Western Leather Gun Belt Ranger Star

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Beaver News #94 - June 17, 2019

This week Mark is talking about Western Gun Belts. The belt he is showing in the video he made many years back (30-35 years ago!) and this is a very popular rig that gets ordered quite a bit by our customers.

The Ranger Star Rig is a really good gun belt if you are going to be riding and shooting, if you are going to be out on the range carrying a side iron, or if you are doing mounted Cowboy Action.

Riding with a belt that comes off the hip is a lot easier to draw from and shoot than to have a Buscadero Rig. Also, the holsters are form-fitted so the firearm doesn't just come out or bounce around and shift while riding like it is the case with many mass-produced unlined holsters.

The inspiration for the Texas Star Conchos came from one of Mark's favourite actors Chuck Norris in the series Texas Ranger.

But if you don't want star conchos on your rig that is fine too. We can put any kind of concho on the belt and holster, you just let us know what you want.

If you are interested in ordering one for yourself, you can find it in the Online shop here: But first, watch this week's video here or by clicking below. 

Catchers Glove Restored Like New

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Beaver News #93 - May 20, 2019

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This week we show you how we restored a catcher's glove so the Dad (our client) could pass it on to his beloved daughter.

The inside had a lot of wear and tear, even holes, so we had to replace it. This meant taking the glove apart, manufacture a new piece and then lace everything back together. 

Sounds easy enough but is quite tricky in reality. Check out this week's video and see the transformation from worn out with holes to looking like brand new.  

Custom Leather Electrician Tool Pouches with Shoulder Harness

Beaver News #92 - April 29, 2019

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Our customer used a magazine holder to carry his electrician tools while working. But it didn't hold all the tools he wanted and they also fell out sometimes.

So we took the tools that he uses on a day-to-day basis and built him custom form-fitted pouches for each one of them in the order he wanted to have them. He can open and close the pouches with one hand so he is always safe if he is up on scaffolding for example.

The harness is fully adjustable to his body and liking. It sits on his shoulders and can be connected to his belt with D-rings.

Check out this video and let us know what you think. We love manufacturing unique ideas like this. So if you have something in your business or personal life (not just with tools) that you would like to have manufactured, give us a shout. 

How we make our Signature 3D cartridge loops

Beaver News #91 - April 15, 2019

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We are doing a happy dance because we reached 1,000 subscribers on Youtube - Yabba Dabba Doo!! We even got an email from Youtube congratulating us 🙂

Our most watched video is the one about our signature 3D cartridge loops that has over 35,700 views, 41 comments, and 398 likes.

In that video, Mark explains how he builds these loops onto belts, holsters, staging strips, etc in a way that they don't expand and become too loose for your cartridges to the point that they fall out. 

Because we got such a big response to that video Mark shows you in this week's video how we actually make these Signature 3D cartridge loops. 

It's not step-by-step instructions but it shows you the process of what goes into it. You'll see: 
  • the template he uses
  • how he cuts out the leather - make sure you check out the tricks of the trade and pro tips he tells you 
  • then he's beveling the edges and makes a stitching groove
  • to be ready to punch the slots and then dye the piece
  • Now it's time for the loop material to get prepared
  • it gets riveted to the base piece and then pulled through the slots to create the cartridge loops 
 We hope you'll enjoy, check out the video below. 

Bottom Plug for Mare’s Leg Holster

Beaver News #90 - March 25, 2019

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First we'd like to thank everyone who stopped by our table at the 2-Day HACS Show and said hello. For those of you who couldn't come, here two photos of our tables: 

Now the HACS Show is over and we are back in the shop. In this weeks video, Mark shows you an attachment for your Mare's Leg Holster, 

The Bottom Plug

We created this plug because some of our customers have asked for it. The Henry Mare's Leg has a tubular magazine that opens up at the bottom. For some reason or another, that tubular magazine opened up and they lost the tube, the slide unit, and all their ammunition.

This bottom plug prevents this from happening. 

We can add the bottom plug to any holster you already have or you can order your new Mare's Leg holster with the bottom plug.

Check out the video by clicking on the image below.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Spoof, HACS Show

Beaver News #89 - March 11, 2019

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Thank you for reading and watching our Beaver News, we do appreciate that you take time out of your busy day for us. 

Busy is also what we are here at Beaver Mountain Works this week while getting ready for the HACS Annual 2-Day Gun Show next weekend in Chilliwack. 

That's why we had no time to create a new product video for you, especially because Mark had to take naps in between preparing (wink wink) Check out what he is dreaming about on those naps by clicking on the video below: 

We hope this made you chuckle!

If you live near Vancouver BC Canada come visit us at our tables at this show, we'd love to meet you, talk with you and show you our products, their quality and the workmanship that goes into them. 

How to use the hammer tab on your holster

Beaver News #88 - February 25, 2019

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On this week's video, Mark is talking about our hammer tabs. We learned that a few of our clients were a little confused on how to use it when they receive their (Mare's Leg) holster. 

They contact us and ask, "what is the small leather trace that is by the hammer for?"

Hammer Tab on our Mare's Leg Holsters. www.BeaverMountainworks.com

Well, this is a hammer tab, and it keeps your firearm in the holster, from moving around a whole lot or from falling out if you trip.

There are two holes in the back and two holes in the front, this gives you the option to have thehammber tab to backside or to the front. 

If you use the holster with the saddle attachment, we suggest you put the hammer tab to the inside (backside), because it will hold the firearm nice and snug when you are riding. 

Where on the other hand, when you are walking through the bush it is a lot nicer to have the hammer tab to the outside. 

The hammer tab is not just on our Mare's Leg holsters but on any holster that we manufacture, like the revolver holsters, the holsters on the Buscadero rigs etc, it always keeps the firearm nice and snug. 

But we also make different styles of hammer tabs, check out this week's video. As always: You dream it - we make it!

New Welcome Video and Yes, we are a Canadian Company

Beaver News #89 - February 11, 2019

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We are a Canadian run family business in British Columbia.

We make custom leather goods... for YOU! You dream it - we make it!

High quality, practical, dependable, products that you need.

Not things that you go to the store and you have to buy what they sell you, but things that you dream of that you need to have manufactured, you come give us a shout.

We'll produce those things so when you are out there in the bush you are out there in some situation in your life and you got that product it just doesn't fall apart because of shoddy workmanship.

So remember: You dream it - we make it! Beaver Mountain Works

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Mare’s Leg Shoulder Rig converted into Hanging Saddle Holster

Beaver News #86 - January 28, 2019

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Have you ever wondered how long it takes to convert our Mare's Leg Shoulder Holster into a Hanging Saddle Holster? 

What if you are not only wanting to carry your Mare's Leg on a shoulder rig in the bush but also while you are riding your horse?

For this exact situation, you can buy the saddle attachment from us. This attachment lets you connect your Mare's Leg holster to the horn of your Western Saddle. 

In this video, Mark shows you how quick you can transform the holster from fitting your shoulder harness to hanging off your saddle.

  • Step 1: you detach your holster from the harness by removing the Chicago screws
  • Step 2: you attach your holster to the saddle attachment either with Chicago screws or like Mark shows you in the video, with lace. 

In addition, you might also be interested in the practical quick tip that Mark offers one minute and forty seconds into the video on how to loosen or tighten Chicago screws the easy way. 

Custom Long-Range Shooting Bag

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Beaver News #85 - January 14, 2019

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First off, Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

We here at Beaver Mountain Works were closed over the holidays but that doesn't mean we were not busy. We finished off some major projects, one of them being this custom hand made long-range shooting bag.

The customer came to us with a bag that he owned. It held up for many years but now it desperately needed some repairs. At the same time, our customer was looking to get a new bag made, this time one that was custom to his wants and needs.

In this week's video, you see both, the original bag that we repaired as well as the new bag, custom hand-made by us.

By the way, if you haven't subscribed to our Youtube channel yet, we'd love it if you would do so. We would like to get to the magic number of 1,000 subscribers!
We dream it - you can help us make it 🙂


Leather Knife Sheath – How to make a template

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Beaver News #83 - December 10, 2018

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If you don't live close enough to come visit us at our shop but you'd still like to order a custom handmade knife sheath that fits your knife, you can send us a template. 

In this week's video, Mark shows you how to make the template, all you need is 

  • the knife you want a sheath for
  • a piece of cardboard (part of a cereal box works great) 
  • a pen

First, he talks about the pancake knife sheath and how to measure your knife to order one. Then at around minute 2:30 he shows you how to measure for a regular knife sheath. 

Watch the video below, and if you have any questions, please give us a shout, we'd love to hear from you. 

Embossing Leather

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Beaver News #82 - November 26, 2018

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This week we are talking about embossing on leather. 

Embossing stamps personalizes your items and gear. We have an assortment of different stamps available to choose from including

  • letters and numbers in several sizes (1/2", 3/4", 1"), 
  • Native designs,
  • 3D stamps like black bear, grizzly bear, horse etc, 
  • Military, Coast Guard, Marine etc
  • Flags
  • Graham Howard Designs (R.I.P. my friend)

We can do the embossing manually or with our press. Depending on what colour the item with the embossing has we highlight it or not and we can also highlight it in gold or silver. 

Check out the video below to see how we do it.