The Nevada firearms community lost someone valuable today. David Famiglietti, 39, owner of New Frontier Armory and Battlefield Vegas, passed away after a brief battle with cancer while undergoing treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. What appeared to be a case of bronchitis turned out to be melanoma that had metastasized. “Guido” gave cancer the finger from his hospital bed, fighting it until the end.
An avid hunter, fisherman, and all around outdoorsman, David was one of Nevada’s staunchest supporters of the Second Amendment. As Vice President of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, he made large donations to support the Coalition both personally and gave support through his businesses. As an activist, he walked the walk and talked the talk.
A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Famiglietti was an Air Force veteran, deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 820th "Red Horse" (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers). As a entrepreneur in Nevada, he turned a small run-of-the-mill gun store into Southern Nevada’s premier firearms dealer and an innovating firearms manufacturer. Many of us have New Frontier products in our safes.
What began as an 800 square foot store dedicated to good pricing and quality customer service grew from a hobby into a large manufacturing concern. NFA makes lowers for 300 companies making it the third largest lower receiver manufacturing in the country. New Frontier products, including the C-5 PDW MP-5 magazine compatible lower, was a favorite at SHOT Show. More than just a gun store, Famiglietti built NFA into a true firearms powerhouse.
Even though he is gone, Guido has left a lasting mark on the Nevada gun community and the larger firearms world. He realized the dream that many of us have and was able to live out his own. A hard-working, lucky, and all around great guy is gone. He is survived by his wife Jessica and his two young children.
Clayton E. Cramer
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