This is for our late friend, Will Larson, the beloved AR guru of Semper Paratus Arms. Josh Katz and we wrote the following for Will's memorial fundraiser, I think it's appropriate for this page as well.
William Larson of Semper Paratus Arms passed away on Saturday, 29-June-2019.
Veteran of the US Army and US Coast Guard with 10 years of service to
our Great Nation, Will had deployed to Iraq in 2005 in Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served as an Armorer and Instructor
for the Department of Defense and well known private military companies.
He also worked at highly respected companies such as BCM and SIONICS
Will is best known for his Armorer's Courses that
he taught across the United States. These courses were universally
praised for the breadth and depth of knowledge that he shared.
no-nonsense demeanor, frankness and humor didn't take long to endear
him to people that may have known him by reputation. To those that know
him and those that only knew him through the internet forums, his
passing is both shocking and devastating. Our hearts are broken.
had touched countless lives, many of whom he barely knew, that was
Will. He helped both individuals and companies and never asked for
anything in return. Many companies owe their existence and success to
Will, and his wisdom and knowledge has benefited many individuals that
are completely unaware that the gear they use and trust have Will's
fingerprints on it.
His contribution to the industry is
immeasurable and he is impossible to replace. His passing is a great
loss to his family and to those that know and love him in the industry.
Will didn't suffer fools gladly, and would let fly his dry sense of humor upon the hapless know it alls when he'd had enough.
He was a modest guy, one of the nicest people you'd ever meet, until he got tired of hearing the same nonsense repeated, and we loved him for it.
Will was always about doing everything correctly and properly. Torquing the castle to spec and staking it in two places (per TM) was perhaps one of the better known subjects.
Will's Nuts consists of a CNF engraved with Will's Nuts (on both sides), a Mayhew center punch (Will's favorite for staking castle nuts), engraved with #lego on one side, and Willspec on another, and a patch with our logo and #legos embroidered. Proceeds of Will's Nuts will go to his family.
Will was my friend. He believed is us when we were a completely unknown
startup nobody heard of in 2015, and when I was not in a position to of
use to him. But if you know Will, you'd know he couldn't care less
about what one could do for him, he was always available and helping
others regardless. Forward Controls would not be the same without Will,
and his wisdom and knowledge had graced more than a few FCD products. We have missed him dearly.