If the set of pistols made by Cabot Guns from a meteorite that fell from the sky in sub-Saharan Africa 4 billion years ago sells for its asking price of $4.5 million, the pair would become the most expensive firearms ever sold.
Caobt Founder and President Rob Bianchin says it’s “worth every penny.”
“In the last five years, Cabot Guns has made a meteoric rise to the top of the luxury firearms industry. It’s only appropriate that we now make pistols made from a world famous meteor,” Bianchin said in a press release.
The company unveiled the works of art they call The Big Bang Pistol Set at the 2016 NRA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky recently. From a metallurgy standpoint, crafting a firearm from a meteorite is no small task. The material comes form the historic Gibeon metoerite, which fell to earth as broken asteroid fragments or an exploded star around 4 billion years ago.
First discovered in 1836 by a Namibian tribespeople, pieces of Gibeon meteorite weighing a combined 25 tons have been made into all sorts of things. Historically, a knife or sword made from meteorite was highly prized. Just recently an ancient dagger made of meteorite was discovered in a portion of King Tut’s tomb.
“Craftsman and meteorite collectors have long-prized the Gibeon meteorite for the beauty of its Widmanstatten crystalline pattern,” Bianchin said. “Luxury goods companies have used it to make watch faces, jewelry and other artistic objects. This is the first time anyone’s ever made a functioning mechanical device out of the material.”
Cabot designed the mirror image set of left and right pistols to reflect the classic 1911 John Browning design while featuring the Widmanstetten pattern made famous by the meteorite.
And they actually fire!
“We test-fired both guns at our Indiana facility,” Bianchin reveals. “It was even more nerve-racking than the first time we cut through the meteor. But they shot. Everything worked exactly as it should.”
At a price of $4.5 million, most people will only get to look. It’s unclear how the company will go about selling the guns or whether an auction will take place.
For more visit CabotGun.com.