Cabot Guns "Big Bang Pistol Set" Heavenly 1911s

Phil White
by Phil White

Cabot guns has always been known for making the highest quality 1911 pistols but this new set called “The Big Bang” takes the Cabot guns to a new level. The set of two 1911 pistols are being made from a small portion of the Gibeon meteor which was found in what is now Namibia, Africa in 1838. The meteor is said to be 4.5 million years old.

I can only imagine how much they paid for that material! The composition is 87% iron and 8% nickel. Most iron meteorites are of a similar composition. The iron meteorite I have is about the size of a larger mans hand and it is very heavy. The Gibeon appears to have a higher nickel content since it’s color looks fairly light. Mine is a dark blue black with the usual surface indicating the usual high temps it was subjected to on reentry.

The Gibeon Meteorite

Yes I like meteors but lets get back to the 1911s. The set will be photographed and the photos released in the near future. However, those attending SHOT 2016 will be able to see these unique pistols on display at the Cabot booth. You can bet I’ll be at the Cabot booth for the unveiling!

These will be the highest valued guns ever offered. They will be offered at auction with a starting bid said to be about $500,000. The patterns in the surface of these pistols should be amazing to say the least.

A more common earthly 1911

Cabot sent this press release earlier today.

Founded in 2011, Cabot Guns has been producing premiere, state-of-the-art 1911 style pistols constructed to aerospace precision standards. Now the company has commenced work on extra-terrestrial pistols. Building on their success from setting a world record earlier this year for the highest price ever paid for a new pistol, Cabot is now set to shatter records with an offering of a mirror image set of pistols constructed from 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.” The out-of-this-world pistol set consists of two precision manufactured guns. The twin right and left handed 1911 style semi-automatic 45’s tentatively to be called The Big Bang Pistol Set. Cabot previously introduced pistol grips constructed from meteorite, but the idea of constructing a complete set of guns from meteor is unprecedented.

Earlier this year, Cabot acquired a 35 kg portion of the prized Gibeon meteor which met the size characteristics for the project 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. Not only is the age and metallurgical composition of the Gibeon meteor fantastical, it is considered the Cadillac of meteors in large part because of the aesthetic Widmanstattten pattern exhibited but the meteorites grain pattern once acid etched. Tiny portions of the valuable Gibeon meteor has been used by jewelers such as Rolex, but the scale and complexity of the pistols is ambitious.

“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,” states Bianchin.
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 Jan 19 to 22, 2016. The Big Bang Pistol Set will make their public debut during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, KY, in May.

The pistols will likely be sold at auction and without a doubt will be the crown jewel of any museum or private collector interested in either meteors or firearms. 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.

Prized meteor such as the Gibeon is sought out by collectors and traded by the gram. The scale and use of the material to this extent of making 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 pistols using advanced aerospace techniques to make the pistols fully functional.

To merely cut the meteorite, 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 Michelangelo of Taxidermy by National Geographic has been retained to create a special gun case and display for the pistols. Additional details about the pistols will be revealed by Cabot over coming months.

Cabot pistols have already garnered an elite following of owners who include royalty, prominent foreign heads of state, celebrities, rock stars, and 1911 enthusiasts alike. As a precision shooting instrument, Cabot 1911’s have been employed by Brian “Gunny” Zins to win two consecutive NRA National Pistol Championships and the Cabot NRA National Center Fire Championship in the shooting discipline of Bullseye.

Cabot Guns were first described as the “Rolls Royce of 1911’s,” by S.P. Fjestad, Author and Editor of the Blue Book of Gun Values, the “bible” of gun reference. Fjestad has also taken the position that a set of Cabot mirror image pistols, The Presidentials (2014), were the finest non-engraved pistols ever built in the United States.

The Cabot Guns team takes pride in workmanship and obsessive perfection to the most extreme levels of the American can-do attitude. “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,” says Bianchin tongue in cheek.
Photos and additional information on The Big Bang Pistol Set will be posted on Cabot’s Instagram page, @cabotguns.

Phil White
Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I'm retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • MR MR on Dec 20, 2015

    I'm just waiting to see how they handle the requisite slide banner. Something like "To Infinity and Beyond!", maybe?

  • BrandonAKsALot BrandonAKsALot on Dec 21, 2015

    Add some case hardening using John Browning's bones, Bakelites grips crafted with Kalashnikov's ashes, and barrel blackened using Stoner's blood and I'm totally in.

    • MR MR on Dec 25, 2015

      @BrandonAKsALot Wow. Sounds more like the "Witches and Warlocks" edition.