Two ‘Out of This World’ Pistols

Cabot meteorite guns

Cabot Guns of Fort Wayne, Indiana, plans to offer a two-item set of pistols that are made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite. The twin right- and left-handed 1911-style semi-automatic .45s have tentatively been called The Big Bang Pistol Set. The pistols will likely be sold at auction. Cabot has been offered $250,000 from a collector based on concept alone, but estimates on the value have ranged from $500,000 to over $1,000,000.

Cabot Guns has previously made some components from meteoric materials, such as the grips on this pistol.
Cabot Guns has previously made some components from meteoric materials, such as the grips on this pistol.

“It’s both romantic and fascinating to imagine that this meteor traveled across the heavens for four billion years before landing on Earth and is now being transformed into Cabot pistols,” said Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin. “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.” To manufacture the pistol set, earlier this year Cabot acquired a 35-kg portion of the prized Gibeon meteor from famed meteor hunter and expert Robert Haag. The meteor, dated to an age of 4.5 billion years, was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838. It is believed to have landed on Earth during pre-historic times. Tiny portions of the valuable Gibeon meteor has been used by jewelers such as Rolex.

A prized meteor such as the Gibeon is sought by collectors, and materials from it are traded by the gram.  The scale and use of the material to make a high-precision functional firearm has never been attempted before. Meteorite is hardly an optimum material for firearms, so numerous technical matters have been overcome to construct the fully functional pistols using advanced aerospace techniques.

“We’ve had a meteoric rise to the top of the luxury firearms industry, and it’s only appropriate that we now make pistols made from a meteor,” Bianchin punned.

A three-dimensional laser scan of the meteorite was created to plan the cuts required to make each component of the pistols, in a process analogous to cutting a rare diamond. George Dante, a world-renowned taxidermist and environmental artist who has been called the Michelangelo of Taxidermy by National Geographic, has been retained to create a special gun case and display for the pistols.

Cabot will display a sampling of gun components made from meteorite at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the industry’s major trade show from January 19 to 22, 2016. The Big Bang Pistol Set will debut during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, KY, in May. Additional details about the pistols will be revealed by Cabot over coming months.

To make the Big Bang Pistol Set, Cabot acquired a 35-kg portion of the Gibeon meteor, which has been dated to an age of 4.5 billion years. It was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838.
To make the Big Bang Pistol Set, Cabot acquired a 35-kg portion of the Gibeon meteor, which has been dated to an age of 4.5 billion years. It was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838.

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Comments (19)

  1. @Secundius, got to see our new doctor yesterday. It was moderately freaked out at the BP, perplexed at the tachycardia.
    Once he saw the EKG, he freaked out. Atrial flutter.
    I had to remind him that atrial flutter isn’t uncommon in a tachycardic patient.
    He left after we finished with him – likely, to change his pants.

    Yeah, my wife and I are medical train wrecks. :/
    But, I’ll be honest, 285/185 is something I’m certain that I’d not survive, I felt bad enough wandering up and back between 185/96 and 200/100.
    Got 50mg metoprolol and 10 mg amlodipine, which leaves me mildly hypertensive, rather than about to explode.
    I still feel like someone’s standing on my heart, but that’s just PVC’s I acquired from a heat stroke in the Persian Gulf. Was contracting after I retired from the Army and got sloppy. Stuck in traffic for 20 minutes and forgot to bring water.
    I also have minor kidney damage from it, throw protein in the urine now. I was hoping to hold off until I became diabetic, as I’m the oldest male in the family to not be diabetic yet.

    Bleh, I think I’ll sign up for a full body transplant.

  2. Next out will be grip panels made from petrified aardvark snout. They will be regulated like ivory so expect them to be rather high end on price….

    Sorry, I just couldn’t resist posting that!…

  3. @Adam, some meteor steel is of excellent quality – for blades.
    Damascus steel was steel made from a meteorite that was found in India.
    Other meteorites also provided excellent sword steel over history.

    Frankly, I’d spend more for a decent knife than for an overpriced 1911.

  4. “SNAKE OIL”

    STEEL, is steel. And less you can PROVE it’s Adamantium Steel, and not JUST Stainless Steel with a Few Extra Alloys Mixed In. IT’S JUST Exotic Stainless Steel…

  5. If they just treat the meteorite as oddly shaped bar stock and mill it, you’re going to be looking at a pair of very expensive 1911 pistols basically made out of pot metal. If they smelt and separate the metal first to make proper steel, it’s not going to be much different than using terrestrial iron – which is also in excess of of four billion years old.

    I get that a large portion of the 1911 designs out there are mostly just overpriced status symbols (the gun world’s equivalent of a $100,000+ watch), but this is several orders of magnitude more absurd than usual.

  6. I just happen to own a gorgeous 1911made from Kryptonite! I just have to remember that I cannot carry it in close proximity to Superman whenever he is near me!!

  7. I have Colt 1911 for sale made from metal from 4.5 billion year-old planet. Will sacrifice for (U.S.) $1 million.

  8. This is beautiful and satisfying on so many levels. Allow me to explain…

    For years there has already existed controversy created by snooty elitist which frown on meteorite collecting. While meteorite collecting is generally not illegal (check your country), the elitist worldwide contend that hording such precious celestial metals should only be reserved to governments and scientific researchers. The BLM even has specific laws to regulate and license hunting for meteorites on federal lands.

    That said, the beauty of this stems from the fact that harvesting such a large portion of meteorite is controversial in and of itself, let alone an American company making it into a pair of 1911 handguns – which is pure icing on the cake in light of recent anti-gun fury. A true pro-gun advocate simply must appreciate the beauty in that. I know I do.

  9. Excellent piece!

    As a 1911 man I fell into a swoon and nearly fainted. Fortunately my wife was able to rack a Colt before my nose and the waft of gun powder ( a fired 1911 heavy with nitrates may be used in the absence of a nitro pill) restored me to my usual state of semi consciousness. I usually have enough trading stock to go and trade for just about any 1911 I fancy, but the Cabot gun is more akin to Steve Mcqueen’s Mustang– I just will not own the like. Thanks for posting, this is incredible. And of course he manufactured it in the 1911 format.

    1. Would that my wife could do that, as after relocation, our doctor has refused to refill my blood pressure medications.
      200/100 is double plus ungood.
      Nitrates would do wonders for that, but alas, I clean my firearms after firing and very small amounts of nitrate residue from the smokeless powder remains. Not even enough to give an ant a headache.

      As for the pistol, I was feeling generous at thinking $1k for it, but I’ll splurge for $1.5k.
      But then, I’m not a moron who will spend multiple orders of magnitude beyond the real worth of a firearm.
      I’m also one who prefers a “GI” model M1911.

    2. @ Wzrd1.

      I you truly want your Emergency Room Doctors, “EYES” to Pop-Out of their Sockets and Roll-Around on the Floor. Try “285/185″…

    3. Crapmuffins! I forgot to mention, Damascus steel was originally meteorite iron, turned into fine blades.
      Something wasted in these things.

    4. @ RK Campbell,

      That cracked me up. I actually visualized it like a comedy scene in a movie. Just hilariously written.

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