My background (in 1970s) was servicing large computer systems. Back then
most large computer systems cost well over a million dollars, and they were housed in huge data centers. That was back when major computer manufacturers
paid respectable salaries, and technicians had to actually know how to "fix" things. Everything was going well until a guy by the name of Bill Gates came
along with his new operating system for running inexpensive personal computers. The concept of the PC revolutionized the computer industry, and they
began replacing large computer systems everywhere. It was just a matter of time before computer prices fell (like a rock) to a mere few hundred bucks.
This drastic change in computer technology gradually reduced my salary, and I needed to persue something else.
Larry Willis is the founder of Innovative Technologies and the author of this website. "In the future, Reloading
Technologies will continue making my patented products available to shooters."
So . . . . in 1995, I started my own computer consulting company "Innovative Technologies"
where I serviced IBM midrange systems and peripherals . . . . only those that were still profitable to repair. I also helped a few starving national computer
manufacturers by servicing their systems all over Central Florida. Most of the larger computer systems quickly became obsolete; and as the years slipped by, most of those
manufacturers downsized until they finally went out of business.
That's when I changed the direction of Innovative Technologies to making reloading tools, like those that I have made for my personal
use. My shooting buddies convinced me to patent some those products and make them available to shooters everywhere.
In July 2002, I patented the Belted Magnum Collet Resizing Die . Over the years, I have had (5) national distributors sell these
dies There are now well over 6,000 shooters all over the world using them. I also designed and patented the Digital Headspace Gauge and the
Wide View Light Reflector used on our popular borescope. Due to health problems, I am now retired, and one of my shooting buddies (Dave Crowder)
will keep my unique products available to shooters from this website. I will continue to write technical articles and be available to shooters as long as my health allows.
I've been involved in shooting since the mid 1960s, and I've met most of my best friends at the rifle range or while on hunting trips. When I'm not
working on new shooting and reloading equipment, you can bet that I'll be reloading or out shooting somewhere. My main interest in shooting is "informal" rifle
competition at any distance out to 1,000 yards; but I also shoot pistol, shotgun, black powder, and archery.
I've always been actively involved in trying to expand the popularity of the shooting sports. I believe that we desperately
need more young people interested in shooting. This sport depends on large numbers of shooters that will get involved to protect our Second Amendment
rights. Our Constitution will always be under attack by most liberals and outspoken left wing fanatics. For the most part, the only Americans
that will stand up for our Second Amendment are our fellow shooters. My goals are to promote
the shooting sports, help shooters make the best handloads possible, motivate new shooters; and hopefully, there will be enough of them to protect our gun rights
for the future.
Larry A. Willis
NRA Life Member
Tea Party Member