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Mike Willard (SwampFox) Passed Away

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by G29SF, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. TDC20


    Apr 11, 2011
    I have been very fortunate to know some wonderful people within the shooting community...people who are friendly and willing to share their time and experience to help me become a better shooter, a better competitor, and a better person. Mike embodied that spirit. He generously shared his time and knowledge with the 10mm community. He treated everyone like a friend.

    He will be greatly missed.

    Thanks, Mike.
  2. Sheepdog Scout

    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

    Jan 23, 2010
    Who knows?
    Horrible news to hear. Mike seemed like a very honest and good person. Condolences to his friends and family.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

  3. Boba Debt

    Boba Debt

    Aug 21, 2011
    I recently spoke with Mike and although I was an idiot when it can to custom ammo he took the time to school me on the important stuff and I could not wait to use his services.

    RIP brother :(
  4. saspic

    saspic Howdy Y'all! CLM

    Jan 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    Oh, man. That makes me sad.

    As said, he always seemed like a genuinely pleasant and honest person. I hope he is enjoying himself in a better place.

    Condolences to his loved ones.
  5. 21Carrier

    21Carrier Until I Gota 29

    Feb 4, 2011
    Hoover, AL
    I don't even know what to say. Mike was a great guy. I'm sure we will all remember his great ammo for years. It will likely be legendary around here for some time. He REALLY was a great guy. Those words get tossed around pretty freely, but they are certainly applicable here. Even though he was struggling to keep his ammo manufacturing business afloat, he would help me with load data. I can't imagine ANY other ammo manufacturer sharing trade secrets like that. That's something only a good man would do.

    He always seemed very honest and available to his customers, and truly deserved a long life. It's so sad to hear that he's gone, especially at only 50 years of age.

    About two seconds before I read this, I was starting to worry about Mike and Swampfox. I was thinking about how severely this Underwood company is going to cut into his business. I was hoping he would find some way to compete. Obviously, that is no longer a concern. It's a sad day for the 10mm community. I just wish I would have known before the funeral, so I could have sent flowers or something.

    Mike, you will be missed. Rest in peace.
  6. Is there something we could do here in the 10 ring of a more permanent nature?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  7. No Mercy

    No Mercy

    Dec 17, 2004
    Thats a great idea! Maybe a sticky. Anyone have any pics of Mike we could post?
  8. 21Carrier

    21Carrier Until I Gota 29

    Feb 4, 2011
    Hoover, AL
    I was thinking the same thing. Mike is definitely deserving of some sort of tribute.
  9. TreyG-20

    TreyG-20 Second2None

    I dont have any pictures of him but i am subscibed to his youtube channel and can get all the links to his chronograph videos. I think he had a few of him messing around too but im not sure.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  10. What a sad bad news for 10mm community...
    Rest in peace, brother in arms.
  11. deadandgone


    Jul 27, 2010
    Apologies if this sounds weird....I passed by Mike's website....and it is still live. I can't tell you how odd that felt....

    Damn I miss you Mike

  12. pistolpete10mm


    Feb 28, 2011
    I only know Mike from reading here, but it's sad to hear someone who is an asset to the 10mm community leaves this world way too young. Perhaps the stress of trying to keep his business alive in these financial difficult times contributed to his unfortunate heart attack.

    I never had the chance to buy any of his full power ammo since I live in Europe, and it's too bad all his recipes for full power 10mm ammo will most likely be lost forever.

    Also a great loss for this forum as he was someone who really knew what he was talking about and was more than willing to give good advice. Maybe someone with a lot of time on his hands could bundle some of his wisdom that he wrote here in the past year in a sticky thread?
  13. gatorboy


    Jul 26, 2001
    It's pretty nice
    My sincere condolences to his family, dogs and friends. He really seemed to give a whole new generation of 10mm enthusiasts something worth shooting.

    RIP Mike
  14. glock20c10mm


    Dec 4, 2004
    Out West
    I like the sticky idea. Guess I'm still in shock as I still can't believe Mike isn't with us anymore. At least for me, that's gonna take awhile to get used to.:sigh:

    RIP William Michael Willard. Condolences to his family and all who knew him.
  15. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    RIP, Mike. I wish I had a chance to shoot that stuff. You will be missed.
  16. RIP Mike....Your hot 180 XTP's will still be stoked in my G20 to protect my butt while in the outdoors! Thank you!
  17. crsuribe

    crsuribe 10mm Auto

    Jul 3, 2010
    I am very very saddened by this. I really admired and supported his initiative.

    Great guy.

    R.I.P Mike Willard.
  18. blastfact


    Aug 15, 2011
    Saw this thread and it hit me like a bat to the head. I never bought any of his ammo. But I was very happy he was there to service the 10mm community and it's shooters.

  19. arushus

    arushus Biggest Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    NE Oklahoma
    felt like this thread needed a bump after seeing so many people posting in the other swampfox thread...
  20. Noobiwan


    Aug 15, 2010
    Mike, you will not be forgotten, nor your legendary SwampFox Ammo!