By Steve Wall
How did you start the company?
Doughty Enterprises originally began with my father. He has been a life long firearms enthusiast and hunter. He spent time in the Army during Vietnam, next as a Sheriffs Deputy, then custom leather holster maker. The entire time he consistently maintained the practice of casting and reloading lead bullets. This brought him to procuring mills and lathes to make his own bullet molds for cast bullets. The machining process and experience eventually lead to the founding of Doughty Enterprises, where he was manufacturing cast bullet sizing dies and Model 94 Take Down kits. I began learning the machining process from my father towards the end of my military career. My father and I began to set up a plan to transition the business over to me upon my departure from the Army and for his retirement. Once I got out I officially started M. Doughty Enterprises and moved to a new location. Currently we are still organizing and working out the problems with setting up equipment in a new location. Additionally, we are modifying and adding equipment for increased production and efficiency based off lessons learned while at my fathers shop. While my father is officially retired, I am lucky to have him visit the shop twice a week to teach me about both machining and firearms.
What do your customers say about your products?
From the feedback we’ve recieved from customers they are very pleased with our products. The quality of tolerance and overall finish of our product being the highlights. I’m a small one man shop so quality is an asset I have in abundance over speed of manufacturing. With this customers have been pleased with the quality and consideration given to each product order and I hope to continue that trend.
What are your most popular products and who is your target audience?
Up until recently the most popular product has been the custom cast bullet sizing dies. With my father we were striving to achieve a tolerance of +/- .0003″ for a perfect hole. A very time consuming process with our equipment but the results were extremely popular especially amongst the competition air gunner crowd. Recently though we have introduced Chill Shots, a solid stainless steel “bullet” meant to replace ice in your drink. It is popular among whiskey enthusiast because the Chill Shot doesn’t water down the beverage as it warms up. There are many types of chillers available but the Chill Shots popularity comes from our ability to make a product realistically similar to an actual cartridge such as a 30-30 Winchester. Our customers are really enjoying that they can enjoy their favorite beverage which is chilled by their favorite cartridge.
Our target audience is firearms and outdoors enthusiast. The Chill Shot though, can be enjoyed by movie lovers, history lovers, or anyone that has a cartridge which stands out or represents something special to them. As long as individuals are looking for a quality hand finished product to keep their drinks chilled, then we hope to meet their needs.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
When I was contemplating leaving the Army to start a new career there was much discussion with my family to include my wife and two boys. During these conversations I came to conclusion that the most important aspect of my life was raising my two boys. This is what lead me to start a small business. As a small business owner I can now ensure that I have time for raising my boys properly. I now have the freedom to always make time for them. With this freedom I can guide them to the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and growing into the young men of the future. While a great product is number one priority for my business list, having time for my children is top priority overall and will always remain there.
What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?
There are so many great memories that it is hard to pick a single one. I’m sure this is a common problem amongst all outdoorsman. I think I can narrow it down though. I would say my most memorable moment was when my oldest son caught a large rainbow trout on his Spiderman fishing pole. He was only 5 years old if I recall. He was using a shiny silver lure that my father had in his tackle. It was such a fun moment because he made the cast all on his own to follow with reeling the lure back in. When the fish struck he was so surprised. We told him to pop the rod and set the lure. He did a great job to which he followed up by reeling the fish in! He caught the first fish, the largest fish, and the best fish of the day. That night he ate the entire fish. To this day he loves fishing and he loves eating his catch even more.
Contact Info: doughty enterprises
Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:
M Doughty Enterprises definitely has their priorities in the right place when it comes to work/life balance! Having a young family myself, I admire his dedication to spending time with his children and raising them in the outdoors! You can definitely tell that he has a passion for his work and that comes out in the desire for very tight tolerances. I am definitely looking forward to a nice drink in the near future with some Chill Shots!
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