Cabot Guns Shows Off Meteorite 1911s at NRA 2016

    For 1911 fans, one of the major attractions of the 2016 National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting was Cabot Guns’ unveiling of a matched left/right set of fine custom 1911 pistols made from a hunk of meteorite that fell to Earth from outer space.


    Although that wasn’t the only thing at the Cabot booth that came from outer space…


    The pistol pair has been dubbed the “Big Bang set”, and is made from an ancient meteorite discovered in Gibeon, Namibia. Rather than having me try to explain their process for creating these pistols from memory, you can watch the video embedded below, released by Cabot that shows much of the fascinating process:


    Another Gibeon meteorite was on display at the Cabot booth, as well. Will this one be turned into a pair of pistols, too?


    Cabot was keeping a lid on the pistols the second day, with the unveiling scheduled for 1:00 PM on the 21st. I swung by later to catch photos of the pair of fallen stars:

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    My pictures of Cabot’s (frankly pretty awesome) display of the two guns are of modest quality, but fortunately, much nicer photos of the guns are available on Cabot’s website:

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    I think the rough-hewn, almost fossil-like finish Cabot gave the Big Bang set is really attractive and unique, and it is a great complement to the guns’ origin as a bit of space-rock!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]