The S100 is one of Cabot Guns‘ base models. I mean, sure, that’s akin to saying the California is Ferrari’s current base model, but everything’s relative. At the NRA show I popped into the Cabot booth to check out the meteorite pistols, but they weren’t on display yet. Instead, I found what I believe they’re calling “The Instant Classic,” seen here . . .
Just because the S100 is a specific model doesn’t mean you have to get it a specific way. Cabot makes ’em to order, just like most of the really premium 1911 ‘smiths do. The configuration here is an almost 100% nitrided gun, done in a deep gray sort of gunmetal color. What makes it “The Instant Classic,” though, is the look of light, usage-induced finish wear built right into it.
I realize this is easy to sneer at for a variety of reasons, and I’ve historically detested the idea of pre-worn/distressed jeans and such, but I like this gun. The “wear” is subtle, but definitely there on edges and raised surfaces, and it works for me. It’s also there to stay, as the nitride finish is unlikely to show any actual wear, even if this gun were to be carried every day for years. I dig the color, tone, subtle highlights of the “wear,” and even the grip choice.
That said, the three-star trigger isn’t my cup of tea. If I were shopping for a gun to pass down to the kids, grandkids, or beyond, I’d just have to request a plain ol’ trigger, probably a straight one, nitrided and “broken in” like the rest of the pistol.
The front- and backstrap texturing looks and feels great.
The slide has a wide flat top with serrations to reduce glare.
Cabot’s appeal is obvious, but the guns haven’t spoken to me strongly enough to consider saving up the cash. The Instant Classic is getting there, though, with its relative simplicity, classic lines, and “broken-in” finish imperfections…even if they’re intentional.