Passing of Former SEAL, TV Host Richard “Mack” Machowicz


Earlier this month, Richard “Mack” Machowicz passed away at age 51. He had been fighting brain cancer and leaves behind his wife, daughters and parents.

Machowicz served his country in the United States Navy with 10 years as a SEAL. After his military service, Machowicz was active in many areas. He created a new martial arts style called the Bukido Training System. Additionally, Machowicz was an ordained Buddhist priest.

Many people may know Machowicz for his many television appearances. As the host of the Future Weapons series, he was seen in the homes of millions of gun enthusiasts. Machowicz would also host or take part in other television series including:

  • America: The Story of the US
  • Deadliest Warrior
  • Mankind: The Story of All of Us
  • Mankind Decoded
  • Ultimate Soldier Challenge

Machowicz also wrote the motivational book Unleash the Warrior Within.

In the below video from 2012, Machowicz described some of his thoughts behind the Bukido Training System to the host of the Cougar Fitness website.

Here is a video clip of Machowicz hosting Ultimate Soldier Challenge on the History Channel. This particular episode is Navy SEALs vs. Russian Spetsnaz vs. private contractors. While the show may be more of a game than anything else, the series did feature firearms in a positive light.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is


  • TDog

    That sucks. God be with his family and friends.

  • Joseph Goins

    Breaking? He died twenty five days ago and it was in the news. (No disrespect intended.)

    • Yeah, I read it on /r/guns WAY before this.
      Seriously, you guys at TFB really need to remove the “BREAKING” phrase from this.
      Not even close.

      • Phillip Cooper

        How about just remove “breaking” from the vocabulary entirely unless they are smaching things?

        Any other use smells of Buzzfeed clickbait.

      • valorius

        Think you can manage to not troll when the article is about a dead guy?

    • USMC03Vet

      That clickbait though….

      • Joseph Goins

        Using the deceased to gain views. That’s some TTAG-level douchebaggery.

    • Yea well Joseph I didn’t know about it and that’s why it had breaking on it. I thought this had just happened. Richard didn’t have a thing to do with it it’s my error and mine only. It certainly wasn’t intentional.

      • TVOrZ6dw

        I didn’t know he had passed either- I’m glad you reported it. His passing should not go unnoticed.
        F-U brain cancer.

      • Ranger Rick

        Phil, don’t know if you are aware, but it was reported that firearms writer Peter G. Kokalis passed away on January 14th.

      • robocop33

        I didn’t know it either Phil so it was ‘breaking news’ to me. I thank you for bringing it to everyone’s attention.

        • MiniBus

          I was unaware of the passing of both and I thank TFB for bringing the matters to my attention. Both will be sorely missed

    • valorius

      The guy is dead, do you really feel a need to troll over triviality?

      • iksnilol

        It isn’t trolling to mention that this was reported waaaay back.

        • valorius

          Yeah, it really is.

          • iksnilol

            No, not it isn’t.


            Goes more in depth. Words and terms have meanings, if we don’t respect that then words and by proxy language itself becomes meaningless.

          • valorius

            In an article about a dead guy, sniping about whether or not a story is breaking is trivial, silly, and disrespectful.

            In other words, trolling.

            It makes you look bad. And petty.

          • Sheeple shepherd

            It makes you look petty to have to respond. Get over it keyboard warrior.

          • valorius

            Yep, displaying a modicum of class makes me a keyboard warrior. LOL.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I always enjoyed Mack and the shows he hosted growing up. Praying for his family.

    • Marc

      I as well. Future Weapons was pretty cool, and he didn’t come across as an arrogant d-bag.
      Godspeed Mack.

  • cons2p8ted

    Did not know he was Buddhist monk! RIP warrior monk!

    • Phillip Cooper

      He was a Buddhist *Priest*. Not a monk.

      Reading is hard.

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  • Joe

    Sad to see him go so young, brain cancer is truly insidious. I’ll miss his quiet intensity.

    • M

      It is sad. Brain cancer is very painful way to go and the decline with personality changes is very distressing for the family to see.

  • John

    RIP navy SEAL meme man

  • William Nelson

    Rest easy, sir. Thanks for the TV time.

  • GD Ajax

    Brain cancer is the one battle that can’t be won.

    • SJ

      Not *yet*. It’s important to remember that distinction. Humans have achieved some pretty damn impressive medical breakthroughs over the centuries, we are definitely capable of doing it again.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Cancer can blow me.

  • Reader

    His show often was full with stupid firearm cliches, and he spoke overdramatic. Often just face palm. But i thank him for serving as SEAL.

  • valorius

    Bummer. RIP dude.

  • LazyReader

    Well, I didn’t much care for his shows, Futureweapons…more like Presentweapons

  • Noishkel

    Well it is a sadness that he has passed. But truth be told I didn’t have a great deal of respect for him due to the few times I saw him on air he was saying factually untrue things. Blame that on the producers as much as anything, but when he can’t even name the right caliber round that the AK shoots then there’s a problem.

  • Bierstadt54

    Damn. I liked him. Godspeed Mack.

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  • Omerli

    So sad. Deepest condolences to all, especially his family and loved ones. As we say in Turkey, may heaven be his resting place.

  • Realist

    RIP Mac…I truly enjoyed watching you and the experience you brought to your shows.

  • Geoff Timm

    Now the question is: Did his service cause the cancer?
    Who has not forgotten Agent Orange…

    • robocop33

      Mack was way too young to serve in Vietnam or even be around Agent Orange at any time. Cancer can and does strike people for seemingly no reason at times. The best thing we can do, and the best way to honor those who have contracted cancer is to donate to those who are looking for a cure.

  • Omerli

    So sad. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May he reside in heaven as we would say in Turkey.

  • robocop33

    Sad that this happened to a fine example of a warrior. RIP Mack, you have served your country well my brother.

  • i1776

    Wow I just learned of his passing, what a loss. He was a great warrior.

  • AR-PRO

    Rest in peace Sir, Thank you for your service.