It was under the talent of Chris Dichter—owner of Oregon-based PAC-NOR Barreling—that John Noveske learned the art of rifling and the care it takes to make it capable of delivering precision. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Noveske returned home and put that knowledge to work. It was 2001 when Noveske Rifleworks officially opened in Grants Pass, Ore., where it remains to this day.
The first “factory” was in his father’s garage, but as enthusiasts discovered the quality he delivered, word spread, business grew, and he moved operations into an empty warehouse. Expansion followed, CNC machines were added, and today, the company is acknowledged as one of the foremost when it comes to the AR-15 platform, pistol-caliber carbines, accessories and parts.
The firm’s reputation for focusing production on high-quality gear and guns has set it apart from most of the competition. There’s also a dedication to improving performance and versatility. In 2012, for example, it was Noveske Rifleworks that introduced the KeyMod system that quickly gained favor with the U.S. military and civilian enthusiasts. The company also has several patents to its credit, including one for a machine gun barrel tailored to thrive under extreme conditions.
John Noveske tragically died in a car accident on Jan. 4, 2013. He was survived by his wife Lorina Noveske and three children.
Lorina remains involved with the company operation, but she quickly brought on leadership with decades of industry experience to take the firm’s helm. The heritage John started—long lasting performance in challenging conditions—has never faltered under the new management team.
The firm also expanded its offerings. In 2014, for example, Noveske ammunition was introduced—produced by the experienced team at Nosler.
Even the U.S. military understands the advantages built into Noveske Rifleworks products. From 2007 and 2020, it awarded the firm contracts valued at roughly $4.9 million. Today, the company offers commercial AR-15s, accessories and barrels designed to survive the high-volume fire of competition, as well as 9 mm carbines, apparel and much more. Its KX3 muzzle device remains one of its most popular components, along with the Switchblock gas system.