The Fruit of the Month Club’s been going since 1934. The Sock Club’s a much newer venture. For 2016, high-end 1911 maker Cabot Guns is launching their Elite Gun of the Month Club, breaking new ground in terms of both product and price. RF, who carries one of Cabot’s “entry-level” S103 1911’s, reckons it’s a great idea for well-heeled gun collectors who can’t get enough of the Indiana gunmaker’s products. Literally. And all for just 12 monthly payments of $4,583.33! BTW: this is the first we’ve heard about a 9mm Cabot and the mysterious not-a-1911 Dragon Claw. Here’s the presser:
“If you are a true aficionado and a passionate admirer of John Browning’s enduring design, the Club is an amazing opportunity to assemble a substantial collection of 1911’s,” said Rob Bianchin, CEO of Cabot Guns. “By offering you a wide variety of designs and styles, we enable you to appreciate the many nuances of the 1911 in your own personal collection.”
Cabot is known for making the “Rolls Royce of 1911s,” according to The Blue Book of Gun Values. The Club offers members a unique opportunity to accumulate a substantial collection of precision-crafted 1911s in a short time. “You work hard. You’ve earned it,” Bianchin added. “If you appreciate quality workmanship and the finer things in life, this club is for you.” The gun collection for the Gun Club of the Month includes special edition pistols only available to Cabot Elite members.
Membership commences with a one-on-one consultation process. This process has the goal of assessing the member’s personal preferences, which are incorporated into the offerings. For its inaugural year of 2017, members of The Cabot Elite Gun of the Month Club plans to offer the following guns on a monthly basis:
– January – The S100 – A government-sized quality custom 1911.
– February – The S103 – A 1911 for daily carry.
– March – The Vintage Classic – Bringing modern technology to the most classic of designs.
– April – The Ultimate Bedside 1911 – Designed for tactical, night use, with flashlight mount.
– May – Two-Tone DLC Custom Commander – A commander-sized carry package.
– June – Dragon Claw – A totally new offering for 1911 admirers.
– July – The American Joe Commander – A 1911 with distinctive American-themed styling.
– August – The S103 9 mm. A 9mm version of the daily carry model
– September – Cabot Elite Special Edition.
– October – S100 9mm – A 9mm version of the government-sized custom 1911.
– November/December – A custom-built pistol left- and right-handed pistol set, tailored for the owner. Valued $15,000, the set includes custom serial numbers and unique elements.
Cabot is the only producer of a true left-handed 1911 – a completed inverted pistol. The Cabot left-handed 1911 features a left-handed ejection port, left-handed thumb safety, left-handed slide stop and left-handed mag release. The design team went beyond the industry’s current focus on “ambidextrous safety” and “reversible magazine release.” Every aspect of the weapon was mirrored and tailored for use specifically by left-handed shooters. The precision pays off with an accuracy guarantee of 1.5 inch groupings at 25-yards out of the box. The Gun of the Month program includes a mirror image set of matching left and right-hand pistols with custom details tailored to each Club Elite member.
In addition, Club members will receive such surprise bonuses as an exclusive, custom-made Cabot Guns gold ring made exclusively for Cabot Elite members. This is a $1,000 value. Members will also receive a Sandrin Tungsten Carbide knife. Membership is available through payment of 12 monthly installments of $4,583.33. Incidentally, this is the average cost per gun which is an excellent value given that if purchased separately the cost would be much higher.
The company offers the world’s first aerospace quality 1911. The Cabot 1911 is widely respected in the gun industry for setting a new standard in precision tolerances and quality. Cabot manufactures its guns from scratch, from a solid block of billet steel.
For more information, visit http://www.cabotguns.com.
…And all that for the low, low, price of *only* $55,000?
Well, EXPLETIVE DELETED. I’m about $54,000 and change short.
Hey, RF, spot me fifty-four thou?
You can trust me…
Do any of them come without the stupid stripper tattoo trigger?
ESP tells me if you wave a stack of Franklins under Cabot’s nose, those stars will magically not be on the one you buy…
Is that on top of the suitcase full of Benjis you have to fork over for the gun in the first place?
This is for the guy that has a six car garage and still has to leave his Lambo in the rain.
no car ever beaded rain like a miura.
So, what are they going to do for next year?
Build a clone of the Glock 1911?
We don’t have this money. WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY, Midder McDougal!
1000 points to anyone who gets the reference.
Did the owner of Cabot save Robert’s life in the war (one of the Congo ones, I’d guess) or something? If that is his house behind him on the “Our Story” page on the Cabot website, he probably doesn’t need any help and is just making guns to satisfy his artistic urges.
From everything I’ve seen about him he’s a real enthusiast about guns and space stuff. Look up their meteorite 1911s (not the meteorite grips, the entire gun is meteorite). They’re legitimate works of art.
As far as gunmaking it seems he’s still figuring things out. See the laughable “torture test” review on this site, where Mr. Cabot is seemingly shocked at seeing 200 rounds run through one of his guns in a single afternoon.
Different authors, I did that review. And it wasnt an afternoon, it was about 20 mins, with varied rounds and multiple shooters.
It did closer to 700 in total. That put to rest any doubts of reliability.
This seems desperate to me. Can you imagine chen or heirloom with this sort of marketing gimmick?
“Cabot is known for making the “Rolls Royce of 1911s,” according to The Blue Book of Gun Values.”
(Until rather recently) RR’s were underpowered, primitive in the most complicated way imaginable, rather unreliable, just stupidly expensive, especially in light of their actual utility, and could be rather gauche.
Sounds like the most accurate review of a Cabot I’ve read. Much akin to the RR, it’s main function is to impress the hoi polloi. Which it apparently does pretty well. .
It’s the same reason we have Apple fanatics. Some companies are really good at telling their customers what they want.
Farago will participate then he will have several expensive, ugly guns him and taylor can throw on the ground to see if they still don’t work.
i like reading about this high end stuff.
i don’t really care what cabot is doing.
I have never figured out why the fuss over any 1911, much less any 1911 north of a grand. Each to thier own, I guess.
For me, at least, history and an interest in how stuff works (see my comment below for too many details). I like to tinker and 1911s can be good for that, IF you don’t mind the occasional learning via oops.
For me, it’s more a matter of collection intent than finances … although I have to admit, doing a Cabot per month would strain things a bit.
My tastes in gun collection tend to run more towards variety, in terms of operating mechanism and uncommonness-in-class. So for instance, I’d rather have a Taurus Judge, an EAA Tanfoglio Witness in .45 ACP, and a RIA 1911-style double-stack in .22 TCM / 9mm in my safe, than three 1911 variants from any manufacturer. None of them are especially collectible, none of them are particularly expensive; but they have different operating mechanisms, all of them can handle multiple calibers (with simple barrel swaps for the RIA, and a slide and magazine swap kit for the Tanfoglio) and the RIA uses an oddball caliber that also happens to be outstanding for new shooters as a “next step” from .22LR.
And they’re inexpensive enough that I can muck with them – I got a sight pusher for Christmas! – without fretting too much about doing something … unfortunate and irreversible. Not that I want to mess up a pistol, but making a worst-case-scenario mistake on my RIA is literally an order of magnitude less expensive than it would be on a Cabot.
Basically, guns are small and are relatively inexpensive. Old car collection and restoration would satisfy the urge to tinker but takes a lot of room. Fine watch collections are relatively compact but have the same issues re tinkering as Cabots would, and could easily end up costing more.
But that’s just me. If you like this idea and can afford it, by all means go for it.