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John Noveske Passed Away Last Night in Car Accident


The firearms industry lost a friend and pioneer last night when John Noveske perished in a single car accident near his home in Oregon. John was the founder of Noveske Rifleworks which is well known for innovation.

Noveske Rifleworks issued this 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.

Although I had only spoken to him once, he was a very pleasant and friendly man, well respected by peers and competitors alike. We offer our condolences to his family as they mourn his passing.

Rest in Peace.


37 Responses to “John Noveske Passed Away Last Night in Car Accident”

  1. Brett W says:

    RIP friend.

  2. ODG says:

    God Speed John…..

  3. erick says:

    Tragic. Rest in peace.

  4. black6id says:

    Go easy John. You shall be missed. See ya at the Gates.

  5. Chip says:

    RIP, my friend.

  6. HT says:

    What a loss. Noveske built some great rifles and accessories. The growth of his company always seemed to be a great American success story. God bless his family, friends and employees during this difficult time.

  7. pinoyprime says:

    RIP my friend

  8. Rob A. says:

    Prayers sent to the entire Noveske Rifle-works Family.

  9. Ca_Longshot says:

    This Community has lost a dear Friend and a true innovator.
    I knew just as he was start up his business…
    I directed to him by Pac-Nor barrels, where he used to be one of their Machinist..

    RIP.. My Friend
    My Condolences to his Family and Friends

  10. Paul says:

    RIP :/ best regarts from germany

  11. Ross c. says:

    Terrible loss to his family and friends most importantly, but to the whole firearms community as well. I was lucky enough to purchase a Noveske rifle over a year ago, and it is a work of art, quality is tier one! Prayers to his family!

  12. casey says:

    Much love and condolences to family and friends.

  13. BradKAK308 says:

    Too sad! My condolences to his family, friends and all.

  14. Big Red One - Ramadi says:

    May God rest his soul

  15. Kain Kim Greybone says:

    God speed him.

  16. Lav says:

    RIP John…

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  18. Neil B. says:

    Awful, awful news.

  19. Clint says:

    Rest Easy John.
    Prayers go out to your loved ones.

  20. Eric R. says:

    Godspeed, John. You were truly unique.

  21. Jorge says:

    I met John at the Crimson Trace Night Match last summer.
    He was truly one of a kind.
    He will be missed.

    My condolences go out to his family, friends and employees.

  22. Jon Pinkelman says:

    God Speed John. Our prayers are with your family and friends.

  23. Clint R. says:

    Unbelievable. I was literally just talking to my wife this morning about how amazing Noveske rifles were. I just ordered a 10.5″ Light Shorty yesterday and she didn’t understand why I was so excited. The man and his company were true artisans and innovators. RIP John.

  24. stefan s says:

    John, You will be sorely missed brother. Condolences to the Noveske family. John, see you on the other side!

  25. Ronie R says:

    Rest in Peace, John..

  26. Ryan says:

    Bless my cousin for this accident

  27. Scott says:

    This is a sudden and tragic loss for so many people, but should also be a stark reminder that we never know when the Lord will choose to take us. “Hug those who you care about, and tell them you love them every time you go out, because you never know what the day will bring”. LEO’s and those who serve in the military should listen to this, but it applies to everyone. Rest in Peace John.

  28. Daren says:

    John was a long time personal friend. I met him when he just got done working for Pac-Nor. He would invite me over to his home and put me up at his house for free and would spend a week working on guns. We spent a week making me a custom gun just for me. He always treated me like a brother. I feel like I’ve lost a part of me. He was a good friend that always had the most unique ideas. I feel the worst not for myself before his family they are a wonderful And super close. I feel bad for his two young boys that looked up to him like a god. And his wife and daughter so sweet both of them. The family will be in my prayers for many nights to come. John your friendship will never be forgotten. I look forward to seeing you someday in heaven.

    Daren Yancey

  29. Kope says:

    Unfortunately he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his Land Cruiser. Sad day in the firearms industry. He was a great guy who stood behind his product and customer service was always top notch. R.I.P John

  30. Vic DiCosola says:

    A terrible loss for the industry and more importantly a devastating loss to his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Vic Di Cosola

  31. Jason says:

    My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace John.

  32. My most sincere condolences to his Family, Friends and Mates. God bless him! Rest In Peace, Brother In Arms!

  33. MM says:

    I’m greatly shocked and saddened by this. RIP John.

  34. Reverend says:

    The gun community has lost a friend with great ideas, great innovation, and great fortitude.

    My prayers are with his family.



  36. Dave Kurtz says:

    John was not only the well respected go to gun guy, but he was a very good person… a good man which is sometimes hard to find in our society today.

    John will be sadly missed throughout our nation.

    See you on the other side John, I will be looking for downrange Brother!

  37. Dave Kurtz says:

    John was not only the well respected go to gun guy, but he was a very good person… a good man which is sometimes hard to find in our society today.

    John will be sadly missed throughout our nation.

    See you on the other side John, I will be looking for ya downrange Brother!