Cabot Guns is building an extra-terrestrial set of mirror-image 1911-style pistols.
How can the pistols be out-of-this-world? Well, simply because the company says it is using part of a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.
“We wanted to raise the bar again,” says Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin, “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.”
According to Cabot, the twin right- and left-handed semi-automatic .45s will be tentatively called “The Big Bang Pistol Set.” The company has made pistol grips from meteorite in the past, but creating a full set of working pistols will require the use of advanced aerospace techniques.
Cabot took possession of a 77-pound section of the Gibeon meteor earlier this year for the project. The meteor was discovered in 1838 in the sub-Saharan area of Africa today identified as Namibia.
The company says the meteor is a fantastic specimen not only because of its age and composition, but also due to its Widmanstatten pattern and the grain pattern of the meteorite after it is acid etched. Jewelers such as Rolex,have used small portions of the meteor.
Sample gun components made from meteorite will be on display at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19-22, 2016, the company says. The completed set is scheduled for public debut during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, Ky., in May.
Cabot says the set will most likely be sold at auction. Estimates of the value of the completed set range from $500,000 to $1 million.