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Imagine you are in your home.  It’s the middle of the night, your kids are sleeping down the hall, or maybe you have company in the front bedroom.  You’re awakened by the sound of someone breaking into our home.  What do you do?

“When tenths of a second can mean the difference between life and death, whether you are a Navy Seal clearing a compound, a police officer running into an active shooting scenario, or a single mother defending your children from a home invader, the benefits of the OA Tactical Hotzone are simply unmatched.”  Sam Lambert, -Founder and CEO

Ochoco Arms – Where are they now

By EDCO - Economic Development for Central Oregon

Less than a year ago, Prineville-based Ochoco Arms won the Bend Venture Conference Concept-Stage Division, taking home the $10,000 prize presented by BendBroadband. We touched base with CEO Sam Lambert to get an update on the company and learn what has transpired in the past year.

When it comes to the outdoors, Central Oregon is overflowing with opportunity. From Mount Bachelor to the high desert, businesses are building up around the area’s recreational bounty to take advantage of what our region has to offer.

Sam Lambert is one of those entrepreneurs who has taken his recreational passion – in his case, hunting and shooting sports — to invent a laser sight to improve shotgun accuracy. That vision spawned Ochoco Arms, the Bend Venture Conference Concept Stage winner in 2013.

Competing in last year’s Bend Venture Conference, Lambert thought that he might be able to get experience presenting his business plan, make some connections, and meet investors.

“What I didn’t anticipate was the awareness and recognition that winning would get from the major players in the firearms industry. They discovered Ochoco Arms because of BVC,” said Lambert. “We’ve been discovered by key advisors, engineers and potential partners. BVC has opened the floodgates of interest and that took us by surprise.”

Ochoco Arms is one of many businesses in Central Oregon that form a hub of innovation in the firearms industry, which is seeing great success and draws national and international attention to the region.

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“Photos by Marisa Chappell Hossick, provided by Economic Development for Central Oregon”

Oregon Live - June 05, 2014


Company Camera: Ochoco Arms

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