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.
“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.
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