New From Cabot Guns: Damascus Ladder Deluxe [VIDEO]

Cabot Guns Damascus Ladder Deluxe 1911

CAUTION! You are about to enter the gun porn zone! So please, no cracks about how many GLOCKs you could buy instead of one of Cabot Guns’ exquisite Damascus Ladder Deluxe 1911s. When it comes to price, if you have to ask you can’t afford it. It’s as simple as that . . .

Cabot Guns Damascus Ladder Deluxe duo

Press release: Back in 2013, Cabot introduced a gun we simply called “The Damascus” and it turned heads.  Well, we’ve continued to push the envelope and if you appreciate quality 1911’s we have something special again . . .

Cabot Guns Damascus Ladder Deluxe hammer

The Cabot Gun’s Damascus Ladder Deluxe is the perfect intertwining of grit and sensuality – inspiring widened eyes, a quickened heart and immediate carnal reaction of raw desire. It’s confidence embodied in art, a culmination of collaborative effort between tradition and the cutting-edge.

Cabot Guns Damascus Ladder Deluxe right side
Unique to the supremely elegant Damascus steel slide is a sculptural texture which is as much an aesthetic addition as it is a deliberate consideration of combining form and function. Cabot has developed a super-etching technique, which when applied to the Damascus Ladder Deluxe’s slide turns the entire top-half of the pistol into a tactile surface.

A sign of wealth since biblical times, Damascus steel was used to create the weapons of Kings and Chieftains. Valued for it’s beauty and strength, Damascus steel was not only an indication of power by it’s holder but was also considered to contain mythical properties. It is with this inspiration we have crafted this 1911.

Cabot Guns Damascus Ladder Deluxe grips

The grips for the special edition offering of this model are also a work of art. Pattern welded Damascus, commissioned from Master Blacksmith Jason Morrissey and crafted in-house each set of grips contains unique Damascus Art.


  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Gorgeous piece.
    I get to work with ladder Damascus quite often.
    Neat stuff.

  2. avatar rc says:

    It’s a beauty for sure…but if I remember correctly, TTAG reviewed an expensive Cabot 1911 in the past and, lets just say, it didn’t go to the top of the list. So, it may be a work of art, but it’s function as a gun is suspect. If you want to buy something for it’s artistic merit, fine, buy a painting.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Doesn’t matter if it runs. A gun like this you don’t shoot. You display it to remind your friends how rich you are.

  3. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    That three star trigger is still as tasteless as a small of the back tattoo.

    1. avatar Matty 9 says:

      I was going to say exactly that! Someone mentioned the 3 stars looking like a tramp stamp on a fine woman when Cabot came out with the matched pair 1911s made out of a meteorite a few years back. I guess we all agree

  4. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Beautiful. Want. Cannot justify. Shoot, bet I can’t justify the brass knuckles.

  5. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

    And yet they still go with the tasteless stars on the trigger. That’s a tattoo you only see on frat boys and strippers. I have literally only seen the stars tattoo on two frat guys and people who get naked for a living.

  6. avatar No one of consequence says:

    I like the Damascus look.

    I truly appreciate, however, Cabot not using the slide as a company billboard.

    1. avatar Snatchums says:

      Yes it’s pretty but this is NOT Damascus steel.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “…this is NOT Damascus steel.”

        OK, it’s kinda early, but I’ll bite – What kind of metal is it then?

        Folded and forged isn’t Damascus?

        Does the fact it’s stainless disqualify it?

        If so, isn’t that a kind of metallurgical alloy exclusionary racism?

        What kind of a heartless un-feeling lout are you, anyways? 😉

        1. avatar Snatchums says:

          Damascus steel is a crucible steel. As far as I know there is only one dude on the planet that has figured out the actual process for genuine Damascus and that is only within like the last 10 years. These are made by forging two different alloys of steel together and acid etching it after.

          It’s pretty but it bothers me when something masquerades as something else. It’s like tofurkey.

        2. avatar Snatchums says:


          It’s almost an hour long but it’s fascinating.

        3. avatar Snatchums says:

          Oh, and given Cabot’s penchant for manufacturing their pistols out of unique and exotic materials, you’d think they could actually go for the real deal. It’s unusual that they’re using stainless in their Tofurkey Steel (that’s what I’m gonna call it now) as from what I understand is that it’s extremely difficult to forge stainless. You have such a narrow temperature window because you can “cook” the carbon out of the steel very easily.

          Forgive the repeated posts…..

        4. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “It’s almost an hour long but it’s fascinating.”

          Neat video. I wasn’t aware of the complexity of producing it, and how raw materials are critical in the production of the ‘bloom’.

          And the further complexity of carbide production during forging, and on, and on, and on and…

          And they did this 1,000 plus years ago.

  7. avatar JasonM says:

    if you have to ask you can’t afford it

    I don’t have to ask (I looked it up), so does that mean I can afford it?

    I saw the Southpaw 1911s on their website starting at $4000. A mirror image 1911, with the ejection port and mag release on the opposite sides. I might have to get one (or two, or more) of those!

  8. avatar Joe R. says:

    Flip the tables.

    I can’t afford it.

    How much?

    1. avatar JasonM says:


      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        You’re a tad high.


  9. avatar Mark N. says:

    Cabot builds another barbecue gun that is otherwise a safe queen or mounted securely to a wall for display only. No one in their right mind would carry this piece in public.
    The ladder Damascus is nice, but I prefer the lack of uniformity of the pattern in their regular Damascus guns.

  10. avatar Stephen M says:

    The admittedly out of practice blacksmith in me wonders if I could program a Ghostgunner to machine this out of a billet.

    If so I bet I could build one of these for cheaper…including the cost of setting up a forge and the GG.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      The effort required in forge welding two dissimilar pieces of steel together is serious work. Not saying it cannot be done, but it takes a lot of practice to get it right. I have a buddy here in the area who is a knifemaker, and he makes his own laminated steels. What saves him is a) having a coal forge (it is far easier to get to welding heat with a coal forge) and having a power hammer immediately next to the forge.

      I’ve tried forge-welding some common steel together – it takes some serious effort in heating, fluxing, hammering, heating, hammering, etc to get it to stick. The guys who can crank out a chunk of forge-welded steel or stainless like this have my respect.

  11. avatar MikeJH121 says:

    Gun as art instead of gun becomes art. AT least it could go bang instead of “we didn’t want it go bang anymore so made it into a peace dove”

    If you could afford it you could also afford to shoot it and not care.

    Besides it’s always good to know another snowflake anti’s head just exploded somewhere.

    1. avatar Red in CO says:

      You think this gun could go bang? That’s… uh… optimistic. Cabot guns are atrocious. Their only use is as wall hangers, so Cabot may as well just not bother with internals and sell them as replicas.

  12. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Very nice. They show a flat-front trigger on this one. That’s … not a visually appealing trigger.

    The damascus is apparently from a stainless. That’s pretty neat and provides more etching flexibility.

    They need a solid, curved-front trigger. The stars on the trigger need to go. Whoever in their shop keeps putting those stars into the trigger needs to just stop it. Go ahead, provide it as an option, I guess, but don’t put that on their marketing photos of guns. It’s just tacky.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      ” Whoever in their shop keeps putting those stars into the trigger needs to just stop it. Go ahead, provide it as an option,…”


      The stars just scream ‘skank’.

      If they insist, at least provide the non-star one in a jeweler’s envelope in the box so it can be changed.

      What do you see in the photos that indicates it’s a Damascus stainless?

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        I went to Cabot’s web site and sniffed over the pics/specs there.

        That’s also how I found out that the price is $4 less than the $9999.00 quoted above.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          The video states exactly what it is, “The (pre-BMW) Rolls-Royce of Guns”. A fundamentally unreliable implement of ostentation. When you have more money than brains, it sounds impressive, but when subjected to thoughtful analysis, it’s merely feces with frippery.

          Mexitalian crime bosses will love it, just like a mid 70s Caddilax Brougham de Excess…

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “I went to Cabot’s web site and sniffed over the pics/specs there.”

          ‘Occam’s Razor’ strikes again.

          I had convinced myself that if you responded I would get an education on the color difference between the layers or whatnot as a tell-tale on alloy identification… 🙂

  13. avatar Robb says:

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the slide serrations don’t match the angle of the grip? And it’s not just on this 1911. It seems they all are off. Damn my mild case of OCD.

  14. avatar RV6 Driver says:

    That 1911 with the stars in the trigger looks like something a Liberian Warlord would snort coke off of while plundering the country side and hacking off arms…. Pretty classy… They should call it the General Togo edition…

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “They should call it the General Togo edition…”

      The ‘Kony’ 1911…

  15. avatar JW says:

    19.04 glock-equivalents 🙂

    1. avatar Em says:

      1.95 Wilson Combat Classic Supergrades!

  16. avatar Dude who can read says:

    So Cabot guns, based in Pennsylvania, is advertising its guns with brass/metal knuckles which under Pa Title 18 § 908 (c) are considered illegal as a prohibited offensive weapon. Someone at Cabot should get more familiar with laws of the state in which they are located.

    1. avatar No one of consequence says:

      Plenty of companies in the firearms industry are based in California where at least some of their products are illegal, too

      So long as they don’t try to sell in-state retail, it’s not illegal (yet, and usually).

  17. avatar anaxis says:

    Seems like Cabot has cornered the market on NBDB1911s, with Saudi princes, stripclub owners being their target customers.

    Or they plan every new 1911 as if it were being made for a reality show (which doesn’t exist).

    Speaking of….. find it ironic that their design team includes the same three stars likely found on many of Nevah Been Dun Befoah originator’s current boyfriends.

  18. avatar 9mmJohnson says:

    Beauty is in the eye…I think it is hideously ugly.

  19. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    I can buy 3 custom Browning Hi-Powers(even more beautiful than this 1911) for that.
    (My opinion, and Not comparing Glocks)

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