GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Over the weekend, a local gun manufacturer, who some call a legend in the industry, was killed in a car accident.
Late Friday night, Oregon State Police say 36-year-old John Noveske was killed after he was ejected from his vehicle after crossing the oncoming lane into veering onto a dirt road. He was the owner of Noveske Riffle Works in Grants Pass and those who know him say he was a man of great integrity.
His products are known nationally and even world wide. Local gun stores in Jackson and Josephine County didn’t have any Noveske riffles in stock on Monday, saying that they are always in high demand. Brett Wilder and his wife Kim own Doc Holiday’s Guns in Grants Pass and knew Noveske personally and say he will never be forgotten.
Wilder said what sets Noveskse’s weapons apart from all others is the high quality and consistency with one product to the next. Wilder is currently at a gun show in Las Vegas and say that as soon as he say he is from Grants Pass, people ask if he knew John Noveske.
Wilder said he had contacted Noveske Rifleworks on Monday and they were continuing business. Wilder says he wouldn’t be surprised if their guns improved on their already strong reputation out of respect for Noveske.