Gun-Maker to Sell $1 Million Pistols Made from 5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite

Cabot 1911 with Meteor Grips Only (Photo courtesy Cabot Guns)Cabot 1911 with Meteor Grips Only (Photo courtesy Cabot Guns)

Cabot Guns, a high-end gun-maker based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, says it plans to sell a pair of 1911-style pistols made from a nearly 5 billion-year-old meteorite.

The “extra-terrestrial pistols” may fetch as much as $1 million at auction and will likely end up in the hands of a private collector or museum, according to the company.

The Big Bang Pistol Set, as it’s tentatively known, will feature twin right- and left-handed 1911-style semi-automatic 45s. Cabot has already developed pistol grips constructed from meteorite (see photo above), but described the idea of building a complete set of guns from the material as “unprecedented” in part because of its diamond-like strength.

“We wanted to raise the bar again,” Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin said in a statement. “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.”

The company plans to display components made from the meteorite next month at Shot Show, the world’s largest gun show, in Las Vegas. It plans to unveil the pistols in May during the NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cabot acquired a 35-kilogram piece of the Gibeon meteor, which crashed to Earth an estimated 4.5 billion years ago and was discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838, according to the company.

“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,” Bianchin said.

The company, which specializes in making luxury 1911-style pistols, said a collector has already offered a quarter-million dollars for the set, but estimates the actual value may range from $500,000 to $1 million.

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  • Leon Suchorski

    I would just like to be rich enough to afford one of them.

  • RON sKIPPER

    HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THIS METEORITE IS THAT OLD? WAS THERE ANY PERSON THERE TO WRITE A HISTORICAL RECORD? THE AGE THING IS SO STUPID AND UNREAL!

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      How stupid is it to type in all CAPS? Are you trying to shout at us????

  • Paul

    Erm…Carbon 14 dating?

  • Bee

    wonder if the Donald would buy me one…

  • bill

    All metal guns are made from ore that is at least that old and has been floating around the universe for billions of years….it just got became part of the earth a little earlier than the meterorite.

  • Eric

    I know what I am going to buy after I win the Powerball on Wednesday.

  • Ray

    Too late!

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  • TeXan1111

    how about a $200 colt made from 8 billion year old iron from the mesabe range in minnesota??