It saddens me to report that John Noveske, of Noveske Rifleworks out of Oregon, was killed in a car accident the night of Friday, January 4th.
Official statement from the Noveske Facebook page: 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.
When I watched an episode of Top Shot Season 1 back in 2010 that featured an AR-15, it motivated me to go out and get my first AR. I did my research and concluded that Noveske ARs were some of the best out there. I purchased an N4 and use it as my primary rifle in 3-gun competition.
A few months back when I posted on my nighttime 3-gun experience with my Noveske N4, I mentioned that I had an opportunity to briefly chat with John. To elaborate a little further on that interaction, I told him how much I love my Noveske and he was very humble in accepting my compliment. He was a very down to earth guy, and I wish I had an opportunity to share a beer or three with him. Noveske was committed to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and crafted some of the best rifles out there. He was truly passionate about producing high quality, reliable rifles and did not compromise on materials or precision.
Recoil magazine did a more personal write-up on John a few months back, and a preview is available here: http://www.recoilweb.com/john-novekses-300blk-sbr-15915.html
Prior to starting Noveske Rifleworks, John served in the United States Army.
Rest In Peace John, you will be missed.
Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.