June 2004

John B Williams Jr. is killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to U.S. Optics. John III is named President/CEO of U.S. Optics.

December 2013

John III retires as CEO of U.S. Optics, Inc. This launches John's passion for custom gunsmithing again. Distant Design & Consulting is born.

june 1983

John III finishes first custom build 1911 .45ACP pistol with guidance from his Father John B Williams Jr. This launches him into a long line of builds.

may 1990

U.S. Optics is born in Fullerton CA in John's garage. Custom riflescopes are now the focus of the father and son team, first model was the SN-4 1-4X.



JOHN, aka JBW3

Distant Design & Consulting was formed to be an umbrella for design and consulting efforts as well as custom gunsmithing and the DDC Firearms brand. Working with various manufacturers in the industry on R&D projects for optics, firearms and complete weapon systems is the passion that drives us.

Whether it is fixing your old shotgun, customizing an existing firearm, building of a complete weapon or designing your wildest idea DDC is your one stop shop. Specializing in 1911 pistols, AR15/AR10 weapons platforms, long distance bolt action rifles, and custom wood work. No job to small, no idea too outlandish, we make your dreams come to life.