One of the best makers of serious ARs for serious users, John Noveske was killed Friday night when his classic 1980s Land Cruiser left the highway near his home town of Grants Pass, Oregon. The vehicle rolled and Noveske was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Socnet thread (where we learned about this)
- ARFCOM thread with a typically low signal to noise ratio
- ARFCOM thread in Larue’s area (better s/n by far). (this one also includes the Noveske family’s election message… NSFW!)
- Noveske Rifleworks website
- Oregon State Police release on the mishap
We at Weaponsman express our heartfelt condolences to John’s family and his many friends in and out of the industry. We grieve with you.
Noveske Rifleworks has issued the following statement:
Noveske Rifleworks would ask you to remember the passing of our founder, John Noveske, who died Friday, January 4th 2013 in an automobile accident.”
John planned for all eventualities, and wanted to ensure any changes would be as seamless as possible for our customers, dealers, suppliers, employees and friends. While this will be a trying time, we do not expect a change in the day to day operations of Noveske Rifleworks. We would like to thank you for your support as we deal with our loss, and would ask that instead of flowers, you consider a donation to a cause we will announce at later date.
John was more than just the founder of Noveske Rifleworks, he was a loving husband and father, and caring friend.
Noveske Shooting Team John Noveske meant a lot of things to a lot of people, to us he was our mentor but more importantly, our best friend.
It does not matter who’s logo is on it, build out that lower, upper or rifle, he would have wanted it that way.
We miss you Johnny, we always will.