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Our History: A Family Tradition

Doreen Garrett founded Otis Technology at the unlikely age of 16. The company, named after her father, Gerald "Jerry" Williams - whose middle name is Otis, is a testament to how real life situations can be successfully solved through vision, commitment and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

The story began while Doreen was deer hunting with her father, carrying her grandfather’s Winchester Model 94. A misstep over a submerged root in a boggy marsh resulted in a barrel full of mud and a ruined hunt.

Back at camp, Doreen lamented the need for an effective and portable, packable way to clean and clear a gun barrel in the field—and thus the genesis of the first Otis Breech-to-Muzzle® gun cleaning system was born.

Upon returning home, Doreen would spend countless hours searching for proper materials, testing ideas, encountering failures, regrouping and re-attacking the goal of creating a quality, portable gun cleaning system.

She began offering her systems to friends and family (dubbing them “The Whole Kit and Caboodle®” because “they had everything you need”). In 1985, backed by a small bank loan and armed with a few prototypes in hand, Doreen attended her first SHOT Show—a bold move that would propel her fledgling business forward. She was 16 and had to fib about her age just to get in.

Twenty-eight years later, Otis Technology continues as a family-run business offering a multitude of different gun cleaning products, assembled in a 63,000 square foot facility with more than 100 employees. Our portable Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning systems are renowned throughout the shooting sports and military markets for their exceptional quality and simplicity of design and function. A true story of success.


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