Earlier this year, the TTAG staff had a great time shooting lots of different models from Cabot Guns at the Best of the West Shooting Range in Liberty Hill, Texas. While the goal of the shoot was an impromptu torture test of the S-Class Commander, the gun that stole the show was a one-off Government model with walnut grips and a gorgeous antique finish.
We only got to put about 200 rounds of mixed ammo between the shooters through that gun that day, but it performed flawlessly. Not only did it run well, but it just felt great in the hand. The action was butter smooth, and the internals were clearly the best work Cabot has to offer. But the look, unlike the more modern lines Cabot usually has, this one was pure old school John Moses Browning. The gun that put the class in working-class. Everyone who saw it wanted to shoot it, and I don’t think anyone was disappointed when they did. I walked away from that day impressed with the S-Class, but that vintage finish 1911 has been on my mind ever since.
At the time of the shoot this finish wasn’t being offered in production. That was a disappointment that Cabot has thankfully remedied, releasing it as the Vintage Classic 1911 and at a lower price point than most of their models. I’d like to think mine and Dan’s fawning approval of it had something to do with that. If you’re looking for a higher-end, great performing 1911 that still looks like a 1911 get this one in your hands. Press release:
Pittsburgh – November 29, 2016 – Cabot Guns, America’s premiere maker of high-quality handguns, announced today that it is introducing the Vintage Classic 1911. The Vintage Classic features a unique look resembles what gun enthusiasts prize in rare antique pistols. Though the finish is vintage-looking, it is fully modern and durable. The Vintage Classic blends a nostalgic, old-style look with the most advanced aerospace construction approach to building a firearm in the industry.
“The 1911 truly symbolizes the might of freedom’s march and its resilience against the tests of time,” said Rob Bianchin, CEO of Cabot Guns. “It would look at home on the bed stand of a home in 1945 or on the belt of a sheriff in Texas in the 1930s. Today, it has evolved, been remade and reimagined but it remains an ever-present testament to the superiority of design. It’s an ode to the original vision of John Moses Browning.” The Vintage Classic 1911 retails for under $4,000.
Cabot Guns developed the gun’s antique finish by accident. It’s a unique thermal chemical process. The patina it produces varies slightly from gun to gun – but that’s the whole point. Experience dwell loved guns had individual looks, a personality, so to speak. However, while old finishes will wear somewhat easily, this one does not. The finish is extremely hard. The Vintage Classic has a throwback traditional feel but is made with state-of-the-art mechanical modern aerospace construction.
The Vintage Classic is available in both full-size and Commander size. Like all Cabot Guns, the Vintage Classic begins with a solid block of steel. Its frame and slide are constructed of 416 Stainless Billet, which is hailed for its superior properties. Cabot’s computer-controlled precision machining and build processes are meticulously implemented by artisan craftsmen who ensure that each individual part is perfect in dimension and consistency. The company’s proprietary hardening process, coupled with an innovative thermal chemical treatment of the steel, creates the Vintage Classic’s distinctive warm finish.
The Commander offers Cabot’s Full-Cycle Technology. It retains the same cycle-length and legendary timing of Browning’s design in a Government size 1911. Both are hand-fitted with match-grade crown-cut flush-fit barrels. Standard on the Vintage Classic is a spherical gold bead front sight fitted in Cabot’s Reverse Dovetail. This eliminates potential snag points and maintaining true zero draw after draw.
A full-length front to rear slide-top serrations leads the shooter’s eye to a standard gold dot front sight, low-mount fixed or adjustable rear sight. Completing the slide are Cabot’s renowned Trademark Trinity Stripes, which provide significant tactile sureness when racking a round into battery.
The shooter’s interface with the Vintage Classic is further buttressed by grip-ensuring 24 line-per-inch Rhombus checkering along both the front strap and main spring housing of the pistol. The bevelled magazine well lends to faster magazine changes and feeds smoothly inside grips of checkered Turkish Walnut or white American Holly. A stand-out aluminium wire-EDM wire cut Tristar trigger compliments beavertail and thumb safeties. The one-piece full-length guide rod, slide stop and magazine release are all billet-made to hair-splitting specifications.
True to the unique nature of Cabot Guns, the Vintage Classic is also available in a true left-hand configuration.
Features of the Cabot Gun Vintage Classic include: proprietary hardening; proprietary Vintage Classic Finish; 5 in. match grade barrel, hand-fit, crown cut, flush fit; polished feed ramp; Cabot Trinity Stripes rear slide serrations; top slide serrations; lowered and flared ejection port; Cabot Aluminum Tristar Trigger; rhombus cut front strap checkering 24 LPI; rhombus checkered billet made main spring housing; Cabot Machined-in-Place Perfect Fit Ejector; Cabot Billet One Piece Full Length Guide Rod; billet thumb safety; billet – idiot scratch proof – slide stop; billet magazine release; billet beaver tail grip safety; Cabot 9-Axis Billet Constructed Barrel Bushing; beveled magazine well; highly figured Turkish Walnut – checkered with inlaid Cabot Medallion orWhite American Holly grips;
For more information, visit http://cabotgun.com/better-than-custom-1911-pistols/the-vintage-classic/#1
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