Most guns that carry a monstrous price tag, like JFK’s M1 Garand, attribute their value to their history and previous owners. Others are valuable because of their rarity or because of some kind of added embellishments like gold plating or artistic engraving. But the fact is, a firearm needs the toughness and durability of steel to function, and while good steel isn’t simple to produce, it’s hardly a precious metal.
One gunmaker wants to change that, and his million-dollar guns will be valuable not because of their story, but because of their raw materials.
Cabot Guns has announced that its “extra-terrestrial pistols” will be forged from a meteorite that is as old as the Earth itself, and expect them to sell for as much as $1 million at auction next year, according to this story from CNN Money.
“It hasn’t been done before and that’s the kind of thing that drives me,” said Cabot founder and president Rob Bianchin in the story. “I think it’s fair to state many of the pistols we have constructed border on art.”
“Meteor is rare, more so than terrestrial precious metals and I wanted to create a set of guns that were formed from a material that had intrinsic value,” he added.
The custom gunmaking company is a youngster, only four years old, and is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They’re known for making guns for celebrities such as Joe Mantegna, Kid Rock, and Dee Snyder, the story says.
But they haven’t achieved the heavenly feat of an all-meteorite pistol quite yet. Cabot has fashioned a pair of grips from the meteorite, the story says, and Bianchin is confident then can move on to building an entire gun.
The meteorite in question is a 35-kilogram hunk of Gibeon meteorite. A Gibeon refers to a meteorite that was once one big chunk of ore flying through space. It was broken up when it hit Earth’s atmosphere in prehistoric times and was strewn in fragments over an area 171 miles long in Namibia, near Gibeon. Samples were first collected in 1836. Gibson meteorites are composed of an iron-nickel alloy with significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorous. Meteors have long been known to make find blades, especially Japanese katana swords. But a katana never had to stand up to 230 grains of .45 ACP.
Apparently, the crystal structure of the meteorites are prized by collectors and jewelry designers, so it should make for a fine pair of pistols. Yes, Cabot is planning to make left- and-right-hand mirror .45 caliber 1911 pistols, the company’s specialty.