Frank DeSomma, RIP

Frank DeSomma

Courtesy Patriot Ordnance Factory Facebook

Frank DeSomma founded Phoenix-basd Patriot Ordnance Factory in 2002, makers of quality rifles, pistols, as well as GLOCK and various AR platform parts.

ABC15.com reports that DeSomma was killed in an automobile accident last night.

Authorities say 57-year-old Frank De Somma was driving a Jeep on Carefree Highway near Interstate 17 on Thursday evening when he went off the road and crashed.

A witness indicated that a red or orange car may have turned in front of the Jeep, causing De Somma to swerve and lose control.

When the Jeep went off the road, it rolled over causing serious injuries to De Somma. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

DeSomma was universally respected and well-liked by those who knew him in the industry. He will be missed.

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  1. avatar ironhead says:

    RIP.

    1. avatar Jeff in CO says:

      RIP. Very unfortunate loss. Love my POF .308 Revolution, or at least did until it got lost in a boating accident last year. 5,000 rounds through it and only had a couple malfunctions during the first few hundred rounds when I was getting the gas port dialed in.
      Very innovative company and a real loss!

    2. avatar Shimmyshimmy says:

      RIP?

      How about – oh well!

  2. avatar Mark says:

    Holy shit. That’s awful. I wonder what the future holds for POF. Kind of like when John Noveske died far too early.

    1. avatar TP says:

      Yep what I’m concerned about.

      1. avatar DK says:

        That’s the first thing I thought.

        1. avatar Saltydecimator says:

          Who is John browning?

    1. avatar Dude says:

      …and Carefree Highways.

      1. avatar Ben says:

        What a name. I don’t feel any highway should be thought of as carefree!

        Very sad when a great mind passes.

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Song by Gordon Lightfoot.

        2. avatar strych9 says:

          Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?

        3. avatar enuf says:

          Carefree Highway, ©1973 by Gordon Lightfoot

          Picking up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream
          I wonder how the old folks are tonight
          Her name was Ann and I’ll be damned if I recall her face
          She left me not knowing what to do

          Carefree highway, let me slip away on you
          Carefree highway, you seen better days
          The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes
          Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you

          Turning back the pages to the times I love best
          I wonder if she’ll ever do the same
          Now the thing that I call living is just being satisfied
          With knowing I got no one left to blame

          Carefree highway, I got to see you my old flame
          Carefree highway, you seen better days
          The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes
          Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you

          Searching through the fragments of my dream shattered sleep
          I wonder if the years have closed her mind
          I guess it must be wanderlust or trying to get free
          From the good old faithful feeling we once knew

          Carefree highway, let me slip away on you
          Carefree highway, you seen better days
          The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes
          Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you
          Let me slip away on you
          Carefree highway, I got to see you my old flame
          Carefree highway, you seen better days
          The morning after blues from my head down to my shoes
          Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you

        4. avatar atfsux says:

          It runs from the town of Carefree,…so,…..

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Would have never happened in a BMW. RIP, dide.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        People definitely die in Bimmers – I’ve seen it. Also, they have an aggressive fuel cut off that disables them in a minor fender-bender. So a minor crash will make you dead in the water. That can be very bad.

    3. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

      NO, ban red or orange cars that can turn.

  3. avatar James Campbell says:

    Godspeed Frank D, thanks for your “out of the box” thinking. You will be missed.
    The POF P308 SPR Gen4 Edge (in Robar NP3 finish) is a favorite of mine.
    After barrel break-in, mine shot .6 MOA (with 168 GMM off the shelf ammo).

  4. avatar Texican says:

    Met him at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. Great guy and great engineer. RIP.

  5. avatar eagle10 says:

    He’s with John M. Browning and Sam Colt comparing notes and coming up with some new ideas now.
    RIP

  6. avatar Henry Sampson says:

    I’m no conspiracy theorist, and the accident was probably just an accident, but between this and John Noveske, who was the founder/CEO of another growing, successful, and innovative firearm company, there seems to be a pattern…

    1. avatar sound awake says:

      id rather look like a fool for being a conspiracy theorist by people that are no real threat to me than look like a fool with the wool pulled down over my eyes to the people whos sole aim is to trample me under foot
      any. day. of. the. week.
      they count on us not wanting to appear as conspiracy theorists for their plans to succeed
      im not going to help them

    2. avatar enuf says:

      Not the place or time for that shit man.

      1. avatar Jeffro says:

        If not now, when?

    3. avatar Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’m sure most of us immediately thought of the odd similarity to the circumstances surrounding the death of John Noveske 7.5 years ago.

  7. avatar sound awake says:

    probably *wasnt* an illegal alien
    driving drunk
    or stupid
    with no criminal record
    or on welfare
    probably *wasnt* not supposed to even be in the country

    1. avatar enuf says:

      Not the place or time for that shit man.

      1. avatar Support Derek Chauvin says:

        Yes it is. This happened because Trump built 0 miles of wall. How many more people have to die before we get the Mexicans out of our country??!?

        How many Americans did Iraqis kill in America? Like 0? Any we invaded them. Let’s invade Mexico and secure our border.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          To think I believed that I understood “stretch”.

        2. avatar Salty says:

          As soon as folks will put Americans First. That means stop buyin Chinese, Turkish products or subsidizing illegals by using them for yard work, gen contracting, fruit Veggie picking etc… but folks won’t. So nothing will change. The end

          Now, all that being said I’m not mad at em, we basically invited them in, then act like we don’t want them on tv when it’s convenient, but everyone says one thing then talks out the other corner of thier mouth with their checkbook

  8. avatar enuf says:

    Sorrowful news.

  9. avatar Accur81 says:

    RIP, sir.

  10. avatar Debbie W. says:

    “DeSomma was universally respected and well-liked by those who knew him in the industry. He will be missed.”

    I concur.

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