TFB Remembers Mike Dillon

Dillon Precision Products Inc. announced these sad news.

For me Dillon is mostly associated with the loading and reloading of ammunition, and that special blue color, but Mike was a man with many talents.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mike Dillon. Mike left us on the morning of November 7th, 2016. He leaves behind a large family including wife Carol, sons Stephen and Christopher, daughter Stephanie, and 9 grandchildren. Mike’s legacy has touched the lives of countless people worldwide. He revolutionized the ammunition reloading industry and made it what it is today. Mike also redesigned and manufactured the M134 Minigun that is now in service in the United States and foreign military forces. As a passionate aviator, he worked for TWA as a 2nd officer for 13 years and later made a name for himself as a writer for Air Progress Magazine. He is recognized by some as being the one who started the warbird restoration movement in the 1960’s.
Mike’s dedication to his family, his customers, and this country was exemplary. We hope to continue the legacy that Mike Dillon worked so hard to build and we will never forget the impact that he has had on us all. We take comfort knowing he is flying in the blue skies of heaven above.



The M134 Minigun


Our condolences to the family.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Bill Jordan

    I remember the first time meeting him as I was buying a 550 at the factory back in late 80’s. Mike walked me through the machine and let me lust after the several Gatling Guns in his office. A person that loved sharing his passion for “cool toys” be it a Quad mounted 50 anti aircraft gun,vintage planes and helicopters among other things. I never had a dull moment stopping by to see the shop any time I was in Phoenix.

    A major sponsor of the shooting sports and proponent of our Second Amendment Rights. I believe he was in the original group to do the NRA roundup money, along with being the originator of offering to pay part of peoples first NRA membership fees.

    He will be missed.

  • Frank Grimes

    Wonderful man and a wonderful company.

    He will be missed.

    • Rnasser Rnasser

      I’m from Paraguay, and even from here we could get good service from Dillon.
      RIP, Mike.

    • iksnilol

      I can’t believe I am upvoting you. I am thoroughly disgusted.

  • Joseph Goins

    This upsets me greatly. I met him once at an industry event and I ran into him later the next day at a restaurant. He gave me, free of charge, a press that he had in his vehicle.

    I will always remember that kindness.

  • jono102

    I loved watching his “Machine Gun Magic” movie on VHS years ago. Got to love family outings with miniguns and quad 50’s

  • Blake

    RiP Mike Dillon. 9×25 Dillon is a brilliant caliber.

  • Wolfgar

    The friendliness and helpfulness by Dillon”s employees reflects on the man himself. RIP Mike, you will be sorely missed.

  • Matthew

    I live close to their Scottsdale location and love going in there when I need supplies. Always helpful and always great service.
    Even though I bought my 550 used, they had no problems helping me out when I had troubles, and they smile while doing it!

    God bless Mike & his family

  • DanGoodShot

    Aviator huh. That explains the light blue reloading machines. Rest in peace Mr.Dillon.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Respect, RIP.

  • Bob

    Great man, great company, he will be missed.
    I hope his son’s or daughter keep running the company.

  • hershefrog

    Loved the loading equipment he designed, he needed to be given another life time.

  • Vincenzo Amato

    I’m from Italy,and ordered my 550 several years back when Dillon didn’t have a distributor in my country. During a vacation in the US I visited the factory and asked about a problem I was having with my press. They gave me the parts I needed for free! Great company and great man! R.I.P.

  • Steve

    I was there working with the mini-gun rep when he got a call from overseas. A mini-gun had taken a round and was no longer functional. The rep listened, figured out what parts were needed, and promised to get them out that day at no cost. THAT is customer service.

  • Nunya Bidniz

    Never bought any of his products; not into reloading. But I sure enjoyed his Blue Press catalogs: great cover art and there were always a couple of stories inside worth reading.
    Catch you on the flip side, Mike!

  • Peter Kuck

    My condolences to his family, he was a giant in the industry and will be missed

  • anonymouse

    I’ll miss the calendars.

  • Dragonheart

    Mike Dillon revolutionized the reloading industry. I still remember his first ad in the American Rifleman for his 450 progressive press. As the story goes he put all his resources into this single ad in an attempt to sell his press or quit. So many like me said, ” For that price what do we have to lose” and placed an order. Now for me, 5 dillon presses later, the rest is history. He was quite an engineer, inventor and believed in no BS, to say the least. He most definitely will be missed.

  • Hipshot

    Still running a Dillon 450 thirty plus years old, still works like new. Great product, thanks Mike, RIP.