable to wear. But the thing I'm most impressed with is how it stays put. It shifts very little if at all while I move about and conceals easily even under a light vest. I'm sure you know all this, being as you built the holster, but I just wanted to let all of you know how happy I am with your holster. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Feel free to post this on your customer comments page. I hope to be able to do business with you folks again in the future.
Just wanted to thank you for this beautiful holster. It arrived today (Nov. 6th) and I was so excited to open the box the plastic peanuts flew all over the kitchen. My Doug Turnbull restored first generation Colt SAA has found a home that will do it justice. Thanks again
........I cannot begin to tell you of all the compliments I have received so far from wearing this holster.
Model: PS6T & PS2
You've done it again!
Two new holsters were waiting for me when I got back from a business trip. That was quick! In plenty of time for Christmas. (As the PS2 is a present.)
Sweet! They're beautiful and solid as always and the fit couldn't possibly be better!
I can't tell you enough how happy I am with your work. You've not only made me a very happy camper again, you've made me a customer for life.
As I discussed with you previously, I need a holster for a black powder revolver and I'll be in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much,
Can you give me a quote on an FD9 holster only in roughout tan (natural) for a Colt's SSA 4 5/8" bbl.? I have an old roughout belt that was made by Richard Boone's stunt double on HGWT years ago that I would like to do something with and I can't think of anything better than to hang one of your holsters off of it.
Model: SH9 Shoulder Holster
In a word, Bob, your rig is absolutely beautiful, and I truly appreciate, also, the work that you've put in to the mag pouches and belt, which show no flex whatsoever despite the weight.
Thank you very much for your excellent work. I am honestly impressed by the craftsmanship and details, and am completely happy with all pieces.
Chieh Allen Lee
Bob, just received my holster, the PS6-SA. Excellent quality - fine fit. Already see a couple more I will be ordering. Nice to find such quality and work, and prices. Thanks again.
I received the rig safe and sound. It is absolutely first class.
All the best
Howdy. Got the gun belt yesterday ... looks great. Definately helped in keeping the colt upright in the PS6.
Thanks for the quality and service.
My shoulder holster arrived today. Thank you so much for such nice workmanship. I'm eager to show it to the group we shoot with. Hopefully I can send some business your way. In time I will order again. I especially like the use of the softer leather for the shoulder strapping and the firmness of the holster itself. A definite winner!
I love my current belt and want another just like it. I need to get one that I will wear only for "dress" as my current belt has a few scuffs from everyday use (and not so everyday use), but it is still rugged as an ox! Your products are great investments.
I'm sure you hear this all the time about the quality of your products and how delighted you customers are. It is such a pleasure for me as a customer to be able to say that to a person whom I do business with. Little details like the shelf below the loops to hold the shells in place. Neat stuff.
The shotgun shell holder arrived today and it is exactly what I want. Thank you for the quick turnaround. I could not be happier. I will take the catalog with me to the shoots this weekend and copies of your web page to hand out. More business to come.
Bob, please excuse the subject name ³awsesome² as it is such an overused cliché. But awesome is the first word that came to mind upon opening the Box containing my black carved rig with a cross holster, the shoulder rig and the belt. When the aroma of fresh dyed hand carved leather came wafting out of the box I felt the excitement of Christmas 1957 when I opened my Red Ryder BB gun at the age of 10. Whoa Mr. Kudos to all. Bonnie your carving is exquisite. Thank you so very much and the very best to all of you.
Received my PS6 today and as always you have exceeded my expectations in terms of timeliness and fit and finish. Thanks a lot. I am sure I will be ordering again soon.
Model: PS6SA and PB1
Hi Bob. Thanks for the holsters and belt. Nice work and one of the few really creative useful designs in the business.
Model: PS2 and PS26
Thanks Bob. I got the PS2 holster and PS26 Magazine carrier for my Sig P239 and I am completely satisfied! I appreciate all your help. I hope we can do business again in the future.
Boy is this H12 a nice piece of work. Course all your leather is nice quality but I just got this in and had to take it for myself before it hit the shelves, HE HE. That's the one advantage of owning my own store is that I get to see things first!!!! I just sent a check for the cross draw to go with it and can't wait to shoot it at a match. That's saying something coming from me as I have one of your fully carved rigs and a couple others that I own for myself, but this one just caught my fancy in looks and workmanship. Thanks for the fast turn around time and quality.
Your pard, Hot Rod.
Howdy, received the PS6 Friday. I have been wearing it since then. When I put my pants on, I put my gun on, and it is there until I undress. I actually had to check once to see if I still hand the Colt Officer's model on my belt. It is so compact and carries the bulk of the gun just high enough above my waist, that the weight is better distributed on my belt. I carry my pistol right at 3:00 o'clock and no matter what I used in the past, I could always feel that lump bearing down on the side of my hip.
I find that due to your low cut front design, the "higher carry" in no way slows down clearing the holster. It is as fast an any pancake, belt slide, or Yaqui or any of that type of holster. In other words, I like it!!
Your secret tab really works. I am also impressed by the fit and have found that you can't pull the gun out of the holster from the front i.e. somebody trying to make a gun grab from the front, and yet drawing the gun in a normal manner is slick and quick!
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the decoration on the holster. I ordered a plain black one and, the stamping is a nice and unexpected bonus. It is greatly appreciated.
I will let you know how things work out after wearing the holster for a few days, weeks ... etc. As of now, I am very pleased with the positioning, comfort and quality. I'll be showing this little critter to my friends and I suspect you will be getting more orders from Wyoming. Thanks for a great product, and even better service.
Mr Mernickle, a couple of weeks ago I contacted you just to see if my order had reached you. You informed me that it had and that it takes about 6 weeks to ship an order. You said you received the order July 26, I believe. That would mean I still have about 2 or 3 weeks wait. No big deal. Well, I was surprised today to find my order had arrived. I was on my way to work and could just give it a cursory look. It looks better in the hand than in a picture. It looks great! I will write you back in a few weeks, after I have tried it, to let you know what I think of it. I'm sure I will be pleased with it. There is another holster that I like, it is the HW14. Who know, I may later on order it with maybe a straight drop instead of the angled drop. You certainly surprised me.
Ronnie S. Thacker
I just received my order in the mail. Its outstanding! The entire rig looks terrific and I can't wait to show it off. You did great work! My initial look at things shows that the order came in just right and the fit looks good too.
I want to thank you for the fine job you did on my holster. It was here on time for me to take hunting. You stayed true to your word and today that means a lot. So again, THANK YOU.
Received the rig last night.
I'm still lacking the words to describe the absolute beauty of your artistry. It was a given that the quality would be outstanding - the rig is so far beyond the definition of "quality", I find it unexplainable.
The fit is perfect. The six extra loops are completely accessible, and the '58 Remmies fit as if you had the actual pieces themselves. They draw from the holsters smoothly, and are retained just right.
How you do it I'll never know, but that's why you're an artist. I've never been really satisfied with the commercial holsters for my carry gun, so in the near future I'll probably be contacting you for your advice.
Thanks so very much - I can't wait for our next shoot to wear them.
Saying I'm a "satisfied" customer is a gross understatement.
To the staff at Mernickle Custom Holsters
I just received a beautiful holster from the "Mernickles" and wanted to write a thank you for a business transaction that didn't feel like a business transaction at all. The staff was great, the young lady that I spoke on the phone with, I'm sorry I don't remember her name, but she was exceptional. I ordered a holster, and by fault, all my own, it wasn't what I expected it to be when I received it. I was told to send it back, I did. I called and spoke with Bob M. personally, and together we came up with a design that was perfect. I received it today and it really is perfect. So in closing I would like to say thanks to Bob and his staff for the personal attention you just don't get anymore.
Thanks Bob and Staff
Martin A Szoke
Bob, I want to thank you and your staff for taking the extra effort to get my new holsters to me in time to shoot my first SASS meet. Actually, you got them to me early enough to make a shoot even earlier than I had planned/asked you to meet. The holsters are really nice. They fit well, glad you all leaned on me to get the 40 inch belt. They do have a gunfight look to them. I love the new Cowboy stitch on the holsters and belts. My black boots actually have a matching stitch on the toe portion! I got a lot of positive comments on them when I wore them to the Virginia Beach, Pungo Posse shoot this past Saturday. People wanted to know where I got them from, wanted to try their guns in them. You need to include a few business cards with your orders when you ship them to us to hand out. Two questions, where would be a good local type of store to get some black tie down straps for my legs if I want to play gunfighter, and two, what is a good dressing to put on the holsters and belt when they get wear marks and such? (Answer: "We use Acrylic on the holsters so when they start looking dull just go to a leather shop and ask for some. If you can't find it there we have it here. Be glad to send you a couple of tie downs.")
Again, thank you very much. I will be more than glad to brag about these holsters to anyone that will listen. I really like the simplistic, gunfighter look.
Bob, I received the holster today. It fits the weapon perfectly (snug but quick on the draw). As always, the finish and craftsmanship are beyond reproach.
Thank you so much for the prompt service and the wonderful product. Now I have to go out and buy more handguns so that I have an excuse to purchase more of your fine holsters.
Yesterday when I came home from work a packet was waiting for me and ... it was my belt and holster! It is very beautiful and fits me and my sixgun perfect. I had to wear it the entire evening and my fiancee was laughing because I must have acted like a 10 year old boy that got a new toy!
Thanks for the nice job and that you made it possible in that short time.
Best regards, Conrad.
Bob: After e-mailing you yesterday, I received my holster later in the day. It's a beautiful piece of work, and fits my gun like a glove. Thank you much for all your help. I hope I can refer some more business your way.
Just got home and found my PS-2 and PS-6 waiting for me. OUTSTANDING!!!! These holsters are truly functional works of art! I know they'd be good, but they are beyond good. They're fantastic! The fit and retention is perfect and the quality is second to none!
Thanks again from hone very happy customer,
Hi again Bob!
I just left my local gun shop where the subject of new plastic type holsters came up. (And how reasonably priced they are.) I told the owner and another patron about your company and how pleased a customer I am. When I told them I had you make a couple of custom holsters for me, the response from the patron was "Yeah. And what did that cost? A couple hundred dollars a piece?" They were floored when I told them "Not even close!" They were amazed when I related the tale about our venture (unsuccessful one) to get a dummy gun from the manufacturer so you could start making holsters for me. And how we (due to your idea) solved the problem. Well, they just had to see one of the holsters for themselves. I said "You're in luck, I have the PS-2 with me." They were impressed. Very impressed! They wanted to know all about your company so I'm sending them your home page via email. The shop owner is very anxious to see the PS-6 so I promised to bring it in for his inspection soon. (There isn't a doubt in my mind that he'll love it!)
Thanks again and I'm looking forward to doing more business with you in the future.
Got the holster (PS6) and the belt and cuff/magazine holster. Great workmanship ... I am very pleased ... the belt is one heck of a strong piece of leather and I doubt I could ever wear it out.
Thanks again ... I will be recommending you to my fellow law enforcement friends.
I got it. Great craftsmanship! It holds my Combat Commander exactly where I want it. Thanks for the great work. I'll be ordering from you again in the future when I figure out what my next carry gun will be.
I am honored. Thank You. It does take to the camera good doesn’t it.
PS. I never did get back to you about my newest holster. All I can say is: “It is what I have come to expect. The best damn rig on planet earth.” It gets along so well with my Vaquero that they are now married. Needless to say, it was built perfectly for me. The more we do this the better everything gets.
I'm in receipt of the gun belt and holsters today. I must say I am very pleased when I opened the box and saw the great craftsmanship. Is it exquisite work and I love it. My wife is in love with it also. Thanks for a job well done. It is worth every penny I paid for it.
a.k.a. Frosty Thunder
Good Morning Bob,
We got Paul's holster yesterday...just wanted to let you know he is really happy with it!
He really looks sexy with it on!
There's just something about a man with new crackling leather..it brings back teenage memories...I was raised on a farm..
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Margaret (Paul's girlfriend)
Since my SASS character is not a well-off sort and packs a pair of Remington 1858 New Army cap and ball revolvers with 7 =" barrels, I was looking for a double rig of fairly plain design suitable for a C&B shooter. I looked at what was on the market and didn't see anything that really suited my taste and my character.
That's when I ran across your Web site. I looked at your offerings and the double buscadero rig struck my fancy! I liked the look and the idea of the "lady cut" belt as well. I called, explained what I was after, and asked you to make me something.
Well, it arrived today and all I can say is "HOT DAMN!" - what a gorgeous rig!!!! The "lady cut" belt fits perfectly and carries the weight like a dream! The way you cut the holsters to go with the Remingtons is INCREDIBLE! The trim "modified slim-jim" looks positively elegant with the Remingtons. The belt that could have looked very nondescript without cartridge loops looks wonderful with the edge stitching and the few little extras embellishments! The shading of the leather adds yet another touch of class.
There is a saying about "beauty in simplicity" - well, THIS IS IT!
It is a mighty fine looking rig - I have no regrets at all about trusting your artistic talents and you can be sure I'll be telling everybody exactly WHO made this lovely "lady's cap and ball rig"!
Model: FC 5-6-8
Ich möchte mich recht herzlich für mein Holster FC 5-6-8 bedanken.
Ich sage nur DANKE Bob
Hey! Hope your doing fine.
I RECEIVED MY RIG AND IT IS FINER, AND FITS BETTER THAN ANYTHING I'VE EVER OWNED. IT SITS IN THE PERFECT POSITION AND I AM FASTER NOW THAN WITH ANY OTHER RIG AND IT RIDES NICE ON HORSEBACK TOO. THE ONLY THING THAT I THOUGHT WAS THAT THE 30-06 SLIDE WOULD BE 5 ROUND LIKE THE SHOTGUN SLIDE NOT 16. BUT THAT'S MY FAULT FOR NOT BEING SPECIFIC. GREAT WORK!!
After using my CA5/6 "rig" the past few weeks at gun shows and in four matches, I learned that the design of this "rig" is wonderfully technically proficient. Your knowledge and experience in fast draw makes significant difference. E.g., the cartridge loops on my "rig" are at the top of the belt and easy to access: the holsters are designed for easy access and re-entry and the cant of the CD is "right". The lined belt is easy on and off. It simply does not need a "double loop" and it is comfortable to wear
Our CAS club, (Orygun Cowboys) meets for the third NW Regional Planning Session tomorrow night. I am the "Posse Marshall" for sponsors and vendors this year. One of the agenda items is Sponsors and another is Vendors. Would you be interested in:
1. Attending the Regional
2. Being a sponsor
3. Display your leather on vendor's row
4. Other (e.g. providing a CA5/6 or similar rig at the dinner drawing).
Thank You for your outstanding service and quality of leather with my first order.
J. Boone Emmons
As you know, I had to call you to let you know how pleased I was when I received my PB 5 belt with the buckle and PS 6 SA Holster. The workmanship on each is superb. My Colt single action army fits perfectly, and the belt was made to my measurements exactly. I will use them proudly and will enjoy their use. Please use this letter as a testimonial to your great quality and workmanship. I know I will certainly recommend your company to my friends for their leather products, and you have a permanent customer with me.
Ben Motta, Texas
Bob, received holsters and, as always (this is my 5th from you) they are superb! The forward cant of the belt PS9-2 allows me to carry my full-size 1911 with very little needed to cover..usually just a short vest. Do you think that's because I am getting older and wear my pants much higher? :)
Anyhow, just wanted to let you know they got here in fine shape. Thanks again. Ed
COL Edward M. Knights
I thought I'd drop a line to let you know that I received the new holster a few days ago, thanks. It looks as good as I expected, and I'll be proud to wear it.
Thanks again, and have a great Thanksgiving.
'The Gunfighter Zone' - Helping you re-live the excitement of the 'Wild West'.
Thank you so much for my new holster! It is fabulous! I never thought I'd ever have my own FD7, but winning one was a dream come true. I just wanted to let you know how much I love my holster and how great of an artist you are! Your holsters are real works of art. I will always wear my Mernickle holster with pride!
So, from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU!
September 07, 2001
I would just like to let you know that I have received the holster you made for me and to tell you that I am extremely pleased with your craftsmanship. Not only does it fit my weapon but it is very comfortable to wear. I appreciate your time and effort that you put into my holster.
Just got to Portland and looked at the new holster. I'm REALLY pleased. It is so much smaller than the sig unit I'm used to. Its so small that it's almost cute.
Thanks much for your extra efforts.
Received my holsters yesterday and they are great. I do like them very much. High quality and good lookin' too"
Good Morning Bob,
I received my Taffin #1PS6A yesterday and is all and more than I expected! The workmanship and material quality is outstanding! The round carrier is equal to the holster!
The Ruger looks right at home and the fit is perfect. I look forward to many years of use from this rig.
Needless to say I will show your work off to my friends and hope to send you orders from them. I'm sure I will have more leather needs myself and I will always check with you.
Thanks again for the beautiful job.
I received it over the weekend. Although I have double western holsters for cowboy action from you, this is the first "working" holster I have had made by y'all. It is superb! ...and very comfortable (important for those of us who have not yet legislated away our freedoms and are allowed to protect ourselves. I will never buy another "off the shelf" holster regardless of brand name and hype. You have all my business from now on. Thanks so much for being so expedient and customer focused.
July 18, 2001
Yesterday afternoon I discovered my holster was at home awaiting my return from work. Congratulations on a job well done. The construction was flawless; the fit and finish is perfect; the carving on the holster was the exact execution of the snakehead I desired. I now have a one-of-a-kink heirloom that will last for generations. Thanks!
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that we received Charlie's holster yesterday and it is fantastic! The color is won\derful and the fit is, as usual, like a glove. You really outdid yourself on this one.
What kind of product do you recommend to keep the leather in good condition due to the extreme arid conditions here in Nevada?
Can you make the PS6 for the 1911 with and FBI cant?
Thanks again for the great work.
Charlie and Sue.
June 12, 2001
Got the holster and mag holder on Saturday and was really pleased with the looks and quality. Your probably don't remember but I told you when I ordered the gear that I wanted to wear it with an old money belt that I have. I thought I might have to dye the pieces a little so they would match the belt. Not so. They all match perfectly. Thanks a lot. I'm really happy with the way everything turned out.
I ordered an FC3 from you custom engraved with the Ruger emblem on it. I received it perhaps a week or two ago, but due to work, was unable to try it out. It look absolutely fabulous, but the carry is even better. It fits the Ruger Super Blackhawk like a glove, draws are lightning quick, and it still looks superb. Thank You for delivering a product well worth the price and the wait.
P.S. I know Bonnie deserves the credit for the engraving, tell her 'Thanks' for me. CA
May 07, 2001.
Just received my "plain Jane" in today's post and it was well worth the wait. Al I can say is "you are a master magician with a piece of dead cow". The colt fits it like a shadow and I am well please with it. Now I can't wait to show it off, and will surely pass your name around down here. Thanks.
Fred & Audry Klein
I am VERY PLEASED with the holster you made for me. The Dragon carving is great, please let your carver know that I think it is special. The overall quality of the holster is excellent. I will make sure that our customers know how to contact you.
I have not had a chance to wear the holster for any length of time, but will be doing so in a couple of weeks.
Please keep the picture of the dragon on file, in the future we will be talking about additional products.
Again, thank you very much.
Thanks for the fine work on the matched set of three HW1 holsters. As usual the workmanship was extraordinary. The fit and finish are flawless. The mechanics of your holsters are incredible. You can tell a lot of thought goes into the design. The world needs more world-class leather craftsmen such as you.
Till next time,
Sir, just received my special SH-3 shoulder rig. I was absolutely astonished at the craftsmanship. You sir are a master of your craft! I new by the web site I was getting what I wanted but this holster as you said on the phone for my .45 Blackhawk was beyond what I was expecting. Superb craftsmanship, detail, looks, fit everything was beyond what you said! I thank you very much for your kindness on the phone, your holster and your speedy delivery! Now I want to go out and buy another pistol so I can get another holster, thanks again, a satisfied and future customer!
April 21, 2001
This is Scott in California. I've recently received my shoulder holster and it's Way Cool. Your The Best!!!!!!!!
I just came in from work and found the GREAT LOOKIN' belt and holster set you made! All I can say is WOW! I've never won anything before, what a prize to win something of this quality and beauty. The SHBfits perfectly! All I know to say is thank you, now I get to try it out.
Thank you so much for the wonderful craftsmanship and perfect fit of my very special custom holster. I am certain that I could have found a holster and belt for a slightly smaller investment elsewhere but I would never have been as pleased as I am to have this holster. My custom holster is magnificent example of your dedication and artistic expertise. I appreciate your extra effort and considerate gesture of rush shipping it to me by Christmas. It will give me pride and tremendous protection for my 44 magnum and will certainly be a conversation piece around Bear and Elk hunting campfires for many years to come.
I will tell my friends where to find the finest custom made holsters, belts, and rifle slings obtainable anywhere!
All I can say is "WOW". You did an unbelievably fantastic job on this rig. It is without a doubt the best rig ever built for Fast Draw. It also has to be the best looking Fast Draw rig ever built. You are the VERY BEST leather craftsman in the world. A true ARTIST with leather and the best fast draw rig builder this is. I am extremely elated with this reg. All I can say is thanks a million times over for such a perfect job. You are the best there is. I am really happy with this rig. Wow! WHAT A RIG.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I had a couple of guys over to drool over and they want to know if you would build a less expensive rig for them, and if so, how much?
This rig has relit my fire in Fast Draw that was dying out because of the fact that I didn't feel up to it and figured what's the use, but now, I'm back and on fire for Fast Draw. Thanks to your perfect rig.
Thanks a MILLION.
Dear Bob and Bonnie
Last night, arriving home after work I spotted your shipping box in the days mail, I immediately open it it putting the holsters on over my business clothes. I then slid in my six shooters, a perfect fit. The Cowboy Action shooting holsters, gun belt, knife sheath and shotgun cartridge belt are all perfect -- I am elated!
Bob, your adroit craftsmanship is obvious as shown by painstaking attention to detail. Additionally, the custom carving of the Adder heads on the holsters by Bonnie is meticulous as well as stunning. The holsters are, as my 16 year old son would say, "waaaay cool". I may not be the #1 shootest at the SASS matches, but I know I'll have the coolest looking, best crafted, most functional holsters. (Is there such a thing as, -holster envy-?).
Bob and Bonnie thank you very much.
I just wanted to drop a brief note letting you know that I've received my custom order belt. Again, the craftsmanship is outstanding. There is not a single leather shop or retailer in the entire state of Wisconsin that comes close to producing the quality products that you've made me. I would like to type up a small testimonial for your TESTIMONIALS section on your web page - would this be alright?
Again, thanks much - I am extremely satisfied. I will be making additional purchases from you in the future and I hope to direct additional business to you.