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11-21-2011, 14:07

Fellow GT'ers, I have sad news. Mike Willard, the owner of SwampFox Ammo, passed away on 11/05/2011.

Well known for his "Nuclear" 10mm ammunition, Mike often contributed to general 10mm and reloading discussions. Those of us who had the opportunity to talk with him knew he didn't just make great ammo, he was an all around nice guy.

Because he ran his business all by himself, he did not have any employees to notify us about his passing. I spoke with his brother this afternoon while inquiring about an order I had with SwampFox. (I apologize for not getting his name.) His brother said that there was nobody to take over his business and that SwampFox Ammo would be shut down. (He talked about how Mike had his own recipies for his ammo and he didn't write any of it down.)

I felt that inquiring futher about my order was not appropriate, so I do not have any information to assist those of us with credit card charges but no ammo. Sorry I can't help you there.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and his family/friends. He will be missed.

11-21-2011, 14:09
Holy smokes!!! R.I.P.

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11-21-2011, 14:12
That sucks. RIP.

Oddly enough the father of Elite Ammunition's owner just passed as well.

11-21-2011, 14:12
Thanks g29...very well done!

Prayers and thoughts to his family, you will be missed mike!

11-21-2011, 14:17
I'm deeply saddened. He was a really great guy.

11-21-2011, 14:29
I'm deeply saddened. He was a really great guy.

Yes he was! Super nice too, he'd do whatever he could to help

a link to his obituary may be found in the "Mike@swampfox" thread here in the 10ring forum...

Perhaps a 21 (10mm) gun salute is in order. Haha, we should organize a national 10mm magazine dump at a specific time as a tribute...

11-21-2011, 14:32
This is a sad day for everyone, not just as firearms enthusiast but as human beings.

11-21-2011, 14:39
I have no words at this time. Since I was a newbie, Mike took special time with me. He called me with advice several times to keep me safe. I am deeply saddened by this.
I exchanged emails with Mike on Nov. 4, 2011. It is listed below:

JJ, Yes, the shipping calculator is not correct.

I don't process the orders automatically.

I edit them and send a new invoice if the shipping is not correct.

Then process it. You should have gotten a second invoice with corrections if there were any.

The corrections would be made to match the shipping table that can be seen by using the shipping table link in the top right corner of the site.

If the shipping was correct you may not have gotten a new invoice.

The search for good help continues. I'm talking to someone tomorrow but don't know.

<hr>From: JJ <inspectorjj@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 12:34:08 -0700 (PDT)
To: Mike Willard<mikewillard@rocketmail.com>
ReplyTo: JJ <inspectorjj@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Your swampfox orders

Hi Mike, I noticed the note on your site stating that the shipping was off and you were confirming by email. Did I need to do anything? And how is the search going for more help? I saw where your last guy didn't work out.
Let me know if you need anything from me.


11-21-2011, 14:45
Damn. RIP Mike Willard and Swampfox. :sigh:

11-21-2011, 15:26
G29SF: Thanks for digging into Mike's situation!

I am very sorry to hear this news. That is a major bummer for the 10mm community and those of us who considered him a friendly individual within the internet community of Glock talk.

Mike was a real cool guy - we had lots of conversations both on the forum and via private message.

This is a guy who cared. He cared about the community, about people, about the 10mm, about the shooting sports and aspired where others dared not tread.

This sucks.

I hope we have someone else come along with a similar background to his and start churning out serious 10mm cartridges for the non-reloading fans of this versatile cartridge.

We will miss you brother!


11-21-2011, 15:34
Very sad, he seemed like a great ambassador to the 10mm and overall nice guy.

11-21-2011, 15:51
That is truly sad news! Mike will be missed!


11-21-2011, 15:56
i love his ammo! I was gonna have my girl order me couple boxes for christmas.... Rip brother

11-21-2011, 16:02
Good bye fellow 10 ringer you will be missed. My heart goes out to your family

11-21-2011, 16:10
Rest in peace brother Mike..

11-21-2011, 16:21
Praying for Mike and his family. What a loss to the shooting community, especially 10mm lovers


11-21-2011, 16:38

11-21-2011, 16:40
I pray he is with the LORD and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. If you die tonight, do you know where you will spend eternity? Repent and trust the Savior, and you too, will be granted eternal life!! God Bless Mike's family.

11-21-2011, 16:55
RIP Mike, My prayer goes out to your Family and friends.

11-21-2011, 16:58
What shocking news!

Mike, we will all miss you! Peace be with your family.

11-21-2011, 17:53
I wanted to try some ammo... now I never will. Prayers for you Mike!

11-21-2011, 17:54
Wow... I'm floored. Extremely sad news. Thoughts go out to his family and friends. I'm sure he's up there shooting the mighty 10mm in the big gun range in the sky.

RIP, bro.

11-21-2011, 18:52
Man, what a shock...RIP Mike

11-21-2011, 19:18
Sad news indeed. Seemed like a very nice guy, always willing to help. RIP Mike...

Deployment Solu
11-21-2011, 19:27
RIP Brother.

11-21-2011, 20:18
William Michael Willard 1961-2011


No Mercy
11-21-2011, 20:21
Oh no!:sad: Its a devastating loss for the 10mm enthusiast. Such a great guy. If I had any Swampfox ammo laying around, I couldnt shoot it. Id have to hang onto it. RIP my friend.......

11-21-2011, 20:37
RIP, Mr. Willard.

11-21-2011, 21:55
Oh no!:sad: Its a devastating loss for the 10mm enthusiast. Such a great guy. If I had any Swampfox ammo laying around, I couldnt shoot it. Id have to hang onto it. RIP my friend.......
My last box of Swampfox i have been saving just for carry ammo. Im going to retire it back to its box and hold on to it.

11-21-2011, 22:13
I wish Id held on to mine also, but, who woulda thought something like this would happen, this is a serious blow to our 10mm community...who's gonna fill his shoes, sure as hell cant be mike mcnett...

11-22-2011, 09:23
I just realized Mike and I share the same birthday (Oct 10)... Of course he was a little older. I was born in 1969.

11-22-2011, 09:57
Godspeed, my friend.

11-22-2011, 10:05
Wow! Not what I expected to read when stopping by the 10 Ring this morning. Definitely saddened by the news, as I also am one of those who really appreciated the extra time Mike always took to make sure I was getting what I needed and would work best for my applications. Rest in peace, Mike. You will be sorely missed.

11-22-2011, 10:25
Very sad news. Condolences to family and friends. Mike, rest in peace knowing that you were the best at what you did.

edit: Dang, Mike was only 1.5 hours North of me. I wish we could have met.

11-22-2011, 14:53
I purchased a box from Mike. I was planning to purchase more ammo, but alas it won't be happening. Although I knew him briefly, he was always very professional and very willing to provide advice on the best ammo for my pistol.

Rest in Peace.

11-22-2011, 16:28
Sorry to hear about Mike. R.I.P. Condolences to his family.

11-22-2011, 16:55
Thoughts and prayers. Mike will be missed!

11-22-2011, 17:35
Sad news.
He was a great guy, it is a big loss.

11-22-2011, 18:37
Terrible news. I really am sorry to hear about his passing.

11-22-2011, 20:48
Very very sad, RIP. My last 2 boxes of 200gr xtp HV will represent for him when I eventually fire them off. I'm glad I got a chance to own and experience his exceptional work before he passed.

11-22-2011, 22:00
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.

Sheepdog Scout
11-22-2011, 22:33
Horrible news to hear. Mike seemed like a very honest and good person. Condolences to his friends and family.

Boba Debt
11-23-2011, 01:29
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 :(

11-23-2011, 10:27
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.

11-23-2011, 14:52
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.

11-23-2011, 18:28
Is there something we could do here in the 10 ring of a more permanent nature?

No Mercy
11-23-2011, 20:06
Is there something we could do here in the 10 ring of a more permanent nature?

Thats a great idea! Maybe a sticky. Anyone have any pics of Mike we could post?

11-23-2011, 23:24
Is there something we could do here in the 10 ring of a more permanent nature?

I was thinking the same thing. Mike is definitely deserving of some sort of tribute.

11-23-2011, 23:39
Is there something we could do here in the 10 ring of a more permanent nature?
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.

11-24-2011, 04:44
What a sad bad news for 10mm community...
Rest in peace, brother in arms.

11-24-2011, 06:53
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


11-24-2011, 07:19
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?

11-24-2011, 08:00
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

11-25-2011, 03:56
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.

Angry Fist
11-29-2011, 19:04
RIP, Mike. I wish I had a chance to shoot that stuff. You will be missed.

11-29-2011, 23:18
RIP Mike....Your hot 180 XTP's will still be stoked in my G20 to protect my butt while in the outdoors! Thank you!

11-30-2011, 17:09
I am very very saddened by this. I really admired and supported his initiative.

Great guy.

R.I.P Mike Willard.

11-30-2011, 18:47
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.


12-11-2011, 15:46
felt like this thread needed a bump after seeing so many people posting in the other swampfox thread...

12-11-2011, 19:01
Mike, you will not be forgotten, nor your legendary SwampFox Ammo!

12-23-2011, 12:03
Wow, I haven't been on here in about two months . . .

Very sad news, indeed. I did not know him but he seem like a genuinely great guy.

He will be missed by many.

12-24-2011, 14:46
Miss you Mike. You made a difference, you were a good guy. Seems the good ones pass too soon.