By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
January 8, 2013
Last updated on 1/11/13.
I just found out about this last night, and it hurt me to hear it. The tactical firearms manufacturing and shooting communities have lost an important member. Noveske Rifleworks founder/owner John Noveske, known for building high-end/high-quality AR-15 rifles/carbines/SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) and components (uppers, rail systems, barrels, adjustable gas blocks, flash hiders/suppressors, etc.), was killed in a car accident a few days ago in what's being reported as a single-car accident. I was lucky enough to know him a little bit. While we weren't close friends, he was more than just a professional contact to me. I considered him an industry friend, and a very important person in the tactical shooting community.
John was a straight shooter, excuse the pun. He told it like he saw it. He made it (built it) like he wanted it to be, like he thought it should be. He was creative. He was innovative. He was passionate about his products. He believed in making the best products possible, and stood behind them. In my opinion, he's easily one of the most important figures in the tactical AR-15 rifle/carbine/SBR renaissance of the last decade, a seminal figure. He helped make high-quality boutique AR-15 products and shooting popular and cool, and that's a great thing. He also built one hell of a 3-Gun shooting team. I'm sorry I never got around to interviewing him (or them) about that! It's been on my radar and agenda for awhile, now. The Noveske Shooting Team (NST) is another great accomplishment of John's.
John was always nice to me on the phone and when I saw him at SHOT Show. I'm really sorry I won't get to see him next week. He always seemed happy to talk with me and really cared about what he was talking about. I think this comes across in the interview I conducted with him a few years ago. I only published Part 1 of that interview due to the difficulty and time-consuming nature of transcribing phone interviews. It's very difficult. However, to honor him and his legacy, I'm going to publish "Part 2" of that interview as soon as possible, assuming the rest of the interview contains significant content that's releasable to the public. Full disclosure, I don't remember what's on it, something interesting, I hope. I may have to wait until after SHOT Show, but, assuming there's some good stuff in there, it will be one of my top editorial priorities in the coming weeks.
John's legacy to the tactical firearms/shooting community lives on through Noveske Rifleworks and the Noveske Shooting Team, which DefenseReview (DR) hopes will continue successfully through the efforts of John's family, staff and shooters. We would encourage DR readers to visit the Noveske Rifleworks website and view all the great products offered there.
A quick note on that: Noveske barrels are terrific. I have his barrels on two of my guns. One's a Noveske 16" Lightweight 5.56mm Stainless Barrel, the other a Noveske 16" Recon 5.56mm Barrel. Both barrels work as advertised. I also have a Noveske Switchblock (5.56mm) on one of those guns. Awesome products, all.
John, we will greatly miss you. To John's family and close friends, I'm so sorry for your loss, and my and the rest of DefenseReview's (DR) thoughts and prayers are with you. You have my (and our) deepest condolences. May God bless you and keep you during this incredibly difficult time.
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