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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Would You Pay $1 Million For An Extraterrestrial Gun?

Cabot Guns is aiming to sell a $1 million pistol set made from meteorite in 2016.
A Cabot Guns pistol with meteorite grips. The Cabot Meteorite Pistol Set is targeting the “Man Or Woman Who Has Everything (On Earth)” to buy what it describes as an “extra-terrestrial pistol.” The set, which at least for now is being called the Big Bang Pistol Set, contains a pair of
mirror-image, 1911-style semi-automatic 45′s, one for each hand. According to Cabot’s CEO and president Robert Bianchin, “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.” 

As for the meteorite, it’s 4.5 billion years old and comes from a 35 kilogram portion of the Gibeon Meteorite care of famed meteor collector Robert A. Haag. The Gibeon meteor landed in what’s now Namibia during prehistoric times, sometime around 12,000 years ago. Cabot, which has been described as the “Rolls Royce of 1911′s,” posits the meteorite is “the Cadillac of meteorites.”
Says Bianchin: “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.” Previously, Cabot, a four-year-old company not far from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, created pistols with meteorite grips (pictured), but this is the first time we’ve seen a fully meteorite firearms set.
A Cabot Guns pistol with meteorite grips. (Photo credit: Cabot Guns)
The out-of-this-world meteorite guns will debut at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky, which runs from May 20 – 22, 2016.
So how much can you expect to pay for your meteorite pistols?

Cabot says:
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.
In the company’s announcement on their Instagram page, the meteorite set seemed to be a work in progress: “The construction of each component has been a science experiment, but we are confident they will be fully completed.” The endeavor was met with an enthusiastic response: “Good lord they are gonna turn a meteor into some badass matching 1911s,” “These guys are insane,” “You guys are a few rounds short of a full magazine…but I love it.”
If you miss out on buying this set at what will likely go at auction, be prepared for a long order time on the next available pair.
“The lead time on the next set is another 4.5 billion years,” the company cracked.
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Apparently, Bianchin likes a creative challenge. “It hasn’t been done before and that’s the kind of thing that drives me,” he told CNNMoney. “I think it’s fair to state many of the pistols we have constructed border on art.”
Cabot guns have been featured on “Criminal Minds” and Kid Rock liner notes.
A few years ago, another Cabot Guns pistol set, “The Left and the Right,” featuring Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Piers Morgan, and Ted Nugent, made headlines.
The Left and the Right by Cabot Guns. (Photo credit: Cabot Guns)
“As the guns are positioned in opposite directions, the grips show President Barack Obama facing to the left while President George W. Bush faces right,” said Cabot Guns president Rob Bianchin. “While oriented towards one another, the right-hand pistol depicts Ted Nugent and the left-hand gun depicts Piers Morgan, representing the great ongoing debate in 2013.”
Susannah Breslin is a freelance journalist: websiteTwitterInstagram.