Rock River Arms Mourns The Loss of Co-Founder Mark Larson

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(Colona, IL)   On Friday, April 5, 2013 Rock River Arms President, Mark Larson passed away at the age of 50.  Mark Larson, along with his brother Chuck, founded Rock River Arms in 1996 when they began producing high quality 1911-style pistols and AR-15 style rifles.  Since that time, they have earned the reputation of building some of the most sought after firearms in the industry.

As a dedicated husband, brother, son, uncle and friend, Mark has touched so many lives with his kindness and generosity.  From cooking hot dogs at Camp Perry for the competitive shooters to lending a helping hand to industry friends, Mark Larson will truly be missed.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 9th from 3-8pm, at Vandemore Funeral Home. Funeral services celebrating Mark’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 10:30am at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, Illinois.  Memorials may be left to the Mark Larson Memorial Fund.

The staff here at The Firearm Blog extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family, co-workers and      friends


Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • floppyscience


    I await the inevitable “this was obviously a government hit, like John Noveske and Chris Kyle” comments.

    • I know it’s bound to happen but to be honest I don’t want to hear it. Mark’s loss is what we need to be thinking about.

      • floppyscience

        I agree. I’ve heard great things about the man.

    • n0truscotsman

      youre the only one that brought such a comment up. 0_o

      • floppyscience

        I’m pleasantly surprised.

  • mannys9130

    He died WAAAAAAYYYYY too young. That is so sad to hear. I guess when the good Lord wants you, you are his to take. The Lord obviously has better plans for this soul. My sincere condolensces to the whole family! :'(

  • Mark

    Great, just what they need! Another excuse for this company to not answers phones and ship my god damn rifle out!

    • ExMachina1

      >Great, just what they need! Another excuse for this company to not answers phones and ship my god damn rifle out!

      I kind of hope you never get your rifle.

    • Greg A.

      Hope you see a refund not a rifle.

      R.I.P. Mark Larson

    • You know that’s about as inappropriate as it gets. I good man died and you post how pissed you are over a material object. The whole industry is jammed up through no fault of their own. The hoarders are to blame if you want to be mad at somebody.
      I advise you not post anything of this nature again.

    • Beaumont

      STFU and go grow a conscience.

    • Angel in Disguise

      Mark….Hmmm, what is your last name Mark? Who did you place your order through? Maybe I can check on that rifle for you….

    • n0truscotsman

      good. cancel your order. others will be eagerly waiting for theirs 😀

  • LameBucket

    Rest in peace brother

    Another great innovator in the industry passes way too young. Hats off and flags at half staff gentlemen. Thoughts to his family and friends.

  • Esh325

    I did not know the man, but Rest in Peace.

    • You would have liked him. The last time I saw him was at SHOT. It’s just sad he left us so early in his life. God Bless and comfort his family.

  • smartacus

    Same age as Tom Cruise and Demi Moore

    • aproudinfidel

      A lot bigger loss than either of them would have been.

  • John

    50 is young, what happened? I hope it was peaceably…

  • David

    The light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long. Rest in Peace.

    Remember Corinthians. Your body is your temple. Take care of it. Exercise and eat right. It’s not hard, it just takes will, which fortunately we all have.

    Imagine if Rock River Arms purchased the Massada IP and produced the ACR. I honestly think it would be a well supported rifle from a parts and caliber perspective.

  • NP

    Bummer. Rest in peace, buddy.

  • 308T

    I own a RRA rifle as do several of my friends, great rifles. RIP M.L.

  • aproudinfidel

    RIP Mr. Larson. Thanks for the awesome products you produced. I am the proud owner of one of them.

  • Charlie1948

    This a great loss for the family & I hope you all will find peace in knowing the Mike did so much for the good of the shooting industry. I will be praying for the family to come together & continue what Mike thought was so important to this country. May God bless & never forget him!

  • I met them way back in 2000 when they still had their business in the barn/garage by the river.