Otis enters AR-15 accessory market

Otis, a well known manufacturer and military supplier of cleaning kits, has entered the AR-15 accessory market.

Otis handguard.

The Otis TRS rail system was developed after the company made a few go/no-go gauges for testing picatinny rails. They found that few rails were actually within spec.

The picatinny go/no-go gauge

The TRS will retail for $260.

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  • SoloTwo

    If its one thing we need, it’s surely more handguards.

  • Carl

    Maybe the reason the other rails were not to spec is that they don’t cost a small fortune.

    In general this rail frenzy seems to be getting out of hand. There is a lot of finely machined metal weighing down the so called “black rifles” these days. Most of it unused, I would guess.

  • Lance

    Too expensive!

  • Dave

    “If its one thing we need, itโ€™s surely more OVERPRICED handguards.”
    Fixed it for you.

    I don’t mean to imply that the rabble at AR15.COM is an authoritative source, but….

    You take a few engineers (myself included), add a couple CNC machinsts who know how to work measurement devices, and you come up with a couple interesting conclusions:

    1. The OTIS press release is correct. Many very expensive handguards are very poorly machined.

    2. The approximate cost to manufacture an rail handguard is very low. Somewhere around 25-30% of OTIS’ suggested retail price.

    People are making these darned things at ridiculous prices because there is money to be made.

  • Who pays retail?

    They making 7″ rails only? What about midlength and rifle length?

  • I’m sure the next thing they’ll be releasing is a piston-operated AR. It will differentiate itself by being self-cleaning. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Rodger Young

    So, they built a gage and then declared everyone else’s rails wrong and their’s right by virtue of the same gage?